Posts in Global
My last-minute trip to Japan, and my love of personality tests

My 30 second brief for Japan is: Get a JR (bullet train) Pass, and buy it couple weeks before you go. 10 days is enough time to see the major sights, but leaves you planning your 2nd trip on the flight home. English isn't everywhere, but it's still easy navigate solo without any Japanese. IDK about cherry blossoms but fall foliage is a pretty sweet backdrop! More knowledge of Buddhism would have made visits to the many temples even more meaningful. I liked Kyoto better than Tokyo - similar to how I like SF better than NYC. 7/11 in Japan has pretty damn good food - way more than your average snacks. Finally, staying in hostels and drinking sake are great ways to make friends (duh), and GO SEE THE SNOW MONKEYS!

I wrote a story on: Why I love personality tests and snow monkeys

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Cape Town & New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year y'all! This is a super belated set of pictures (since I went to Cape Town in September :-P) but my rambling felt super relevant for a new-year-fresh-start feel. Hope you enjoy!

My 30-second brief for Cape Town is: It felt a lot like San Francisco, which is probably why I felt pretty compelled to live there. Surrounded by ocean and mountains for outdoors activities, lots of trendy bars and cafes, and even wine country just 45 minutes away. Also, like SF, visible inequality and remnants of a complex history. Rent a car, venture out into the townships (e.g., Langa) for a more realistic/authentic experience, and do the free walking tours from downtown!

I wrote a story on: Finding new routines, and why my 2018 motto is "fresh over familiar"

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Iceland, the Laugavegur Trek, and hitchhiking for the first time

My 30-second brief for Iceland is: It's amazing. You probably need 3+ weeks to see all of its amazing-ness. I didn't see any of the major Ring Road attractions in my 10 days. You should do the Laugavegur Trek if you can squeeze it in. Food is expensive, but skyr is worth every krona. Bring a rain jacket. Maybe learn how to drive manual transmission. Or hitchhike if you're feeling brave. 

I wrote a story on: My first experience hitchhiking - and why I'm proud of it

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My travel tips for one week in Cuba

Ever since Emily and I went to Cuba, I've gotten so many questions about getting visas, planning trips, and recommendations of where to go - so I thought it might be helpful to share all my tips publicly! I know I said it before, but traveling to Cuba was an absolute breeze. The process is more intimidating than it is actually cumbersome, and I'd say this was one of my less complicated trips because it was easy and almost preferable to wing everything instead of make detailed itineraries in advance. 

So keep on reading for tips on visa, money, lodging, transport, internet, and places to go!

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7 days in Cuba: Taking on Trinidad

After 3 days of exploring (i.e., eating everything in) Havana, Emily and I hopped into a old bright green sedan (with patent leather seats) and headed four hours east to Trinidad, a touristy, quaint little town built on prosperous sugar and slave trade in the 19th century. Every step was like walking into a postcard - the cobblestone streets, brightly colored buildings, classic cars, and mountainous backdrop were quite the photogenic subject. It's no wonder that the town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

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Barcelona by Gaudi

I knew that a major part of our trip would be seeing all of the Antoni Gaudi's work. Many of my coworkers had actually lived in or visited Barcelona, and every single coworker recommended I see one or more of his works. Prior to the trip, I honestly had no idea who Gaudi even was (I'm not quite that cosmopolitan), but I was soon to find out!

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