Tag Archives: travel

The Eiffel Tower- I’ve heard so much about you

With all the hype that surrounds the Eiffel Tower, I had half expected to be disappointed or underwhelmed by the actual sight of it… but I wasn’t.  As I craned my neck to take in the tower’s height, I kept thinking “this is really happening… I am really here… I am in Paris.” It’s one of those moments I will never forget, and it reminded me that I didn’t just love to travel, I needed to travel.

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Four and Twenty Blackbirds- I’ve Died and Gone to Pie Heaven

When someone says “apple pie,” I use to immediately picture one of two images:

1) Snow White in that scene where she bakes that amazing looking thing that is promptly ruined by dirty bird feet (gross) or..

2) Norman Rockwell’s Thanksgiving images of some hefty grandma figure holding an equally hefty pie.

But now, I think of Four and Twenty Blackbirds, where they’ve perfected the classic apple pie and given it an awesome twist.

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I’ll Always Have Paris

I just recently returned from a week long trip to Paris and as much as I love New York, I achingly miss the Parisian joie de vivre.  Life in Paris is slow, carefree, and uncomplicated.  Instead of being mired by what ifs and what nexts, people in Paris know how to embrace the now and to live each day like the wonderful gift that it is.  I feel so lucky to have sampled a sliver of that lifestyle if even for only a week.  Each time I start to feel stressed or anxious again, I’ll just close my eyes and take myself back to Paris.

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I have a dream…

Some people dream about buying their first boat, being the next Scorsese, selling out a concert, or being Top Chef.  My dream is to go everywhere, see everything, and make every day a happy adventure.  It might sound ambitious, but if there’s anything I’ve learned in my ripe 23 years, it’s that life can be surprising. I’ve played Korean drinking games with Koryo Taehak freshmen in Seoul, I’ve won cheese steak eating contests in Philly, and traveled all over Thailand with my closest friends to perform for the royal family.  Now I am living out my prepubescent fantasy of working and living in New York City a la “Friends” (minus the giant apartment). I feel like my dream is already coming true.

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“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”- Susan Sontag

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Could’ve, Would’ve, Should’ve

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did” – Mark Twain

Sophomore year, I was accepted into my school’s award-winning study abroad program and foolishly turned it down. I’ve been in abusive relationships,  partook in plenty of way-to-drunken nights, and binged on bbq until I puked, but not going abroad in undergrad has been my biggest and only regret in life. At the time, I thought it was the responsible thing to do. Studying abroad is too expensive. I’m graduating early this way. I’ll have to quit my well-paying job.  There were numerous, albeit valid excuses not to go and still I couldn’t shake the pang of jealousy every time someone even mentioned their travels.  While they yammered on about the Louvre or their favorite bars in Prague, I couldn’t help but think, I wish that were me. Until it hit me, it could’ve been me. It’s really easy to doubt and worry yourself into not doing something when you are so focused on the “plan.” Sometimes, you just have to put down the map and let your heart be your guide.  Wherever it takes you, you can be sure it will be an adventure you’ll never regret.

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