Wedding Bells in Provence

DSC_1864I can’t think of another place more romantic than the Provence region in the South of France. When my friend Ashley asked me to be the maid of Honor for her wedding in Grasse, I graciously accepted. We met while I was living in France during class at the Alliance Française de Grasse, and ever since then, we became inseparable. Her wedding was truly out of a fairytale. The venue was at the beautiful French villa in which we were staying with her family. Continue reading


Beyond the Glamour of Portofino, Italy

DSC_0274Portofino is the St. Tropez of Italy, with designer stores (Giorgio Armani owns a home here) and 5 star restaurants, it has all the glamour you can expect from this small village in the Mediterranean coast. However, it was not the yachts or the socialites that frequently visited, nor the flashy lifestyle that drew me to Portofino. Continue reading

Peruvian legend of love, and sand dunes adventure

IMG_6324The wind echoed her cry and the desert was her only companion. Legend tells the story of a beautiful Inca princess who fell deeply in love with a soldier. When he left to war, she promised she would wait for him until his return. The mornings turned into nights and all she ever received was a notice that her love had died in battle. Heartbroken she cried in despair. Her tears rushed down her face ceaselessly falling into the sand, creating a lagoon. Continue reading

A Dance Celebration in Cusco


Walking around Cusco is like opening a door to the past, where the streets, ancient ruins, food, and the people, preserve tradition and tell its story tracing back to the Inca Empire and Spanish conquests. In the heart of the city is Plaza de Armas, the square that at one point was marked the center of the Incas, and it is still to this day, a focal place for cultural celebrations. I was fortunate to witness the colorful and lively dance festival. Continue reading

The Magic of Cusco, Peru


From the moment I laid eyes on Cusco from the plane, I knew that I had
arrived at a sacred land. I am not sure if the fact that I was traveling here with some of my best friends, to a place that I had dreamed of visiting for so long, incremented the magical experience. Nevertheless, I was certain that this ancient city held the fascinating rich culture I had learned about. Continue reading

When Machu Picchu leaves you Speechless



They say some places leave you breathless and sometimes even speechless. For a while I contemplated the experience I had while I visited Machu Picchu and I was really at a loss of words. It is not that I couldn’t write about its history or offer any recommendations of my trip, but truthfully, I am sure you can find better articles out there about that. You see, I am concerned with the human experience, the civilization that dwelled in this place high above the clouds. Continue reading

4 Simple Lessons I learned from Buddha


Some people regard Buddhism as a religion, but for many, it is actually a philosophy and a way of life. When I was in Thailand, I was intrigued to learn more about the ways one can incorporate some of the basic concepts into everyday life. I visited temples in different cities, observed many of its practices, learned about loving-kindness, and took a meditation class with a monk. Continue reading