Full Moon and Wild Horses – Ko Pha-Ngan, Thailand

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Watching my feet sink in the sand, I allow my solute to comfort me as the sun begins to set in Ko Pha-Ngan. This Thai island brings thousands of people from around the world each year for it’s over the top full moon parties, but on this evening my stroll on the beach is not as festive. It is tranquil, and the only sound I hear is the crashing of the waves where the shore meets the sea. Continue reading

Èze: Whisper of the Earth Goddesses

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If climbing to the heavens was possible, I think I would know the feeling of it, difficult, wearisome, but absolutely enlightening and magical. Those were some of the thoughts going through my mind as I did the hike to Eze Village, the medieval town that is at the peak of the mountain standing 429 m (1,401 ft) above sea level. I’m not sure if it was the heat trying to hold me down tenaciously, or the fact that I didn’t have a big meal that made me feel like the hour and a half hike lasted even longer. Continue reading

Villefranche-sur-Mer : Eyes Wide Open

DSC_1236 (1)It’s hard not to fall in love with the picturesque town of Villefranche-sur-mer. The sailboats at the harbor are so perfect they almost look like toys and the colorful buildings can brighten someone’s day even on a cloudy day. When I first arrived to the south of France I thought I was going to have a lot of time to reflect on life and the future ahead, but for some reason I always find myself contemplating the present.

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A Village in Provence

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There is something about the towns in Provence that just makes me feel like I’m in a fairytale book. The flowers blooming on windowsills, the narrow cobblestone streets leading to quaint shops and cafes, and the smell of warm bread coming from the nearest boulangerie, it’s simply magnificent.

Valbonne is located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Continue reading

Day Trip to Sanremo, Italy

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Last weekend my host family and I made a day trip to Sanremo in Italy. With only an hour drive from France, we arrived to the charismatic city. We went grocery shopping for some fresh Italian food. Among the many things we got were truffle and olive oil, different kinds of pasta, risotto, mushroom, and some succulent tomatoes and fruits. The sight of so much food left us with quite an appetite. Continue reading

Chicago’s Green River

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The Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s day, is celebrated all over the United States, mainly by dressing in green and heading to the nearest Irish pub to drink Guinness among friends. However, my St. Patrick’s day experience exceeded my expectations two years ago when I visited friends in Chicago. Every year the Chicago river is dyed green to kick off the celebration that later precedes a parade. Continue reading