All posts tagged: Travel Tips

Light

Darkness abound, and we look for light. We look for illumination that will save us from the nothingness seeming to persevere, taking over all beauty. Why don’t we know—that light is everywhere, and, the brightest of all, is within us all along. Image and video taken at the Poconos Lantern Fest. I was in awe when the lanterns finally started lighting up the sky like stars. Sadly, the event was disorganized and I’d recommend going to a different one if you could find a similar festival. It was still however a beautiful night, the feeling of wonder as each flicker of light illuminated the darkness like constellations, is one I’ll always remember. Advertisements

I Want to Remember

I want to remember. Long after I am no longer capable of forming coherent words, or thoughts that warrant two seconds of time, I want to remember moments when I felt and truly understood — that there really are things more to life that give meaning to mere existence yet at the same time we only have the capacity to comprehend when we let ourselves just be. I want to remember, that there is beauty, and simplicity, and meaning all coexisting in the same plane. I want to remember. Photos taken earlier in the year at Horseshoe Bend, Arizona. There is a little bit of a walk so be ready to do a short hike, especially if you’re visiting in the summer and you may want to bring water with you. The sight you’ll be rewarded with would be worth it, though. We visited in October so the weather was nice and it was not too crowded.

Iceland

When we set out for Iceland, my heart was hoping for one thing: to finally be able to see the Aurora Borealis. I knew, of course, that it was largely on probability — the fickle weather, for one, had to go in our favor. Speaking of weather, probability of it not going our way has followed my friend and I from when we planned our first trip to Niagara Falls years back. It has since become a running joke. Now, much later and going into our girls’ trip, we had to laugh it off when bad weather followed us overseas. We were forewarned of this ever changing Icelandic weather: raining for five minutes, the sun comes out for ten, clouds for the next fifteen. So when we landed our first day, went on our first tour with heavy rains not letting up and were told it was unusual, it was official that we brought it with us. Our flight left New York around midnight, and landed about six in the morning. We set up a …

Travel Tips Thursday: New York City

There was a very good article a few days ago on Lonely Planet that mapped out how to have a perfect day in New York. I thought I’d supplement it here with a few additional tips of my own. Skip Times Square. If you do not absolutely have to, do not venture onto Times Square. It is extremely crowded and there isn’t much to see. Unfortunately, I have to pass by Times Square on my way to work, and to class as the midtown building of NYU is located at West 42nd. It is painful getting through and you could use the time exploring Central Park or one of New York’s many museums. Do not be afraid to try smaller restaurants. New York has a wealth of eclectic fare for diverse tastes. In midtown, for example, Sake Bar Hagi is a hidden gem of a yakitori restaurant. It is open from 5 pm – 2 am so if you find yourself trying to find food really late this is a place that is open. (I …

World Heritage Site Tuesday: The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa has always been on my bucket list, and when we went on our Mediterranean cruise last year, I finally had the opportunity to see the famous destination. We did our research prior to traveling and learned that Pisa is far from the port. This is the reason we decided that this time around instead of taking local modes of transportation on our own like what we did the rest of the stops, we would try one of the tours offered by the cruise line. The tour bus was crowded as expected, but the most unfortunate thing about this is that you don’t own your time. At one point we had to wait for our tour guide for an hour, time that we could have used exploring the area. In addition, not everyone on the tour came back on the time specified which caused a lot of delays. We later found out through experience that if we would have paid for a private tour, it would have cost us less than …

Travel Tip Thursdays: My Top 3 Apps for Travel

Below are my top three favorite apps for traveling. I hope this list will be as helpful to you the next time you travel as it has been to me. If you have go to apps that you’d like to share, please feel free to let me know. TripIt (free) When we were planning our Mediterranean cruise, my boyfriend and I downloaded TripIt and were able to plug in our itinerary into the app. We were also able to start planning our day to day schedule, such as points of interest we’d like to see and what day, which restaurants we made reservations in and which places we have already purchased tickets to and what time. The app is also automatically updated when you make online ticket purchases from websites such as Ticketmaster, providing you use the same email address you logged in with. OffMaps 2 ($0.99) This app is a life saver! We planned our whole itinerary for each of the stops we were going to go each time we traveled — and in …

Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia: a Testament of Vision

Vision — I don’t think I truly took to heart what this word really meant until I encountered the works of Antoni Gaudi. When we got to Barcelona, we were almost at the end of a two-week trip that has brought us to many breathtaking churches, but Sagrada Familia was different. On our way to our hotel, the taxi driver gave us helpful tips about the area, including going to the basilica early to beat the crowd. What we wished we knew, and a good travel tip, was that you can also pre-order your tickets online and get on a shorter queue (tickets can be ordered online by clicking here). The lines were long but were moving pretty quickly, and the weather was comfortable (we were there in May). Construction of the Sagrada Familia started in 1882, and is still being worked on until now, following the vision of renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. The basilica (Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família) is unique in the use of both religious symbolism and Gaudi’s known …