Travel Diaries: Road trip to Suriname

In case you didn’t know, Suriname is to the east of Guyana. A little history – Suriname, Guyana, and French Guiana were all called Guiana a very long time ago but then the different European monarchies came to an agreement and split the country up into three – Dutch, British, and French Guianas. Eventually, British Guiana acquired their independence becoming Guyana and Dutch Guyana became Suriname after their independence. Each speaks their language of their last reigning crown.

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Travel Diaries: Key West

A weekend or two ago, I went on a road trip to Key West. This wasn’t my first trip to the keys. The others were all day trips and every single time we had got down to Key West it was pouring. One day it poured so much that cars were floating around. This time, I was hoping that it would be much better than previous trips.

Back in September, hurricane Irma swept through the Caribbean and the state of Florida up from the keys all the way up to the gulf coast cities and mashed up some areas along it’s journey. Islands like Antigua Read More

Travel Diaries: Origami in the Gardens

A few months ago, Kimberly from shared an Origami in the Gardens post that captured my attention. It turns out that the event was a few hours south of me in the Naples Botanical Gardens and I had to go. Origami in the Gardens is a sculpture exhibit held outdoors and is moving around the country. It is by Kevin and Jennifer Box. The next stop is Chicago so anyone in that area between now and October should definitely go see it.

I have always had an interest in the craft of paper folding. It is mind blowing the number of different things that can come from one simple piece of paper, and made only out of valley and mountain folds. I’ve tried to fold origami pieces of my own and I can surely say that I have the utmost respect for people who have the patience, focus, and dedication for this craft that makes exquisite things simply from folding paper.


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Travel Diaries: Japanese Cherry Blossoms in DC

Today, I get to share a trip with you that I’ve been wanting to go on for years. Ever since I learned about the cherry blossom festival in Washington D.C., every spring I have wanted to witness it for myself. A few weeks ago, I went to D.C. for a weekend just to be able to experience this for myself (and to enjoy the famous Georgetown Cupcakes as well).

The bloom schedule is hard to predict as it is heavily reliant on the weather and we all know how difficult it is to time an event on how hot, cold, rainy, or sunny it is. I got there the weekend after peak bloom but it was still so gorgeous. I can’t imagine how breathtaking it would have been on the peak bloom weekend – I probably would have suffered from a visual overload. When the wind blew, the petals would swirl through the air like pink specs of snow. It truly was a magical experience and being able to experience it for myself as opposed to through photos was surreal. Here are a few of my favorite shots from my trip.



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