All posts tagged travel

  • Empty pictures

    Hi. It’s me.

    I’ve been away, but okay.

    I’m sorry, but in May I didn’t have the energy to write anymore after work (which was usually late o’clock anyway), nor the desire to look at a computer during my free time.

    I also went to Barcelona.



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  • Stateside again

    I’m sitting in the dining room of my parent’s house in Nebraska. My month-long trip to Asia is over and I’m trying to catch up on sleep and prepare for moving across the other half of the country. But before I shift into a the next mode, a few words, no?


    singapore helix bridge

    My first stop was a long weekend in Singapore to see my brother. He still had to work, but while he was doing that I got to walk around, explore the botanical garden(s) and meet his lovely friends! I could see how it was easy for Ben to move there: good public transport, bustling business, diverse community, and they speak English . Probably the only barrier is that it’s expensive (4th most expensive in the world!).

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  • A first date with San Francisco

    I just spent the last week in San Francisco for the a conference on interaction design. I had a great time at the conference and got a new perspective on a lot of topics. But I’ll talk about about that later when the videos come out about the lectures so that I can really share them with you. 

    I felt like I was meeting the personality San Francisco. Like the city was someone I was meeting on a first date. I had already heard a lot about it and had this idea of what it was going to be like in my head, but expectations and reality are different things. I had spent an early morning and a long (and unexpected) layover waiting to fly in. Anticipation was growing. When I finally got in the plane, I was absolutely enthralled by the vision outside my window. Staring out the window is always pretty, right? But I’ve never seen so many beautiful colors and intricate shapes as I saw on the way to San Francisco. I was even confused by what exactly I was seeing and spent more time than usual staring out the window as we drove into the sun.


    Sorry in advance that I forgot to bring my real camera. 

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  • And so begins my summer…

    View from the Grössmunster bell tower

    When I studied German in high school I was always confused by the word glück. It means happiness and luck and I never knew when to use one or the other. It’s most often translated as “happy.” But how do you say you’re lucky? I asked my host and she gave me very thoughtful response to what the difference between luck and happiness was in general. And when I asked if the different meanings—luck and happiness—are held within the same word in German, after a pause, she said she thought that yes, they were used in the same word: glück .  You say you ‘have glück’ (haben glück) to indicate luck and when you are happy, you are just glücklich.

    Isn’t that interesting? Maybe it means you are always lucky to be happy and that you should always be grateful because it’s just by chance that you are happy. Maybe we put too much emphasis on having bad luck in English.

    I think I’m going to call this the summer of glück because I have never felt so lucky—or happy.

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  • amsterdam + paris movie




    Totally doing side-project housekeeping over spring break. Sorry if my movie makes you sea-sick. I also probably should have just picked a longer song so I didn’t have to cram everything at the end.


  • 5: Places in Toronto


    I am in Toronto this weekend with the Design League at CMU. We’re going on a bunch of tours of design studios here. It’ has been great to see a variety of businesses. We left on Thursday at 2am, drove all night until we arrived  at 9:15 am (thats right, the same day) and started touring. We wee all so tired. Even when the firms were interesting, it was painful and impossible for everyone to stay awake. It was not ideal, but that’s what happens when you try to cram everything in a weekend. :)

    So far, Blok has stood out as a heaven on Earth for those passionate about design. We visited today after getting an ok amount of sleep. I think the word “passion” gets thrown around a lot in the design creative field, but the owner of Block, Vanessa Eckstein, talked with this fierce sincerity about her design philosophy that said more about passion for design than I’ve ever heard, despite her calm and controlled voice. She has this intensity and love for her work and studio that I admired. I hope to have a mentor like her someday.

    But I won’t bore you, dear friends, with all the details. Here’s are five places i’ve been to so far.


    1. Royal Ontario Musuem (pictured above). We happened to come today and they happen to have a special event on Friday from 7-11:30 where they open up the museum at a cheaper price and have live music, food, and drinks. It was like a swanky party. There were a bunch of young people dressed to the nines. That was all well and good, but because they were all socializing and being loved, I got to pretty much have the museum to myself. Ideal situation.
    2. Chinatown. It was neat, we bought some cheap souvenir and ate a restaurant called Asian Legend that my housemate recommended.  Out of all the very authentic places we passed, I was surprised when I saw it and it looked the most American-ized with a modern atmosphere. He had lived in Shanghai for a time and visits Asia often and he had said it was some of the best Chinese food he’s had outside China. It was really delicious!! We got the chicken dumplings and Shanghai noodles. I’m sorry to say that I’ve never been to Shanghai so I don’t know how authentic it was, but it was delicious. It was super spiced, but it had a delicate and savory taste that made it so much more attractive to me.
    3. G is for Gelato. A divine little shop near our hostel. I was seriously blown away by how good it was. I got the coconut almond and the pistachio.
    4. Which reminds me, we’re staying at HI Ontario. I highly recommend. I’ve stayed at hotels that are much worse than the rooms and facilities here. It makes me think I should be internationally traveling more.
    5. Casa Lomo. A castle here a little north of where we’re staying. We didn’t go in ($20, we’re not made of solid gold!) but we walked around the exterior and it was pretty impressive. It looked so new though, when I think castle I think decaying a little. The windows pretty much looked dual insulated.

    Anyway, more adventures tomorrow before we leave at 9pm (and get back at the super safe hour of 3am) At which time I’ll pay dearly for this mid-semester break with piles and piles of homework.As my mom would say “Laugh now, cry later.” (I think I’ve also heard this in a movie, ha). Loving Canada though.

  • Giant list of things I did in NYC

    I want to record it, but I also think it would be boring to actually describe it. But last week I went to New York with my friend Igor who is starting school at Parsons for graphic design this year. I’m so proud of him! Way legit. While I was there, I also met his two lovely friends Teel, Ben, and Lucie.

    I’ll go in semi-chronological order.

    01. Ted & Honey cafe in Brooklyn in the Brooklyn Naval Yard

    02. Admiral’s row.

    03. Tea Lounge for open mic night

    04. Union Square

    05. Strand Book

    06. Everyman Espresso

    07. Souen

    08. Greenwich Village Comedy Club (This was a last minute plan after we couldn’t get in the Comedy Cellar. Would not recommend. Sketcy).

    09. Caffee Reggio (first cafe in the United States)

    10. Turkiss

    11. The Met

    12. Rockefeller Center

    13. Times Square

    14. Pier 11

    15. Central Park

    16. Evolution Store (I wanted to get something for Sarah here so bad. Such a cool store!)

    17. Madison Square Park

    18. Highline Park (loved this park! Such an incredible idea)

    19. Thien Huong in Chinatown for Bahn mis

    20. Ground Support Cafe

    21. Bliss Cafe (really delicious vegetarian restaurant in Williamsburg)

    22. Night of Joy bar

    23. Barcade

    24. American Museum of Natural History

    25. Upright Citizens Brigade (loved them!)

    26. Tick Tock Diner

    27. 2nd Ave Deli

    28. Caffe Grazie (we got sangrias here for free. They were delicious)

    29. IFC Center to see Sleepwalk With Me opening with Ira Glass & Mike Birbiglia

    30. Museum of Modern Art

    31. Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Co.

    32. Pushkin Creperie Bakery (SO delicious! Highly recommend!)