A year ago, I literally posted that about the move that sent Kawhi up north. Well, apparently that trade certainly paid off as the Toronto Raptors will be playing the GS Warriors (yawn) in the NBA Finals. No hate towards the Warriors, but aren’t we all sort of rooting for some new blood to take the Larry O’Brien?
Here’s a throwback post all about the great white north:
Taipei is the capital of Taiwan, the large island formerly known as Formosa, just off the coast of China. Officially, this commonwealth is currently a part of the PROC, but it has had a very tumultuous history due to its location between Japan and China.
Because of its location as a gateway to the East, it is a very popular stopover destination. I have used it as such twice and found it to be every bit as exciting as some of my final destinations.
Perhaps the most well known feature of this city is its bounty of night markets and food. The origin of your milk teas and soup dumplings, Taiwan is a food lover’s fever dream.
In honor of the new Amy Poehler directed movie, Wine Country, that hit Netflix last week, here’s to celebrating some of the best Sonoma Valley has to offer.
Visiting Napa during Memorial Day weekend is a must for my all time festival love, Bottlerock, but I actually almost prefer the less crowded, easy going nature of the Sonoma Valley. They’re both great. This is how you know you’re old, by how much you enjoy wine country.
Cuba has always been a mysterious destination to me, an off limits locale due to the long standing US embargo. And what they say is true, you often want what you can’t have. Thus, when the travel ban was eased in 2015, Havana shot to the top of my list of places to travel, and I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to visit.
Growing up in the US, there was not much information about this large Caribbean nation other than what was very briefly covered in history books, so I didn’t know what to expect.
This turned out to be a good thing because Havana was the best surprise. I was stricken by its je ne sais quois (or no se que in Spanish…doesn’t really translate ;). I mean, it’s an incredibly culturally rich and beautiful city. It is both quaint and cosmopolitan, architecturally divine with its expansive boulevards and thoughtful city planning. But there’s more to it than that because a lot of cities have those things and they’re not quite as fascinating.
Historically speaking, from pirates to American gangsters, you’re not going to find as interesting a place in these parts. The country’s rise to immense power due to the sugar trade was astounding and its revolutionary history with its colorful figures is even more intriguing. And being closed off to American travel for so long? Maybe that adds to the allure. Whatever it is, Havana is a really wonderful destination.
As Camila Cabello says, take me back, back, back…