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I just realized as I am typing this that I went to two places called Saint John last year. One in the Caribbean and one in Canada. There’s a lot of places named after St. John the Baptist, a Jewish preacher, who was considered the forerunner to Jesus, as it is believed that he baptized Jesus. I also did not know that. You learn something new everyday. You’ll actually learn a ton when you visit this bayside beauty because this is a city of museums, and I love a city of museums.
Saint John is a city on the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, and it is one of the oldest settlements in Canada. A huge port city, it is also home to one of the foremost natural wonders of the world, reversing falls. Everyone knows that rivers run to the sea right? Well sometimes they don’t, like in this case, the bay of Fundy waters flow backwards.
Sydney, Canada has very little in common with its shared name cousin from down under. For one, it is quite small, being located in the peninsular province of Nova Scotia. There are no wallabys or koalas, but there is certainly an abundance of natural beauty.
Sydney, more of a community than actual city, is located Cape Breton Island (no relation to Breton crackers, I don’t think). This island is located at the far Northeastern tip of the province, and has experienced a boom in tourism over the years due to said natural beauty.
This was the place to see some of the most beautiful fall foliage. I mean, the roads along the famed Cabot Trail and up in the highlands (the Scots were attracted to this place for a reason) were lined with vibrant hues from the frostbitten leaves.
And yes there is another Canadian Sidney from Nova Scotia, but we’ll get to him later…
Vermont, known for Ben & Jerry’s, the Green Mountains, Bernie Sanders, and so much more, is arguably the most beautiful state in the US to enjoy fall foliage (I will probably say this about each state I visited).
You may have noticed that I was gone for a few weeks (or maybe you didn’t and in that case, my feelings are hurt); I was on an epic cultural roadtrip through New England, and I definitely forgot to schedule posts (smort). But I’m back, baby, and ready to share some pictures of autumn with y’all.
Trust me, when you get older, you will be thrilled by simple notions such as leaves turning different colors.
nothing gold can stay
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:
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.
There are 14 cities named Greenville in the US, with the one located in South Carolina arguably the most famous. So, yeah that Greenville, as the saying goes.
Recently, I had the chance to briefly visit some friends in this area, and having no frame of reference to the area before, I can say it is a very nice place to live and raise a family. It’s a real up and comer as I would say. Lots of large suburban gated communities, which warms my suburb raised heart, yet there’s also a decently sized, vibrant, and young downtown.
so yeah, come visit that Greenville
In the words of the great Jose Feliciano, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart! Feliz Navidad is one of the all time great Christmas songs, and Mexico is one of the all time great travel destinations. The culture, food, history, people– everything about this country is amazing.
La Ciudad de Mexico (CDMX) is one of the foremost cosmopolitan areas of the world, with bustling energy, a lively arts and fashion scene, inventive and traditional food culture, and architectural gems galore. There are well preserved alhambras and monuments reminiscent of the grand plazas of Europe amongst a sea of modern skyscrapers and high rise hotels.
Fun fact: I won the Spanish language award my senior year in high school. Another fun fact: my Spanish is terrible. Like muy terible. I have the worst American accent when I attempt to speak, but I do try, y es la intencion es lo que cuenta? Un poquito (read: oohn poke-ee-toe)? En acualmente, escribo mejor que hablar, que lastima! Lo siento, yo se mi espanol no es bueno, pero me humor por favor.
Nota: Todas las photografias en esta blog post son cortesia de mi hermana.
CDMX is having a real moment right now, so brush off your Paso a Paso book from high school…vamos a Mexico! HOLA y Bienvenidos a Mexico!
The country lost one of its foremost American war heroes this week, Senator John McCain. A POW during the Vietnam War, he continued to serve his country after returning home, both in Congress and in the Senate, representing the state of Arizona.
here’s to home, RIP
Edinburgh is the perfect city for a day trip/long layover…especially during the month of August, when the city celebrates its nearly month-long creative arts and entertainment based Fringe Festival.
Even if you’re not visiting for the Fringe benefits (see what I did there?), it’s manageable, transit is well planned and there’s a lot to see and do in a small area. For being a smaller capital city, Edinburgh’s history is just so rich and jam packed with notable figures and events. Just don’t be like me and not realize that they use British pounds instead of Euros. Doh.
As we all swelter in the blazing sun today, all I can do is dream of the perpetually cool, crisp air in Reykjavik. While I dream of my next trip to somewhere more brisk, here’s a little #tbt to cooler weather in Iceland.
Iceland is super trendy. In the past decade, there’s been a >300% increase in the amount of visitors to Iceland — it’s almost to the point where you barely see any locals. Because I have the worst FOMO ever, I needed to go here before tourists overrun everything and American chains start moving in. Everyone in my family had already gone (which is not a reason to travel, but again, FOMO), so off I headed to Reykjavik for an Icelandic adventure.
all is full of love…