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Coney Island has long been one of my favorite places in New York. I regret that I didn’t start blogging earlier, because I have so many happy memories on this unique little beach that I’d love to share. But this weekend, I got to make some new ones. Finally, finally, after years of a conflicting schedule…

Peace Among the Rice Paddies: The Alaya Ubud thumbnail

While budget is often my bottom line by necessity, my arts background and my ingrained appreciation for aesthetics means I have a deep appreciation for great design. Few things make me happier than finding a gem of a boutique hotel in which thought and style has been injected into every aspect. That’s what I found at…

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Leaving Singapore, I flew directly to Bali and in doing so reached a major travel milestone. Indonesia was the 20th foreign country I had traveled to! While Singapore had been a very short visit, I feel lucky that I have spent significant amounts of time in most of the countries whose stamps I have in my…

The Great Escape: Month 22 Roundup (and where 21 went!) thumbnail

Since I left home for my Great Escape, I’ve been doing monthly roundups of my adventures filled with anecdotes, private little moments, and thoughts that are found nowhere else on this blog. As this site is not just a resource for other travelers but also my own personal travel diary, I like to take some time…

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Lately, my Photo of the Week posts have been just a single photo — a far cry from the many, many options I post when I’m abroad! But frankly that’s because on this visit back to the States I’ve been focused less on fun and travel and more on work and other drudgery. (And let’s just…

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My twenty four hours in Singapore were ticking away quickly. As night drew near, I set off for my blind-friend-date. My travel buddy Heather, who I was traipsing around The Philippines with, had a friend who had recently moved home to Singapore and readily agreed to meet me for dinner. Once we found each other, she…

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