How To Get the Most Out of Your Visit to Japan During Sakura Season

It has been one of my dreams to go to Japan and visit this crazy amazing culture that gave us the likes of sushi, anime, and Harajuko girls. Last year for my birthday I was so incredibly blessed to be able to travel to Japan with my boyfriend and now here I am ready to tell you all about it! Sakura season in Japan is known the world over and with good reason: for a few weeks, Japan is covered by cherry blossoms, peppered in between its alluring landscapes. Planning for Sakura season, however, doesn’t have to be stressful! Here are 5 tips to keep in mind when planning your trip to Japan during Sakura season:

5 Things To Do in Harbin

In a blink of an eye Christmas is here and I’m drinking tea in my Family’s house in New Jersey. Looking back now, I am very lucky to have traveled so much this year. With the cold weather now at my doorstep, I was reminded of my trip to Harbin at the beginning of this year. 

The Hills of Guilin- Yangshuo

This scenic spot is most well known for its stunning mountains that jet up from the land, each one unique and different.  

"It looks a bit like a child was let loose on the landscape with some play-dough" 

The Best Way to See Thailand

This past winter break I visited Thailand for a month. I first traveled with my mom and my auntie and then switched gears and traveled with my good friend John. This time gave me time to enjoy with my mom and sightsee while also traveling to many locations and partying with friends. Out of all of my travels here are the things I say you must absolutely do!

Spirited Away in Taipei

Being a English teachers abroad has its perks, the biggest one: getting vacations during holidays. Although we didn't really get Christmas or New Years off, we do get a five week winter vacation! I planned to meet my mom in Thailand around the 12th of January which gave me a few days where I had nothing planned. At first, I had decided to stay home and get everything settled in my apartment. However, after much deliberation, I decided to plan a solo trip in the days leading up to my Thailand trip. One of my New Years resolutions was to solo travel more. I believe than in these solo trips,  you reconnect with yourself and your ideals, and you discover more about yourself that perhaps you never knew.

Have you ever seen three pools mirroring the moon?

December 14th will mark the official date of my three month mark in China! Yeah it has been three months… I am still frequenting the small coffee shop in Hongkou called Waterfish during my lunch breaks. And here I am sitting and reminiscing about a small day trip I took about a month ago with my roommate James. We planned to visit Hangzhou, despite the weather telling us that it was going to be miserable that day. 

Boat rides and small streets: Zhujiajiao and Suzhou

I close my eyes and I open them again. I still cannot believe it has been a month since I arrived in China. Things have been a complete whirlwind, a complete blur. Right now I am sitting down in a small coffee shop across the street from one of the schools I work at, drinking hot water and reminiscing on some of the trips I’ve taken within this first month. 

First Impression: Shanghai

As some of you might know I have accepted a job offer in Shanghai, China to teach English for a year (10 months to be exact). So now I am sitting in a hotel room in Shanghai writing about my first thoughts of the city and what not. But before that I should explain the process in case any of you are ever interested in doing something like this (which if you are in your 20s why not?).

Earth Day

As an April baby myself, I think it is one of the best months of the year: spring showers, flowers start to bloom, days get warmer, school's almost out, bikini season is almost here, and well it’s my birthday (which I celebrate all month). Another reason April is amazing is that it hosts one of the biggest environmental awareness days: Earth Day. The environmental movement has been around for quite some time now, and it celebrates nature and motivates people to learn about their environment and how they can do better.

Maximum adrenaline in Quepos

Costa Rica has many places to visit and each region is absolutely different. It has dry forest and cloud forest, beaches and rivers, wetlands and estuaries. All of these areas have unique sights, fauna, and flora to offer its visitors. My first trip to sightsee in Costa Rica was to Quepos in the province of Puntarenas. This area is known for being in close proximity to Manuel Antonio National Park, the smallest national park in Costa Rica.

10 Things to bring to a remote Turtle Project

As many of you know I am currently living and working in Costa Rica. My job involves working with sea turtles and living in a remote location with a group of people. As the days pass, I have come to the conclusion that there are some essential items that I cannot do without. With that being said here is a list of these top items to bring if you ever decide to work at a turtle project (or perhaps camp out at the beach).

How to start living "Pura Vida"

So here I am two weeks into my internship in Caletas, Costa Rica working with sea turtles and I am absolutely loving it! Don’t get me wrong it’s long hours and hard work, but it’s all that I wanted and then some. Since I will be mostly here for a while I thought I would break up my posts into something a little different: I will do posts mostly about the work that I am doing here and how to live remotely in a sustainable fashion (thinking of my friend Suzie here).

Jet-setters: an all girls weekend (Part II)

So if you haven’t read part one you might want to take a look. But I will start where I left off which is a small vineyard in St. Emilion. We woke up early and headed downstairs for our cute little breakfast that was offered to us by our amazing hostess. We laughed about all the craziness that happened the night before, we hoped that there was more time to explore around, and we planned our day in Bordeaux. 

Bikes and... Amsterdam!

Walking down a small alley I look around me and all I see is bikes and canals… Yes ladies and gents I officially arrived in Amsterdam! Walking around you can easily forget your problems and troubles. Everyone here looks happy to see you, and they probably are, Amsterdam is dependent mostly on tourist visits this amazing floating city. 

No Planning Trip: Bienvenidos a mi Barcelona!

Right after our class trip to Freiburg, we got back and immediately started packing for our fall break trip. Our first stop was Barcelona. My first visit to Barcelona was when I was very young, and I honestly do not remember much except seeing the Sagrada Familia cathedral from afar and thinking it was super weird looking. That’s it. This time around, I planned on seeing more. Of course things never go as planned, and the only event that I had bought a ticket for was the Barcelona vs. Eidibar game. Of course we wanted to check out other tourist attractions but we failed to realize that we have to make reservations for everything in Barcelona. Also, all museums and things to see in Barcelona are very expensive. So my advice when visiting Barcelona is to plan it all out. But in case you are already in Barcelona and you didn’t plan it out here are 5 tips to get the most out of this amazing city.

The "Green City" of Freiburg

As part of my Environmental Management and Sustainability program, our teacher brought us to see what a sustainable city looks like. Now let me start by saying that Freiburg is not 100% sustainable but they are making incredible strides towards achieving this goal. We started our journey to Freiburg on a bus along with the French Masters program that is similar to the program we are in (just that their classes are all in french). It was a whole’s day journey, but we finally made it to Freiburg and we rested and got ready for our first day of exploring. We work up early and headed into Freiburg from our hostel and we noticed right away that this city was different. I saw designated bike lanes through out the city and many pedestrian only areas. We stopped in the middle of the city and met Luciano, our tour guide for the next two days. I am not going to write out every single thing we saw and experience during the trip because I am already doing that for a project for class. Instead, I want to highlight 5 things that inspired me to be more sustainable when I was in Freiburg.