Chúc Mừng Năm Mới 2013! (Happy New Year 2013!)

Hoan Kiem Lake

My apartment is approximately a five minute walk from one of Hanoi’s most famous lakes, Hoan Kiem, or The Lake of the Returned Sword. Legend has it that Emperor Le Loi, who was emperor of Vietnam in the mid 1400s, was boating on the lake one day when a turtle emerged from the water, caught…

Street Food: Chè

I can’t say I’ve tried out much street food since I’ve been here, and that’s partly because I’m a vegetarian and much of the street food has meat in it. It’s probably time to be more adventurous though!  I have however, been introduced to the world of street food sweets. “Chè” refers to a kind…

Hiking in Malibu

Hikes with great views of the ocean are some of my favorites and Malibu offers plenty of those.  For me, there’s nothing quite like catching a glimpse of the ocean after climbing a steep trail. It makes it that much more worth it. This hike in Solstice Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains had some…

Night Markets and Things I Don’t Need

So I first realized that I might have done this a few days ago, but today it’s been confirmed: I left my camera in the U.S. AWESOME. I only moved to another country over 8,000 miles away. Why not leave my camera? Aarg.  That just means that you’ll have a few more days (weeks?) of…

First post!

I decided it was time my blog moved to a different platform and had its own domain name.For now, I figure I’ll keep pretty much the same content both here and on my tumblr, but eventually I hope to primarily just post pictures there.  Any thoughts? The most exciting thing is that you can now…

I just spent 30 minutes on this post, but Tumblr decided to update itself in the middle of my writing so it didn’t get saved. Annoying. Anyway, it’s been a productive week, only helped by the fact that I’m awoken every morning at 8am(or earlier) by loudspeakers. My biggest accomplishment has definitely been learning to…

Natural Bridges State Beach tide pools, Santa Cruz, CA This spot is one of my favorite spots in the world; I could spend all day exploring the tide pools here. Not too mention that the beach itself is also great.