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Foto Friday: Muyil in Sian Ka’an, Riviera Maya

Foto Friday: Muyil in Sian Ka'an, Riviera Maya

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of Muyil in the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve in the Riviera Maya. Taking our boat across the lagoon and navigating through mangrove surrounded canals, the last thing I expected was to see a Mayan temple. Hidden in lush jungle, we came across this small temple which consisted of ... Read More »

#FindingAsia: Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints, Chicago

#FindingAsia: Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints, Chicago

Chicago is known for having one of the best art museums in the country, complete with a large Asian art wing. However, from now until January 4th, 2015 guests can enjoy the exhibition Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints, which features some of the celebrated collection of Clarence Buckingham. This special exhibition showcases prints depicting the supernatural, a popular motif in Japanese art. The ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Dramatic Coastlines of the Riviera Maya

Foto Friday: Dramatic Coastlines of the Riviera Maya

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the dramatic coastline of the Riviera Maya. Heading to explore the Mayan ruins in Tulum, we were greeted by grey clouds and a rugged coastline– no wonder they say these ruins are the prettiest because of their idyllic setting. As we ran down the rickety ... Read More »

Pushing My Limits in Mexico

Pushing My Limits in Mexico

You know, despite traveling all over the world, I’m honestly o ot much of an adventurer. Sure I may try eating the occasional weird thing or take part in an off-beat festival from time to time, but you’ll never see me bungee jumping or sky diving. No sir, not me, not ever! I’m the girl who’s afraid of riding the ... Read More »

#FindingAsia: Mochitsuki at the Midwest Buddhist Temple, Chicago

#FindingAsia: Mochitsuki at the Midwest Buddhist Temple

Mochi (餅), which is a sweet sticky rice cake, has been eaten in Japan since ancient times for special celebrations and festivals. The practice of hand-pounding mochi, known as mochitsuki (餅つき), is now rare even in Japan as most people would rather buy machine-made mochi sold at stores instead of making their own. Yet still, whether store-bought or home-made, the ... Read More »

Experiencing Christkindlmarket, Chicago: America’s Most Authentic German Christmas Market

Experiencing Christkindlmarket, Chicago: America's Most Authentic German Christmas Market

Each year from mid-November until Christmas Eve, Christkindlmarket allows visitors to experience authentic German traditions without having to travel any farther than the city of Chicago. Modeled after the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Chicago’s Christmas market sister city, the Christkindlmarket in Chicago is the largest open-air holiday market in the US. And it’s also the most authentic. The market now has ... Read More »

Cancun: More than Just All-Inclusive Resorts

Cancun: More than Just All-Inclusive Resorts

I had never been to Mexico until this past September. Yup, that’s right. The one place where even all of my non-traveling friends had visited, I hadn’t. And you know why? Because Cancun had never interested me. I honestly probably wouldn’t have visited Cancun if it hadn’t been the destination for the annual travel blogger’s conference TBEX. Whenever I thought ... Read More »

Hospitality, History, and Hats at The Baker House

Hospitality, History, and Hats at The Baker House

After spending the afternoon taking a boat tour around the grand Lake Geneva waterfront, we were a bit cold and more than ready for dinner. Walking down the scenic shoreline, we arrived at the historic Baker House. Originally built in 1885 as a summer home for Mrs. Robert Hall Baker, this Nationally Registered Historic Property has served several purposes throughout ... Read More »

Lake Geneva: A Town for All Seasons

Lake Geneva: A Town for All Seasons

Despite living 10 minutes from the state line, a majority of my friends growing up had never been to Wisconsin. Even in my area, most people seem to have this perception that Wisconsin is nothing more than dairy farms and cheeseheads. If it hadn’t been for my dad’s side of the family being from there, I too, probably would have scoffed at the ... Read More »