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Diverse and proud. 

As the 4th largest country in the world in terms of land and water area, it’s no surprise that the US is a diverse country. A melting pot of cultures, you can sample all sorts of food and cultural experiences. Whether it is the hustle and bustle of New York City or the laid back indie vibes of Portland, major cities here have a personality of their own for you to discover and appreciate. Most locals are proud of their home and aren’t afraid to show it!

 

#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 »

#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 »

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 »

Returning Home for #BlogHouse Chicago

Returning Home for #BlogHouse Chicago

It had been almost two years since I had last been home to Chicago. While throughout my time in Hong Kong I had contemplated coming home for the one-off holiday or wedding, I just never found a compelling enough reason to pay the expensive prices to come back for only a few short days. I knew it would have to be something ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Chicago From Above

Foto Friday: Chicago From Above

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of downtown Chicago from above. Chicago is often touted as one of the most beautiful, yet under appreciated cities of the US. It’s often not thought of as a tourist destination, despite that it has great attractions and its architecture is some of the best ... Read More »

An Insider’s Guide to the Taste of Chicago

An Insider's Guide to the Taste of Chicago

One of my favorite things about living in Chicago is that come summertime, it becomes festival heaven. On any given week there are at least three festivals going on somewhere around the city, but none can compare to the Taste of Chicago. Being from Chicago, this is one event I always make sure to attend when I’m back at home. ... Read More »