This weekend, a few friends and I flew off to Seattle, Washington to make use of the long weekend. I have to say, we had quite the adventure. So to go beyond the typical Pike Place Market and Seattle Space Needle, here are some of my favorite things to do in Seattle.
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For much of the Western world, Christmas is on December 25th. That is the day everyone tears open Christmas presents, devours delicious meals, and celebrates Jesus’ birth. However, December 25th is not the only Christmas celebrated around the world. As a matter of fact, for many around the world, Christmas is on January 7th.
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I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions. I don’t think that making a list one night of ALL of the things I want to change or accomplish in life will actually make me do them. Plus, many times, my goals are WAY to lofty for me to even see a clear path to achieving them – like establishing myself as a travel writer – let alone for me to do in a year. Nevertheless, I’ve made a list of travel-themed New Year’s resolutions for you to add to your list. These are all ideas that I think have added to my travelling experiences in the past, so I thought I’d share them with you.
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For the handful of you who have been following this blog for a while, you know that, last year, I studied abroad in Switzerland for eight months. It’s been eight months since I left the Geneva airport for the last time, and I’ve been pretty nostalgic these past few days (all the Swiss Instagram accounts I follow are probably fueling this nostalgia with their winter wonderland-like pictures of the Alps and the cute Swiss towns). So to try to cure my nostalgia, here are a few things I miss about Switzerland.
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I am not the kind of person to have a bucket list. The idea of having a list of things to do and needing to complete them all isn’t my thing – it’s basically another to-do list, and I’m not about that. I do have an adventure list, which is similar in that it is also a list of cool things to do; however, I do not feel the need to complete them all. But that won’t stop me from recommending 16 things to add to the bucket lists that you inevitably have. Continue reading “16 Things to Add Your Bucket List Right Now”
This past week, women in Saudi Arabia obtained the right to drive. Yes, there are now women driving in Saudi Arabia! In the United States, I’ve heard a few different views on this. There are the supporters, who are like, “Yes! Women’s rights!” Then, there are the doubters, who think there are going to be a ton of restrictions that women in Saudi Arabia will have to overcome before they are actually able to obtain a license. They compare it to how African Americans struggled to vote, even after they obtained their right to vote, because of grandfather clauses and literacy tests. Then there are the people who think this is all a political move and nothing is really going to change in Saudi Arabia.
I decided to message a friend – let’s call her Nadia – who has lived in Saudi Arabia all of her life, and ask for her insight on the matter.
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A year ago today, I was at LAX, boarding a plane to Switzerland to start my amazing eight-month study abroad experience. I know this is going to sound cliché, but this was the most life-changing experience I’ve had thus far. I definitely think people should take the opportunity to do so, and so here are ten reasons to study abroad.
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Hawaii is always described as a melting pot of different cultures, but, let’s be real, it’s always thought of as a melting pot of Asian cultures. I’ve even written quite a bit about the influence of the Asian cultures in Hawaii in my posts on Chinatown and the Japanese Byodo-In Temple. However, there are other cultures in Hawaii that, while they have smaller populations, have an influential presence, like the Greeks. Just this past weekend, Honolulu’s annual Greek Festival took place at Ala Moana Beach Park, and, as precedented by years past, my family and I stopped by.
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