Sophomore year of college, I had a conversation with my friend who had just worked at an internship in China. She had received less money than she was promised, so I sighed and resented how mainland Chinese companies typically exploited interns like that. “It’s not just China; I think all internships in the world are […]

Oh Lyon, the city that… was founded by the Roman Empire in 43 B.C., became the center of French Resistance in World War II, saw the birth of The Little Prince‘s author, possesses a World UNESCO Heritage Site, is considered France’s food capital…and that most people haven’t heard of. As someone who called Lyon home for nearly 6 months, […]

“For a 5 star palace, the silence of a church, or a romantic honeymoon… Honestly, you make the wrong choice. You should find another address.” So read the little slip that welcomed me to BVJ hostel in Paris’ famed Montmartre district. The sass managed to make me chuckle after a long exhausting morning that started […]

What’s your dream trip like? Does it sound something like ambling along the Seine River in Paris, exploring the medieval abbey-island of Mont St. Michel and roving the streets of Barcelona? Because if it doesn’t, it should. But would you say yes if I add one more detail to the trip—“alone”? I did the things […]

Octopuis with map

This blog spun out of a somewhat ambitious New Year resolution that involves me running a travel blog and publishing two posts per month. I’ve never done something like this when it’s not required, so stay put for the satisfaction of reading them, or laughing at my face when you see yet another miserably failing […]