Art Appreciation at LACMA

Craving some beautiful art? Want to immerse yourself in ancient and contemporary cultural symbols? Are you searching for a place to take cool Instagrams? The Los Angeles County Museum of Art might be just the place for you. LACMA is one of the largest art museums in the West. Its vast collections include almost every […]

To Love and Be Loved in Thailand

When I used to think about studying abroad, the first image that came to my mind was often jet-setting across continents and visiting new cities every weekend. Unlike most people I know (looking at you, friends in Europe), I haven’t known this to be my reality and until last week I hadn’t left New Zealand […]

Exploring New Zealand with Me, Myself, and I

When I made the decision to study abroad, I was in — even knowing that none of my family or friends would be in the same country, or in my case the same hemisphere. I knew that even though I was bound to make some awesome new friends, it wouldn’t be the same as hanging […]

Around the World in L.A.

I headed out one night after a dinner in Persian restaurant Javan. It was late so I decided to call an Uber. The driver was a smiling elderly man. I shared a ride with a young woman who, like me, had just wrapped up a great evening. When I stepped into the Uber, I immediately […]

Explore Santa Monica

Santa Monica is one of those places you absolutely must visit when you’re in Los Angeles. With its beautiful sandy beaches, its retro pier and its large selection of restaurants and shopping areas, Santa Monica is a beachfront heaven for tourists, retirees, families and college students alike. I have lived in Santa Monica for three […]

Sunny Days on Catalina Island

As the weather gets warmer, we try to find more ways to have fun, and what better way to celebrate California’s beautiful climate than by going to the ocean? But maybe you’re bored of going to the same beaches over and over again. Maybe you’re looking for a fresh destination to visit. Santa Catalina Island, […]

New Zealand as a Cultural Mecca

New Zealand probably isn’t one of the first ones that comes to mind when it comes to cultural meccas. But in the nearly two months that I have been here, I have learned more than I thought I would about New Zealand and Maori culture. Maori culture plays a large role in defining New Zealand, […]

Westminster Bridge Belongs to All of Us, Now More Than Ever

  On Tuesday, a terrorist attack occurred on Westminster Bridge about a mile and a half from my flat in central London, killing four and injuring 40, seven of whom are in critical condition. The attack occurred when a car drove into a crowd on Westminster Bridge before crashing into the gate surrounding the House […]