The Mexico City Earthquake and How You Can Help

Last week, on the 32nd anniversary of the deadly 1985 earthquake, central Mexico was hit by another powerful temblor. The epicenter struck the bordering state of Puebla but the capital was hit the hardest in terms of deaths and destruction. In total, 320 people died, dozens of buildings collapsed, and thousands more were damaged, leaving countless people homeless. Read on for my experience in the earthquake and what you can do to help: Experiencing my First Earthquake Three weeks ago, I moved back to Mexico City. I originally moved to Mexico City last fall […]

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Guide to Navigating NYC Like a Pro

Tips and tricks to help you make the most of your time in the city

Ever since I was little, I’ve accompanied my mom on her buying trips to NYC. She owns a children’s boutique and women’s clothing store and does most of her buying at big trade shows in the city. When I was younger, I’d go to the shows with her but once I got older, I gradually began to explore the city by myself. In the beginning, I was daunted by NYC and all that it has to offer. I had no idea where to even start! Over the years, I’ve learned […]

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More than a party destination: The White Isle of Ibiza

Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza is one of those places whose reputation precedes it. Before going to Ibiza, I assumed it was just a huge party island. I was picturing something straight out of “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.” So while I was curious about it, I must say it wasn’t necessarily top on my list of places to visit. I love a good party as much as the next person but I’ve never been into big clubs or techno music (which Ibiza is famous for) so it didn’t seem like my cup […]

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Istanbul: Where East meets West

For my birthday, Julian told me he was going to take me somewhere special for the weekend but he wouldn’t tell me where. My mind was racing with possibilities! It wasn’t until the morning of our departure that he finally spilled the beans– we would be spending the weekend in Istanbul! The City where East meets West For years now I’ve been dying to go to Istanbul, the city where East meets West. Its cultural heritage spans from an ancient Greek civilization through Persian, Greek, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires to the […]

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My Top 10 Things to Do in Basel

An insider's guide to the very best of Basel, Switzerland

Before moving to Basel in April, I had never been to the city or even to Switzerland. Upon my arrival, I dove right into exploring my new home. From my first day walking around the city square and along the Rhine, I fell in love with Basel. It’s a charming city full of winding alleys, pastel buildings with brightly colored shutters, and bikes along the river. It’s also one of the most well-preserved medieval cities in Europe. Walking around Old Town Basel you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. […]

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Where to eat (and drink!) in Basel

From brunch to dinner, coffee to cocktails, I've got you covered

When Julian and I moved to Basel, we found ourselves faced with a plethora of dining options. The only problem was, it was a bit of a struggle figuring out where to go. In Switzerland, eating out is outrageously expensive so we wanted to make sure that when we did eat out, it was worth the price. It took us several months to find those special places that we kept returning to time and time again. Now I want to pass our carefully curated list of favorite coffee shops, restaurants, […]

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Discovering the Swiss Alps Part 2:

Making cheese, hiking, and exploring Gstaad with a real Swiss cowgirl

Sunday morning, Julian and I woke up at the crack of dawn to visit our friend Linda Bach at her home in the Swiss Alps. Linda grew up in a village called Feutersoey in the mountains outside of the posh ski resort town of Gstaad. Her family owns a dairy farm there, making Linda a real-life cowgirl. We met Linda in college at the University of Virginia. Since moving to Switzerland, we had hoped our paths would cross. Last weekend, the stars finally aligned. Linda was home from Oxford for […]

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Discovering the Swiss Alps Part 1: Interlaken & Adelboden

Saturday morning, Julian and I set off bright and early for a weekend of exploring the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps. During my time in Switzerland, we’ve tried to take full advantage of Basel’s location in the heart of central Europe. We have traveled both near and far– from across the border to Alsace to Milan and Beirut. But in the process we inadvertently neglected Switzerland! For my last weekend in the country, I wanted to remedy this by going somewhere to revel in the natural beauty of […]

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12 Must-dos in and around Beirut

Beirut, Lebanon

Last week, Julian and I took an extremely last-minute trip to Beirut to attend the wedding of two college friends. The bride is Jordanian and the groom Kuwaiti and they decided to host a destination wedding in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Though we really wanted to attend the wedding, it seemed incompatible with Julian’s work schedule. It wasn’t until we spoke with another couple going that we realized we couldn’t miss this. After all, when else would we have the opportunity to attend a wedding in Beirut?? While we […]

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Exploring the fairytale-like towns of Riquewihr and Colmar

Alsace, France

Since moving to Basel, I’ve been dying to explore the nearby towns and villages across the border in France. There are dozens of charming towns to choose from. But after hearing Colmar inspired Belle’s town in Beauty and the Beast, I knew I had to visit. Last weekend we decided to rent a car and make it happen. The best part is, Colmar is less than an hour away from Basel and it’s a beautiful drive through the French countryside. While in Alsace you’ll notice that this region has many Germanic elements, […]

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