As a frequent visitor of the Wedding Planning subreddit, I’ve seen many recap posts there and I thought I would write one of my own detailing all the wedding planning over the last year since we were engaged.
I admit when I was younger, I was all about setting new goals and resolutions with each ball drop. I vowed to eat healthier, exercise more, work productively, spend time with family and friends, and all the broad, generic statements everyone likes to make at the start of each year. Once I realized that wasn’t working out for me, I quit making resolutions at all. I just decided that I was going to be a better version of myself in the new year. I plan to keep that resolution with me not just this year, but every year.
During the first week in October, I embarked on an unforgettable 9-day (including travel) trip to Switzerland with a good friend of mine from college. We bought tickets months in advance through Icelandair. The airfare cost around $405/person while our Airbnb stays were $410/person. We each got our own 8-day Swiss travel pass that was CHF 398 ($399.60). This totaled $1214.60 before even stepping foot on Swiss soil.
It is pretty expensive to travel to Switzerland, but the scenic views are so worth it. Switzerland is a gorgeous country and if you are a person who enjoys the outdoors and picturesque mountain scenery, Switzerland is a must.
In a digital world of iPhones, laptops, iPads, and other electronics to keep us seemingly connected, it is becoming clear that we are actually becoming disengaged from our loved ones and nature.
Hence why Jon Staff and Pete Davis, two Harvard Business School friends, pitched the idea of Getaway House and raised $1.2 million in seed funding. The concept of Getaway House is simple – renting out tiny houses in the woods for those looking to unplug.
Long overdue but I made a trip up to NYC for my birthday weekend, and I had a blast! As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s impossible to get bored of this gutsy and spunky city. The great Frank Sinatra boldly asserted, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” And if that Frank Sinatra sang it, it must be true.
Here is a list of all the places I visited this time around:
Everyone knows about Thomas Jefferson – the third President of the United States, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, the first Secretary of State, the governor of Virginia, the Minister to France, the founder of the University of Virginia, his list of accolades goes on and on. However, did you know that he was also an oenophile? He had a vision for wine and planted thousands of vines on his Monticello land, hoping to produce high-quality wines that would rival the best of the Old World ones.
The Monticello Wine Trail has 33 winery members all located within 25 miles of Charlottesville, Virginia. Each winery of the Monticello Wine Trail pays homage to Thomas Jefferson’s winemaking vision.
I hope to someday visit every one of these 33 wineries. So far, I have visited two. In this post, I want to document my visit to Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. I’ve frequented Pippin Hill twice so far, and I’m sure there will be more visits in the future!
New York City is never boring. The city is always changing, so fluid and dynamic. I’ve been to NYC over 20 times, and I have yet to explore everything. I doubt you can even explore the same street year after year without some alteration here and there.
While it’s June and we’re nearing the official start of summer, the sad truth is that spring ended long ago and the infamous summer humidity of Washington, D.C. is back in full force. These days, we see longer winters and summers but only the quickest glimpse of an idyllic spring in the city.
To reminisce on the barely week that was spring, I’m telling my spring story in pictures.
What can you do in Chicago in 72 hours? Quite a lot, actually.
I’ve been to Chicago a handful of times, both for work and pleasure. It’s one of my favorite cities in the U.S. for its food, attractions, people, and culture. If you’ve never been before, I highly recommend booking a trip.
Happy New Year! Here’s to 2018 and a new year full of possibilities. What are your resolutions, if any, for the new year?
I thought I would start off the new year with an update on my golden pup, Brinkley (see meet brinkley). Brinkley is now 8 months old – obviously still very much a young puppy but his growth has been significant from a tiny ball of fluff I could hold in my arm to a 50-lb. adorable and handsome dog.
After a few days in Paris, I took the Chunnel to London. The Chunnel (Channel Tunnel) is a rail that connects northern France to southeast England. There are over 23 miles/37 km of the tunnel that is underwater. It’s a very popular way to get from Paris, Marseilles, Lyon, and Lille in France to London. The trip took about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
London was loads of fun as well. I stayed by Hyde Park, a very convenient location to many of the attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, London Eye, and Kensington Palace. The London Tube was easy to use and traversed all across the city, which made getting to and from the British Museum, British Library, and Wembley Stadium effortless.
When I came back from vacation, most of my friends and colleagues would ask, “Which one do you better?” London or Paris? Honestly, the two cities are very similar in a lot of ways. An epicure’s dream, culturally enriching with museums that house impressive works of art or sculptures, beautiful urban green spaces and parks, and landmarks that are historically significant.
To me, Paris is a breathtakingly gorgeous city that is well designed, compact, architecturally impressive, and more walkable. Meanwhile, London is more ethnically diverse, and its world-class museums are free. At the end of the day, it comes down to one’s preference. Scones or croissants? Louvre or the British Museum? Versailles or Buckingham Palace? Harrods or Champs-Élysées? Quite frankly, there’s no need to choose. I would love to go back to both.