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Boston: Walking through the American Revolution

It was just after Canada Day on July 1st which happens to fall on a Wednesday and so K and I decided to write off Thursday and Friday to hit the road and give Boston a visit (just in time for 4th of July!). ¬†It was a blisteringly hot day so obviously we stopped for some McDonald’s soft serve ūüôā After about 8hrs of driving we made it just in time to catch the sunset. ¬†Their metro system is very robust and you get pretty much get to anywhere using their transit. ¬†We walked over to South Boston to explore the area and grab some seafood as recommended by our Airbnb host.¬† Seaport is where you can find beautiful views of the water and about a dozen seafood restaurants . Legal Seafood was a hot spot and for a good reason – they had probably the best outdoor patio lookout. ¬†They charge a pretty penny for it too, but that didn’t stop a line up from bursting past the doors. We skipped it and ate …

Seafood in South Carolina

Charleston was my favorite city by far from our road trip. ¬†It had a very Californian feel with its palm trees, warm dry breezes, and an active community. ¬†All the beaches, restaurants, and points of interest we wanted to hit up were within driving distance of one another which was brilliant. ¬†Our first stop was breakfast at Hominy Grill. ¬†We found this place online as it was starred in several food networks and was highly rated – for a good reason too. ¬†The place is extremely clean and beautifully decorated that gave it a perfect summer brunch venue feel. ¬† We opted to sit outdoors since it was such a gorgeous day. ¬†Their breakfast menu is a modest one-pager with Southern classics like Shrimp & Grits, Biscuits, and waffles. ¬†I went straight for the grits. ¬†K went with a spinach and feta omelet with taters.¬† This being the first time I’ve ever tried grits, I was blown away by how much flavor was packed into what seemingly looked like plain porridge. ¬†It was delicious!!! ¬†In …

Philadelphia, PA

I used to dread road trips. ¬†As a kid, the thought of getting jammed in a car with my parents arguing about directions for hours on end was enough to make road tripping an obsolete term – I did not associate it with vacations. ¬†It wasn’t until recently when I eased myself into short road trips with friends that I realized…it wasn’t all that painful. ¬†I cannot stress enough how big of a difference travel companions can make or break a trip. ¬†After tackling drives to New York and Montreal, I was about to embark on my biggest roadtrip yet. ¬†A 14hr drive away from Toronto to South Carolina. ¬†To make the journey less daunting, we decided to stop in different cities along the way, experiencing the culture and food of 8 destinations. Our first stop was Philadelphia. ¬†No…we didn’t go for a Philly Cheesesteak. ¬†Instead, we visited DiNiC’s, a sandwich joint that was featured on Man x Food which looked utterly mouth watering. ¬†We arrived in Philly on a wet, chilly day, but we …

Berlin: Mosque, Shopping & Outdoor Market

Our first excursion was to a Mosque. ¬†This was my second time visiting a Mosque, the first time being a field trip for my religion course in high school! ¬†We learned some very interesting things about the architecture and the religion itself throughout the discourse of its history in Berlin. Outside is a graveyard displayed very openly and unapologetically.¬† The interior is very colorful, adorned with different shapes and patterns all with its own symbolic meaning ¬† There is a lot of symbolism around Earthly elements. ¬†But the thing I found the most fascinating is this huge chandelier hanging in the center of the Mosque. ¬†The opaque orbs are actually ostrich eggs. They have a very practical use; to repel spiders and prevent the accumulation of webs near the top of the dome where it would be hard to clean. ¬† Observing prayers After that we took off on a nice little walk towards our lunch destination at a traditional Turkish restaurant. ¬†Our professor took us on a little detour into a (restricted) neighborhood backyard. …

Barcelona Day 3: Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, Beaches, Boqueria Market, Fish spas!

Our last day in Barcelona was the most intense. ¬†We started the day off bright and early to visit the Park Guell, another whimsical creation by Antoni Gaudi. ¬†The place was like an Alice in Wonderland amusement park. ¬†Everything from the stairs to rooftops had its own unique personality. ¬† ¬†Next stop was the highly anticipated monster of a church, the Sagrada Familia. ¬†Antoni Gaudi passed away before the church was even close to being finished and it is still under construction to this day. ¬†The structure is so massive there was no way to take a decent photo of it without going arial. ¬†There are tons of cranes and scaffold around it so the exterior is not the most aesthetically attractive. ¬†Here’s an image pulled from the web on what the final product will look like. I thought the exterior was very impressive, but the interior completely blew me away. ¬†I understood right away why the Sagrada Familia was a must see and worth the insane wait. ¬†That said, I HIGHLY recommend that you …