Exploring Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO

We explore Brooklyn a lot as transplant locals. Once we started to, it very quickly became one of our favorite boroughs. An amazing beer scene, history, interesting restaurants (including lots of vegan/veg places), and really beautiful buildings, street art and bridges…you can’t go wrong. Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO are super photogenic areas that I onlyContinue reading “Exploring Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO”

A Weekend in Philadelphia, PA

History, art, food, beauty, much to my surprise, Philadelphia has it all… Having family just 40 minutes outside Philly, and now living an hour outside of it in NYC for 5 years, I still never really thought to go there and check it out. But I recently had to go for work and decided toContinue reading “A Weekend in Philadelphia, PA”

Book Review: Automating Inequality: How High Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

By Virginia Eubanks Privacy is not a thing, especially if you are poor. In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks takes a microscope to three systems used by local governments to illustrate how big tech is playing a role in tracking and policing the poor. In doing so, she highlights cultural and political narratives that need toContinue reading “Book Review: Automating Inequality: How High Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor”

Grindelwald First: Switzerland’s mountaintop playground

Switzerland is such a strange wonderful place that not only do they make it so easy for you to get to the top of every towering mountain, but they also give you toys and games at the top! When you want to take a break from hiking and just ride really fast down the sideContinue reading “Grindelwald First: Switzerland’s mountaintop playground”

A Weekend in St. Gallen, Switzerland

During our two glorious weeks gallivanting through Switzerland, we spent a weekend in historic St. Gallen. Its main attraction — the library in the Abbey of St. Gallen — was something Neal was really looking forward to. It did not disappoint. But St. Gallen also acts as a great hub for other short trips exploringContinue reading “A Weekend in St. Gallen, Switzerland”

Travel Photography: Oeschinensee, Switzerland

Oeschinensee, known as Switzerland’s most beautiful lake, lives up to the hype. This lake is nestled in the mountains surrounded by waterfalls. We managed to get some really beautiful shots and wanted to share them here. Enjoy! First, we took the early train to Kandersteg in an attempt to avoid the crowds. It worked, despiteContinue reading “Travel Photography: Oeschinensee, Switzerland”

Caves, Castles and Covered Bridges: A Tour Around Stunning Lake Thun

Lake Thun is a beautiful lake to the west of Interlaken, Switzerland. There are numerous small towns along the shores and just gorgeous places to take in the view. We made our way around Lake Thun (pronounced “Tune”) stopping first at St. Beatus Caves, then at Oberhofen Castle, then the town of Thun. Here’s theContinue reading “Caves, Castles and Covered Bridges: A Tour Around Stunning Lake Thun”

Book Review: From Here to Eternity

Ever wonder if how the way your culture approaches death is the best way to approach death? Ever wonder about it all? From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty discusses the methods and traditions regarding death in cultures around the world. She gives brilliant descriptions of rituals and traditions from the people of Tana Toraja,Continue reading “Book Review: From Here to Eternity”

Chur: 24 Hours in the Oldest Town in Switzerland

Sometimes I like to pretend NYC is an old city. I mean, come on, people started living here IN THE 1600s!! Yeah, I know, Europeans have bread older than that. And Switzerland is no exception. We got up close and personal with Switzerland’s oldest city, Chur, for 24 hours on our trip throughout the country.Continue reading “Chur: 24 Hours in the Oldest Town in Switzerland”