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Black Tap and the Craziest Milkshakes in New York City

Black Tap and the Craziest Milkshakes in New York City

  A few months ago, a new breed of milkshakes exploded across the internet. Monsters covered in piles of candy. Layers of candy and frosting upon whipped cream and chocolate, eagerly waiting to be slurped through a straw. They were crazy, they were impractical, and they seemed largely designed for Instagram. Surely no normal person could eat one of those in a sitting, right? Well, that didn’t... [Read more]


In Oakland, A Different Narrative

In Oakland, A Different Narrative

It took three visits to San Francisco before I finally made it over the bridge to Oakland. Did I like it? Absolutely! It’s a great city with fantastic food. But what I found most interesting in Oakland was how different the narrative felt. Go to most major cities in the U.S., learn about their history, and they’ll give you a cast of white players telling white stories, with people of... [Read more]


Introducing My New Apartment!

Introducing My New Apartment!

You know, I wasn’t sure if this was the right time to reveal my apartment to the world. Originally, I wanted to wait until I got art on the walls, decorated it more, and had a completely staged apartment to reveal. Then I remembered that you guys always enjoy seeing the process of things, the nitty-gritty, the aspects that aren’t 100% certain. You could see the place as it improves changes... [Read more]


When the Photography Gods Don’t Smile Upon You

When the Photography Gods Don’t Smile Upon You

If I were a more professional photographer, my travels would be very different. I’d do a lot more research beforehand, scoping out the best places to take the shots I wanted. I’d wake up before sunrise on a regular basis (the horror!) and plan my days around the sunsets. And in case of bad weather and bad light, I’d be completely sidelines, unless there was something inside I would... [Read more]


AK Monthly Recap: March 2016

AK Monthly Recap: March 2016

March kicked off with a bang in Puerto Rico — then mellowed out considerably by the end of the month. Here are the best and worst moments of the month! Destinations Visited San Juan, Culebra, Fajardo, Orocovis, and Ponce, Puerto Rico New York, New York Shelton and Monroe, Connecticut Reading, Lynn, and Andover, Massachusetts Favorite Destinations Puerto Rico was simply fabulous. I’ve... [Read more]


Five Years Since the Shipwreck That Changed My Life

Five Years Since the Shipwreck That Changed My Life

Every March 28, I’m reminded of the night when the boat went down. Falling asleep on a bench and woke up with a jerk at 2:00 AM, scrambling on the floor before a crew member came in and said, “Everybody, get your lifejackets on.” The night I cried and panicked on the same bench, holding on to a Canadian friend. The night I balanced myself on the deck as it slanted more and more,... [Read more]


Is It Too Late to Make It as a Travel Blogger Now?

Is It Too Late to Make It as a Travel Blogger Now?

There’s a question that I’ve been asked more and more often lately: “There are so many travel blogs out there today. If I start, I’m going to be so far behind. Do I have any chance of making it a career? Is it even possible?” A lot of people would say no — but I disagree. I think now is actually a good time to start a travel blog. There’s more money to be... [Read more]


Puerto Rico Seriously Has It All

Puerto Rico Seriously Has It All

Now that I’ve settled down in New York after five years of travel, one of my goals is to travel more within the U.S. I have a lot of cities I want to visit this year: Austin, Nashville, Portland. But the biggest goal of all? Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico was a priority for late February. Or sometime in March. After growing up in New England, that’s been the most frustrating time of year,... [Read more]


Inside Bushwick, The Weirdest Place in New York City

Inside Bushwick, The Weirdest Place in New York City

What makes Bushwick so weird? It’s the brightly painted warehouses that you can’t tell are functional or abandoned. It’s galleries that double as yoga studios and coffeeshops that double as life drawing classes. It’s strange parties in abandoned furniture stores where people wear crazy costumes. It’s being hit on by guys who always end their catcalls with “God... [Read more]


The Best Things I Ate in the San Francisco Bay Area

The Best Things I Ate in the San Francisco Bay Area

I adore California. It’s my favorite state to visit as a traveler. I love the beaches, the palm trees, the laid-back attitude. And I love In & Out Burger. (I don’t love how you have to drive everywhere in most places, but hey, no destination’s perfect.) But my favorite thing about California is the constant sunshine — and with it, the bountiful fresh produce. Farmer’s... [Read more]