Garden Treehouse

The Secret Gardens of New York City

Ever since I was little I have loved the story of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Whether in cartoon, film, musical or book, something about the story has always captivated me and made the story seem as magical as Burnett intended. For those who do not know The Secret Garden, it is the story of an ornery, young girl named Mary Lennox who … Continue reading The Secret Gardens of New York City

March Madness

Maybe during the month of March I gave myself mild travel whiplash. For some reason, several travel plans managed to converge in March and so I’ve spent the past few weeks traveling around the coasts of the USA. Each mini-trip has been fun in it’s own separate way and with spring around the corner and longer days, it’s easier to maximize the opportunity of each … Continue reading March Madness

NYC Skyline

The Winter that Never Ends

Even though you would think that with the amount of snow that’s fallen on New York City this winter, people might have gotten used to it. However, it seems like the weather is all that anyone talks about these days, as snow and freezing temperatures make it impossible to forget. I realized that after 4 years of balmy winters in Virginia and an unusually warm … Continue reading The Winter that Never Ends

Lighting the Menorah

No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Now, almost a month into 2015 and with the holiday craziness quieted down, it finally feels like I am settling into life in New York with a job, routine and time to finally transition into a full-fledged life here. A lot of my posts have focused on my travels in the past few months, but I kept putting off all of the experiences at home, … Continue reading No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Skyscrapers + America

Reverse Culture Shock

It’s officially been 2 weeks since I first landed back in the United States. I’ve tried to keep a list of everything that has hit me as strange, uncomfortable, exciting or just plain weird about coming back to the United States (specifically the New Jersey suburbs of NYC) after my 11 months in Znojmo. I think I have definitely been looking at my old usual … Continue reading Reverse Culture Shock