windy times

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“Chicago’s one of the rare places where architecture is more visible.”
There’s a reason why John Hughes shot so many films in Chicago. This metropolitan city is as cosmopolitan and internationally cultured as New York but comparatively underrated. It’s a city that has inspired more writers, innovators, and creators than anywhere else in the world, but it is often forgotten the impact Chicago has on some of the most renowned and famous people – people such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Mark Twain, and Orson Welles.

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concrete jungle where dreams are made

New York, New York. The city so nice they named it twice.

I frequent NYC at least two to three times in a year. It’s a place that you can go time and time again, and it’s different each time. The city changes daily, and I don’t think anyone can really keep up.

The real reason why I was in the city this time was for the 2016 U.S. Open Tennis Championships. I’d never been but always longed to, so I was happy to make this dream a reality. I was able to catch some of the men’s and women’s round 3 matches, particularly Pliskova vs. Pavlyuchenkova, Nishikori vs. Mahut, and Thiem vs. Carreno Busta. The weather was perfect, and it was thrilling to be apart of such a big tennis major.

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beantown magic

For a late birthday adventure, I found myself in Boston for a few days of R&R. Boston is a city steeped in history and culture, and it ranks fairly high on the world’s most livable cities. I only spent about two days in Boston, but I was able to squeeze in a bunch of activities despite having less than 48 hours in the city.

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colorful colorado

For the 4th of July weekend, I was able to take a 5-day trip to the Centennial State. The plan was to visit Rocky Mountain National Park (hereto abbreviated as RMNP) and Aspen. Get in touch with Nature, hike, and decompress. Mission accomplished.

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the red dragon

Last November, I made a trip to mainland China and traveled to a couple of really amazing places. Beautiful destinations, must-eat food, and memorable experiences. I’ve always liked this one popular travel quote, which I find to be true.

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

I love being able to explore some place new. I think that’s really how you learn and grow as a person. Reading about a place and its people is one thing (and certainly beats not reading and forming judgmental perspectives based on what other people think), but there’s just something else about physically visiting a new place and immersing yourself in the history and culture. When you do so, you’re forming memories that are purely yours.

If you’re planning a trip to China, the worst time to go is in the summer. Of course, I’m not much of a summer weather gal so my opinion is skewed. Between the 100° F/37° C temperatures and the throngs of people on the streets, it feels like you’re in a furnace. If you can, the best times to visit China are in the spring and early autumn. We visited in late November, so there were some chillier days. Perfect sweater weather!

Check out the places I visited below! If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I can provide more information and/or tips.

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