• Eats,  North America,  Uncategorized,  USA

    unexpected eats: 5 treats in Boston!

    When I lived in Massachusetts, one of my favourite things to do was to take the train to the city and have a day of walking around, window-shopping, and grabbing some good food. Over the couple years that I called Boston my home, I’d found some favourite places to eat, whether for a snack or full-blown meal. Want to know my top 5? Read on. Mike’s Pastries Whenever anyone tells me they’re going to Boston, I tell them they MUST go here and get a cannoli. The shells are cripsy, the filling is creamy and rich, and there are plenty of variations, so you’ll never get sick of them! I dream about…

  • North America,  Trekking Tips,  USA

    unexpected adirondacks : 10 photos that will inspire you to go backpacking in new york

    Need a final push to get you to go backpacking? Read on 🙂 There’s nothing like backpacking… eating by the fire, waking up in a tent, drinking self-purified water, walking miles a day. While it definitely isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it’s something that I think everyone should try! There’s no better way to connect to the outdoors than to live in it for a couple days!

  • Lifestyle,  USA

    unexpected misses

    Hey guys! As you read this, I’ll be on the flight from Doha to Singapore! New exciting things coming soooooon! I’m leaving because I feel that I need to explore more than just the US. Besides a three year stint in Singapore and travels, the US is all I’ve ever known. I know that there’s more for me outside of the States. There’s so much more to experience and fall in love with! I could have stayed at university in the states, as it’s only 4 or 5 years. I could have done a lot of things, but I chose this moment to pack up all of my things and move. Why? I don’t…

  • Lifestyle,  Miscellaneous,  USA

    unexpected rebirth

    A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. I saw that quote and I swear I’ve never resonated with twenty words as much as I do with these. I like those two sentences. I’m leaving the US this week (woah), fully embracing the “birth” of my future self. Lately, I’ve been struggling with how to say goodbye to the US. It’s weird leaving my passport country. Maybe because I just consider the States exactly that: my passport country. It once was the only country I knew, but here I am, leaving it, getting ready to live on my own…

  • Lifestyle,  North America,  USA

    unexpected weekends in northampton (& mini life update)

    I couldn’t have asked for a better last weekend with my favourite ladies! I ended up in Northampton, MA both Saturday and Sunday. Northampton is a great fun little area; it’s a nice getaway from the quiet life in South Hadley. On Saturday, my friends from Mount Holyoke and I took the PVTA (pioneer valley transit authority) to Northampton, where we ended up at Nourish Cafe. I highly recommend this place if you’re into crunchy granola, upscale clean eating- their acai bowls, buddha bowls, avo toast and smoothies were all delicious! After gorging on heaps of (healthy) food, we decided to walk around, enjoying the small hustle and bustle that…

  • Eats,  North America,  USA

    unexpected friendsgiving (& two NYC must eats!)

    After spending a lovely Thanksgiving in Charlotte, I flew to New York City to spend two days with friends. The big apple never ceases to amaze me. It was entirely done with Thanksgiving and hoppin’ on the Christmas train! I had arrived in a total winter wonderland. I love walking around the city- there’s always something going on and the liveliness is so refreshing. Before leaving the city, we spent a couple hours at Bryant Park, where there were little markets! We Christmas shopped, ate, and watched the skaters fly by. It was so Christmas-y and it really put us into the whole holiday mood. I highly recommend checking the…

  • North America,  USA

    unexpected charlotte

    As mentioned in the last post, I had spent my Thanksgiving with paternal relatives in North Carolina. I absolutely loved seeing family I hadn’t seen in 1o years (ten!!!) and spending tons of time with them. It was truly a Thanksgiving that had made me realise how dang lucky I was to have such lovely blessings in my life. Enough of the sappy bits, I know! We spent a day strolling through Charlotte, North Carolina, an amazingly vibrant little city. Charlotte seems like a big foodie destination- there were restaurants lining the main street and they all looked delicious. I could also see a night at a bar in Charlotte…

  • Uncategorized,  USA

    unexpected wanderlust : a day in NYC

    It was Family & Friends weekend at the school I’m currently studying at, so my mom flew out to visit! During her visit, we took full advantage of our rental car and decided to take some day trips. One day was spent in New York City. Studying in a small town only makes me appreciate cities more- there was so much to see and do, and even when we didn’t want to do anything, just walking around was so stimulating. Love the city. Seeing Mumzies was so wonderful- that woman is the craziest traveler (#relatable) and so joyfully serendipitous. So much love for the most important woman in my life.      …

  • Eats,  North America,  USA

    unexpected stops and styles: boston

    Travel, if anything, has taught me that there are multiple parts of me with totally different styles. Seriously- I can dress like a dirty hippie one day, grunge the next, and like a total prep the day after. Boston is a city that totally gets that! There are plenty of little burrows of Boston that have their own individual styles and personalities, and even better? You can access the majority of them via MBTA. Here are my favorite neighborhoods within the Boston area. If you’re feeling grunge/alternative… Head over to Central Square! This little area has plenty of restaurants, thrift shops, and street art. Don’t Miss: Graffiti Alley: a small, ever-changing,…