My #happyplace is South Africa


It started with possessions in a duffle bag in the kick shuffle airport dance and a pocket full of foreign currency. It began in a place where beer is sometimes cheaper than water, and always a smarter decision. Hiking trails begin as hills and mountains, intimidating the cityscape. Local beer makes beer taste better even if you think it isn’t possible. There are vineyards spreading as far as you can see with sunset ripened fields of grapes. Its history grounds you, roots you into the timestamp of yesterday and today. (more…)

Home is my #happyplace!

rebeccalargeWhen I was little and easily entertained, I would close my eyes in car rides and try to guess where we were on the ride home. I’d let my memory and intuition figure it out based on the different turns we had to take to get back. Sometimes I was right and sometimes I was way off.

If you’re anything like me, and thought of choosing a college as an adventure, then you may have ended up far from home. We hurry to become citizens of the world, spread our wings, leave the nest, and fulfill every cliché we learned.

When I was looking at colleges I knew I wanted to live in a place I thought I would never get the chance to live again. I found myself in New Orleans, a city that is culturally incomparable and always finding excuses to party. A place 1,300 miles from home. (more…)

Joyce's Dublin #happyplace

IMG_1085Dublin – a UNESCO city of literature.  The birthplace of James Joyce and affiliated with nobel prize winners for literature such as Yeats, Shaw, Beckett, and Heaney – this city offers a variety of activities related to their works as well as literature in general.  I spent about five days in Dublin so I had ample time to wander around and see many of the sites.  The city is small but chock-a-block with things to do and see.  Weather permitting I would suggest walking whenever possible (don’t forget to pack your hats and scarves – I definitely underestimated how cold it would be at the beginning of September!).

I spent a full day touring around Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  Trinity College is home to the Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, while St. Patrick’s is strongly tied to the life and works of Jonathan Swift who served as Dean of the cathedral.  At St. Patrick’s hop on a free tour in order to get the most out of your visit!  My tour guide was fun and knowledgeable – I learned a lot about Irish history surrounding both literature and religion.  Marsh’s Library might also be of interest to my fellow book lovers! (more…)

Cambodia is my #happyplace

After the demise of the Khmer Empire in the 1400s and the fall of Angkor, Cambodia has not had great luck or prosperity. However, the beautiful and elaborate temples and palaces of years past have survived, much to the delight of travels around the world. Nature has slowly retaken sites like Angkor Wat, seamlessly blending the marvels of nature and humanity. (more…)