Charleston, South Carolina: A Round-Up of Things to See and Do

Working Horse

Working Horse

Charleston, South Carolina is so rich in American history and culture!  It’s a fabulous place to visit if you want a quiet, easy vacation.  I had heard so many great things about Charleston – in fact, ONLY great things – about the city so my expectations were high when Sam and I took this mini-trip down south two weeks ago. It did not disappoint!  Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Shadow

Walking among masses at the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival last year in Washington D.C., this beautiful woman in a traditional Japanese kimono caught my eye.  After processing the image afterwards, I noticed the man behind her.  He’s fixated on her…admiring her from a distance…shadowing her every move so as not to lose her in the sea of people.

Shadow

Finding Beauty in Ruin at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Philadelphia, PA

Ready to pounce on any defectors!

Ready to pounce on any defectors!

Amidst organic coffee shops, trendy restaurants, and community gardens in a quiet gentrified Philadelphia neighborhood looms the ruin of what was once a revolution in architecture and public institutions in America.  The Eastern State Penitentiary stands today as a symbol of corporal punishment, spiritual reflection and change.  Amongst the crumbling, rust-stained walls of tiny skylit cellblocks lies a haunting story of punishment, solitude and isolation.  Continue reading

East Meets West: City Slickers Take on the Wilderness of West Virginia

We are back from an adventurous weekend in West Virginia and WOW! did we have a rude awakening!  When you live in a bustling city like Washington D.C., where certain luxuries are at your fingertips, one tends to take those for granted when immersing oneself in the heart of the wilderness of West Virginia.

On the 5-hour car ride to West Virginia, we made light of the simplistic lives that Southerners enjoy compared to our busy urban ones.  As we drove through desolate towns with one main road, a post office, and novelty shops, we speculated about “what do people do for fun here?”,”why are there 3 churches in one town and no CVS?”, and “where the hell is the Starbucks?!”  This should have clued us in to our naivety, but sadly, no, and the joke was on us (and our egos) by the end of the weekend.

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The High Line: An Extraordinary Urban Park in New York City

Thirty feet above the chaotic streets of New York City exists a little piece of serenity known as The High Line.

West Side

The High Line, New York City

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