Atlanta is one of my favorite cities, upon visiting I could easily see myself never leaving. It has such a fun culture. I visited Atlanta when I was really young, it was on a family vacation to see a museum exhibit about different frogs from all over the world. Yes, I realize we're a quirky bunch.
Anyway, my second trip to Atlanta was also for an event. Some members from the TEDxUF team we're participating in a volunteer exchange with TEDxPeachtree. Over the course of a weekend - we got to help speakers, facilitate their social media, and learn from how a different team runs their event. This was HUGE for our team and gave us ideas on how to improve our own event.
During our weekend away from Gainesville, we took every opportunity to see, my favorite was Ponce City Market. Honestly, I could see myself moving to ATL to have this near me. So many great options for dining in their Food Hall, connected to the Beltline for cycling and walking around the city, and great shopping. Everything I need right?
Some of my favorite places in Atlanta:
+ Markets: Of course you'll visit Ponce City Market, but also make sure to stop by Krog Street Market, lots of dining options, excellent chocolate, and great drinks.
+ Tacos/Mexican: Check out Superica, located within Krog Street, most amazing tex-mex restaurant. Great atmosphere, food, and drinks! Another great place to get tacos is bartaco! I have a location closer to home, but its one of my favorite places to eat. As you can see, I love tacos.
+ Ice Cream: Jeni's Ice Cream, locations all over the city is an ATL staple.
While I visited, I took a trip to the World of Coca-Cola and I can't recommend it enough. I laughed, I cried, and almost got sick from trying all of the different sodas. I enjoyed the experience because I love the brand, love what they do, and they had lots of vintage coke ads. Next time I visit I plan on visiting the Georgia Aquarium because I haven't gotten a chance to visit.
Over the course of my 72 hours in Berlin, I saw a snapshot of what the city has to offer. From a ten mile walking tour across the city, I saw the major memorials, a taste of Museum Island, and an inside perspective that helped me understand the city.
My solo trip never felt lonely because I stayed at The Circus Hostel, and met so many amazing people from all over the world.
Berlin has great middle-eastern and vietnamese food, so step out of your comfort zone!
Check out one of the underground clubs, but be careful of looking too touristy. Many clubs are strict, so be sure to blend in.
A previous post from Berlin:
describe Berlin in three words: Poor but Sexy.
Over the past few months, I've been able to call Dublin home - the city has welcomed me with open arms and I can't even imagine leaving. I moved to Dublin because of an exchange program with my university and for one semester I am taking classes at the Dublin Institute of Technology. While this type of university is quite different than my school back home, I have gotten the opportunity to learn so much about my coursework and myself.
Some of my favorite places in Dublin:
+ Bar/Pub: For a pint, I love the Blackbird it has an amazing atmosphere, nice specials, board games, and great craic. Another spot with a similar vibe is P.Mac's which is more central to the city center!
+ Cocktails: My favorite place is Pygmalion- or PYG for short. Head over Sunday thru Thursday for 2 for 1 cocktails (they are to die for). Another essential is Sophie's, amazing atmosphere and cocktails.
+ Coffee: Network, great place to get a flat white, with amazing single origin coffee and breathtaking latte art.
+ Pizza: I'm partial to wood-fired pizza so my favorite places are The Jar and The Bernard Shaw - great early bird specials for discounts :)
... will be adding more recommendations soon!
Some previous posts from Dublin:
deer, ice cream cones, and a photo walk: my afternoon in Phoenix Park
meeting up with IgersDublin for a few photos and new faces
a few promises I made myself, only a few weeks behind schedule
Gainesville is a unique place to live because it is such a hub of young educated individuals. The city is built around the university which leads to the services, businesses, and events being targeted at the students.
My favorite part of Gainesville is Downtown - so many great places to get a cup of coffee, a beer, or a nice dinner. There's always events like the weekly farmer's market, Friday concerts, and a variety of open mic, poetry slams, and storytelling meetups going on at venues downtown to keep everyone busy.
Some of my favorite places in Gainesville:
+ Dinner: my favorites are The Top and Boca Fiesta, both have great food, reasonable prices, and drink specials.
+ Beer: One of my favorite places in town - The Bull. Great spot for local and craft beers on draft, and plenty of events from jazz to poetry. We also have a few local breweries to check out, First Magnitude and Swamphead are both great for a casual afternoon.
+ Cocktails: I love to go to O.A.K., The Backyard (behind Boca), or The Dime - they all have a great selection of spirits and cocktails with great atmospheres.
+ Coffee/Tea: My favorite place is Karma Cream, I love their matcha lattes, ice cream, and vegan sandwiches. A newer addition is Wyatt's Coffe in midtown, a great stop for a pour over or nitro cold brew.
+ Atmosphere/Area: The newly redesigned Depot Park is one of the best additions to the GNV community, the park is beautifully laid out with Pop-A-Top General Store for snacks and Boxcar Bar for drinks.
+ Clothes Shopping: Urban Thread, is a GNV treasure - amazing clothes, some pre-owned, some new - all amazingly curated.
+ Local Grocery Store: So now the Lucky's in Gainesville isn't the only one in Florida, but it doesn't make it any less special. Great place to DRINK BEER WHILE GROCERY SHOPPING, and get local, high quality products.
At the University of Florida football is huge - and while I love to support the gators, a trip to LSU meant New Orleans - not Baton Rouge. This game meants hundreds of UF students were all over NOLA. I loved the trip because it gave me a chance to explore a city with such a vibrant history. I love the amazing culture, the colorful houses and buildings, and the yummy food.
Over the course of the weekend, we explored the city on foot and on bike, finished practically every meal with beneights, and drank enough to forget about the Gators losing the game. Despite the football lose, the weekend was a successful escape from the typical back in Gainesville - looking forward to returning to NOLA soon!
About 18 months ago, my sister took the plunge and moved to New York City. While its hard to be so far away from her, it's given me the chance to visit so much. New York is such an amazing city, its impossible to see it all in one trip or even one lifetime. These are some of my favorite photos from my visits, I look forward to visiting again soon so stay tuned for more.
Some previous posts from NYC:
Most Colorful Bagel in NYC | The Bagel Store
My Long Journey to Greek Yogurt | Chobani Soho, NYC
This is one of my favorite cities in the U.S.! I love the history, the architecture, the food, and all of the amazing experiences I've had here. Somehow, I've managed to go to D.C. three times, on an eigth grade class trip, as a family road trip, and most recently a trip with my friends last spring. Each time I've had a completely different experience, from getting older and watching the city change.
One of my favorite things to do in the city are of course visit museums. This year I challenged myself to visit 16 museums in 2016, and I visit 12 during my trip to D.C. alone! My top recommendation would be the Newseum, this museum is one of the few paid entry visits, but worth the price. It showcases the history of media and significance it has had in American history. Particularly due to my field, I loved this museum. It now my all time favorite.
Next, I would recommend getting out of the city center and exploring some of the districts: Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle, and Logan Circle are some of my favorites. Another stop worth making is heading to Georgetown - especially for some cupcakes!