A little piece of #Australia in #eastatlanta. #atlanta #georgia #streetart #weloveatl #latergram (at Australian Bakery Cafe LLC)
My bi-yearly trips to New York have become one of my favorite times of year, as it allows me to see the city in both summer and winter. I get the chance to explore and catch up with friends before starting work for the trade show. This time around, we were scheduled on an early morning flight into LaGuardia, followed by lunch with my dear friend Lauren and her new man Finn. Next up was a Sex and…
I’ve been working as a freelance writer for the last five years, albeit not yet full time. What I’ve learned is that writing is, in the words of Lean In, not a ladder, but a jungle gym. There’s no direct path to where you want to be, no perfect job or internship that opens doors. You make moves that may lead to something bigger, or not. Everything I’ve learned has been from doing and from making…
My degreeis a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the College of Charleston, currently framed and leaned against my closet door, gathering dust since 2010. I’m frequently asked why I got that degree and by some, why I wasted my parents’ money on a degree I wasn’t even going to use. I sometimes wonder that myself, but I usually say I studied it because it was what I was interested in. But that…
From the moment the ferry got close to Koh Tao, I was already filled with regret. After spending the last week and a half on Koh Samuifor my friend’s wedding, I thought I’d had enough island time, but that wasn’t the case. While parts of Koh Samui were certainly beautiful, particularly the area where the wedding took place, my room at Iyara Beach Resort and Fisherman’s Village, I found Chaweng…
I loved my time in Puerto Rico, especially the crystal blue waters of Vieques. This video is a short feature of what we did with our time there, from swimming on Playa Grande and snorkeling at Mosquito Pier to the tiny plane that transported us over there.
It took a month of seeing all of Vietnam, from the stalls of Hanoi to the quiet shores of Mui Ne, to fully appreciate the country. So when we arrived in Saigon, I felt like I needed to cap off the experience with as much history and culture as possible.
Saigon’s Reunification Palace, known also as Independence Palace, was built on the site of Norodom Palace and served as the South Vietnamese president’s home and office during the Vietnam War. It is an important landmark because of its role in the Fall of Saigon when a North Vietnamese tank came crashing through the gates, signaling their victory.
Norodom Palace was a Neoclassical structure that served as the palace for the Governor-General of French Indochina. After World War II, Japan took over France’s role in Vietnam. When Vietnam gained independence, the palace was headquarters for the government, but in 1962 the palace was bombed and demolished. A new palace was commissioned and built by Vietnamese architect Ngo Viet Thu, completed in 1966.
President Ngo Dinh Diem fled the country before it was completed, so General Nguyen Van Thieu lived there until the Ho Chi Minh Campaign. The palace has been left very much in the condition it was left in at the end of the Vietnam War. It features long hallways of banquet rooms and the original furnishings. The gate and even the tank that crashed through it in April 1975 greet you upon entry.
The lavish and modernly designed palace seemed vastly different from the simple home of Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi. The design let a lot of light into the palace. I was impressed at the full-scale movie theater and banquet kitchen, as well as the expensive furnishings found throughout the palace.
The inscription next to the helicopter on the roof memorializes the moment when bombs were dropped on that spot by the Communist North. Exploring the war rooms and seeing the basement shooting range made the Vietnam War all the more real. It would be like being able to walk around the preserved home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis after the Civil War as a monument to the triumph of the other side. But if you’re in Saigon, I think it’s well worth a visit to put the war into perspective.
Last night’s killer sunset over Garnett MARTA Station. #weloveatl #streetart #livingwalls #atlanta (at Garnett Street Marta Station)
Digital nomads love the cafes in Southeast Asia for their quality coffee, fast WiFi and space to work in. Sammi and I found ourselves spending lots of time in these cafes, whether it be killing hours before an overnight train or simply taking the chance to cool off in the air conditioning. I was impressed at how hip these cafes were and they would fit right in in places like New York or Melbourne.
I spent the morning in Atlanta’s #historicwestend, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, to tour The Wren’s Nest, home of writer Joel Chandler Harris. I also drove through Westview Cemetery, which I first visited last summer when I was compiling the @afarmedia #atlanta city guide. The mausoleum looks straight out of Europe and was used as a filming location in the new Fast and Furious movie. #georgia #weloveatl (at Westview Cemetery)