All posts filed under: City Guides

On Finding Sanctuary

The oscillating Spring winds in flight warmed by the untimely Summer sun summons a familiar sentiment of aged pages in a used bookshop to messy hair tied into a jumble crossing MacDougal. Greenwich Village has held its place as a haven for creatives, artists, and intellectual curiosities alike. It has changed and molded throughout the years, adapted to the changing tides of generational evolution, yet strongly carries its inviting charm. I have always had an affinity for Greenwich Village, whether it be reading about its whirlwind intricacies in poetry or films centering in the city growing up. The gloom of winter in December within Washington Square Park walks turns introspective, a generative space of ideas and musings, appropriate for such a kept sophistication. The snow that fell would be trotted upon by fellow walkers, following prints left by a morning jogger or a noble french bulldog. The moment my toes go numb I would head over to Caffe Reggio, my safe haven. With winter over and summer approaching, Caffe Reggio has always been a place …

Why I Love London.

Listen While Reading: Jamz // Sales. Perfectly structured bright white and pastel buildings line the street that I am currently staying on, as well as the streets parallel to it. An architects dream, Notting Hill is home to posh places to brunch, modern coffee shops, beautiful gardens, and Portobello Road— one of the best vintage shopping locations in the city. While I have yet to spot Hugh Grant (what a shame!), I spent today exploring the criss-cross of independently owned shops and restaurants. I had been thinking hard about what I was going to write about this week, but as I strolled under the opaque clouds, I was inspired. My idea was so obvious in front of me— I needed to share my thoughts about one of my favorite places in the world. Every time I come back to visit London (my hometown), I seem to uncover more and more of the city’s secrets. For the past few visits I have stayed in Chelsea, another beautifully built, pristine area, excellent for more high-end shopping and …

Stumptown Coffee Roasters // NYC

“Coffee is about pleasure. It’s that moment when your hand is warmed by the mug, you bring it up to your nose, inhale deeply and then take a sip.” ~ Stumptown Coffee Roasters It was 6:30 in the evening when my friend and I dragged ourselves up the subway stairs and out onto the open streets of Greenwich Village. We were tired and I was grumpy, my mind was lost somewhere else, taken by all the troubles and insecurities I left at home. I wanted to be alone, to read my new book, and sip coffee; I wanted to contract into myself. But it was good my friend came along, sometimes you want to be with yourself but avoid the feeling of loneliness. We had both agreed on one thing, we needed coffee. So I yelped the nearest coffeehouse, following the directions my phone, it led us down a narrow street with shops that glimmered in the sunlight as people strolled through the alleyway. Stumptown Coffee Roaster in Greenwich village was inviting; the open space …

A Little Trip to Two Hands in NYC

It’s been a while since I’ve last been there, but it’s definitively a place hard to forget, filled with buzzing noises and great interior design. Quite obviously, the first things that I noticed when I entered the place were the unique yet beautiful clouds hanging from the roof and the messy-looking vintage brick walls. It was bigger than expected and as it was only 4 pm it wasn’t that busy either, leaving a few tables available. Me and my friend sat down and a friendly waitress came to greet us and hand the menus. The prices are reasonable depending on your order, not exactly cheap but also not too expensive. We both made our order upon the various options of snacks and beverages, me having an Acai bowl and a latte and my friend having a butter croissant and a cappuccino. A quick note if you are vegan, they have the option of adding almond milk to your coffee for an additional $0.50 instead of normal milk. Meanwhile, we just chatted and enjoyed the hipsterish-vibe …

Discovering Edinburgh: Travel Guide

There’s a first time for everything! Last week it was my first time on an airplane! It was also my first time traveling overseas without my parents. At the same time, it was my first time visiting Scotland. You could say that last week was a quite exciting one! I’m currently doing English teacher training course. For this course, my fellow students and I, had to create a research project on any topic that we liked. The research had to take place in The UK or Ireland. We chose Scotland, and Edinburgh, in particular, for its beautiful nature and rich historical culture. In Edinburgh you’ve got the old town (we stayed here), with the famous Royal Mile; the long street leading you to the castle on top of the hill. The view there is breathtaking. The old town is full of cosy pubs and little independent shops. There is even a little market within an old church. It’s called the Royal Mile Market and they sell a variety of handmade goods and tasty food! I …