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Finding Paradise in Costa Rica Part 1: The Westin

Spending a week in paradise changes you. Your memory becomes a little more keen and you realize you want to remember these moments forever. You learn to appreciate nature and clean air, and silence. And if you are in paradise with someone you love, you grow closer because nothing is more pure in that paradise than love for all things beautiful.  PART ONE: THE WESTIN AT PLAYA CONCHAL I found paradise on our vacation to Costa Rica in May of…

Discipline, and why it is essential.

A long time ago, the grandeur and honor of joining the armed forces intrigued me. I knew quite a few people who joined to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan at the time, so it was all around me. I honestly wanted to join the Air Force and go to space. I was like a kid vowing to be an astronaut. But I also wanted to go because I admired the discipline taught in bootcamp. As it happens, I did not…

Balthazar

First Impression: Pirate ship. Maritime. French riviera. Wine country. These are what I thought of when I walked into Balthazar which, on this night, was packed. I mean, loaded with people. 45 minute wait. Standing shoulder to shoulder at the bar getting cozy with the other people waiting for seats. But you know what? We didn't care. It would be worth it. As we waited, I looked around. Warm, flattering lighting and enormous tarnished silver mirrors hung on every gigantic…

I am addicted to sugar.

I am typing on a keyboard sticky with icing from a cupcake, a cupcake that I told myself I shouldn't have. I ate it anyway, like I was possessed. I saw my hand reaching for it. I saw it grab it, unwrap it, break it in half. I felt my mouth chewing it and watering from the sugary sweetness. And the whole time, my brain is screaming NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Afterwards I feel disgraceful and I hate myself and my existence. But…

Finding Adventure

Last fall I rented from my school a Canon 5D Mark III with a full kit of Canon Ultrasonic Lenses. I knew I had to shoot some foliage shots, and D knew right where to go. We hopped in the truck and set off up north on another adventure, with not destination in mind. We just followed our gut. We stopped along a winding, hill-side road and got out to see this majestic view. Incredible colors. Saw this as an…

Dreaming of Punta Cana

Last May, my boyfriend and I went on our first vacation together. Now, this wasn't the only milestone on the trip. This happened to be: My first time on a place. My first time outside of the tri-state area. My first time out of the country. My first real vacation (that didn't include getting smashed around in tumultuous Jersey-shore/cold Atlantic surf.) My first time seeing clear, ocean water. I was out of my mind excited. All the way up until I…