My love affair with New York City

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It’s difficult to pinpoint what I love so much about New York City. It could be the aura of sophistication the city possesses, the immensely tall skyscrapers, the fast-paced lifestyle or the endless choices of dessert options. New York City is a destination I can only visit a few times
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A fading memory of Lake Tahoe

Christina Fossum/Staff

Few weekends ago, I took my own advice and sought out a little solace from California’s own glistening jewel of natural beauty and timeless clarity: Lake Tahoe. In preparation for my adventure, I couldn’t help rekindling old memories in my mind. My excitement for this outing quickly became clouded by
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Summer soul-searching in the Philippines

photographing the philippines
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The Philippines — a tropical archipelago located in the Pacific Ocean, composed of approximately 7,000 islands (slightly fewer during high tide) and the country I call “The Motherland.”  I wasn’t actually born in the Philippines, but it’s literally the motherland: the land in which my mother was born, as well as
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I was wrong, Alaska is surreal

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When my mom mentioned this May that we were possibly going on a 15-day trip to Alaska, I had to admit I was hesitant. Part of the trip included a weeklong cruise, which I was not too thrilled about because I have a history of awful experiences with boats. As soon
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Girl meets world: Paris

When I was in elementary school, my father asked where I would travel if I could pick any place in the world. I immediately answered with “Paris,” because it seemed unattainable; it looked so beautiful in pictures, like something that only existed in a fairy-tale world. Ten years later, at the end of
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Benedict Cumberbatch and other stories from London

On July 4, I stepped out of St. Pancras train station and into my storybook land. I was one of those kids who grew up with a weird obsession with England. I was raised on a diet of British fantasy novels by Roald Dahl and Eva Ibbotson. I pretended to be
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I left my comfort zone in Edinburgh

The most nervous I can remember being in a long time was staring between the clock and the door from my seat on the bus, just minutes before it was due to leave for Scotland. There wasn’t a lot of help available for my friends and travel buddies this late
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Reflections before moving to Japan

I’m an American moving to Japan and while I’m very excited to go overseas, I’ve still got a lot to process. For the past month, I would tell people that I’m going to Japan, which made the prospect seem very far off. By using the word “going,” I meant, “eventually” — as in,
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Point Reyes: a house trip

My housemates decided to go camping at Point Reyes National Seashore over the summer. It turned out to be the perfect get-away-from-everything trip because the only thing close to civilization was a hole in the ground, aka a “toilet”. Throughout our trip, we marveled at Mother Nature’s beauty, which might be hard
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Journey through Armenia: a photo essay

This summer I embarked on my 14th trip to Armenia. Unlike past visits, this time I didn’t go with my family. Instead I went with friends on a mission to volunteer in my motherland. Located in the Southern Caucasus on the cusp of Europe and Asia, Armenia is one of the oldest
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