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Peru (part 3: the jungle)

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

From the second half of day 2 onward we were walking through the lush jungles of Peru. They were full of beautiful and unique plants, flowers, birds and fruits including passionfruit, avocado and banana. Image below of me eating a fresh passionfruit and boy was it delicious and refreshing. Scattered throughout the journey there were plenty of little stands run by the locals where you could purchase bottled water and other goodies. And while I thought this took away from the hike, I’m sure it’s a good source of income for these people that live so far removed from the city. Tomorrow will be dedicated to the final part of the hike Machu Picchu.

Peru (part 2: the trek)

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

The main highlight of my trip to Peru was the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu through SAS Travel that I did with my friend Nicole. We picked this trek because it’s a little more difficult than the Inca Trail and less traveled. We had two trek mates from Australia, Peter and Marie who were just lovely to share this experience with as well as our guide, Ruben and 5 porters (cook, ass. cook, waiter, horse wrangler and ass. horse wrangler.) The picture above is the beginning of the trek. You can see the gorgeous glacier in the background which is where we were headed. The first day was completely uphill and got a lot colder as we went. By the time we made it to our campsite it was raining which later in the night turned to snow. It was absolutely amazing waking up to the snow (and rare according to our guide. He had only seen snow about twice before and he’s been doing the trek for 12 years now!) The beginning of the second day we continued upward to reach our highest point at 4600m on Abra Salkantay mountain. During this time I was experiencing some altitude sickness which made the morning 4 hour hike miserable. This didn’t take away from the beauty of hiking through the snow. The third picture below is at the top of the Abra Salkantay. You can see the rock offerings given by all the people that have made this trek. The last picture is Mount Salkantay which is Cusco’s second highest peak at 6,264m.

More pictures to come tomorrow!

Peru (part 1: Cusco)

Monday, November 8th, 2010

I’m sure you’ve all been wondering where I have been. I recently went on vacation to Peru starting in the city of Cusco and then doing a 5 day Salkantay hike to Machu Picchu. It was an amazing adventure. Here are some of my favorite pictures from walking around the city of Cusco. The city was so rich with bright colors, beautiful architecture and great hand drawn type. More pictures from my trip to come soon.

one year

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The husband and wife design team from Eight Hour Day have decided to take a remarkable journey across the US for the next year. They will be starting their adventure in Seattle and then off to 10 different cities; about a month in each. (See their route above.) I can’t imagine how amazing and inspiring it will be for them to discover a new city every month.

More details here. Make sure to follow their blog to get their travel updates.

And, definitely check out their awesome portfolio too, if you aren’t already familiar with their stuff.


Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

I’m going to be on a houseboat with my family for the next few days. Knee-boarding, jetskiing, water-skiing and relaxing—all my favorite things! And completely away from stress and technology. See you next week!

image via flickr

scenes from the weekend

Monday, May 17th, 2010

I had the most wonderful long weekend visiting my good friend ZonaFoto in New York and New Jersey. The weekend started off on Friday with a full day in NYC—Soho shopping, The Impossible Project store and a breathtaking performance by the Sa Dance Company. On Saturday we took a trip to the Jersey shore, Seaside Heights to be exact. It was a lot bright colors, cheesy games, vintage signage, fried food and stuffed animals, no snooki sightings though. On the last day we headed back into the city for a visit to the Lomo store and a couple visits to Kid Robot. All in all, a fantastic, busy, tiring and inspiring weekend…sigh, now back to reality.

top images: The Impossible Project store, Lomography store, street vendor art

bottom images: Jersey shore

garden state

Friday, May 14th, 2010


En route to visit my bff ZonaFoto in New Jersey. Today we will be spending the day in NYC, maybe going to the MOMA, the impossible project’s new soho store and seeing a performance by the Sa Dance Company.
Hope you have a great weekend!
Image via here

dream house

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010


Yes, I found my dream house in Key West…isn’t it lovely? AND when I finally win the lottery this is what I’ll be buying, (a girl can dream right?) The house is better known as the “Calvin Klein house” because Calvin owned it in the 80s. I really don’t know much more about the house other than its octagon shaped and has gorgeous turquoise shutters and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, oh and did I mention that I want it! More info about this beauty here and here.


pictures via me

j. seward johnson

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010


Another exhibit featured at the Key West Museum of Art & History was J. Seward Johnson’s exhibit “ICONS” which featured life-size sculptures of some of America’s most iconic moments in history, art and movies. There were sculptures surrounding the museum and then a small section inside the museum where I got to meet Mona Lisa, Marilyn Monroe, the American Gothic couple and the girl with the pearl earring. As you can see my sister and I had a lot fun to posing with the sculptures.

key west art museum

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Marios Sanchez  Morning Gossip

Exploring the island on the very first day of the trip we came across the Key West Museum of Art & History. The museum features some portraits of Key West’s famous people as well as work by some of their most well-known artists—my favorite being folk artist Mario Sanchez. Most of his pieces are reliefs carved into wood panels and then brightly colored to accurately reflect street scenes, places and people from Key West during the early 20th century. Sanchez’ work has a certain charm and honesty about it; seeing the culture and beauty of Key West through his eyes. These pictures do not do his work justice. See more of his pieces here.

Marios Sanchez  Taxi 96001440 copy

Top image: Morning Gossip, Bottom image: Taxi, via here.