The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Berlin is having what all the Germans assure me is the mildest November in living history. To top off these golden days, I got word at the end of November that Daniela from The Grumpy Camel awarded me the Sunshine Blogger Award! The Sunshine Blogger Award is peer recognition for bloggers that inspire positivity and…

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Why We Should All Go to Auschwitz

Country 29: Poland | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here. Many of us know Ray Allen as an NBA player—I used to love watching him play for the Celtics when I lived in Boston. But I had no idea he was also a gifted writer. He penned an opinion piece on why…

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The Art of Alphonse Mucha

Country 10: Czech Republic | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! One of my biggest regrets from my trip to Prague was missing out on the Mucha Museum. Prior to visiting the Czech Republic, I’d had no idea that the artist famous for most of the French Art Nouveau pieces…

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How My Father Taught Me I Was Smart

If there’s one thing I am always going to remember about my dad it’s the way he always said my name when he wanted my help. Not lingering over each individual syllable: Guh-bree-elle, but a rushed, quick whisper, each syllable scrunched into the next. It was a conspiratorial beckon, an inside joke—delivered in a stage…

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What It’s Like on an Advertising Shoot

On a Saturday afternoon at the end of April, I posted a photo to my Instagram of me sipping champagne in business class, on my way to an advertising photo shoot in Vancouver. Obnoxious? Yes. Strategically selected? Absolutely. In fact, if you follow me on Instagram, you’d have seen a smattering of photos posted over…

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Everyone is Welcome in LA

With the U.S. currently gaffe-ing about matters both diplomatic and domestic, it’s little wonder the sentiment outside of the States is so wary—especially when it comes to booking travel. But count on California to do something to change that. I love this colorful, bright-eyed ad from LA Tourism, that both says and shows that #everyoneiswelcome. And to be honest—since we’ve acknowledged the population is so varied, I’d love to see such a diverse cast in a “normal” ad too. #goals

Where in the World is…

Nope, not Carmen San Diego. The correct answer this time is the Google Street View. The BBC’s new Geoguesser game challenges you to look at scenes from Google Maps and try to orient yourself on the map. The closer you are to the actual location pictured, the more points you get—and it’s really interesting to try…

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Reading Reco: All the Light We Cannot See

When Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See was released in 2014, I remember doing a quick Goodreads search to see the reviews. Everyone loved it, they said, but the ending was a let-down. I placed it on my “to-read” list with no particular priority, and figured I’d get to it when I got…

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Diversity + Advertising

I don’t usually do the Daily Prompt, but when I clicked on it today, it made me remember an essay I wrote a few years back. Recent musings have brought that essay back to mind more than once in the past few weeks, and it dovetails perfectly with the theme of the prompt—diversity. Atlanta, Georgia…

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