Mari on 06/28/2014
Mongolia_Marianna Jamadi-19

Road Snapshots: Mongolia

Mongolia is The Land Before Time meets my landscape pipe dream. As Mongolia’s landscape revealed itself, I didn’t know if I should cry out of bliss or pee my pants out of excitement. Luckily, I saved myself the embarrassment of both, but no doubt Mongolia has a way of moving you. It’s like seeing for […]

Matthew on 06/21/2014

Where to Go: Walking Tours of Istanbul

Anyone who has ever had more than a fleeting interest in Istanbul is probably tired of hearing about how it is the crossroads between East and West. Few places are stuck with such persistent truisms about them as this global city that literally spans two continents. Any visitor to this city will be able to […]

nora on 02/05/2014
Dim Sum

Where to Eat: Adventures in Manhattan’s Chinatown

Whenever I have friends or family  visit me in NYC, inevitably the culinary corner of the city that holds the most intrigue and the most reverence is Manhattan’s Chinatown. Pushing your way through its crowded streets can make even the most seasoned New Yorker sweat. So when you are a hungry tourist trying to determine […]

nora on 01/14/2014

Notes from the Road: Quiet City

I have been in a very celebratory mood as of late — celebrating Christmas (as a lapsed Catholic turned atheist), celebrating the dawn of the New Year, and as of December 28th on a hilltop in Chiapas, Mexico, celebrating my engagement to the love of my life. I have always been fascinated by the ways […]

Kate on 01/10/2014
Kay's Bar Edinburgh | Abbott & West Productions

Where to Eat: Edinburgh

The Scottish capital has flown under the radar for too long. It’s renowned throughout Europe for its arts and culture – the Festival, anyone? – but, somehow, Americans keep overlooking it. We’re here to change that. The ancient city is one of the world’s most picturesque, with its medieval castle towering above and impressive architecture […]

Kate on 12/13/2013
Kirkstall Abbey Leeds | Abbott & West Productions

Where to Go: Leeds

Before you protest, “But where’s Leeds?” allow me to point you to a map of the United Kingdom. A former industrial hub in southwest Yorkshire (and, thus, somewhere around the center of the island of Great Britain, and firmly in Northern England), this manageable city has plenty for the curious traveler to explore – especially […]

Kate on 11/08/2013
Istanbul markets | Abbott & West Productions

Notes from the Road: Istanbul’s Farmers Markets

I held up my index finger. “Beer kilo.” Inside, I giggled at how ridiculous I sounded. But the man across the piles of fruits and vegetables from me scooped up golden, ripe apricots and handed me a paper bag overflowing with my favorite fruit. He held up two fingers and said what sounded like “icky” […]

Kate on 10/11/2013
Cuba | Abbott & West Productions

Notes from the Road: On Borders

If it weren’t for a contractor a few miles outside the Malaysian city of George Town, in Penang, my friend and I would likely still be wandering around, lost, sweaty, and miserable. He went out of his way to give us a ride, because he realized we were idiots whose Lonely Planet maps were woefully […]

Kate on 09/20/2013
Griffith Observatory at Sunset | Abbott & West Productions

Road Snapshots: Los Angeles

I’m as guilty as the next San Francisco Bay Area native and New York resident of hating on Los Angeles – and I have the added credibility of having lived there. But the fact is that every time I go, I discover new neighborhoods and places that surprise me with their beauty. Los Angeles isn’t […]

nora on 09/10/2013

Notes from the Road: A Flaneur’s Footsteps in Mexico

I have been thinking a lot about walking these days. Walking to explore, walking to get somewhere, walking to think, walking to see, walking to clear my head. When I first moved to New York, I would carve out two to three hours every weekend to just walk around neighborhoods. History was so alive in […]