The Legendary Sleepy Hollow

“If ever I should wish for a retreat whither I might steal from the world and its distractions, and dream quietly away the remnant of a troubled life,” Washington Irving once wrote, “I know of none more promising than this little valley.” The little valley he was referring to was, of course, Sleepy Hollow. Its eponymous village, home to about…

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Inside the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The glass-enclosed tunnel leading out from the New Wing of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a portal through time, transporting visitors to a 1903 Venetian-style palace. The 4-storey residence, located in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood of Boston, is home to one of America’s finest private art collections. It is also the site of the largest art heist in history, which…

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Autumn at Grace Farms

Sejima Kazuyo was born in Ibaraki, Japan in 1956. After graduating from Japan Women’s University in 1981 with a master’s degree in Architecture, she joined the firm Toyo Ito and Associates. Six years later, Kazuyo opened her own practice and became known for her sleek, modernistic designs. One of her first hires was Nishizawa Ryue, a student who had worked…

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Kent Falls State Park

One of my favorite things about living in Connecticut is being surrounded by nature. Despite being a pretty urbanized state, there is plenty of untouched land filled with rolling hills, woodlands and water. While most of the latter comprises of modest waterfalls, there is a dramatic series of cascades in Litchfield Country that are the exception.

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Storm King Art Center

The first time I went to an outdoor sculpture park was in Japan. The exhibits were so creative and interactive, that I ended up visiting twice, despite it being a 2-hour drive away. So when Dani and Kyle suggested that we go see the one in upstate New York, I was really excited to check it out. My first thought…

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Hello, America!

“Presione el botón! Si, el botón. No, a la derecha! A la derecha!” I fumbled frantically around the dials on the car door but to no avail, then turned to the driver apologetically. “I don’t speak Spanish.” “Oh, you don’t?” “I’m not from here.” “Where are you from?”  “South Africa.” And so began a very colorful story about Uruguay, soccer…

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Touring Niagara, Part 2: French Castle

“It’s snowing!” I yelled excitedly over my shoulder, peeking through the curtains. “Oh yeah?” my sister responded with mild disinterest. You’d swear she never grew up in Johannesburg. The fluffy white stuff still excites me; I’m lucky if I even get to see it once a year. We packed up the last of our things and headed for the bus,…

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Touring Niagara, Part 1: Secret Caverns

During the summer of 1928, two cows named Lucky and Floyd wandered from a farm outside of Cobleskill, New York and fell to the bottom of a 26-meter (85-ft) hole. The unfortunate event piqued the interest of a local engineer, Roger Mallery, who was working on a nearby commercial cave. He recruited a group of teens to descend into the darkness…

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