What are you up to this weekend? I know I really need a break from this week. It was downright terrible. Luckily, my holiday season is kicking into gear with a Santa crawl and some good friends. Everyone donates a toy to Toys for Tots, and we clamber on a rented school bus riding around Reading dressed up like Santas or reindeer in ugly Christmas sweaters. It’s fun way to get into the Christmas spirit while enjoying our own Christmas spirits. I’m also planning to get my tree this weekend! I can’t wait to decorate it and start wrapping presents. I hope your weekend is grand. Here are a few interesting reads I recently stumbled on. Enjoy!
One of the great things about living in Lancaster are all the creative, unique shops that line its streets. If you stumped on ideas or just looking for shopping inspiration, Fig® magazine (another thing I love about Lancaster) put together a curated gift guide to shopping local in Lancaster this holiday. I picked out a few of my favorites from their guide below.
Do you ever consider where you get your news? For me, I first scan Twitter, looking to see what stories people are linking to. Then I hit up my inbox for my daily dose of theSkimm and Quartz. Next up, I read New York Times, The Atlantic, a little Hacker News, then maybe the Wall Street Journal and, if I have time, I sneak a peek at the Washington Post. I can’t forget the many marketing news sites I follow or all the client-related news I consume. Phew. That’s a lot of news to pour through every day – all fairly varied opinions, but always some repetition.
What’s not to love about Bruges (Brugge)?
Often referred to as The Venice of the North, this northern city gets this nickname from the multiple canals weaving around the cobblestone streets. During the Middle Ages, Bruges was the most important trading center in northwest Europe, and it’s almost as though the city is suspended in that time. The enchanting beauty and medieval history of the city is staggering, although admittedly it’s a bit Disney-esque and touristy. But Bruges still makes for a worthwhile travel destination.
I had all these expectations before visiting Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. How big the crater would be, what the air would smell like, what types of vegetation would surround the volcano. Once I finally made it there, I realized I was completely off.
Have you heard of Kopecky Family Band? No? Well, they’re not actually a family, but they are an exciting indie-rock band to watch perform live. Just the number of instruments shuffling around on stage was enough to fill me with awe.
After spending an eventful weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Waterfront in Wiggins Park back in July, I quickly fell in love with the vocal harmonies of Kopecky Family Band. Both times they put on a great show. Playing a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” got my dad’s seal of approval, and the booming sounds of “Heartbeat” had me entranced.
Enough with my blabbing. Time to listen up to Kopecky Family Band!
After a week on the Big Island, I had to get back to work. But my parents were lucky enough to hang back on the island for another week and enjoy the beautiful night skies you could reach out and touch. While I was behind a computer screen at work checking tasks off my to-do list, my parents made friends with the neighbors next door to the house we rented in Miloli’i. Continue reading
Along with his pals, watusi (a breed of longhorn cattle from Africa), bison, peacock and donkey, this zebra enjoys his own slice of paradise in South Kona. Just off mile marker 87 on the makai (toward the ocean) side of Highway 11, you can spot the zebra lazing through the afternoon and counting the cars go by in his own enclosed area.
If you turn off the highway, you’ll find some guinea fowl scuttling about and a small booth where the owners sell their own blend of Kona coffee as well as an assortment of fruit.
Who would’ve thought I’d see a zebra on the Big Island of Hawaii?
The best way to see Hawaii’s Big Island is to drive the island. Known for its diverse landscape, the Big Island can be challenging to explore without a car. Remember, there’s a reason they call it the Big Island. The quality of your trip is truly determined by how much of it you choose to set about discovering on your own. But you can probably say that for just about every trip, right?
After battling some killer jet lag post-Hawaii, I’ve finally caught up on my sleep enough to write about my trip. And just in case you weren’t following my instagrams and tweets, the Big Island of Hawaii was amazing. I was in awe of the stunning landscapes, vibrant flowers, fluffy clouds and the beach-bum worthy shores.