48 hours in Zurich

Descending into Zurich, the snow capped mountains are the first things you see. As you deplane, the frigid air immediately hits you in the face. Riding the tram into the city, hearing people speaking German or English. Watching people going to and from. I can’t help but wonder what it’s like to live in Switzerland. One of the things I notice straightaway is how clean Zurich … Continue reading 48 hours in Zurich

Israel in a nutshell

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Bethlehem                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

First Impression

Driving from the airport to Jerusalem, I was immediately mesmerized at how different it was from any place I’ve ever been before. The color of the buildings are various shades of the same color, the city itself looks homogeneous. We later learned in Jerusalem, all buildings must be made from the same color of limestone. Most of the men in the streets wore Yarmulkes or traditional Black fedoras. Most of the women wore skirts. I was also shocked at how few cars were on the freeway. Coming from Los Angeles where traffic seems almost nonstop, Jerusalem  felt like the complete opposite. We arrived on a Saturday, which is the Sabbath. In Israel on Saturdays many Jews (orthodox/religious) don’t drive, work, or cook from sun up to sunset. Most restaurants don’t open until 6pm.  Continue reading “Israel in a nutshell”

10 tips to help maintain your sanity when traveling with your parents!

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Vaduz, Liechtenstein
I recently returned from an incredible 10 day trip, with my parents, to Israel, Palestine, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, and France. Prior to leaving, I was super excited but also a bit apprehensive. I didn’t know how everything was going to turn out because I’m used to traveling by myself or with a close friend. Fortunately,  the trip went off without a hitch but I had to make some adjustments. If you have the opportunity to travel with your parents or loved ones, I would encourage you take the opportunity to do so. The inconveniences are worth seeing the  happiness and joy on the faces of those who you love the most.

Here are my 10 tips for a headache-free trip: Continue reading “10 tips to help maintain your sanity when traveling with your parents!”