“A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas

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It feels like an age since I sat down and devoured a book in one day. It probably feels that way because it’s true—since my two Masters Degrees were completed, I’ve hardly had the time or energy to read for fun; or at least, I’ve lacked the patience to read a book in one sitting without being overly critical or without finding my brain wandering to other responsibilities and tasks. And then I picked up A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and (pardon the cliche) couldn’t put it down. Continue reading

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A Traveler’s New Year’s Resolution

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Happy New Year, everyone! 2015 was full of excitement and adventure for me, and I’m excited to see what 2016 has in store. I’m not usually one for making resolutions, but this year I decided to settle on a traveling goal: at some point in the next few years, I want to see more of the USA, preferably via Amtrak.

While living in England, I became accustomed to train travel. I’d never thought about going by train anywhere in the states, however, until I read this post by Derek Low a few months ago. This sounds like the perfect road trip to me, and has definitely gone on my bucket list.

Whatever your New Year’s resolutions and goals are, I hope they involve seeing more of the world. Happy Travels!

How to Choose Your Travel Gear

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Choosing your travel gear is an important step before setting out on any adventure. As obvious as it sounds, many people an unequipped to travel efficiently. Here are a few tips on choosing the right travel gear for you.

Your travel gear should be both lightweight and durable. You will have numerous kinds to choose from, depending on your travel variables. For example, for how long will you be traveling, and will you be able to do laundry? Are you sturdy enough to carry everything in a backpack, or do you need a rolling suitcase?  Before choosing among your existing gear, or shopping for something new, make a list of these variables, as well as the things you are planning to pack. Continue reading

“The Forgotten Seamstress” by Liz Trenow

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There is nothing I love better than realizing an author I already admire has written more than one book. Such was the case with Liz Trenow, author of The Last TelegramThe Forgotten Seamstress, her second novel, interweaves the stories of two women in England who are connected by a mysterious quilt.

The first character we meet is Maria, who is telling her life story to someone we cannot see. What the audience encounters is Maria’s memories via voice recordings and transcripts. Maria recounts her early years to a faceless young woman, explaining how she was raised in an orphanage before going to work at Buckingham Palace as an assistant seamstress. While there, she fell in love (and in bed) with the Prince Royal, whom she calls David. We know him as the historical figure of King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1936. Continue reading

Jack the Ripper Museum, London

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If you’re currently in London and looking for something Halloween-ish to pass the time, consider passing by the newly opened Jack the Ripper Museum in Whitechapel. Open every day from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm, the controversial and interactive museum gives visitors the perspective of the victims, inviting you to solve the mysterious and chilling crimes.

Recently voted the World’s Creepiest Museum, it houses the largest collection of original Jack the Ripper artifacts in the world. Check out their promotional video below!