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The flight to Fiji aboard Fiji Airways was a relatively quick 10 hour jaunt across the Pacific Ocean from Los Angeles. We landed at Nadi (pronounced Nandi) around 5 a.m. when it was still dark out. As we de-planed, the sun began to rise, and I began to adjust to the warm, tropical humidity seeping in all around me. All of us bleary eyed travelers were greeted by a welcome trio dressed in tropical shirts and leis, strumming their guitars and singing cheerfully while shouting “Bula!” (hello in Fijian) in between songs.
Fiji is simply unlike any other island nation in the world. If you’re seeking tropical beaches and white powdered sand, you’ll definitely find that here. World-class diving—check. Spectacular surfing—check. Pampering & spas, eco-tours, and luxury resorts? Check, check, and check. But there’s something about Fiji that sets it apart from all the world’s other splendid tropical destinations: the Fijian people.
Once you step off the plane, you’ll most definitely be greeted by a hearty “bula!” (pronounced boo-lah). Like the Hawaiian word aloha, bula has a variety of meanings. It means hello, and also welcome. “Bula bula” means hello and welcome. Literally bula means “life,” but when used as a greeting it’s a blessing of happiness and good health. Most importantly, it must be said with an invisible exclamation mark at the end of it.
Dresden is a beautiful city. Black sandstone angels and figurines stand tall upon the roofs of buildings, alongside golden sculptures, and elegant glass domed ceilings. Boasting an old town brimming with regal baroque architecture, and museums filled with priceless treasures, this capital of Saxony makes a unique stop halfway along the Berlin-Prague route. What I love most about Dresden are all the embellishments and ornate details that pop out of the woodwork everywhere you turn. Just have a look for yourself:
It’s official—we’ve moved to San Francisco! It’s been quite a change going from traveling non-stop across 5 continents, roughly 30 countries and over 200 cities in the last 12 months, to living in one city again. It almost feels like time is standing still.
Why San Francisco? Why not? This city has always captured my heart with its hippie ideals, pure California spirit, artistic energy, and culinary devotion. I’ve been a visitor here many times, but living here has come with some unexpected surprises.
Buenos Aires is filled with colorful street art. Everywhere you turn buildings have been tagged, and much of it has been elevated to an art form. You’ll find street art across the city, signed by the artists themselves. These images encompass bold graphics and painted characters, as well as classic typography and iconography. Some of the best street art can be found in two of B.A.’s trendiest neighborhoods: the up and coming San Telmo historic district and the stylish Palermo Viejo neighborhood.
Most people have heard of Zurich, the Matterhorn or Geneva. But St. Gallen? The name generally draws blank stares. Yet Switzerland’s northeastern capital is charming, foodie focused, relaxed, and blissfully tourist free.
I rode the train from Lucerne to St. Gallen, which turned out to be an incredibly scenic journey. It cut through green expanses of fertile valleys filled with grazing cows below big fluffy clouds in a brilliant blue sky, all surrounded by mountain peaks crowned with snow. Crossing rivers and curving past multiple lakes, this has got to be one of the best ways to see Switzerland, especially since traveling from one end of the country to the other doesn’t usually take more than a few hours.
Lucerne, located in central Switzerland at the foot of the Swiss Alps, is simply stunning. From the minute I stepped off the train and caught a glimpse of Lake Lucerne, reflecting snow capped peaks in its swan-filled waters—the city perched at its edge—I was smitten.