Lady in Cambridge

Today I set out on a day trip from London to Cambridge. I’ve been to Oxford three times in my life, but have largely–albeit unintentionally–ignored its rival to the northeast. I traveled this morning from King’s Cross Station to rectify the imbalance.

Bicycle in Cambridge England


Lady Goes to Market

One of my favorite things about San Francisco was the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market. On sunny Saturday mornings the Ferry Building and its outskirts were packed with stalls selling everything from local artisan cheeses and fresh crusty bread to warm crimson strawberries and brilliant orange tangerines.


Lady and the Haggis

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race!
Aboon them a’ yet tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o’a grace
As lang’s my arm.

-“Address to a Haggis”, Robert Burns, 1786

Haggis at a Burns Night dinner in London


Lady in Oxford

Yesterday I took a day trip from London to Oxford to visit a friend that is studying there. It was my second trip to Oxford to see her (the last one being in the midst of a terrible snowstorm in 2003), so we had time to enjoy the town without feeling pressured to see and do everything.

Oxford University in England


Lady at the Zoo

When I was five years old my family took a trip to London. One day my mother decided to take my brother and me to the London Zoo, so we spent the morning at the grocery store getting picnic food together. We chose sandwiches, chips, and cookies, and then headed to the beverage aisle for sodas. I remember staring up at the tall wall of cans, which were arranged by flavor. For some reason none of them had labels, so we just guessed what they were by their color. My brother chose a purple can for ‘grape’ and I chose a brown can for ‘root beer.’


Lady around the World

A review of my round-the-world trip in numbers and pictures:

5: Number of countries visited on my trip

1: Number of unexpected layovers in countries I hadn’t planned to visit. Hong Kong was a lot of fun, though!

Hong Kong at night



The last stop on my round-the-world trip was Tokyo, Japan. As the title of this post implies, it was a bit difficult to bridge the language gap there. Not many signs were posted in English and few people spoke my native tongue, but my boyfriend and I didn’t let that stop us from enjoying our time there.

Japanese Garden in Tokyo


Lady of the Long Layover

My round-the-world trip took an unexpected detour in Hong Kong two days ago. Our flight from Auckland was delayed for an hour and a half, and upon arrival in Hong Kong we found ourselves marooned in the former British territory with no flight to Tokyo until the following morning. Cathay put us up in a hotel inside the airport, and we started making lemonade from this handful of layover lemons.


Lady in the Land of the Long White Cloud

As part of my round-the-world trip, I arrived in New Zealand on January 2. My boyfriend and I drove straight from Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula. The scenery was spectacular. We saw beautiful coastline, rolling hills, farmland, and lots of small towns along the way. We even got chased down a hill by a gigantic sheep!