Spring Break: Pura Vida in Costa Rica

Spring Break: Pura Vida in Costa Rica

Wow I realized I haven’t written a travel post in so long. The last one was actually… last spring break :p In between, I have traveled to New York, Boston, Bangkok, Las Vegas and Tokyo. I probably won’t have time to write about all of them, but who knows, one day a way overdue draft might re-surface.

This year, my friends Cat and Christina and I decided to spend our last spring break in Costa Rica. As usual with my other travel posts, this one is going to be 50% a photo dump, and 50% my attempt to do justice to my experience with words.

Pura vida!” is one of Costa Rican locals’ favorite sayings, which means “a simple, pure life.” It has quickly become the catchphrase of our trip, as we learned from the locals that pura vida is not just a slogan, but also a way of life. It was pretty obvious from the start that Costa Ricans live in symbiosis with nature, and truly appreciate and respect the complex and beautiful wildlife around them.

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The Best of Miami

The Best of Miami

In many ways, Miami surprised me. When I knew I would be spending my summer there, I was excited but not thrilled. I’m the kind of person who likes maneuvering the busy streets of a dense metropolitan city, is used to complicated and faulty public transit, and as long as it is nice outside, doesn’t need much direct contact with sunlight. Latin American food was not one of my favorite cuisines, and I frankly don’t enjoy going to the beach. And I don’t speak a drop of Spanish.

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Wynwood, Miami: What to Eat and Do

Wynwood, Miami: What to Eat and Do

My friend once told me that Wynwood is one of the coolest art neighborhoods in the country. When I think of Miami, I think of the stereotypes – beaches, palm trees, Cuban sandwiches and wild nightlife. (Which tbh are all true) I couldn’t really picture a vibrant art scene fitting into the picture – but let me just say how glad I am to be proven wrong.

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Fall Break Part II: Florence and Rome

Fall Break Part II: Florence and Rome

I’m a complete slacker, I know. Fall break was a month ago, and I finally managed to roll this out. I miss Italy. My heart aches for homecooked pasta, fresh pizzas, and cannolis. I miss staring down the entire city of Florence from the Dome of Santa Maria Cathedral, listening to live, acoustic music on top of Piazza Michelangelo, and sitting in front of St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican City because I couldn’t be bothered to line up to get in.

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A Taste of the Countryside in Kyushu, Japan

A Taste of the Countryside in Kyushu, Japan

I realized that in general, Hong Kongers are obsessed with Japan, and for good reasons.
1. Close proximity. Only 2 hours away by plane, that is negligible time comittment.
2. Toilets with wonderfully weird functions, e.g. auto-warming seats, jets of water to cleanse your butt, fake flushing sounds to *ahem* cover up when you do your big business.
3. Vending machines that are literally everywhere, even more numerous than the number of public trash cans (though, to be fair, Japan is famously known for having very limited amount of public bins in order to discourage people from littering)
4. FOOD.

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