Review: My Inaugural Admirals Club Experience at DCA

I usually love airports. The novelty of the entire flying experience somehow still hasn’t worn off—the wait at an airport bar is always my favorite excuse to eat some garbage and drink some beer and anticipate the adventure ahead. Even just sitting by the floor-to-ceiling windows at DCA and watching planes take off with the Capitol and the Washington Monument in the background is soothing to me. Especially after reading David McCullough’s engrossing biography of the Wright Brothers last year, it’s impossible for me not to marvel at the miracle of what I’m about to do: take flight.

But this week, when I arrived at DCA three and a half hours early for a flight home to New York, it was… decidedly not magical. One might even call it nightmarish. It was more crowded than I’ve ever seen it. After a long week at work, my nerves just couldn’t handle the masses of people. And so it ended up prompting a travel first: in a split second of extravagance and anxiety, I bought a day pass to the Admirals ClubContinue reading “Review: My Inaugural Admirals Club Experience at DCA”

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3 Delicious Veg-Friendly Cafes in Bali

So… let me begin by saying that (a) this doesn’t even scratch the surface of the incredible vegetarian dining scene in Bali, and (b) of course there’s a whole lot more to the island than just Seminyak and Ubud, the only two towns represented here. But, you know, I only get so much time off, so I’m going to have to return at some point to eat my way through the rest of Bali.

With that disclaimer out of the way: Man, there is some good vegetarian food in Seminyak and Ubud. I wasn’t sure what to expect of Bali’s vegetarian scene—I wasn’t really sure if that was even, like, a thing. Happily, it both exists and excels. Here are three of my favorite places—I sourced all of them from Foursquare and highly recommend that as a strategy, whether you’re in Bali or anywhere else in the world. Continue reading “3 Delicious Veg-Friendly Cafes in Bali”

Staying in Amsterdam: citizenM Schiphol

On a weeklong trip to the UK (which already included a stopover in Iceland), I had the bananas idea that I could also fit in a quick jaunt to Amsterdam for the Nike Women’s 10km race. After all, when else would I ever get to run a race that started and finished in an Olympic stadium?

The only way to make it work would be flying out of Southend at 7 a.m. on race day, landing at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport at 9:30 a.m., and flying back from Amsterdam to Gatwick at 7:30 a.m. the next morning. And that stupid-early flight meant I wasn’t going to get to hang out at a cool backpacker hostel in the city center—but luckily, I did get to stay at a surprisingly cool airport hotel, just a few minutes’ walk from the terminal. Continue reading “Staying in Amsterdam: citizenM Schiphol”

The App That Saved Finals

Since I got back from Ireland, I’ve been holed up in my room panicking about the three papers I have due on May 16th that count for the entire grade in the three classes that assigned them.  One is 3000 words, two are 3500, and they all involve reading way more journal articles than I could ever be bothered to actually print (especially considering how many trees those hundreds of pages would kill and how unbearable the cost would be considering this school isn’t on the free printing bandwagon).

So what’s a lazy, eco-conscious girl to do? I need to highlight and underline things or I’ll spend all of my time sifting through dozens of articles trying to find that one quote that one person said instead of actually writing, so reading the PDFs as they appear on JSTOR or whatever is out. I really try to avoid reading on my computer because whenever I’m on my laptop I inevitably swipe back over to Facebook/Tumblr/Twitter/my Arrested Development marathon on Netflix/literally anything other than schoolwork, so reading and marking my PDFs on Preview doesn’t work either. Luckily, my stupidly awesome parents gave me an iPad last Christmas, so that lets me sorta-kinda get away from my distracting laptop, but I learned quickly that importing PDFs into my iBooks library just brings me back to the “help! I can’t highlight anything!” problem. Continue reading “The App That Saved Finals”