Mystic but chaotic, colorful but grey, friendly but irreverent

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We landed in Delhi at night when the city was asleep and quiet. A couple of videos of Delhi we had watched before our trip, reassured us that a different city was awaiting us in the morning.

The anticipated morning came, and the city welcomed us with a cacophony of noise. When Delhi is awake, the city roars thunderously. Drivers’ hands are glued to car horns, pedestrians, dogs, pigeons — that seem to walk more than fly — and even a couple of elephants compete for the right to pass or cross a street.

Travel. Jaipur. India. South Asia.

A unique experience that will be forever engraved in my mind.

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur (Image by Luisa Chekrygin)

In my opinion, Jaipur is the most beautiful city in India. Sorry Dear Agra, not even the Taj Mahal impressed me as much as Jaipur’s unforgettable landmarks.

Jaipur was a stream of fresh air from the beginning — literally. Its air quality is significantly better than in Dehli and Agra. We could see the blue sky again.

Our first awe-inspiring moment in the Pink City was at Hawa Mahal. This stunning structure with more than 950 windows looks like a giant embroidered quilt or embellished wedding cake.

My admiration for elaborate buildings like this is always filled with questions and…

Gladwell’s compelling case studies will keep you reading

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Malcolm Gladwell is indisputably one of the most talented writers of our time — his enthusiasm for learning and knowledge sharing is contagious. Gladwell turns his curiosity into research and his research into intriguing, intelligible books that keep me captivated.

Thus far, these are my two favorite books of the four I have read of Malcolm Gladwell. I recently finished reading What the Dog Saw, and I have Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking in my to-read list, but I want to focus on my top two for now.

Gladwell is a charismatic writer. I appreciate the simple ways…

Peru is a South American gem — a must-visit for many reasons

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Peru is a bucket-list destination. This amazing country has it all: rich history, unmatched sites and architecture, exquisite culinary arts, beautiful textiles, and more.

Peru is home to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Historians believe that this extraordinary ancient Inca settlement was built between the 15th and 16th centuries and likely abandoned about 100 years after its construction, which was the time when Spaniards began conquering this pre-Columbian civilization.

Our extraordinary adventure to the Lost City of the Incas began the day we landed in Cuzco (also…


It indulged and changed my palate forever — and it all began at Cerveceria Cervantes

Cerveceria Cervantes — Madrid (Image by Luisa Chekrygin)

It all began on the same day we arrived in Madrid. When we were ready for our first official meal and excursion out in the city, we asked for restaurant recommendations at the hotel. After reviewing a list of international options, the concierge told us about Cerveceria Cervantes, a locals’ favorite: It was an easy decision.

Cerveceria Cervantes (Brewery Cervantes) was a fantastic, authentic first impression of Spanish culinary art. Spanish cuisine is a seductive complement to your visit. It might even be the reason to visit again.

With a tagline like ‘How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color,’ what else can you expect?

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To say that this book is filled with heartbreaking and eye-opening information is an understatement.

Ruby Hamal is an Australian journalist and writer of White Tears/Brown Scars. Since its publication, Hamal’s book has caused a scramble of feelings for readersfrom commendations for exposing global racial stories and tragedies in history, mainly revealing white women’s complicity to subjugate women of colorto condemnation for deconstructing white womanhood.

I had not heard about Hamal’s book until it was chosen by my book club. One of the book club organizers contacted Ruby Hamal, and a couple of weeks later, we were privileged…


My 8 top coffee shops and more

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My transition from tea or a small mug of coffee to a 12-ounce mug of coffee(s) every day was smooth and discreet. I didn’t even notice it.

I realized I had been enchanted by Seattle’s coffee culture when I began telling my husband right before going to bed that I could not wait to have my delicious morning coffee. Is that addiction, or is it just the allure of its texture and flavor? By the way, I only drink two cups of coffee a day: a regular in the morning and a decaf or half-caff around noon.

I know some…

Travel. Washington. USA.

One of the most beautiful cities in the U.S. — How locals and visitors enjoy each season.

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There is simply one reason to visit and love Seattle, the Emerald City: its nature. You might even end up staying.

Beautiful Colors — And a Stream of Things to Do

The Seattle area has it all: scenic parks throughout the four seasons, beautiful snow-capped mountain ranges, lakes, nearby islands, and urban forests.

Let’s start with summer: summer is an outburst of greens and glowing water! The Seattle area is a year-round evergreen Eden, but the richness of the green palette goes to extremes in the summer!

Focus on the good stuff

Jessi is the sweetest, brightest, and well-disposed girl ever (image: author)

I am among the few lucky ones that have not been markedly affected by the repercussions of COVID-19. My organization transitioned all its employees to work from home early in March 2020; my husband’s company followed a couple of weeks later. Then, our son began online education in April 2020. The stay-at-home situation started as an opportunity for the family to spend more time together. However, as months passed, work remained steadily busy. …

Magical, colorful, beautiful—UNESCO World Heritage Site

San Miguel Arcangel’s cathedral (Image: author)

One morning as I was setting up to begin my workday, I turned my computer on, and I saw San Miguel de Allende for the first time. The city was being featured on the MS Bing homepage. If you are familiar with Bing, you know that every day, it features a photo of a city, event, or animals.

I was immediately intrigued when I saw the photo of San Miguel de Allende. The city did not look like the beautiful, but different, Mexico that I knew. My family and I have visited Mexico many times. How is it that I…

Luisa Chekrygin

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