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Mývatn to Akureyri

Rarely had I seen a bluer sky or whiter snow than the landscape I woke up to. We got our first view of Mývatn that morning in daylight, no snowstorm or winds, and we observed that the lake itself is only part of the draw of the region — huge volcanoes with deep snow-filled craters circle the lake at a distance, making for a dramatic landscape in the winter and, inevitably, an inviting hiking destination in the summer.

The complimentary breakfast at Vogafjós Guesthouse was the best of our trip. We helped ourselves to Read the rest of this entry »

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I walked 10 miles yesterday! It had been a life goal for about a week before I decided to do it.

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The High Line

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Recently, the student leaders of the University of Virginia’s Class of 2010 aggregated a list of 110 things they and their classmates felt it was important to do before leaving the Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia. I attended U.Va. from 2001 to 2005 and returned in late 2006 until late 2008 to work for my alma mater.

When I read the students’ list, I realized I had completed most of the activities by the time I packed up the contents of my Lawn room. Feeling a tad proud of myself (and completely nostalgic for college as my 5 year reunion approaches), here’s what I remember.

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Lovely photo my mom took in Central Park I am using to signify “Looking forward to new beginnings, while also looking back.”

Well, guys, this is it! In June, I’m moving to Los Angeles. I’ll spend way too much time writing a self-aware, verbose, seemingly contrived evaluation of my time here in the next month. But right now, I just want to post my “To Do In NYC Before I Move” lists and solicit recommendations from friends and colleagues in the comments field for what needs to be included! Because this list might seem a bit short, I’m also posting my “I accomplished this!” list of my last 14 months of culture, dining out, and nightlife.

So please, recommendations! I’m not leaving until I’ve done everything I want to do, and that you convince me I want to do, in this city. And contributions to my “To Do In LA” list are also welcome.

Lists after the jump!

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You sweet thing you.

My sweet tooth is just not as assertive about her needs and wishes as she used to be. But when my mom’s outgoing and energetic sweet tooth comes to New York, the two of them get together and paint the town red velvet. Together, our sweet teeth have hit a lot of bakeries, and lately, my sweet tooth — hoping to have a good story for the next phone catch-up — has been checking out bakeries by herself. Here’s what we girls have to say. These might be in some kind of order… I would never admit to it, though.


Sweet Revenge’s Crimson & Cream cupcake, photo courtesy of the amazing tasters at CupcakeRatings.com

Sweet Revenge
62 Carmine Street between Bedford and Downing, West Village, NYC
www.sweetrevengenyc.com

The sweet: We LOVE Sweet Revenge’s Crimson & Cream cupcake, a raspberry red velvet. Bits of berry make it through the blender, right to the batter. Read the rest of this entry »

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