The Escadaria Selarón

The Escadaria Selarón is a beautiful work of art bordering the neighborhood of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro. It consists of 215 steps, leading to the Convent of Santa Teresa. The artist, Jorge Sealrón, moved to Lapa in the 1980s, where he fell in love with the Brazilian culture and decided to stay. In 1990, [...]

The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles was absolutely beautiful. This elaborate structure has a history as rich as the royals who once resided there, and has served various roles in French society across the decades.   Dauphin, the future Louis XIII, first came to Versailles for a hunting trip in 1607.  At the time, Versailles was just [...]

The True Beauty of the Musée d’Orsay

Our first evening in Paris, we visited the Musée d'Orsay. Constructed in a former train station and hotel, this place holds awe-inspiring works, such as those of Monet and Van Gogh. It really made me appreciate the higher level of human understanding that art allows us to access. At first, looking at paintings can seem [...]

Los Angeles Korea Festival

The 44th Annual Los Angeles Korean Festival celebrates Korean culture, as well as the vibrant Korean-American community in the city.  This festival featured Korean food, music, and style to celebrate the rich history of LA's Koreatown. The event, like the district itself, really captured a piece of Korean culture as well as the essence of [...]

Costa Rica, Costa Pobre

  Travelling to Costa Rica, was thrilled to immerse myself within a new way of life. Latin America was so different from any place I had experienced before, and working with people from a vastly different background allowed me to understand the true magnitude of global poverty. The suffering that I witnessed reached into my [...]

Icons of Gyeongju: Bulguksa and Seokguram

Bulguksa Temple 불국사 is Gyeongju’s most iconic temple as well as a lasting symbol of Buddhism in Korea.  Located on the slopes of 토함산 Mount Toham, a sacred place during the Silla Dynasty, it currently serves as a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Seven National treasures are contained in the temple grounds, such as the Cheongun-gyo [...]