Why Dubrovnik is Touristy Yet Worth It

Upon seeing Dubrovnik’s walled old town for the first time on our drive in from the airport,ย  I was so excited. Even after seeing all the photos, no one can prepare you to witness the amazing sight of the ancient city walls and terracotta-roofed houses jutting out majestically into the sparkling Adriatic. However, my experience in Dubrovnik turned out to be bittersweet: the star of the Dalmatian coast is at once one of the most beautiful and one of the most touristy places I have ever been. In this post, I seek to explain not only why Dubrovnik is touristy, but also why it’s ultimately worth it. Continue reading “Why Dubrovnik is Touristy Yet Worth It”

Xi’an: A Chinese Cultural Treasure

This past fall, I embarked on a whirlwind, seven-week journey through mainland China. This entire trip was a tremendous experience for me, whether I was downing soup dumplings in cosmopolitan Shanghai, roaming the streets of ancient Pingyao, climbing the hills of sacred Wutai Shan, exploring Buddhist cave art outside Datong, or gaping at the beauty of the Summer Palace in Beijing. However, I must say that Xi’an won a special place in my heart as one of my favorite stops on the trip. Continue reading “Xi’an: A Chinese Cultural Treasure”