Fairy Tale Fashion

It’s President’s Day Weekend, and I’m in NYC with my best friend Shevin during one of the coldest weekends of the year. What to do when you’re avoiding the bitter cold on vacation? I’d had this Fairy Tale Fashion exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology on my mind ever since I first read about…

Thunderous Brahms & soothing ‘Solace’

Tonight, I had the chance to attend Dumbarton Oaks Friends of Music series to attend a performance by Christopher Taylor, a concert pianist based in Wisconsin. Called “one of the most impressive young pianists on the horizon today” by the Washington Post, Taylor is currently a professor at the University of Madison-Wisconsin who has performed globally,…

Dancing like a Scot

Nov. 30th marked St. Andrew’s Day in Scotland. St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, and the holiday kicks off a season of winter celebrations. In a total twist of fate, we happen to have a couple of Scots among us at DO and one talented Russian woman Nadya who happened to be in…

The Atrio Cross at Acolman

Today was the first day of my fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks, a research institute run by Harvard University in Georgetown ‘dedicated to supporting scholarship internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies.’ (I’m in the Pre-Columbian Studies group!) Spending my day with other fellows discussing our research topics has had me reminiscing intensely about…

Wicker Park Fest

Summer time this year has meant frequenting farmers markets and festivals, and I made it to Wicker Park Fest a few weekends ago. Touted as the ‘definitive culmination of cutting edge music, celebrated local restaurants, and unbeatable culture‘, Wicker Park only cost us a $5 entrance fee plus about $7 a beer. You can get…

Street Art Renaissance

The internet has been abuzz with stories regarding Mexico City’s thriving street art scene. (BBC news recently ran a story, but it seems like the video has been taken down from the Internet.) I had long known about Street Art Chilango because I had happened upon their stunning Instagram account. When my friend Aneesha came…

Oaxaca City in photos

I had the great opportunity to attend the Coloquio Internacional held jointly by the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at UNAM and Villa i Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. The theme of the conference was El Renacimiento italiano desde América Latina (The Italian Renaissance in Latin America) — a topic close to my heart…

Dispatch Oaxaca: Museo Textil de Oaxaca

I’m a huge fan of small museums. They tend to be more tightly focused and thematically coherent. I’m really detail oriented (well…particularly, when it comes to research or learning a new subject), so it’s satisfying to dig into a subject and feel like you’ve really grasped something substantial about it after a relatively short amount…

View from the Top

Mexico City is immense. In 2009, the estimated population of the city proper was close to 9 million people, with a land area of about 573 sq. mi. The greater Mexico City population numbers to a soaring 21.2 million people, making the city the largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world….

Microteatro

When I first got to Mexico City, I had  yet to find a place to live, so I stayed with my dear friends Ximena, Roberto, and their giant Akita Lev (short for Leviathan) in up-and-coming neighborhood Santa María la Ribera. The colonía’s hallmark attraction is the Kiosko Morisco, a structure built as Mexico’s submission to the World’s…

Museo Experimental El Eco

Around 5pm I decided I needed a break from the computer, and I went outside for an evening stroll. I headed towards the Jardin del Arte, a peaceful and colorful park nearby in San Rafael. I decided to walk the perimeter of the park, having never done so, and I stumbled upon the Museo Experimental El…

The Alta Città in Bergamo & its Spectacular Churches

A few posts ago, I discussed the mouthwatering dishes of northern Italy. Today I’m returning to Bergamo to recap our exploration of the Alta Cittá’s tiny, yet spectacular Piazza Duomo. Once you climb the steep cobblestone path (or take the funicular… Side note: Do you think someone one day was just like, “Let’s see if we can…