Biking in Stockholm

In mid-May, I took a research trip to see the Mexikokarta, a map of Mexico City c. 1540 that is housed in the Carolina Rediviva Library in Uppsala. I landed in Stockholm on a Thursday and stayed with my fabulous Airbnb host Shama. (Fun fact: Shama and I were exchanging social media info, and she asked…

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…

Lucha Libre

I must confess that I’ve never seen Nacho Libre, the comedy where Jack Black plays a Catholic priest by day, masked luchador by night, in a story loosely based on true life, but that film and some Lonely Planet guidebook back in 2011 got me first interested in the spectacle. I never made it to…

Fish tacos in Tulum

About 45 minutes south of Playa del Carmen is the town of Tulum, home to one of the most famous archaeological sites in the Yucatan. Tulum was once a trading post for the Post-Classic (13th-15th century) Maya, and it boasts a breathtaking location, situated on the edge of a 40 ft. cliff that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. I’ve…

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…

Dispatch Oaxaca: Monte Albán

Situated just 6 miles east of Oaxaca City, Monté Alban is an archaeological site constructed on a flattened ridge about 6,400 feet above sea level. My sister Sylvia and I took a 25 min. (50 peso) bus ride from Calle Mina in downtown Oaxaca City up a steep and winding road to the site. When…