Category: explore

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

During my trip to Walt Disney World in March, I had the pleasure of attending the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. It was the cherry-on-top to an already great trip. In its 25th year, this annual festival brings springtime flora and fauna to Epcot visitors in Orlando. Complete with garden displays and unique organic ...

My Ten Favorite Walt Disney World Rides

I recently completed my first trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as an adult. My last trip to “the happiest place on Earth” was as a fourteen-year-old kid- back when Disney’s Hollywood Studios was called MGM and way before Star Wars or Avatar had anything to do with the parks. This trip allowed ...

Recycled Metal Sculptures in Las Vegas

Their website advertises crystals, gemstones, fossils and exotic belts under the logo, but Kalifano in Las Vegas offers something even more unique- although, to be honest, they had me at “fossils”. Founded in 1912, Kalifano brings rare and novelty items to Las Vegas shoppers via their stores in The Venetian at the Grand Canal Shoppes ...

Beautiful Celestial Maps from the 1700s

“The Atlas Celeste de Flamsteed” contains early mappings of many well known constellations and stars that we are familiar with today. John Flamsteed was an English astronomer in the late 1600s, who became the first Astronomer Royal under King Charles II. Flamsteed spent his life looking at the heavens and documenting over 3000 stars for ...

NYD’s Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here! Que the Mariah Carey Holiday station on Pandora! Watch A Christmas Prince on Netflix just one more time! (seriously, this is the last time) With Hanukkah beginning and Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to buy those last minute gifts for your loved ones or maybe start freaking out because you ...

The Harvard Map Collection: Digital Paradise for the Cartographically Obsessed

The Harvard Map Collection has a long history of gathering cartographic and geospatial records from around the world. The collection at Harvard University dates back centuries, allowing researchers access to historic and modern maps as well as geographic data. Harvard also offers an extensive archive of imaged Digital Maps on their website, so you don’t have ...

A Hidden Coffee Shop Haven on the Chattahoochee

The Chattahoochee Coffee Company– a coffee shop right off the Chattahoochee River in North Atlanta- has a backyard that feels like a mix between a secret garden and Middle-Earth. The shop is nestled in the Walton on the Chattahoochee apartment community, which only allows nonresidents access during the week. When I arrived at the gate ...

Lonescapade: Into the foothills of the Rockies

On an overcast day, during my recent trip to Colorado, I took some time to myself and went for a walk into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Lakewood, where we stayed. When I arrived in Denver and asked our host for the week where exactly he lived in the area, he said- “The ...

Colorado: Photo Series

“The mountains are calling and I must go…” -John Muir Yesterday I returned from a week-long trip to Colorado, where I stayed just outside of Denver in the Lakewood community. Lakewood is beautiful and secluded in the foothills with views of the Red Rocks and Dinosaur Ridge. We spent the trip traveling through the Rocky ...

Atlanta’s MomoCon 2017

I spent Memorial Day weekend at MomoCon, a geek convention for gaming, anime, animation, and comics in Atlanta. MomoCon has grown considerably in just over ten years, with over 30,000 attendees this year. In terms of panels, guests, and vendors, this con in comparable to Atlanta’s Dragon Con, which takes place each year over Labor Day weekend. ...