Wanderlust: Port Aransas, Texas

Every two years, my programs takes a weekend trip to Port Aransas, Texas, home to the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Port A is about four hours away from Austin and is one of the longest barrier islands along the Texas coast. It’s now become a fishing, beach and resort village, and the weather is incredibly nice (though be prepared for extreme humidity and lots of sunscreens, or sunburns, in our case).

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a four-leaf clover — hard to find and lucky to have

This past weekend, one of my best friends came down to visit me in Austin for half a day. Given we didn’t really have that much time, we spent our time mostly on campus. UT actually has a really nice art museum (the Blanton Museum of Art), and it just so happened that there was a Blanton Block Party going on the day she came, so we stopped by that (before we went to go get some amazing Indian food and boba, of course!)

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Wanderlust: Jiuzhaigou (China) & Singapore

As I was sitting in my room, bored out of my mind and not quite yet ready to start studying physics, I decided to finally clean up my room/treasure-hunt in my closet. I found my old camera card from a few years ago, and there are some pretty interesting photos I took from my travels. Here are a few from China from a few summers back.

The Venice of China.

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Wanderlust: Boston (lifestyle & the arts)

When we weren’t roaming the streets of Boston, we headed over to some of the markets and museums. Quincy Market is a huge building filled to the brim with restaurants selling heavenly food (you’ve got to try the clam chowder and eat lots of lobster!). The Museum of Science was a highly-interactive and educational museum for people of all ages, while the Museum of Fine Arts is definitely catered more towards the artsy people who won’t get bored wandering a beautifully-designed architectural building filled with timeless pieces of art. While you’re there, book a visit to hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra play; it’s not too expensive, and it’s very much worth your time.

We visited during Spring Break, but it was still freezing.

We visited during Spring Break, but it was still freezing.

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Wanderlust: The Chinese & Their One-of-a-Kind Food

My latest travel post was about China, but who can post about China without mentioning its wonderfully crazy & delicious food? Here’s to fried scorpions, starfish, beetles (that taste like chocolate, but I promise are actually beetles…at least they were crunchy…), duck liver and more!

Wanderlust: Pasadena’s Huntington Garden

This was the first time my family went back to Pasadena, twenty years after my parents first left there while my dad worked at JPL. So they took us back, showed us their old apartments and finally decided to go visit the Huntington garden that they always wanted to, but never actually got to, visit. The botanical gardens are gorgeous, but the Chinese garden is definitely my favorite. Enjoy the photos!