New Website url!

Well, I finally caved in and bought a domain that I think best captures my love of travel and where my life is at this moment.

My website can now be found at http://findingparisinboston.com/

I won’t be updating my wordpress site anymore, but I’ve transferred over all my Passport to PhD files and will post new content on my new website.

I want to thank you all for reading my blog, and I do hope that you follow me on my adventures at Finding Paris in Boston!

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NYC and the Up Close: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition

When I was recently in New York, I was fortunate enough to stumble across an amazing exhibit at the Oculus called “Up Close: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel”. This was a limited exhibit of Michelangelo’s iconic works of art. Although there was a fee to walk around the exhibits and view them up close, there was no charge to view the works around its periphery.

This exhibit occurred from June 23 – July 23 in The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center, but it will travel to various other cities for exhibition: six weeks at the Garden State Plaza from September 1 – October 15, and then six other cities: Los Angeles, Sacramento, Seattle, Chicago, Annapolis, and San Diego. If you’re close by, you don’t want to miss it!

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Let’s Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC! – Part 4: Pleasant Surprises

In Part 3, we visited the Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing. In this post, I’ll talk about some of the cool rooms and unique exhibits at the Met. Every museum must have something unexpected and awe-inspiring displayed, it’s why visitors keep returning for another visit! The Met is no exception. Let’s see what interesting things it has to offer!

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Let’s Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC! – Part 3: The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing

In Part 2, we visited the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons fashion exhibition at the Met. After visiting this exhibit, we headed downstairs to see the Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.

This was the exhibit that I was most excited to see. I first heard about it from an episode of Project Runway where they had to find inspiration in this room for a collection

From Wikipedia: The Temple of Dendur is an Ancient Egyptian temple that was built by the Roman governor of Egypt in 15 BC (my comment: wow, 15 BC!). The temple was commissioned by Emperor Augustus of Rome and has been in the Met since 1978

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I wrote about the ideal places to write in an earlier post, and now I think I want to include writing next to this reflecting pool and huge windows!

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Let’s Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC! – Part 2: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons exhibition

Continuing from Part 1 of my trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, in this post, we’ll visit the Costume Institute exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, which is on view through September 4.

This is a FREE exhibition that you can visit with your regular Met museum admission.

This is on the same floor as the Impressionist paintings that I visited in my previous post, so you can leisurely stroll over here when you want to see something completely different!

You’re greeted with the exhibition’s name projected onto a blank wall:

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Let’s Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC! – Part 1: Arrival and Viewing Famous Artworks

I recently visited New York and its famous Met museum, and wow, it did not disappoint. I lived in NY for two years as a Masters student and never made the trip downtown to visit any museum, which is such a shame. So on a Saturday this July, I made it a priority to finally visit the Met and see all it had to offer. Let’s see shall we?

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Opening a New Bank Account in the UK

I wanted to write this post since people moving abroad have so many choices when it comes to banks. It’s difficult enough when you’re opening a new account in your home country, but opening one in a foreign country as a student can be tricky. I hope by sharing my experience, you can avoid some mistakes and ask questions about any hidden fees instead of relying on the advice of your school’s administration. Remember, this is YOUR money!

When moving abroad, one of the first things you should do is open a bank account. Even if you don’t have a job yet, you can still transfer money over from a non-UK bank. When I moved to the UK, I did not close my US bank account since I knew I would eventually move back after graduation. Plus, it makes a lot of sense to keep a bank account in your home country in case family members are feeling generous and offer to transfer some much-needed money to you!

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Punting and Lunch in Cambridge

Once I moved to the UK, I was very intrigued by the boats there called punts. They seemed like such a perfect match for the UK’s tranquil and relaxed way of life – at least in the countryside! Similar types of boats I was used to in the US like kayaks and row boats all require exerting a lot of energy to get around. Plus, there’s not much else to see in a lake or river besides greenery and animals – not that that’s a bad thing at all! However, wouldn’t you rather be relaxing on a boat while someone else paddles? 🙂 When you add in historic sites like the University of Cambridge and its gorgeous campus, you really can’t beat it!

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Ideal places to write a thesis

One of my main motivations for starting this blog was to show how it’s possible to travel AND get a PhD – and combining the two definitely helps to keep away the stress of research and writing!

While traveling, there were many places I visited where I thought were perfect for doing some heavy-duty writing. Some because it provided inspiration and beauty, others because of its impressiveness and refinement. I hope these places help you find some inspiration for finding the perfect spot to write!

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Disneyland: Staying On-Site vs. Staying Off-Site

Hi everyone! I just got back from a fun trip to California, specifically Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth!

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On this trip, I debated whether I should stay on-site again, or if I should save some money and stay off-site. On both my previous trips to Disneyland, I stayed on-site, first at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and then at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. This trip, I thought about staying at the third Disney-owned hotel, the Disneyland Hotel. Looking at the prices for May 20-24, the lowest price I found was for $390/night, which was way more than I wanted to spend.

When I stayed at the Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa a few years ago, they had a deal to “buy two nights, get the third night free”, so the room ended up costing $298/night, which is still pretty steep. However, I really wanted to be immersed in the Disney environment, so I decided that paying that much would be worth it – and it totally was! Read More »