From Excursions

Spring Break in Paris: Part 1

Spending spring break in Paris seems like the sort of thing that I would only fantasize about doing with my friends. However, with one suitemate spending a semester studying at Sciences Po, four of us decided to actually visit! Cue montage of months of Yelp/TripAdvisor scouring and thematic movie nights.

Lone Star State Spring Break

I ended up seeing quite a lot of Texas during spring break this year! 18th century elites might have favored the Grand Tour of Europe to round out their education, but I’d suggest that a Humble Tour of Texas is not without merit.

‘Tis the Season

Fa la la la la…. Welcome to the most festive day of the year! Start it out with cold pumpkin pie for breakfast (the best way to eat pumpkin pie). Watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, pause to cry, resume watching. Rock out to some Christmas tunes. Decorate… Just embrace that you are going…

New Orleans

I joined my parents for a fun 36 hours in New Orleans last weekend. College is busy and hard and organic chemistry exams are always looming, but despite (and perhaps because of) all this, I am glad that I went! A snippet from the author/comedian John Hodgman’s newsletter is what finally helped me to make up my mind to…

Autumnal Wish List

Fall is my favorite season! Admittedly, it is not at its most magical here in Texas where we are still having daily highs in the mid 80’s. Last week, however, I traveled to Boston where I got a brief taste of fall. I drank nothing but hot chocolate and was reminded of just how brisk and enchanting autumn can be.
Although I’m back in Texas now, the trip put me in a thoroughly fall-ish mood. Here’s a wish list inspired by this autumnal sentiment.


Our first stop was Vienna, Austria. Vienna is a beautiful city with an enduring artistic and intellectual legacy. It also features an abundance of wiener jokes if you’re traveling with your father and he has the sense of humor of a five-year-old.

Star Party

Last weekend I went to a STAR PARTY! Lest you think I was hanging out with celebrities or anything else that would require some awareness of pop culture, let me explain that a star party is a “gathering of amateur astronomers for the purpose of observing the sky.”