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Sometimes you just need to escape to Long Island Sound for a day and spend some quality time hanging out with eels and jellies and delicate pipefish and sea dragons, you know?

My “year of aquariums” (I’ve visited four so far!) continued this weekend with a trip to an institution in Connecticut that claims the title of the “best aquarium in New England”–and as I happen to have visited all the other aquariums in New England, I tend to agree. I appreciated the focus on the local ecosystems of Connecticut waters and the opportunity to take my best photograph of a moray eel yet! (You’ll have to click through to see him in all his glory: though if elongated, toothy fish don’t charm you as much as they do me, perhaps you should sit this one out…)

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north berwick beachcombing & bones

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Whenever I spend idle minutes organizing the hierarchy of my “Favorite Places on Earth” list (a frequent habit), the tiny Scottish seaside town of North Berwick always maintains its permanent place in the top three.

A week ago, I returned from a wonderful trip to Edinburgh, a brief six-day venture filled with unprecedentedly perfect weather, moderately tolerable air travel shenanigans, and exceedingly lovely company.  It was such a quick getaway that I sometimes am overcome with the sad sense that it was all a dream–but perhaps sharing some photographic evidence will convince me otherwise!

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postcard party

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Surprise: I’m traveling abroad today (and am posting this from the past in my usual time-hopping manner)!

Do you know what else travels? Postcards! (I kind of hope that I could get overseas faster than a postcard, but who knows?) By sheer coincidence, it seems like pen pals (and parents) have been sending me a plethora of postcards lately. I’ll let them take the lead today while I jet off to parts unknown!

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seventeen-mile drive

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Yesterday, Western Massachusetts suffered a messy and miserable mix of sleet and snow and hail: so please believe that I’m taking any opportunity to send my mind back to California!

Of course, we couldn’t stop in the Monterey area without winding our way along the scenic Seventeen-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. The afternoon began misty and grey (why is that so much more beautiful by the sea than among the gloomy bare trees of New England winters?) and blossomed into another glowing sunset.

And although I can’t teleport myself back to the other side of the country, at least you can follow me on a multi-mile journey around a meandering coastal road!

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2016 in Wandering

gillette castle, connecticut  ♡ washington, dc ♡ the clark art institute, massachusetts 

west kirby, england  cinque terre, italy firenze, italy

the lake district, england ♡ home! (volcano, hawai’i) ♡ the national gallery, dc 

Happy New Year’s Eve-Eve! Since I’ll be kicking off 2017 by traveling to Monterey Bay Aquarium…I mean, California, I thought I’d revisit these past twelve months of adventuring. It will probably be a long time before I take so many trips in one year again!

As someone who tends to get anxious about traveling (that’s the blog-friendly, extremely understated version of it, anyway), I am very impressed that I pulled off two international voyages this year: to Italy in April and England over the summer. I also took the train all the way down the Eastern Seaboard to D.C. twice, and spent time in countless New England museums. And, of course, I am very happy to end the year back home in Hawai’i!

Though I doubt I’ll be crossing as many international borders next year, I do hope to visit at least one new state, country, or area. It would be fun to meet a pen pal or two in person, too! What are your travel plans (or wild hopes and impossible dreams rather than plans) for 2017?

New Posting Schedule!

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Happy Friday, everyone–though, oddly enough, this might be the last Friday post you see from me for a while!

You’re probably well aware by now that I’m applying to doctoral programs this fall (while also simultaneously working full-time), and as my first deadline approaches, I am officially switching my blog posting schedule to a biweekly Tuesday/Thursday situation!

Blogging (and writing letters, and so forth) is my very necessary respite from thinking about all things art historical; I certainly don’t want to take a complete hiatus, so a modified schedule is my best compromise.

For the next two months, then, you’ll see new snail mail/crafting/stationery posts on Tuesdays and style/photography/whatever else later in the week. By the time January rolls around, you can expect my usual thrice-weekly schedule to resume: after all, I have to do something to occupy my mind while I wait anxiously for admissions decisions in February and March.

See you Tuesday for more of my postal adventures!

P.S. If anyone else out there happens to be undertaking a similar graduate application quest and wants to vent/stress out together/engage in a mutually beneficial proofreading swap, let me know!

Close Encounters of the Burred Kind

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Autumn days go hand-in-hand with walks on the network of old railways and bike paths that weave through my valley. It’s a little too early for true fall colors yet–though I’m sure the “leaf peeper” tourists are already beginning to pack their sweaters and plan tree-spotting road trips–and so I’m focusing my photographic attentions on the few weeds & wildflowers that remain in bloom even in September.

Flowers are synonymous with grace and ephemeral beauty, but a close observer will notice that their familiar forms can look truly alien with the help of a zoom lens. (The prickly thistles featured above, for example, really appeared otherworldly to me!) Luckily my camera and my trusty rocketship dress prepare me for any sort of close encounters…

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