Dec 182014
 
The White House Summit: All the Glamorous Parts!

Now that I’ve written about the purpose of the White House Travel Bloggers Summit, allow me to gush about its glamour. This post will cover the fashion, idols, beauty, and thrills of those remarkable 48 hours in DC. Get your eyes and heart ready, chum.

First, architecture! As you can tell from the fact that I have a giant category of my blog entitled “Sexy Architecture,” I swoon for pretty buildings… and the White House did not disappoint! [...Read More!]

Dec 142014
 
Why Was the White House Conference Mostly White?

One of the biggest honors of my life is that I was able to attend the White House Travel Bloggers Summit on Study Abroad and Global Engagement. One of the greatest sadnesses of this wonderful conference, however, was that, despite the fact that a stated aim of the conference was to encourage students from all racial backgrounds to study abroad, nearly all of the bloggers in attendance were White.

Now, I have great respect for [...Read More!]

Dec 122014
 
Join the White House #StudyAbroadBecause Movement!

Today I returned to my Boston classroom after the White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Engagement. Breathless and exhilarated from the amazement of the previous 48 hours, I asked my 7th grade students, “Why do you think the U.S. government is putting all this new energy into getting more Americans to study abroad?” Students’ hands shot up.

“Studying abroad makes the world a safer place because people from one country can [...Read More!]

Oct 212014
 
The 600th Article I've Published on This Travel Blog!

This is the 600th article I have written and published on Around the World “L” Travel Blog! To celebrate, I will do two things I love in this article: First, sharing photos of my favorite city in the world, Boston, in all its autumn beauty. Second, answering questions that readers have submitted. Enjoy!

Q1: What were you doing for your 500th, 400th, 300th, 200th, and 100th, and 1st articles? 

A1: Click and see! For [...Read More!]

May 182014
 
Watch Out! Too-Seductive Food on Martha's Vineyard...

Did you catch the weirdness in that first photo? Yup… there is the mark of a tiny claw right in the middle of the luxurious mascarpone cream. But how did that get there???

Back up to when Colin, baby Devi, and I walked into Water Street restaurant at The Harbor View Hotel in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. “Brioche French Toast: Mascarpone, Wild Blueberry Jam, Ginger Chantilly!” sang the alluring description on the breakfast menu. We practically lassoed [...Read More!]

Jan 092014
 
My Face Is on a Restaurant Advertisement in Africa?!

WHOA! Without my knowledge, I have become the face of a restaurant advertisement in West Africa?!

Late last night I received a shocking message from my friend Alicia, who had been traveling in Africa. “Lillie!” the message read, “Flying down the street in the car on my way to Bojo Beach in Ghana, we passed this sign. I screamed out loud, ‘I KNOW THAT GIRL!’ Are you aware that you are the face [...Read More!]

Jan 012014
 
Which Types of Posts Go Viral? 10 Examples of the Year.

Using the magic of Google Analytics, a website owner like myself can, at any time, peep at a live map of who is on which pages of her blog.

For example, right now I can see that there is a visitor to my site from Australia, and two people are reading my new baby photos article.

Seeing these stats swirl and shift is more exciting for blogging geeks like me than watching a live [...Read More!]

Nov 182013
 
Scarfing a Wagamama Feast While Waiting to Give Birth

How do you spend your time when you’re nine months pregnant, Maternity Leave has started, and you could give birth ANY MINUTE?

1) The number one answer is: EAT. The baby needs nutrients to enter the world powerfully, right? Right. Happily, my husband Colin and I were just invited to the grand opening of the Lynnfiend, Massachusetts location of the delicious pan-Asian restaurant, Wagamama.

Wagamama restaurants are already famous in the UK (which [...Read More!]

Aug 022013
 
Delicious Video: Sunset Dinner at a Hawaii Resort

It was a five course dinner on the Big Island of Hawaii, relished as the sun set over the ocean and our soon-to-be-son kicked my belly from the inside. The food was so good that I couldn’t resist making my first ever video for this site. Do click it, and enjoy my cheesy narration!

So what do you think? What would have been your favorite part of the meal (taste-wise or visually)? [...Read More!]

Jul 262013
 
Four Straight Years of Travel Blogging: A Celebration!

This week marks FOUR straight years travel blogging on AroundTheWorldL.com! When I published my first ever post on July 26, 2009 right before leaving Boston to circumnavigate the globe, I had no idea that travel blogging would bring me so much joy that I would carve out hours each day for the next four years to work on it… and look forward to blogging for many more years to come!

Statistics-wise, I have now published 543 [...Read More!]