Ge Ge Gelato💕

After visiting over a dozen gelaterias (ice cream shops) in Italy last February and sampling a whole lot of gelato, I can’t get enough. I’m in love, ge ge gelato 💕. What makes gelato unique? Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream. It starts out with a similar custard base as ice cream, but has a higherContinue reading “Ge Ge Gelato💕”

New Norms in the Midst of COVID-19

As an essential healthcare worker in New York City, an epicenter of COVID-19, the past few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster to say the least and medical experts say we’ve yet to see the worst of it, yikes 😬🤯🤬. What is COVID-19? On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official nameContinue reading “New Norms in the Midst of COVID-19”

Knock knock, who’s there? Alecia!

The Bookgirl from the University of Michigan… Henry P. Tappan, the first president of the University of Michigan (U-M) envisioned an institution where education meant the “unfolding of the capacities of the mind.” U-M extended that desire to me in 1996 when I was welcome as a future wolverine. I came to U-M as aContinue reading “Knock knock, who’s there? Alecia!”

Carry-On State of Mind

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light.” Cesare Pavese When it comes to traveling, do you prefer to go the route of carry-ons or checked luggage? Between having my luggage mistaken and taken by another traveler a few years ago at Miami International Airport baggage claim (we both had the same JoyContinue reading “Carry-On State of Mind”

First things first, introductions!

Pictured above: Secluded in the hills of eastern Kamakura, an hour south of Tokyo, this beautiful, small bamboo grove found behind the Hōkokuji Temple’s main hall consists of over 2000 dark green Moso bamboo (the biggest species of bamboo) stalks. It rained and poured for a good 2 hours and I literally had the grove toContinue reading “First things first, introductions!”