I'm Tara.

I'm just a silly little girl who likes to go places and tell her silly little stories.

SLK documents the adventures I've had across 5 continents & who I've become on my journeys. 

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9 cities worth repeating

9 cities worth repeating

I've been a fair few places. However, most of them I don't repeat. I want to see as much of the world as I possibly can and that takes time and money, so repeating places doesn't always make sense. There is so much world to see and some cities are just cities {looking at you Charlotte, NC}.

Some cities I would gladly go back to {+ some I've already repeated}. Here is a short list of 9 of them :)

^Tash and I found out that we both took the same basic London photo years apart ha!  {mine was on my old laptop, so I used hers}

^Tash and I found out that we both took the same basic London photo years apart ha!  {mine was on my old laptop, so I used hers}

1. London, England

I'll be back this summer for a bit! Yay! Maybe it's because so much of my childhood is tied to London, but it's an incredibly diverse city with something new to see every day. From museums to musicals, there is something for everyone {except for true nature...} in London. I remember seeing a new play every weekend and visiting historic sites like Bath not too far from the city. Expensive {like...really}, but absolutely worth it.

2. Paris, France

It's every single cliché ever, but if you know me you know how I feel about places that ooze romance and beauty. The people, the food, the building...Paris is art, all of it. I admire how proud the French are of their entire country {the Loire Valley is a dream!}, but especially for a city of cobblestone streets lined with artists and poets sitting at café tables.

3. New York City, United States

I got to see this city for 10 days with a group of people I absolutely loved. We all thought the same thing- NO WAY could we ever live here, but YES WAY we could go back and visit. Like any city, there was unbelievable food everywhere we went. New recommendations from every person we talked to or on every site we researched. The diversity in the city amazed us all- Chinatown, Little Italy, etc. Unexpectedly there was a lot of free stuff offered in the city. The Museums we went to {and there are so many} all offered free admission days {which is when we went, obviously} and we even found a free yoga class offered in Bryant Park. If you do your research ahead of time, you can find heaps of cool events to attend for a donation or for nothing!

4. Luang Prabang, Laos

I don't think it counts as a "city"...but it makes the list. Yes, it has everything to do with my love for the work I was doing, the people I met, and the simplicity of the culture around me. BUT, seriously, guys...LPB is worth the trip. The locals are incredibly friendly. I never felt in danger ever while I was there. There are Wats {temples} to gaze at around every little corner and the traditions of the people still haven't been lost by a wave of Western tourists. Don't even get me started on the food. Also, CHEAP {Southeast Asia for the win}!

5. Sydney/Melbourne, Australia

This is hard, because part of me really liked Melbourne more. Melbourne was so artsy. Even the buildings looked artistic. Modern architecture in Melbourne was all around. It's the cultural capital of Australia for a reason. Alley art  and cafes galore! Sydney, however, had such high-end fashion dining and the harbor is visited by tourists as often as it is for a reason. Sydney and Melbourne both have great bike paths, but I found Melbourne was easier to get around by foot and Sydney was easier to get around by metro. Melbourne had plenty of vintage shops and "hipster" type joints. Sydney was high-class all the way, but I also feel like everyone who goes to Australia goes to Sydney. I'd love to go back and re-visit both!

6. Nashville, United States

Live. Music. - enough said. A city full of friendly people, all of whom love and appreciate live music. Also, the sunsets in Nashville were out of this world.

7. Santiago, Chile

I wasn't expecting that much from Santiago, if I'm being honest. I had been robbed in Buenos Aires and so I think I had a bitter taste in my mouth towards South American cities. If there is one place that I feel is underrated or that I hardly hear about that is totally worth spending time in, it's Santiago. The culture of the city is thriving. A perfect mix of modern and old, there are museums to visit on the same streets as salsa night clubs. I'd go back for endless snaps of the gorgeous street art. Also, and again, the people were overwhelmingly helpful in Santiago.

8. Wellington, New Zealand

...and Queenstown and Auckland. Just New Zealand in general. It's so worth repeating. Beautiful landscapes in the South Island. Prime beaches in the North Island. Cafes and culture in Wellington and shopping and style in Auckland. Also, LOTR sites, the Waitomo Glow Worm caves, bungy jumping, and skydiving. Sure, I've done it all once, but twice could be double the adventure, right?

9. Vancouver, BC

I didn't get to do the canopy suspension bridge! But Gastown's cute vibe and the scenery that Vancouver had to offer was impressive. I would absolutely go back to experience it again and to see the things I missed on my quick trip!

There you have it! 9 {of the many} cities I'd definitely repeat given the chance. 

 

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