Travel

Six Things you MUST do in Tucson

Desert life, incredible food and a vibrant art scene are just three reasons why you need to add Tucson to your travel list. There are so many unique things to do in this culturally diverse southwestern Arizona town that there’s really something for everyone. Here are six things you must do when you visit Tucson! Visit Mission San Xavier del Bac. Arizona’s oldest European built structure was constructed between 1783 and 1797. Located about 10 […]

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Travel

Tucson Food Review

If you’re a foodie like me and finding unique and cuisine local to the places you visit, Tucson is the city for you! In 2015, Tucson became a United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) City of Gastronomy and the first city in the United States with that designation. UNESCO selected them because of the “region’s rich agricultural heritage, thriving food traditions, and culinary distinctiveness.” You’ll find a huge variety of cuisines in Tucson, […]

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Murals

The Best Murals in Tucson

The amount of public art in the southwest city of Tucson is staggering. Everywhere you turn, there’s a brightly painted mural on a building and many are beautiful representations of the local culture and heritage. During my recent trip, I tried to find as many as I could, but obviously ran out of time to see them all! Theses were a few of my favorites, but if you want a more detailed overview, check out […]

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Travel

Saguaro National Park: One Day Itinerary

Just outside the city of Tucson, Arizona a small National Park preserves some of the coolest cacti you will ever see. Saguaro National Park was established in 1994 and is divided into two sections – east and west. The saguaro cactus that you see there is native to the Sonoran Desert, do not grow anywhere else in the world and can get up to 75 feet tall! I spent an entire day exploring the park […]

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Travel

Hotel McCoy: Tucson’s First Art Hotel

This post is in collaboration with Hotel McCoy, but all thoughts and opinions about my stay are my own. Nestled among five mountain ranges and the Sonoran Desert, Tucson, Arizona is a city brimming with amazing food, art and culture. Most people probably don’t venture so far south in the Grand Canyon State, but if you haven’t experienced this hidden gem of a city, you need to put it on your travel list immediately. I […]

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Books

Book Review: An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi

It’s 2003 and the United States has declared war on Iraq following the September 11th attacks two years earlier on the World Trade Center in New York City. Shadi, who is already navigating strained friendships, family tragedies and existing as a Muslim in a post-9/11 society, now has to deal with raids at her Mosque, racism at her school and worries about becoming the victim of a hate crime. Even though she’s American, people don’t […]

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