05/ 22/ 16

Reminders of Gratitude at The Lantern Festival

Shot of Denver's first Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival is a lustrous celebration of Chinese New Year, where people illuminate lanterns with wishes for good fortune and new beginnings off into the night sky. It’s something I’ve always wanted to attend, and I’ve envisioned my first lantern festivity taking place in Taiwan, where my dad is from, or at least somewhere authentically in Asia.Read more »


04/ 25/ 16

What Balancing On My Head Taught Me About Fear

What balancing on my head taught me about fear

I remember my very first yoga class. My friend Lauren dragged me, along with a few of our other sorority sisters, to a magical place called Blackbird Yoga in Ithaca, New York. We closed that class with ten wheel poses. As I write this five years later, I realize that ten urdhva dhanurasanas in a row is a pretty intense sequence even for an experienced yogi, let alone someone brand new. I must’ve been crazy, or at least a little loopy from back-bending — either way, I was hooked.Read more »


05/ 04/ 15

Learning to Meditate in Bali

Bali, Indonesia

Someone tell me what life is really about. Working a job just to afford an apartment just to work at that job? Burnt-out weekdays and debaucherous weekends? Climbing the corporate ladder to achieve someone else’s version of success? I wasn’t doing it right. Clearly. Because here I was, already jaded at the ripe ol’ age of 23.

These are the thoughts that swirled around my head as I left for an 11-day retreat at Blooming Lotus Yoga in Bali, Indonesia. There have always been inklings nestled in the back of my mind, telling me that there’s more to life than bowing down to your email inbox on the daily. Bali, one of the last truly spiritual places on this planet, was exactly where I needed to be.Read more »


04/ 20/ 15

3 Things You to Need to Do in the Philippines

El Nido in Palawan, Philippines

Here are 3 of the most memorable experiences I had in the Philippines. If you’re headed there (lucky you!) check these out – they’re guaranteed to be highlights of your trip.Read more »


01/ 12/ 15

Pai: A Backpacker’s Playground

Pai, Thailand

Coming back to San Francisco after 3 weeks of traipsing around Southeast Asia feels strange. Being away for a while makes it easy to notice the scent of your own home – a weird experience, when your place of residence smells so unfamiliar. San Francisco smells crisp and sterile. It sounds like women gabbing on the phone about last night’s drunken antics. It tastes like $8.50 Tom Kha Soup, which is 279.44 Thai Baht, which is 249.44 THB more than what I would have paid in Thailand.Read more »





Hello! I'm Katerina, and I'm on a quest to complete my bucket list. Follow along for travel stories, happiness tips, and inspiration to make your life worthy of your dreams.

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