Can You Go Home Again? Teacher To Tourist

From 2009-2010 I lived in Depok, Indonesia as a United States Fulbright Fellow.  I both loved and struggled with my time abroad, but I made my little corner of Depok a part of me.  Part of my home.  When I left a year later, friends despondently waved from my house gates, and I sobbed my way through my 2-day trip back to the States. Not ready to go, the situation felt even more desperate by not knowing if and when I would return. Who would I become in relation to this country.  And if I did return, would Indonesia even feel the same?  Would what was once so innate to my daily routine become foreign to me?  Underneath, would Indo feel like déjà vu inspired from a dream–a removed experience, a ghost, something no longer my own? I questioned: Can you go home again, truly? Or once you leave, does that…

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Huggable Art: Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center

Imagine a museum where you can hug the art, seesaw in a trailer, play “Mary Had A Little Lamb” with some neon cubes, and chill on a bench next to shark girl all the while learning more about art and humanity.  No matter where we travel to, I love cities with a strong museum culture, especially one where visitors can play. Even better: this museum isn’t a science center but instead all about the contemporary arts. While modern art tends to get some crap, this institution is more than fancy canvas splatters and abstract sculptures that all look like penises—which I equally love. The Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center in Ohio is filled with interactive and engaging exhibits and is worth a visit if you are looking for fun educational opportunities within the city.  Did I mention that the museum is free? Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center Park In A Nearby Garage…

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Neons Signs Are Not Just For Adult Playtime: The American Sign Museum

I live near Tampa, Florida so when I think of neon signs, I know the strip clubs are near.   And just like the Red Light District in Amsterdam, that glowing red speaks of the forbidden and sensual. Do I even need to mention Vegas?     Like a bug to the light or The Uncorked Librarian to breweries, I can never keep my curious eyes away from the windows and street corners. While these almost blinding rainbow lights have grown to represent a different side of history and culture—lets call it adult playtime—those brightly lit tubes own a prominent spot on the American history timeline. In the ultimate visual ode to antiquity, these signs demonstrate a progression of sign making, materials available, innovation, and advertising. PR relations back in the day appear pretty badass to me. Who knew that so much history existed in sign making? The American Sign Museum…

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What’s Hot and Not: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2018

The Uncorked Librarian to Epcot Food and Wine is like Jessica Jones to her bottle of whiskey. Well, maybe that sounds wrong, but you get the idea. As an annual passholder and local, I look forward to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival every year, studying menus like my life depends on it and elbowing my way into the park to get a piece of that tender Australian lamb chop. What is on the menu this year? What is brand new—like say some bubbly OJ in a brand new Festival Center—and what shouldn’t you miss? Sadly, what is also missing? While there is so much to cover, here are 5 musts on your foodie agenda for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2018. This is what The Uncorked Librarian found to be worth your precious park time. Epcot Food And Wine Festival General Information Epcot Food and Wine commences…

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Where To Eat In Ocala, Florida (And Drink!)

Horse country. Confederate flags (cringe). Glass bottom boats. These are the images that Ocala, Florida invokes to locals and tourists alike. However, there is so much more to the off-the-grid city, and Ocala’s downtown square is slowly growing in popularity. With newer breweries, a winery where you can create your own personal oaky libation collection, and a slew of contemporary but quaint restaurants lining the smaller historic downtown, Ocala should not be overlooked. Ocala is an upcoming go-to day trip destination from anywhere in Central Florida with less than an hour or hour and a half drive. As local Floridians, my husband and I had no idea that hidden gems existed in horse country as we drove through the Ocala National Forest. With family in the suburbs and having visited numerous times, these are my favorite suggestions for where to eat in Ocala, Florida as well as where to uncork…

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Living with Ulcerative Colitis: 10 Tips For Traveling

Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a big part of my life. Ten years ago, as I was packing up my apartment to leave for Indonesia, circumstances started to get a bit messy.  I began seeing the signs and symptoms of colitis, and scopes revealed minor inflammation in the left side of my colon.  I managed to somewhat successfully live abroad for the year, regardless. Fighting corrupt customs for maintenance medication and accidentally ingesting a parasite made me appreciate my time abroad even more. I worried that I would never again have the opportunity to travel, especially after starting to see more aggressive UC symptoms. Living with Ulcerative Colitis is truly life changing, but chronic illness does not have to be life ending. My Diagnosis  I barely managed my symptoms, but the blood and gore never cleared up during the first 8.5 years of my diagnosis.  Acclimated to this way of life,…

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