Seen on October 3, 2018, opening day.
Everyone has probably visited Miami once in their life, if not for Spring Break, or for the lovely beaches. If you’re tired of hanging out in the loud or sheltered parts of Miami, and want to venture out of South Beach and Collins Ave., here are some recommendations for you to explore the blossoming neighborhood culture of Wynwood.
Being the art lover that I am, I made it a mission to visit every mappable gallery in the design district; these are my recommendations for galleries that impressed me with their representation of artists and newness of objects that I would not see if I was in New York:
Art by God : A wonderful store and gallery that I can spend hours in. There was an amazing $4000 Queen of Congo piece I wanted to leave with on my last trip, but I contented myself with buying a small bust of an African boy made of serpentine stone and crafted by an artist from the Shona Tribe (for those interested, the Shona are a people from Zimbabwe, whose ancestors built great stone cities in Southern Africa in days long past!).
To note: It’s a pleasure to hit up art galleries in Miami because they have such a fair representation of Latin American artists, something I haven’t seen much of in concentration in Chelsea or the UES.
Ranivilu Gallery – functions as part gallery, part design store.
There was also Glottman, which was very popular amongst the people there, but it didn’t do much for me. The products it carries look like that of every other design store, but perhaps you might enjoy it.
Dasher & Crank: For ice cream tourists, this is a must.
Coffee (or avo-toast for the women):
Dr. Smood: Great interior and awesome cafe concept. Healthy, but with a twist. They offer cashew milk as an option for their drinks, and it’s a great addition to the coffees I’ve drank in New York. I think in New York the extent to our coffee explorations are Nitro brews, grass-fed butter bullets, propolis/bee additive brews, and Australian concept brews.
If anyone knows of a coffee shop in NYC that offers cashew-milk based coffee, I would love to know.
KYU: A modern asian style eatery. Good for drinks.
Coyo Taco: A very popular taco joint. If you are into tacos. Me– not so much.
Plant the Future Wynwood: Recommended by my lovely friend, Thier, and I loved it. I’m not sure if the staff knows what they were doing and I certainly did not think they had a service mindset, but the interior concept of this plant store is cute and fun to walk through. The store has everything from modern potted plants to plants potted in animation characters.
ANTIDOTE: A sustainability focused womenswear concept shop. Owned by a stylish woman who owned a boutique in France and decided to open another concept in Miami.
I am on a plane en route to NY— I believe we just crossed the border now into the U.S.
My stay in Mexico this week was fruitful, taxing, and exciting.
Thanks to my CTO, Ro, and the rest of my team here, I had a great and vibrant introduction to the Mexican life.
Everyone I met greeted me with great enthusiasm. and I did not feel particularly ostracized in any way as a foreigner. I believe this was in part because I had my colleagues to help me around, and for that I am very grateful.
While I enjoyed my week, I stayed within the boundaries of entitled comfort, and I was made very aware of this fact. There were parts of Mexico City I passed by in the shelter of a car that I became very curious about— neighborhoods that made my heart twinge a bit: a neighborhood close to Polanco called Las Lomas that was very pretty, and the neighborhoods on the outskirts of Sante Fe, where I saw a lot of houses with unfinished walls and irregularities.
There are a lot of things I like about this city, but I also saw and heard a lot of things about this country that made me very sad: cases about the corruption here, the diaspora in education and income levels amongst the people, and the poverty I see here (not unlike NY, but it manifested itself very differently— for example, I saw a woman carrying a baby and juggling between cars in the middle of a high-traffic road to earn money).
I am reminded once more as I always am in travel that this shared world of ours is a very small and complicated place— the flow of which you nor I can never fully grasp. It is up to us to continually learn, to get “woke,” and to support one other in love, in trade, in culture, and in commerce, regardless of boundary or background so long as we inhabit this shared planet of ours.
I’m looking forward to being back and seeing more of Mexico and learning more about the citizens here and how they live. I hope I come back a little more informed about this place the next time (and I most definitely need to work on my Spanish!).
I leave Mexico with respect, with love, and with awe.
Today is my last day in England and I’m honestly a bit sad to leave.
England ended up being the perfect place for me to rest and freshen up– in part because nothing felt new here.
Coffee shops were frequented, a disgusting amount of desserts were dabbled in, and dance floors conquered. I ate this delicious cheese that tasted like caramel fudge (The Gjetost! Mon dieu!). I even danced my first Scottish dance, and met a gentleman in full Scottish garb with dagger.
Amidst the buzz of catching up with old friends and partaking in some good old entertainment, I was able to spend a great chunk of my stay exploring and appreciating all that nature had to offer unique to the terrain [and sheer size] of its country.
It was the first time in my life experiencing first-hand so many kinds of birds (they were everywhere, omnipresent, realy all about England) and I’m certainly leaving Heathrow with a newfound affinity for them. Watching their activity across various environments, feeding,
and passing so gracefully through the weeping branches of willow trees all lent me feelings of relaxed freedom and calm. I felt very glad.
The pigeons and the geese here were also surprisingly cute here and I sympathize a bit for the ones back home (perhaps if we didn’t treat ours like termites, they might appear more clean and endearing like the ones in England, I don’t know).
I also saw herds of cows in their natural habitat during my walks which was really nice.
I walked nice trails in well protected parks multiple-vehicles-wide. And oh! Everything was so well gardened and trimmed.
I smelled flowers with aromas so strong and heavenly I became overwhelmed with feelings of different shades I’ve never felt before.
Overall, this trip was a good time for me to re-center myself, slow down, and to re-learn an appreciation for the things right in front of me.
I am leaving re-charged.