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Abby Klausner

Abby Klausner is a self-proclaimed NYC restaurant expert, food festival junkie and executive chef at Abby’s Eats (aka her apartment in Williamsburg). She holds a Master’s Degree in Food Studies from NYU and loves to travel and explore culture through cuisine. Follow her culinary adventures on Instagram @AbbysAppetite.

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Adriana Jones

Adriana is a Bay Area native and a freshman at the University of San Francisco, currently studying International Relations with a focus in Peace and Conflict studies in Latin America and Europe as well as a minor in Journalism. Besides her work at the Culture Trip, Adriana is also an… more »

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Aimee Rose

Aimee is a Northern California native but fighting the heat in Arizona to finish up her senior year at Grand Canyon University. After she graduates with a degree in Sociology, she’ll head back to the Bay to start graduate school. She’s an avid blogger and hiker with a deep love… more »

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Akshay Jain

Akshay is currently a student of Art History and Performing Media Arts at Cornell University. A native Texan, he has lived in several different areas, including Australia, Canada, Illinois, and Houston. Now a resident of the upstate New York area, he spends his free time exploring New York City happy… more »

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Alana Jajko

Since graduating from Bucknell University, Alana has been seeking out life as a nature and travel writer. With a thirst for adventure, she has traveled extensively through Greece for archaeology, Nepal as a volunteer, and much of the U.S. by road trip, seeing natural wonders of her native country. With… more »

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Alex Piña-Ceja

Alex Piña-Ceja is a Los Angeles native. She is a writer and actress hoping to only expand her knowledge and love for the forever flourishing metropolis. She spent four years in Albuquerque attending the Univeristy of New Mexico, where she earned a Degree in theater and Spanish. She is an… more »

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Alex Schnee

Alex Schnee has always wanted to be a writer. She loves the smell of the bookstore, because nothing in the world smells exactly like it. She currently spends her days traveling the world and drinking too much coffee, and she’ll always love dancing in the Montana rain.

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Alex Sinclair Lack

Alex Sinclair-Lack is a young writer from England with a philosophy BA. He has a penchant for travel and adventure.

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Alexandra Brown

Alexandra Brown is currently attending NYU double majoring in Journalism and Art History. She is a Bay Area native, former competitive swimmer and lifelong vegetarian who enjoys traveling, cooking, snorkeling and hiking.

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Alexandra Letellier

Alexandra Letellier is currently attending Parsons School of Design majoring in Strategic Design and Management. She is from Palm Springs, California, a former competitive swimmer who enjoys photography, traveling, food and yoga.

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Alexia Wulff

Born to a Venezuelan surfer and a Napa Valley artist, Alexia has always been an avid traveler and fascinated with culture. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, she sold every possession and spent nine months traveling around South America, writing about her adventures on a blog. She currently resides in… more »

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Alexis DeFillippo

Originally from the Jersey Shore, Alexis now lives and attends school in New York at St. John’s University as a Public Relations major. When she isn’t lost in a book, Alexis spends her time baking things found on Pinterest and attending concerts. From Dance Moms to The Bachelor, Alexis is… more »

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Alina Vasilenko

Thinker, motivator and pathfinder, Alina graduated from UCLA with honors and holds a B.A. in American Literature and Culture. While at UCLA, she edited a print journal called ALEPH, UCLA’s Undergraduate Research Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She enjoys writing, editing and the social sciences. Alina is eclectic… more »

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Allen Mark Arañas

Bay Area born and raised, Allen Mark formed a passion for writing while earning an English Literature degree at UC Santa Cruz. If you ever want to talk about basketball, music, social justice issues, or literature, definitely hit him up over a cup of coffee or glass of scotch. He… more »

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Allison Poris

Born and raised in the suburbs of New York, Allison is adjusting well to the fast-paced life of NYC. Although she is a true country girl at heart, Allison has taken the city of dreams under her wing and is determined to move full-steam ahead in her career. When she… more »

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Alyssa Reyes

Alyssa is a Chicago native and current senior at DePaul University. She is studying Journalism with a minor in Media & Cinema Studies. After graduating this June, she hopes to go into new​​s and editorial writing with a focus on politics and social justice. When she is not writing, she… more »

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Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones is a Bay Area native, and is currently a student at the University of Connecticut studying Communication. When she isn’t watching the SF Giants win a world series, she is traveling around the world hanging with the infamous giant tortoise in the Galapagos, or chasing after a cheetah… more »

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Amanda Limond

Amanda Limond is a passionate musician, photographer, and writer at San Francisco State University. She spends most of her time hopping on a train to explore the city or trying to find the perfect book. Amanda loves travel, having been around the world, and constantly thinks of where to go… more »

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Ameena Walker

New York City native, Ameena is always on the prowl for her next excursion. A food fanatic, Ameena thoroughly enjoys trying new cuisine, whether it is experimenting in her kitchen or scouring the streets of New York. When not enticing her inner foodie, Ameena enjoys being outdoors when weather permits… more »

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Amrita Singh

Amrita was born and raised in Staten Island, with a whole glass of East Indian ethnicity in her blood. Recently having graduated from Seton Hall University, her hobbies include taking frequent trips to Manhattan for food and getting her daily caffeine fix from Dunkin Donuts. When she’s not busy reading… more »

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Anahit Poturyan

Anahit is a recent graduate from UCLA. She enjoys reading translated books from around the world, attending art gallery openings, and planning future abroad trips.

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Andrea Barreto

Andrea Barreto is a Los Angeles native, having grown up in the San Gabriel Valley before moving to the Westside to attend UCLA for her Bachelor’s in English Literature. Andrea loves relaxing at different beaches along the Pacific Coast like any true Southern California girl, though her favorite beach will… more »

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Andrea Henthorn

Andrea Henthorn is a university student in Southern California currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and exploring the greater Los Angeles area, and of course, traveling. She has seen many parts of Europe and the contiguous United States, and hopes to… more »

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Andrew Joseph

Andrew Joseph, born on the shores of Trinidad and Tobago, has a love for people and different cultures. His background includes being a writer, as well as a travel photographer on a mission to turn over the entire globe to find his “Nirvana.”

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Ani Mnatsakanyan

Raised in Hollywood by her journalist grandmother, Ani Mnatsakanyan fell in love with literature and writing at a very young age. At 14, she became enamored with the history of art, particularly Soviet avant-garde and unofficial art movements, and was determined to follow her dreams of studying and writing about… more »

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Anika Rice

Anika Rice is based in Oakland, CA and has lived in Washington, D.C., Chile and The Netherlands. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Human Geography, and continues to keenly explore her surroundings through writing, research, art and travel.

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Ann Marshall Thomas

Ann Marshall Thomas is a regular contributor to The Culture Trip, writing primarily about New Orleans and the Southern United States. She studied Political and Social Thought at the University of Virginia and lived in Besancon, France after graduation. An explorer at heart, Ann Marshall has traveled throughout North America… more »

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Anna G.

Anna G, the Fearless Flashpacker, is a New Yorker currently on an extended vacation to California, where she has lived since 2010. She travels the world only with carry-on luggage and a stuffed camel named “Humps.” Follow her travels at www.fearlessflashpacker.com.

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Anna Rohleder

Anna began her career in journalism writing book reviews, later branching out into broader lifestyle subjects like travel, collecting, and arts and culture. Her favorite writing tools are fountain pens and Moleskine notebooks.

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April McCallum

April McCallum is from a small town in North Texas that quickly became a not-so-small town throughout her childhood. She then took college as an excuse to move to a place she had never been before, to the city of Chicago. While pursuing her degree in cinema and media studies… more »

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Ariana Kashani

Ariana is a tech sales rep living in San Francisco with a fiery passion for travel, food, languages, and dance. Her life goal is to be a member of the Travelers’ Century Club by age 40 (only 60 countries left!). Most of her free time is spent watching Bollywood movies… more »

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Arielle Crane

Arielle is a writer based in New York City.

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Ashley Jones

After graduating from Carlow University in Pittsburgh this past spring with a B.A. in English and Education, Ashley moved to New York City where she currently works as an editor. She enjoys reading, writing, red velvet cupcakes, and getting hopelessly lost in her adventures around her new city.

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Ashlyn Grisetti

A recent grad from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, Ashlyn is thrilled to be writing about culture with an ethnic twist in the heart of NYC. She enjoys frequenting Moroccan restaurants, tapa bars, and cafes in search of the perfect cup of masala chai.

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Aubrey Douglass

Aubrey is an East Bay native and current senior at Pitzer College in Claremont, California where she majors in history and media studies. Aubrey is passionate about sports, writing, relaxation, and insisting that there is no better place than the Bay Area.

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Austin Seidel

Originally from the pine forests of Georgia, Austin now splits her time between Hong Kong and the Bay Area. Currently an undergraduate at Stanford University, Austin studies English and Art History, fascinated by the roles visual art and the written word play within culture. In her moments of free time… more »

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Aviva Schmitz

Originally from Oakland, California, Aviva is a sophomore at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts majoring in English and Spanish. When she is not busy studying languages or exploring the Greater Boston Area, she can often be found pursuing her other passions, which include eating, drinking bubble tea, and sleeping. She… more »

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Bansie Vasvani

Bansie Vasvani has an MA in Art History, and is an ABD (All but Dissertation) in English and American Literature. She takes an avid interest in writing, researching, and promoting art from South and Southeast Asia. She has traveled extensively to art fairs around the world, and resides in New… more »

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Ben Smith

My name is Ben Smith; I am from the great city of Milwaukee, WI, and a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI. I am an avid supporter of good eats, drinks, stories, and ramblings, with an inclination for the absurdly good and duly absurd. I have… more »

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Benita Gingerella

Benita is a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago where she majored in journalism and minored in photography. She has lived in Chicago for over 10 years and loves to explore all that the city has to offer (especially when it comes to finding the best brunch spots). An avid… more »

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Brady Guy

Brady Guy is a graduate of Eckerd College where he earn his degree in Communications in Creative Writing. He is also currently Associate Producer of the PleasureTown Show, a dramatic episodic podcast set in the wild west. Brady enjoys telling stories and one day hopes to one day have his… more »

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Bridget Kiley

Bridget attended Pace University where she studied Literature and Creative Writing. Currently enrolled at The New School in an MFA program for Creative Nonfiction, she enjoys discovering new neighborhoods in New York City and finding the most delicious food in that area. When she is not blogging about the books… more »

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Brie Shimada

Brie is a senior majoring in Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. Utilizing her passions for photography, writing, event planning, fashion, and food to build a career, she is extremely excited to be joining The Culture Trip in San Francisco. Brie is an alumna of Alpha Phi and one… more »

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Brixton Key

Brixton Key, author of the fictional 1960s music memoir Charlie Six, lives in San Francisco’s Rincon Hill district. Formerly a music journalist in London, Brixton managed Chris Isaak, and was a presence in the early Los Angeles Punk scene. Presently negotiating a TV series based on Charlie Six, Brixton… more »

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C. Marie Cradle

A cultural aficionado since early youth, C. Marie Cradle is a passionate writer based in greater Los Angeles. Her aspirations include pursuing world travel for leisure and rich travel blogging, self-publishing multiple books and mastering the Romance languages, especially Spanish and Italian. Known commonly as Marie, Nisha and Marinarena (poet-travel… more »

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Caitrin Sneed

Caitrin likes her coffee black, her martinis dry and her art relevant. As a rising senior at The New School, she studies the ancient art of procrastination by frequenting IFC center, dancing in performance pieces and convincing her friends that she really has found the ‘best dumpling place ever’ this… more »

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Candice Mcleggan

Candice is a native New Yorker and true city girl, as well as a creative journalism student at Baruch College. Her love for books and experience in fashion has fueled her love of writing. She has her own blog, Fashioncandi, and has worked as a contributing writer for various sites… more »

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Carly Salzberg

Carly Salzberg is a Freelance Writer & Editor. She has been published by San Francisco Magazine, Locale Magazine and is a frequent contributor to the Culture Trip. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fiction, writing poetry and going for long runs along the California coastline. For a more detailed… more »

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Carrie Cabral

Currently working as a book publicist, Carrie Cabral is a graduate of Emerson College. She reads anything she can find, loves the beach, and can usually be found anywhere that serves coffee.

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Charlie Freeman

Charlie Freeman is a proud alumnus of the King’s College, with a degree in Media, Culture, and the Arts and aspirations for a career in music. His New York City roots go back a century, and he is proud to call the Big Apple his home. In his spare time… more »

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Chelsa Lauderdale

Chelsa Lauderdale is a graduate of California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing. Currently, she earns her cash at a record store and writes as much as she possibly can. One day she hopes to have a career as a fiction novelist… more »

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Chelsea Baldwin

Since graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fabric Styling and a Minor in Art History, Chelsea has been working as a trend forecaster in the fashion industry in New York. She enjoys traveling and exploring new cities as well as strolling through… more »

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Chloe Hanschen

Chloe is currently attending college at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and majoring in International Affairs and English. When she heard about the opportunity to write at The Culture Trip, she was super excited because she felt that this experience would combine both of her majors and interests. Chloe loves to… more »

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Chloe Miller-Bess

Chloe Miller-Bess is a bay area native poet, freelance writer, expert door wreath maker, baker and record collector. She graduated from Dominican University of California with her B.A. in English with a Writing Emphasis and is still adjusting to a life that doesn’t revolve around MLA format. Her first love… more »

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Chrissy Pak

Chrissy is currently pursuing a degree in English at Williams College after studying abroad for a year at the University of Edinburgh. When she’s not reading obscure authors and drinking obscene amounts of coffee, she coxes for the varsity men’s rowing team, works as a writing tutor, and watches a… more »

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Clara Obstfeld

Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Clara is a Sociology and Anthropology major at Swarthmore College with a particular interest in food culture and access.

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Clareese Hill

A Brooklyn native, Clareese Grace Hill is a multimedia journalist using New York City as a base for covering art and cultural events. She has covered a range of stories from Cirque du Soleil’s touring production to the fabulously fizzy creations from Brooklyn Soda Works.

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Claudia Oberst

Claudia is a freelance writer and translator fluent in English, French, and German. She writes about movies, animals, women, start-ups and anything else she finds interesting. When she’s not in Los Angeles, she works as a TV producer for European outlets or writes travel stories from wherever her feet take… more »

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Courtney Antonioli

Courtney likes words and people. She writes plays (produced in NYC, CT & MA). She has two web series: The Courtney and Chris Show & Courts Shorts. She has a letterpress card company, Honest C Cards, does lots of Tough Mudders and tells stories on stage.

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Courtney Holcomb

Editor of The Culture Trip’s San Francisco section, Courtney is a writer, manager, yoga instructor, feminist, and arts enthusiast. Attempting to fill her days with as much creativity and humanity as possible, she loves to explore the unique spaces and cultural happenings taking place around her, taking inspiration from them… more »

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Cristina Gutierrez

Cristina is an LA native and freelance writer. She has two Bachelor degrees: one in English and the other in Chicano Studies. The majority of her writing centers on uplifting voices from marginalized communities in popular culture (books, movies, music, etc.).

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Daniel Florio

A native New Yorker Daniel is passionate about writing and filmmaking. He spends his time wandering the city and boroughs. Whether it’s a comedy show, a new restaurant, or museum exhibit Daniel attempts to soak in as much of the city that he can.

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Daniel Horowitz

According to his mother, Daniel was an easygoing child. That is no longer the case. He doesn’t like the rain and writes comic books and digital journalism. He sleeps late and dreams big.

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Danielle Chemtob

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Danielle Chemtob is a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is double majoring in Journalism and Political Science. In addition to her editorial internship at the Culture Trip, she is the incoming digital coordinator for the State and… more »

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Danika Peterson

Danika is a native of Nevada and new to the bay. She’s an explorer at heart and is constantly discovering the treasures in and around San Francisco. Otherwise, her head is usually stuck in her notebook or enjoying the little things.

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Daveed Holmes

Daveed Holmes was born and raised in the South Suburbs of Chicago. He recently graduated from UIC with a BFA in Art and Design. He is an aspiring writer and photographer who loves the outdoors, exercising, and plans to travel the world embracing foreign culture and traveling to ancient ruins.

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Deanna Morgado

Deanna Morgado, a Bay Area native, is a self-taught writer and all-around art enthusiast. She’s willing to try anything at least once as long as she can write about it after.

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Derek Doyle

Derek Doyle was born in Aspen, CO. After starting his career as a pro skier, he lived abroad in London, UK and Palma, Majorca. After graduating from City University of New York, he now resides as a writer in the counter culture of the music and art scene of New… more »

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Devon Delfino

Devon is a Bay Area native and freelance journalist who recently graduated from Boston University. When she’s not writing, she can be found exploring the city, paddle boarding or obsessively retweeting travel articles.

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Diana DiCocco

Diana is a graduate student at Hofstra University, pursing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. She is a Long Island native whose cultural interests include film, television, and theater and how the art of storytelling shapes our society. She enjoys dancing, romantic comedies, and spending hours at… more »

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Dito Rayskiy

Originally from Georgia (the country, not the state), Dito is an artist, adventurer, and music lover. He pursued his master’s degree in international relations and foreign policy, then worked as a journalist for an international TV Channel covering mainstream news, presidential elections, producing interviews with political leaders, entertainment, and lifestyle… more »

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Doug Hall

My lifelong passion for writing and literature (which are wed to each other) continues to stay active, with art and cultural freelance writing assignments for on-line entertainment web sites. Home has been New England, the Rocky Mountains, and London and lots of places travelled through books and points of view.

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Edissa Nicolás-Huntsman

Edissa Nicolás-Huntsman holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from Mills College. She currently works as a writing coach and contributor about wellness, gardening, culture and community for the LMUMC newsletter and the KarmaCompass.me blog. An immigrant from Dominican Republic, Edissa grew up in New York City, and… more »

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Elaine Choi

Elaine Choi is a native Angeleno but survivor of two winters in the Midwest. She is a series of oxymorons with a passion for high fashion and health tech, having previously interned for Vogue and having worked as a healthcare IT consultant. A graduate from Pomona College, she reads as… more »

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Elena Calvo

Elena Calvo is an aspiring journalist and a lover of New York City and Paris. She is currently working on her new clothing line “Elena Calvo Design” while attending Plattsburgh State University. Her hobbies include photography, hiking, clothing design, and writing.

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Ellen Frank-Delgado

Born to diplomatic parents, Ellen spent the majority of her childhood living in Germany, Italy, and Belgium. In 2012, Ellen returned to the US to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. After completing her studies, she fully intends on auditioning for The Amazing Race. However, if that does not work… more »

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Ellen Von Wiegand

Upon recognising a passion for art history and the Italian language, Ellen moved from her hometown of Menlo Park, California to spend her university years at John Cabot University in Rome. Several gallery internships during her studies led to an interest in contemporary art and to her decision to pursue… more »

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Emile Succar

Emile Succar is a native of Beirut, Lebanon. He moved to the U.S in 2010 to pursue his MBA at American University in Washington DC. He then moved with his wife Nicole to New York City in 2014 and currently works from home for a late-stage analytics tech startup. Emile… more »

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Emily Langan

Originally from the New England area, Emily Langan is currently a sophomore at Boston University studying English and Communications. She loves to travel and read, which led her to begin writing for The Culture Trip. As an aspiring writer with a passion for dance and the arts, inspiration is never… more »

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Emma Backer

Emma is a Pittsburgh native, NYC dweller, photographer, creative thinker, world traveller, avid reader, museum nerd and lover of all things pickled. Follow her on Instagram @emmabacker.

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Emma Hoffman

Emma is from Portland, Oregon is in New York to study Media Culture and Communications at New York University. She enjoys trying eating good food, traveling, reading, and exploring new places. Emma enjoys spending time outdoors, and although she loves New York, Portland will always be home.

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Emmi Barrett

Emmi Barrett is a writer and commercial marketer from Chicago, Illinois. When she’s not brushing up on the latest and greatest in horror flicks and novels with her black cat Mr. Boone, she’s exploring the Greater Chicago area and all it has to offer off the beaten path. If a… more »

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Erin Geier

Erin Geier is a professional fundraiser from Massapequa, New York. She graduated from American University in 2014 with a B.A. in public relations and Spanish language. She’s a proud film and TV nerd, a very amateur photographer and a cat lover.

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Eve Hill

Eve Hill’s work has appeared on network television, in print, and online. Eve was born and raised in San Francisco, graduated USC with a degree in Film History, and continues to appreciate the local history, food and cultural life of both Northern and Southern California. You may also find her… more »

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Freia Titland

Currently pursuing a Master’s in Theatre from Regent University, Freia balances her time between pretending to be other people for a living and creating characters of her own. She enjoys coffee, staged combat, dogs and more coffee.

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Gabriella Ali-Marino

Gabriella Ali-Marino lives and attends law school in New York City. She is a dedicated brunch-having New Yorker, and very much enjoys living and writing about life in the city that never sleeps, while drinking coffee (as she, also, never sleeps). Find her on Instagram: @gabbyalimarino.

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Garrett Young

Garrett is a bay area native who graduated at San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Creative Writing. Aside from being an adventurer at heart, an artist out of boredom, and a food appreciator, he is working hard to master his craft for future endeavors.

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Grace Linden

Grace Linden has a Bachelor’s degree from New York University, and received her Master’s at the University of Oxford.

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Gunnar Rufo

Gunnar Rufo is currently beginning his career in media, looking to land a career in advertising or marketing. He’s a recent graduate from SUNY Oneonta, and enjoys writing, music, and films of all sorts, especially horror. When he is not writing for the Culture Trip he’s interning with China Film… more »

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Haley Henschel

Haley Henschel is a Journalism and Global Cultures student living in Madison, Wisconsin, whose interests include the media, illustration, feminism and pizza. She plans to move to Australia after graduation to pursue a career in travel writing and eating too many Tim Tams. Keep up with her escapades on Twitter.

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Hannah Smith

Originally from Dallas, TX, Hannah Smith is studying History and Creative Writing at Stanford University. She plays on the varsity lacrosse team at Stanford and is particularly interested in travel, film, and literature.

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Harrison Blackman

Born in Southern California and raised in Maryland, Harrison Blackman studies history, urban studies and creative writing at Princeton University. When he’s not writing about landscapes, he’s running around in them. Check out his blog at http://www.expedictionary.com.

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Heather Hamblin

Heather was born and raised in Northern Utah, USA, and is currently a senior, studying English and Italian, at the University of Utah. She has a deep love for adventure and for exploring new places, and has traveled extensively internationally and domestically. Heather has been a regular contributor for The… more »

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Henna Choudhary

Henna Choudhary is a New York City born senior at Baruch College pursuing a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. Her interests include fashion and beauty, discovering new eclectic ethnic cuisine spots throughout the city, visiting museums, attending theater performances, and reading culturally enriching novels.

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Holly Rosen Fink

Holly Rosen Fink is the editor of The Culture Mom where she blogs about her love of culture and travel. She is also the founder of Pivoting Media, a boutique marketing consultancy, and has a 20 year history working in TV, digital media, publishing and theater.

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Hope Misterek

Hope Misterek is a freelance stylist, contributing writer and editor with a love for all things luxury. Based in NYC, Hope is renowned for her juxtaposing artistry and has made a name for herself on both coasts, working with some of the biggest names in fashion. Find her at hopemisterek.com… more »

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Ivane Lund Soyombo

Ivane is a Bay Area native who moved to San Francisco 5 years ago to attend journalism school. Since her recent graduation she spends time eating well, doing film photography, writing short fiction, roller skating, and soaking up all the City has to offer. You can almost always catch her… more »

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Jackie Paisal

Jackie grew up in San Diego, CA but has spent the last 6 years eating, exploring and connecting through San Francisco (documented on her Instagram @jackiepaisal). She graduated from the University of Colorado Denver and is also a practicing dental hygienist and new yoga teacher.

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Jake Hoffmann

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Jake is currently a 3rd year student at Miami (OH) University. He is working towards a double major in Supply Chain and Management Operations, and Interactive Media Studies. When not exploring the city, Jake can be found working out or working towards his next business idea.

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Janna Berenson

Although Miami is her hometown, Janna’s favorite city is a toss up between Miami and Boston, as she is a student at Boston University’s School of Communication. She always likes to be on top of all of the cultural trends. A concert addict and Netflix enthusiast, Janna is the one… more »

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Jarone Ashkenazi

A Los Angeles native, Jarone Ashkenazi has grown up loving everything in this town and hasn’t left! He enjoys exploring the city, from restaurants (he has been vegan since January 2013) to art exhibits to museums to new bars. If he is not participating in a sports activity, going on… more »

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Jasmine Ashoori

Jasmine Ashoori is an LA native and a writer majoring in English Literature at UCLA. Her passions lie most in the world of arts, literature, music, and film amplified by the LA ambiance around her. Jasmine is drawn to adventure and loves experiencing the new, while keeping up with the… more »

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Jeanine Guzman

Jeanine Guzman graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Public Relations and a minor in Theatre. She currently works in the Big Apple as an Events Associate and spends her free time writing, looking for the best places to grab some grub, exploring new city sights, and daydreaming about… more »

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Jeff Fox

Jeff is a Bay Area native born and raised who recently moved back to San Francisco after spending 7 months teaching English in Santiago, Chile. He graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder and majored in English Literature. In his free time, he likes finding new restaurants to stuff his… more »

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Jennifer Brand

Jennifer Brand studied nutrition and dietetics undergrad and has a Bachelors Degree in the field (with a minor in chemistry). She also has a Masters Degree in Public Health and is working on a Masters Degree in human nutrition. Jennifer is a self proclaimed biochemistry nerd, gym fanatic, lover of… more »

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Jess Dwyer

A New England girl at heart, Jess is outgoing and personable. She is a foodie with a passion for trying new cuisine and discovering hidden gems! Jess has a deep love for travel whether in the US and beyond. She lives in Brooklyn with her fiancé and peagle pup, Ferris.

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Jess Holzberg

Jess is going be an upcoming junior at Penn State University and is majoring in Advertising and minoring in Sociology. As a social media intern, she is excited to join the Culture Trip Team to learn about all the unique and great places in New York City. She loves iced… more »

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Jess MacLeish

Jess MacLeish is a native New York stater, former (but really, always) New Orleanian, and current Queens inhabitant. She edits books, writes, and still makes mix CDs (sadly, she’s yet to figure out how to make a profession out of that last one). Call her, beep her, tweet her: @jessmacleish.

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Jessica Ransom

Writing and photography have been passions for Jessica Ransom from a young age. After intermittently studying digital photography at the International Center of Photography she realized that she could channel her interests in the broader study of art history. She recently received her M.A. in History of Art and the… more »

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Jessica Yoon

Currently studying social work at NYU, Jessica is happy to take advantage of her native New York spirit and NYC location to grow her passions in food, photography and travel. She takes every chance to explore and can be found camera, matcha latte in hand documenting her daily adventures.

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Jinny Kim

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jinny moved to San Francisco and spent three years exploring some of the best food spots and going to music concerts. She is now based in New York City. Jinny loves music and photography, and is curious about the world and people. When… more »

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JoAnneh Nagler

JoAnneh Nagler is an author, freelance writer, painter and singer-songwriter living in the Bay Area. She is the author of the Amazon Top-100 book, The Debt-Free Spending Plan, as well as the upcoming book, How to be an Artist without Losing your Mind. She writes travel articles, books, plays, essays… more »

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Joan de Jesus

Joan graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in Media Communications. Though she focused her studies on political science and film, she considers herself a New York City news archivist at heart. She enjoys frizz-free hair days, Prospect Park and local, Spanglish slang with her morning café.

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Joey Reams

Joey is a student at San Francisco State University, where he studies music journalism. During his spare time, he can be found going to concerts, rock climbing, or finding the next best place to eat. In the last eight years, he has proudly attended more than 200 concerts.

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Jonathan Macht

Jonathan has grown up the majority of his life in San Francisco. He is currently a senior at Tulane University studying Political Science. While attending the Urban School of San Francisco in the Haight-Ashbury, Jonathan developed a passion for writing, social awareness, and San Francisco culture. He enjoys playing guitar… more »

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Jonathan Stern

A native of Washington, DC, Jonathan has lived in Capitol Hill going on eight years. After studying psychology and Italian as an undergraduate at the University of Richmond, he spent several years working at an ophthalmology practice in DC. An interest in all things Italian led him to return to… more »

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Jordan Hanson

After graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a B.A. in English and Women Studies, Jordan moved to New York to pursue her M.F.A in creative nonfiction. She likes a little coffee with her milk, orange tabbies and tropical humidity.

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Josh Rau

Josh Rau is a media studies student at the University of San Francisco, originally from the grand old Central Valley. When he’s not working or writing essays, he’s almost exclusively roaming new and unfamiliar streets in his own world between his headphones, listening to as much new music as possible… more »

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Julia Goicochea

Splitting her time between Miami and New York, Julia is currently studying creative writing in New York City. She enjoys foreign films, graphic novels and Indian cuisine.

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Julia Santucci

Based in San Francisco and originally from the East Coast, Julia is a writer and host, passionate about the hidden facts only the locals know about, from culture to architecture, fashion to food.

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Julianna Roche

Julianna is a Boston-based multimedia journalist pursuing her master’s in communication studies. She holds a bachelor’s in journalism and Italian Studies, and has previously worked as associate editor at Cincy and NKY Magazine. Having lived in eight cities and two countries, as well as having grown up in an Italian… more »

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Justice Boles

Justice Boles is an San Francisco Native, SF State Journalism graduate, and is often called the second coming of Hārūn al-Rashīd ibn Muḥammad al-Mahdī ibn al-Manṣūr al-ʿAbbāsī. When he’s not searching for lost Incan Treasure or surfing the Hidden Sand Dunes of North Wisconsin, he’s writing. Diligently. Usually about art… more »

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Justine Johnson

Originally from Wisconsin, Justine has just returned to America after studying renaissance art in Italy for the past year. She enjoys walking her many dogs, dollar pizza, and sneaking into art gallery openings.

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Kaela Berry

Kaela is a Los Angeles native and typical “geek,” who loves attending conventions; reading books, watching sci-fi, fantasy, cartoons, anime and Disney, playing video games, and listening to podcasts. When she is not working at her daily job at USC, she produces a horror audio drama podcast called Midnight Marinara… more »

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Kaitlynn Roberts

After graduating from Champlain college in international business and environmental policy, Kaity is passionate about being the change she wants in the world. After an internship in Shanghai, a semester in Sweden, and a summer in Norway, Kaity’s understanding of our global interconnections brings about a multicultural perspective she enjoys… more »

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Karen Queller

Karen was born and raised in Los Angeles although she has been traveling the world since she could fit her toes in her mouth. One of her first memories is being pushed in a stroller along a beautiful green and flower covered Austrian hillside. This early taste of adventure and… more »

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Karla Sullivan

Karla Sullivan began her career as an English teacher, trainer and became a respected leader in higher education. Her children’s stories have received honorable mention from Writer’s Digest and she is in the top ten for career advice in the Examiner as the Chicago Career Coach. She has been published… more »

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Kate Howley

While attending the School of Visual Arts, Kate had many adventures around New York City. After graduating with a B.F.A. in Film Directing she now enjoys writing about those adventures, while also continuing to make films and discover new things about NYC every day.

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Katherine Packer

Katherine graduated from Sarah Lawrence with a Bachelor’s degree in doing what she loves; theater, writing, and literature. Currently living in Brooklyn, and trying to cultivate a green thumb. She enjoys reading outside on her balcony, and trying new recipes with the veggies from her CSA.

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Katherine Schweizer

Katherine is a Connecticut native. She has completed a degree in Creative Writing at Susquehanna University with minors in Spanish and photography. She will be going back to complete a second degree in Editing & Publishing this fall. Katherine takes pleasure in the simple things in life. When she’s not… more »

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Kathryn Chou

Chances are, when Kathryn isn’t busy writing about food she’s out eating it. She’s constantly in search of her new favorite thing, be it craft beer, an artist, lunch spot or author. Her political views range from pro-donuts to anti-peacamole. Kathryn attended university in Washington D.C. where she majored in… more »

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Katie Mastropieri

Katie was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and attended Vanderbilt University as a Division I women’s lacrosse player. She has been residing in Chicago since 2014. When she’s not busy writing for Second City, Katie is most likely planning a trip or trying new restaurants around the city.

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Katie Shine

After years of reading about global destinations and studying abroad in Rome, Katie caught the travel bug and hasn’t stopped exploring new places since! When she is not traveling to Sonoma or Bavaria, she can be found in New York City discovering the best pommes frites, quirky bookstores and people-watching… more »

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Katie Ward

Katie is a sophomore at the University of San Francisco, majoring in Media Studies with a focus in Journalism and Peace and Justice Studies. In addition to The Culture Trip, she is the news editor for the official newspaper of USF, The Foghorn. Although she has never traveled abroad, she… more »

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Kaycia Sailsman

Kaycia is a homebody to the fullest but enjoys venturing out and around Brooklyn and reading in her spare time. She dreams to one day travel to different places like Toronto, Australia, and South Korea. Follow her on Twitter @KSailsman.

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Kayelyn Rodriguez

Kayelyn is a San Fernando Valley Native and wears the title of “Valley Girl” proudly even while attending the University of California Irvine. When she’s not writing or studying anthropology she enjoys watching classic films, attending concerts and exploring the vast culinary offerings of Southern California.

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Kelly Rose

Kelly is a food enthusiast and writer who studied Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University. When she’s not busy writing blogs or shooting videos, you can find her running, baking, traveling, or binging on Netflix documentaries. Follow her on Twitter (@misscrows), Instagram (@thepastryblade), and her blog (pastypastrychef.blogspot.com).

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Kelsie Axelrod

Hailing from the land of fleece, rain, and coffee, Kelsie has called San Francisco her home for three years. An avid hiker, thrift store sweater connoisseur and live music aficionado, Kelsie has a day job as a PR specialist.

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Kimberly Jane Tan

Originally a political reporter from the Philippines, Kimberly moved to New York to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Journalism at Columbia University. Since graduating, she has been writing about politics and whatever catches her fancy. She likes going on random food escapades in the city but she also… more »

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Kristian Kafozov

A native to both New York and New Jersey, Kristian graduated from the University of London (LSE) with a Master’s degree in the History of International Relations. Before studying abroad in the United Kingdom, he studied and worked as a tutor for the Global Language and Culture Center at Saint… more »

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Kristie Garrell

Kristie currently studies Media, Culture, and the Arts at The King’s College. While she loves writing both nonfiction and fiction, she also enjoys making collages and sketching. She loves sitting in parks, exploring cafés and bars in Brooklyn, and admiring clothes she could never afford. She enjoys the poetry of… more »

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Kristine Xu

Kristine Xu is a bay area native studying journalism and French at California Polytechnic State University. She is an aspiring journalist obsessed with all things related to food, writing and food writing. In her free time she likes to ride her bike, watch way too much Netflix and catch up… more »

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Kyla Giffin

Kyla attends school at Livermore High School in Livermore, and has lived in the SF Bay Area her whole life. To her, the best parts about San Francisco are Pier 39, the de Young museum of fine art and the Giants. Her ultimate passion is writing, and she dreams of… more »

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Kyle Hagerty

Kyle was born in Dallas, Texas where he spent his childhood with his head buried in board games and books. Following in his family’s footsteps, Kyle earned a degree in Economics from Texas A&M University. After graduating Kyle moved to Houston, Texas where he now works as a part time… more »

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Kyung Mi Bae

Kyung Mi is a student at Rutgers University (RU Rah Rah). She enjoys making music, reading, and going on crazy adventures with her friends, which makes NYC the perfect playground. Her Christian faith, family, and friends are super components of her life. P.S. She has been in a sinkhole and… more »

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Laura Farrell

Laura Farrell is a Contributor for The Culture Trip based out of New York City. She is an American journalist, writer, and photographer.

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Lauren Ferrier

When she’s not studying journalism and psychology at University of Colorado Boulder, Lauren is experiencing life one adventure at a time. Her hobbies include hiking up mountains, rock climbing, eating, playing with farm animals and trying to keep her indoor plant alive.

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Lea King

Lea King is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a B.A. in English Literature. She is a Bay Area native, and her hobbies include writing, reading, and watching movies. She loves anything and everything Disney, so there’s a good chance that what she’s watching or reading has something… more »

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Lisa Pollman

Lisa Pollman is a freelance writer who currently resides in the United States. She has a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in Asian Studies. Described as a person with eclectic taste, her interests include calligraffiti, contemporary Indian literature, Khmer sculpture and Mughal miniature paintings.

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Lo Brewer

Lo Brewer is a fashion writer, novelist, extreme thrifter, crafting maven and vintage enthusiast. She writes books, designs and sews rockabilly dresses, manages an entertainment news website, and is currently on the hunt for the perfect purple lipstick.

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M Stuart Persson

Chicago based freelancer. I’m a wave about to splash.

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Madeleine Bazil

Maddy is in her second year reading English at the University of St Andrews. Born and bred in Washington, DC, she retains an affinity for political intrigue, urban green space, and Ethiopian cuisine despite newly appreciating the British traditions of queueing, apologising, and Wimbledon. Maddy’s freelance writing has been published… more »

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Madeleine Grossman

Originally from New Jersey, Madeleine Grossman is currently attending NYU studying English, French and Creative Writing. She enjoys various forms of writing, one of her primary interests being in poetry. She also enjoys going to many concerts, hanging out in bookstores, and practicing yoga.

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Madelyn Andree

Madelyn Andree is a St. Louis native and recent graduate of the University of Iowa, with a B.A. in Journalism and a B.F.A. in Dance. Foremost a lifelong dancer, Madelyn looks forward to entering the San Francisco dance scene as a hopeful professional, while simultaneously working as a freelance writer… more »

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Mahwesh Fatima

Mahwesh Fatima recently graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree. She is a self-proclaimed food and coffee connoisseur. When she is not working on her writing skills or portfolio, she is reading various genres of literature, poetry, and watching The Chicago Bulls play.

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Makaela Anderson

Makaela Anderson is a twenty-something native Californian currently living part time in Phoenix, part time in Puerto Rico. She has a fascination with Latin America and spends her free time exploring new places near and far. She also is the proud pet parent of her dogs, a Pit Bull mix… more »

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Malcolm Morano

Malcolm Morano is a Brooklyn-based writer. Since graduating college with a degree in music and philosophy, he has, like most everyone else, been trying to find his capacity for artistic expression in the dishwashing room of an overpriced restaurant. He loves New York City, especially its art, history, and architecture.

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Manuel Chavarria

Manuel Chavarria is a writer, editor, bookseller, and saxophone enthusiast living in East Hollywood. He originally hails from Western Pennsylvania, but he doesn’t like to talk about that. He wakes up early, stays up late, and loves chocolate ice cream.

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Marcelina Morfin

Marcelina, aka Marcy, is a freelance writer and art historian currently based within the USA. Following her passion for art history and everything French, Marcy found herself living in France on two separate occasions (Paris and Pau) and London where she pursued a Masters in renaissance to modern art. Art… more »

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Marcie Waters

Marcie Waters studied art and film at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spent a semester abroad in Seville, Spain. She currently works in social media and writes about television and film for various outlets. Marcie’s interests include film, books, art, food, and spending time with her dog, Calpurnia. Her favorite… more »

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Margot McKelvie

Margot is a senior at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, majoring in media studies and studio art. In addition to the Culture Trip, she writes for The Gallery U, a website sharing college students’ artwork. Margot is passionate about food, art and writing, which inspire her to explore culinary arts… more »

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Marnie Sehayek

Marnie Sehayek is a Los Angeles native, where she is culture journalist and photographer, specializing in the arts, urban subcultures, and eating tacos.

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Mary Slattery

Mary is a Native San Franciscan who still manages to get lost in this city. When she isn’t at Pure Barre class or searching the city for the best cinnamon bun, she enjoys spending her time with her sweetly aggressive cat. She chronicles her devotion to sweets, pastries, and doughnuts… more »

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Maryann Aita

Maryann Aita is a writer and educator in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to her contributions to The Culture Trip, her educational advice appears on Noodle.com and her creative nonfiction has been published in Airplane Reading. Maryann was selected as a semifinalist for the New Millennium Writings 41st flash fiction contest… more »

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Matthew Iammarino

Matthew Iammarino is a DePaul alumnus, film enthusiast, writer, and fighter for all suburbanites; topped with an affinity for travel and, admittedly, the city life. When he’s not writing for The Culture Trip, he is either “attempting” to write the next nine-figure blockbuster or hanging with friends at the bar… more »

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Matthew Strebe

Matthew is a writer, philosopher, and part-time dragon slayer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find him drinking scotch at noon, dancing to Latin dance music in the Mission, or talking to people on the BART.

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Max Glassburg

Max Glassburg is a high school English teacher working out of San Francisco. He lives with his two rat roommates, Maeby and Sharona, three human roommates and their two cat roommates. He suffers from an exquisite appetite for black coffee and red wine.

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McKenzie Schwark

McKenzie Schwark recently graduated from DePaul University with a degree in English. More recently she has been working on her writing portfolio, reading as much poetry as possible, and learning all the ways to cook an egg. Her writing has been published in Peaches Lit Mag.

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Megan Busch

A San Diego native, Megan is currently battling the San Francisco fog to finish her senior year at the University of San Francisco. A communication studies major with a minor in sociology, she has a passion for traveling (after studying abroad in Florence, Italy) and a love of books and… more »

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Megan Cosgrove

This Singaporean native is proud to have survived the last two New England winters, as she continues pursuing a degree in Social Studies and Government at Harvard College. While born and raised on the other side of the globe, she admits she’s a California girl at heart. Some of her… more »

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Megan McDermott

Originally from Boston, MA, Megan McDermott graduated from Plymouth State University with a Journalism degree. She’s molded the minds of children as a creative writing teacher. Megan was the Assistant Editor of Scene Magazine, where she wrote travel editorials among other things. She loves to travel, eating great food and… more »

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Melissa Marie Davis

Melissa Marie Davis, is a stylist and fashion journalist who moved three years ago from the bitter cold Central New York to the Bay Area and fell completely in love with the culture and atmosphere. Melissa, attended Syracuse University, and received a Bachelor of Fine Art’s degree in Advertising Design… more »

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Melody Landry

Melody Landry is a Houston native. She recently graduated from Full Sail University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Communications. She has a passion for music, fashion, photography, writing and has a knack for different social media platforms. In her free time she enjoys checking out new restaurants, discovering new… more »

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Michael Manukian

Michael is currently studying at Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y., and is pursuing a double major in English and Communications & Media Studies with a minor in Business Marketing. Writing and editing have always been two great passions in Michael’s life, working for high school and college publications, along… more »

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Michael McGrath

Michael McGrath is a life long New Yorker and has the scars to prove it. He lives with his wonderful wife and know-it-all son in Brooklyn.

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Michael Nagy

Michael Nagy is a freelance spirits and cocktail writer, liquid bar chef, spirits sommelier and bar consultant based in Harrisburg, PA. He is owner and operator of ‘Raise Your Spirits’, an elite bartending and top shelf cocktail service providing specialty cocktail menus to bars and restaurants. He can be reached… more »

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Michaela Brady

An avid citygoer, adventurer, and sunset-watcher, Michaela takes great pleasure in writing, film editing, and behavioral psychology. For the past two years at Sarah Lawrence College she has grown through study and an active social life, and hopes to delve further into her interests at Oxford University this coming year.

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Michelle Combs

Michelle Combs was born in Somerset and raised in London by family not far removed from the outskirts of Manchester… all in Kentucky, USA. While studying at the University of Kentucky, Michelle changed her major four times before graduating with a BA in Art History and near-degrees in Anthropology and… more »

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Michelle Feng He

Whether she’s making art or devouring all types of narratives, Michelle always has a cup of tea. She also enjoys learning new words that are not easily translatable.

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Michelle Lam

After graduating from the University of Manchester with a Master of Business in Global Business Analysis, Michelle has relocated to New York City from Sunnyvale, California and is writing about culture from a global traveler perspective. She enjoys perusing galleries in the Chelsea and SoHo areas, jogging in Central Park… more »

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Michelle Razavi

Michelle is based in San Francisco, but hails from sunny southern California. She aims to try something interesting everyday—from trapeze flying to kombucha brewing—and gain a little more willpower against baked goods. Fluent in three languages and passionate about travel, she makes sure to leave the country at least once… more »

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Michelle Sarmenta

Michelle has lived in the Bay Area for six years, and is always finding new places to explore here. She enjoys writing about travel, arts, and food. She has a passion for fiction writing and poetry. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her on the tennis courts, or hiking in… more »

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Michelle Schmid

A native of Colorado, Michelle Schmid is an avid writer, reader, and traveler. True to her mountain roots, she enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing wherever she travels. A visitor of many different cities and curious about all cultures, foods, and lifestyles, Michelle is… more »

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Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson is an art-loving vegan skater. He divides his time between New York City, Tokyo, and the Pacific Northwest.

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Molly Brodowski

Molly is a first-year journalism student at Fordham University, who spends most of her time avidly reading or dreaming about traveling the world. She enjoys art, food, and photography. She is in love with New York City, and is often found exploring its nooks and crannies. She can also be… more »

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Morgan Cronin

Morgan studied at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, earning a bachelor degree in Journalism. Her nomadic spirit has left pieces of herself across the U.S. and in parts of Europe. She is passionate about art, literature, music, film, culture and travel. When she’s not… more »

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Nancy Garcia

Nancy Garcia is a native New Yorker, which doesn’t mean she’s at all paranoid, or neurotic. However, she would like to know - Are you talking to me?

Her curiosity means she loves her work as a writer and television producer and a fashion background feeds her obsession with art… more »

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Naoko Kunigami

Naoko Kunigami recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Art History and Market, after working over 10 years in Finance IT. Born in Japan, she loves traveling, particularly to unbeaten paths. She currently resides in New York and enjoys finding great works by undiscovered artists.

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Natalia Vergara

Natalia Vergara is a Public Relations student at the University of Oregon. She is a Northern California native with roots from Peru. She loves exploring new places and discovering the food and experiences that come along with the adventure.

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Natalie Garnett

Natalie was born in Santa Barbara, California, and moved up to Marin County as a child, where exploring her natural surroundings quickly became her favorite activity. Attending the University of California, Berkeley, she double majored in Biology and Art Practice, allowing her to meet her love for knowledge with her… more »

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Natalie Savio

Natalie was born and raised in the south bay, San Jose, and has recently graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BA in Architecture and Community Design. She is continuing her education at University of California, Davis, pursuing an MA degree in Creative Writing. Natalie enjoys writing, painting… more »

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Ned Cogswell

Born in Lexington, Kentucky and a past resident of North Carolina, Los Angeles and London, Ned is currently a 4th year Creative Writing student of San Francisco State who is graduating in the spring of 2016. With interests in Film, Music and History, he can often be found collecting movie… more »

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Neha Pearce

Neha Pearce is a Bay Area native who spent the last four years studying psychology and English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In her last year as an undergrad she took course work in Film Studies and worked as an intern producer for a local media company.

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Nicholas Armstrong

Voted class clown in high school, Nicholas Armstrong has failed spectacularly to be very funny at all. He makes up for this by writing about Los Angeles life and culture and by trying to avoid telling people at dinner parties he has a degree in English. If they ask, he… more »

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Nick Marcin

After graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in History, Nick’s new goal is to explore the world around him through new experiences, tastes and the arts. In his spare time, Nick spends most of his day writing three different comics playing Smash Bros. with his friends and exploring the indie… more »

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Nicole Arca

Born and raised in Southern California, Nicole is a senior at UC Berkeley pursuing a B.A. in Media Studies. She’s a budding yogi and theatre enthusiast with a passion for exploring new food places (documented on her Instagram @nicolearca). Nicole also writes for Kollaboration.org and performs spoken word poetry at… more »

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Nicole Saraniero

Nicole is a Long Islander and Television/Film Production graduate of Hofstra University. She has an obsessive love for old buildings, seasonal activities, literature, and Taylor Swift. Nicole thoroughly enjoys getting sucked into a good story of any form, be it the plot of a film or the history of a… more »

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Olivia Edwards

Favorite pastimes include trying new food, traveling, reading, and obsessing over cute animals. A serial mover growing up, Olivia graduated from Berry College in Georgia in 2013 with a Master of Arts in International Studies and a double minor in French and Economics. She is now happy to call New… more »

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Patricia Contino

Patricia Contino received her MFA from The New School Writing Program. She uses vacation time either at performances in other cities, The University of Iowa Writing Festival, or very long nights at the Metropolitan Opera. The lifelong NJ resident and fangirl is the administrator for Columbia University’s Masters of Bioethics… more »

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Paul Lowe

Paul Lowe has enjoyed a career in news and entertainment in various capacities, working in both radio and television and winning a few awards for journalism excellence along the way. His first industry-paying gig was with Country Music Hall of Fame legend Buck Owens, in Bakersfield, CA. Paul’s career includes… more »

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Pauline Pechakjian

Pauline is currently a junior at UCLA studying English. She has a strong passion for culture, music, geography, learning, and the beach. When she’s not writing or studying, she’s probably in a vinyl store finding records from the 90s, attending a concert, or watching the sunset in Malibu. She loves… more »

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Pei Ni

Pei Ni is a student writer who is currently studying communication studies at UCLA. Coming from a busy city in China, she is thrilled to live in and write about Los Angeles, as she has been in love with all aspects of city life—the never-ending activities and crowds, the delightful… more »

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Phillip Spradley

Born in upstate New York, Phillip Spradley grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. As a child, Phillip was inspired by free visits to the Smithsonian museums in D.C. to explore his interest in Architecture and Art. Returning to New York for university, Phillip studied Studio Art and Art… more »

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Phuong Pham

Phuong Pham is a Vietnamese MBA’s graduate and fell in love with San Francisco city at the first sight. She has a big sense of curiosity about everything, which makes her passion for travel, languages and food grow bigger and bigger. She writes about little things that she found interesting… more »

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Priyam Goyal

A Blogger, Fashion Writer, Movie Addict, bitten by the Travel Bug, Priyam holds a Masters in Broadcast Communications and Film Studies and has worked on a television network as a lifestyle writer. Read more on her blog.

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Rachael Silverstein

A Buffalo, New York native, Rachael adopted New York City as her home in 2008 and has been exploring the five boroughs through her camera ever since. Rachael works as a freelance photographer at Rachael Elana Photography and is a passionate traveler, Francophile, foodie, runner, and bookworm. Follow her on… more »

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Rachel Gould

Rachel is The Culture Trip’s New York City Director of Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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Rachel Mauer

Rachel is an American with a love for traveling and culture. Her life goal is to make it to all 7 continents and live in India. When not working or traveling, Rachel can be found crocheting or at a concert. She recently adopted an adorable kitten who loves to bite… more »

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Rachel Parsons

Rachel Parsons is a Brooklyn-based educator and writer. After spending eight years teaching math in the New York City public schools, she decided to do something completely different. She is now pursuing an MFA in creative nonfiction at Sarah Lawrence College, where she is Editor-in-Chief of LUMINA, the graduate writing… more »

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Rachelle Eason

Rachelle is currently a senior at St. John’s University, pursuing a degree in Journalism. She hopes to be able to stay in the city and go to grad school. In her spare time, she enjoys taking random trips to Manhattan and Brooklyn, trying new restaurants, and watching Netflix.

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Rebecca Boorstin

Currently pursuing a degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish language from Pitzer College, Rebecca is a native New Yorker with a passion for intercultural understanding through food, art, music and literature. She enjoys reading the New York Times, listening to Spanish pop music and exploring new eateries in… more »

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Rebecca McCarthy

Rebecca McCarthy is a Nonprofit Management graduate student at The New School. She graduated from Fordham University with a major in English and Creative Writing. She has written for Kpopstarz, Progressive Pupil, The Culture Trip, and the Fordham Observer. She enjoys watching iZombie and Archer on Netflix with her boyfriend… more »

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Rebecca Wishnia

Rebecca Wishnia is a violinist who performs, teaches, and writes about classical music. When not at concerts, she enjoys studying romantic works, reading, and trying new restaurants. She is a native San Franciscan and graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Regina Mullen

Regina Mullen is a writer and a workshop facilitator, with an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Previously, she served as marketing director for a talent booking agency and has also worked as an award-winning post-production audio engineer for film and television.

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Rianne de Bakker

A world citizen who’s not afraid to face heavily air-conditioned buses in Myanmar, hitchhiking through Taiwan or taking the leap to San Francisco. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Rianne identifies herself as a literary dirtbag, with a Communications & Media degree in her pocket, and notebooks, pens, and hiking… more »

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Richard Tulis

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Richard is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Richard is majoring in International Affairs and Transnational European Studies, and after graduation will pursue a law degree. A fan of all things Athens, Richard spends his free time attending… more »

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Riley Londres

Riley is a recent graduate from the George Washington University with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Communication, and currently lives outside Philadelphia. An aspiring travel writer and editor, she has a passion for learning about cultures and loves food, rock climbing and cycling.

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Robert Wilder

Robert Wilder is a recent Temple University graduate who double majored in English and Political Science. Robert grew up in Long Beach Island, New Jersey and has spent his summers in Philadelphia due to its close proximity. Robert has plans to teach English in Korea and he aspires to become… more »

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Ross Walker

Ross Walker was born in the Napa Valley, California, but moved to New York to study English Literature, Creative Writing, and Web Programming and Applications at New York University While in school Ross has studied in Madrid, Spain, and Paris, France, and visited many places in between. Ross’s love of… more »

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Ryan Parkes

To sum my life up in a short existential crisis, I’m the other side of the Garden State (Zach Braff). All my friends and I are children of expatriates. We go to New York in our free time to explore what is suppose to be the epicenter of culture and… more »

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Ryland Lu

A true citizen of the world, Ryland Lu enjoys learning about different cultures and has traveled to fourteen countries on three continents. Nevertheless, Los Angeles’ amazing (sunny) weather and diverse variety of cuisine constantly draws him back home. When he is not writing for the Culture Trip, Ryland enjoys reading… more »

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Saadia Ahmed

Saadia moved from Virginia to Los Angeles in late 2014. She is enjoying the beautiful California weather, proximity to the beach and all the tourist attractions the city has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to new cities and exploring new restaurants. The author of the cultural… more »

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Sabina Li

Sabina Li is an LA native who is currently a proud UCLA Bruin. As a history buff, Sabina loves exploring the landmarks and museums of Los Angeles. She is an avid baker of all things chocolate and her KitchenAid mixer is her baby. When she’s not getting sucked into Pinterest… more »

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Sally James

Sally James is an award-winning Australian author, writer, radio host and chef, whose recipes and books have won international acclaim and whose work has appeared in numerous travel and food publications. From the age of 17, her passion was to travel somewhere internationally every year, and she now resides in… more »

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Samantha Beckett

Samantha Beckett is a 23 year old media enthusiast and writer. She graduated in 2014 from Trinity University with a major in Business Administration and a second major in Communication. During her time in college, Samantha was involved with Trinity’s radio station, and hosted/ran a 1-hour show once per week… more »

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Samantha Looney

Samantha is a writer and an artist with a BA in English from Brigham Young University. Her perfect weekend includes wandering around a new city, taking pictures, roaming through art galleries, and finding the best vegan restaurants. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s painting, baking gluten-free cookies, traveling the… more »

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Samantha O'Brochta

Samantha lives in New York City, curates the social media for a well-known personality and performs comedy and improv on the side. She has an affinity for traveling the world, watching British comedy, making people laugh, dancing alone in her room, dressing fashionably, and attempting to make Pinterest crafts (usually… more »

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Samantha Prasad

Samantha Prasad is the author of the poetry book Phoenix Rising: Onward and Upward. She’s got a thing for prose and always carries a book in her purse. A Bay Area native, she graduated from Santa Clara University with an MBA in Digital Marketing. She has an incurable case of… more »

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Sandy Reitman

After graduating from The New School with a MA in Media Studies, Sandy Reitman is back to her journalistic roots covering everything from life and love to travel and leisure. She’s proud of her Midwestern roots but lives a true Brooklyn lifestyle. And, she’ll try almost anything once.

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Sarah Dilbeck

Born and raised in the small coastal town of Pacifica, 22-year-old Sarah is passionate about her neighboring city of San Francisco and its culture. New experiences such as travel, food, and art provide the inspiration needed to pursue her dream career in writing. Sarah is currently an undergrad at San… more »

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Sarah Fehrenbach

Sarah is a strong believer in pursuing your dreams. She is a travel fan, an admirer of all things Disney, and madly in love with her husband. When she isn’t writing articles or narratives, she blogs about her faith and living life to the fullest. This writing enthusiast is excited… more »

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Sarah Lantz

I am senior undergraduate at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, United States studying English Literature and History. I’ve studied three times abroad during my undergraduate years: to Rome, Italy, Sochi, Russia, and London, United Kingdom. I hope to continue to travel when I graduate, finding some sort of… more »

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Sarah Ndjongo

Sarah Ndjongo is a young photographer and writer based at the University of California- Berkeley, where she studies Rhetoric with a concentration in Narrative and Film. Sarah is often spotted at her church events where she is involved with choir as well as media/television. Aside from church, she enjoys immersing… more »

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Sarah Nguyen

Sarah has spent most of her life in the South Bay, but the allure of what a big metropolitan city has to offer has brought her to San Francisco. She has her Bachelor’s in Biology and after more than two years of clinical work, she has made a huge career… more »

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Sarita Starks

With a passion for writing and exploring, Sarita works on assignments that allow her to convey stories from multiple perspectives. She loves her Guyanese roots and taking in vibrant cultures from around the world. Find her work at www.saritastarks.com.

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Sasha Rampersaud

Sasha hails from the tropical country of Guyana but currently resides in the concrete jungle of New York City. She is currently pursuing a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing at Baruch College. Her interests include traveling to new cities, exploring museums, film photography, and sampling the local cuisine in… more »

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Savannah Vasco

A Berkeley, California native Savannah now attends Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She’s a french and history double major with an unofficial concentration in tacos. Before she moves to Paris in the Fall she hopes to aid the global community in finding the best food and fun in the San… more »

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Savitri Balram

A South American native, Savitri made New York her home in 2006. While in law school, Savitri developed a love for photography that rekindled her passion for creative arts and travel. She works as a freelance photographer at Ms. Vitri Photos, where she documents her artistic inspirations and style through… more »

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Savy Leiser

Savy Leiser is a Chicago-based writer and recent graduate of Northwestern University. When she’s not busy writing articles about how much she loves Chicago, Savy can be found writing children’s and young adult literature, losing her voice screaming at a Wildcats football game, or roaming the streets in search of… more »

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Scott Griffin

‘Smart Scott’ Griffin is a NYC-based photographer. Inspired by early 1980s art, his style challenges individuals to always view people and life experiences from a fresh new perspective. Follow him on Instagram: @smartscott.

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Sean Scarisbrick

Sean is a graduate student at Hunter College where he studies Middle Eastern history. He is particularly interested in cultural history and language’s contribution to culture. He loves Shakespeare, Malala Yousafzai, Game of Thrones, foreign languages (Arabic, Spanish, and French), and Arabic street art.

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Shyla Watson

Shyla has just graduated Lafayette College. Even though she went to school in Pennsylvania, USA, she was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Shyla is an English major, so writing and reading are kind of her thing. She also loves all things Disney, pop culture, TV/movies, and Christmas. Her… more »

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Stan Rezaee

Stan Rezaee is a Bay Area writer who likes to explore the communities’ diverse cultures when he is not nerding out.

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Stephanie Chang

Involved in both Design and Editorial aspects at The Culture Trip, Stephanie played an important strategic role in developing the website. Born in Texas to Chinese-Taiwanese parents, Stephanie completed a BA in Political Science at Wellesley College before moving to London to study for an MA in History of Art… more »

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Stephanie Oh

Born in Korea, raised in Russia, she studied abroad in Paris where she discovered her adventurous soul. Steph currently lives in New York where she pretends to be a local New Yorker. She speaks Russian, Korean, English, Japanese, and French (still working on it) and dreams of meeting a llama… more »

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Stephanie Shoemaker

Stephanie was born and raised in New Jersey but has always considered herself to be a New Yorker at heart. As her time at St. John’s University is coming to an end she is looking forward to a career in fashion public relations. She is a collector of coffee mugs… more »

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Stephen Cooper

Stephen Cooper is a former D.C. and federal public defender. He writes full-time and lives in Woodland Hills, California, with his wife, Tanya, and three dogs named Fox, Friend, and Monty. His writing has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers in the United States and overseas including The New… more »

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Steven Ray Morris

Okapi in his next life. Talking to stand-up comedians on the daily. Podcast producer and cohost of a podcast about cats. Film and pop culture writer. Wrote a book about the Jurassic Park franchise. Will play bass in your punk band.

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Summer Powers

Summer Powers was born and raised in the small country town of Dexter, MI. She saved on cash and learned how to “discover her passions” at a community college before heading off to the big leagues at the University of Michigan. There, she continues to study English and art, and… more »

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Sydney Fogel

Sydney is a writer from the Bay Area with a passion for storytelling and sharing, and is always on the lookout to try something new. When she’s not writing you can find her traveling, practicing yoga, at a concert, or reading up on her favorite lifestyle blogs.

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Sylvie Sturm

Sylvie Sturm is a writer, journalist, and award-winning newspaper editor. Born and raised in Canada, she was wooed by the charms of San Francisco and has made it her mission to uncover every aspect of this spectacular city. When she’s not on the hunt for the next film festival or… more »

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Tanvi Malik

Tanvi was raised in Dubai, is of Indian origin and currently lives in New York City. She constructs narratives, garments and yoga sequences. Follow her on Instagram @tanvi_mk.

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Tatum June

A SoCal native and UCLA Bruin, Tatum first fell in love with Los Angeles as a film and commercial actress. These days, she loves the city for its sunny weather and endless opportunities for adventure. When not writing, Tatum can be found consuming too much coffee at her favorite local… more »

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Taylor Haacke

Taylor is currently a Director of Culture for The Culture Trip’s New York City Hub. When she’s not busy working, you can find her reading in her Brooklyn apartment or hanging out with her pet fish. Be sure to follow The Culture Trip on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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Taylor Kang

A prospective Comparative Literature major at Princeton University, Taylor Kang, when not fretting about all the languages she wants to learn, can often be found perusing ‘The Paris Review’ or listening not-so-secretly to Lana Del Rey.

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Teresa Lowe

Teresa Lowe is an independent filmmaker who began her career as a professional runway and print model, as well as a narrator/spokes-model with the Chrysler Corporation’s auto show circuit. Highlights of Teresa’s career include working as lead hostess at legendary birthday parties for Hall of Famer and ‘Queen of Soul’… more »

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Thivanka Perera

Thivanka Perera is originally from Sri Lanka, but presently resides in San Francisco where he is pursuing his BFA in Motion Pictures & Television at the Academy of Art. He has published two volumes of poetry in his home country, and worked for the Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) as a… more »

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Tom Krantz

A recent graduate from Eugene Lang College, The New School, Tom focused his studies in Journalism and Poetry. His passion for writing is only surpassed by his love for good food and better spirits. You can find Tom cruising around Brooklyn with a dollar slice in one hand, and a… more »

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Tomahawk Tindo

Tomahawk enjoys digital marketing and brand building. Prior to writing for The Culture Trip, he worked as a mentor for startups in Africa. Before that he gained valuable experience in the software development industry in the U.S.

He’s written for his college paper, the Colby College Echo, and other blogs… more »

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Tomer Gutwaks

Tomer Gutwaks is 27 years old and lives in Tel Aviv. He has visited over 35 countries (and counting). Read about his adventures at www.callmethecraziest.wordpress.com

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Tony Bear!

T. Bear! is a Northern Californian by way of Arizona and a multimedia personality who also writes for his blog The Celebrity-free Zone. When he’s not crafting blogs or videos, you may find him on a street photography safari or trying out recipes to add to his Big Oven page.

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Tucker Johnson

Native Bostonian, Philosophy major at Colgate University, and back-up vocalist/rhythm guitar player in an emerging Hootie and the Blowfish cover band, Tucker currently resides in Manhattan and is enjoying writing about his new city. He also enjoys light amounts of exercise, most appetizers, and Sunday night premium cable.

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Tyler Anderson

Tyler Anderson is a writer living in New York City. After graduating from The University of Iowa School of Journalism he has rarely spent more than a year in one place, bouncing from Chicago to Houston to Austin, and finally settling in NYC. In his free time he loves to… more »

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Victoria Lau

Victoria is a vintagenista and wanderluster who is always looking forward to finding treasures at the flea market and discovering adventures abroad. She loves a good laugh, and sees humor in everything. While most people are busy duck facing, she is still trying to master the perfect poker face. Follow… more »

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Vincent Amoroso

Graduating from Kingsborough Community College with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, CUNY York College, with a Bachelors Degree in English Literature, Vincent taught in several New York City area middle schools, and high schools in the subjects of English, Math, and Creative Writing.

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Will Speros

A recent graduate of Fordham University, Will Speros is an aspiring journalist proudly living in Harlem. In addition to living and breathing music and film, Will maintains an active interest in politics and social justice. He hopes to eventually pursue a career as a writer of cultural critique.

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Yazmine Mihojevich

After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, Yazmine moved to New York to work at an environmental non-profit. She spends her free time wondering how the NYC subway system was built, absorbing chill vibes in overpriced coffee shops and bracing… more »

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Yoojin Shin

Yoojin is an economics student at the University of California, Berkeley, in a constant pursuit of happiness and good vibes. Someday, she hopes to make a living out of thinking and writing about important social issues. Until then, she has made it her mission to chronicle every single boba places… more »

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Yvonne Mambo

Yvonne loves sharing great food, music and film as a way to connect with others. Originally from Cameroon, Africa, she grew up in Northern Virginia and relocated to the NYC metro area last year to pursue new career goals. Creative and positive people inspire her to stay open minded.

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Zachary Liporace

Ultimate foodie, experienced cook, gardening enthusiast and marathon runner, Zachary Liporace was one of the first employees at Sean Combs’ REVOLT TV network and continues to work in Development there. He is well traveled and has a genuine passion for adventure.

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Zara Sheikh

Zara has lived in the Bay Area for the past eight years, but was born outside of Washington DC and spent time living in Singapore and Germany and traveling around the world in between. Zara is a senior at the University of California Riverside majoring in political science, and in… more »