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I got home from Taiwan the night before Thanksgiving. After 10 days in Taipei, I had mixed feelings about coming home. I was there visiting family, but when I wasn’t with them, I was free to roam the city alone with my camera. I don’t think I’ve ever felt such freedom in a foreign country and I really got to appreciate all the things that make Taipei such a great city.

I’ve visited many times when I was younger. I want to say at least once a year while I was in elementary school. As I got older, the visits became less frequent and the last time I was there was 2014. However walking through some of the same streets during this visit, I was still able to remember some of the places I used to shop or eat at. It brought back so many wonderful memories but also made me want to create new ones. I know in my heart that this will not be the last time I visit.

This image was taken just a few blocks from our hotel. I’m in a big group chat with a bunch of my girlfriends and one of them asked me for a picture of me in Taiwan. After a few days of being there, I realized I hadn’t taken any with myself in it, so when I walked passed this mirror, I thought it was the perfect opportunity for the self-portrait. I love how you can only see my camera, but also gives the context of where I am.

My camera settings for this image are F9 at 1/160th sec and ISO 250 with my Sony A7II and 35mm lens.

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I stopped to take a picture of this restaurant. It was so cute with the flowers in the windows. That’s what I remember most about Florence. The atmosphere and the feeling that you’re in a different century. Then a guy that looks a little bit like Anthony Bourdain zooms by and you can’t help but smile at the playback.

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Home from Philly and it was a blast! I wish I could of stayed longer but hope to visit again sometime soon.

Luckily, my friend Michele lives in Philly and was able to meet me up for a lunch date. She’s an artist as well and thought that I would love the Urban Outfitters Headquarters. She was right! I’ve never seen such a beautifully decorated office and it’s right in the Navy Yard so the vibe was totally awesome. Couldn’t you just sit in this little magazine reading area forever? I want to lay down and stare at those flowers.

Although I love the flowers, I think the guy’s facial expression is my favorite part of the picture. I didn’t even notice he was looking at me while I was taking the picture. I saw it while I was editing it in Photoshop. HAHA!