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If you look up travel guides to Phoenix, Arizona you’ll notice that many of them include eateries in Tempe and Scottsdale. Many of Phoenix’s surrounding cities aren’t as massive as the capital, so they interlace at many points and are all too easy to access. The thing is, though, quality always beats quantity. As a lifelong lover of small towns, my bias is clearly showing when I say that I’d take less for more any day. Why feel overwhelmed by choices on every corner when a stress-free number (that still stressed me out while here, because there were so many…

If you breath on a creosote bush, it will bring out the smell of the desert in the rain. Climbing up Hayden Butte Reservation in Tempe, Arizona, as the sun began to slip below the mountains and washed the red rocks in a shade of rose, I stopped beside its dry branches along the path to let out a yoga dragon breath. Inhaling deeply, I was struck by the scent of summer rain, drenched over the desert. The last time I was in state forty eight, a common (and very clever) Arizonian tagline, I was fifteen and quickly falling in…

Meander along the River Liffey. Zigzag through cobblestoned courtyards and streets upholding Georgian architecture and its riot of colorful doors. Listen to the strings, the winds, the percussions of trad sessions tumbling out of pubs and ribboning around you. Make it just in time for your reservation at The Church, the fine-dining establishment that once housed Sunday mass and where Arthur Guinness was wed. Amid the pastoral landscapes of Ireland rises Dublin, a UNESCO City of Literature with a side of culinary dexterity and age-old friendliness that suspends it in time. Massive changes have taken hold, most recently following Ireland’s…