Six years of Blogging

Last month marked 6 years of blogging on this website. Since starting this blog in June 2011, I’ve written over 100 blog posts about my life and travels. While I’ve been a little quiet during 2017 I have a list of posts to write, and of course a lot of adventures to recall!

The Harlem 125th Station, not too far from my new apartment!

The last time I wrote an anniversary post was two years ago in 2015, just after I returned to the states from the Dominican Republic. Since then, I’ve started a new job, and am quickly approaching my 2 year work-iversary, lived in three different apartments in New York City, traveled a little around the states, and have been back to the Dominican Republic three times, and to the U.K. once (way overdue post to come!) And blogwise, as many of you know, I am now “Lens by Sarah” with a new domain to match.

The gate to Chinatown in Philadelpha, PA, from a trip in 2016.

Here’s what I’ve been getting into lately:


  • Adventurous Kate, who has been all over the world, and moved to New York not too long ago. She is still sharing great content and traveling.
  • This Battered Suitcase, whose writing style I absolutely adore. She is very real and I also love her Instagram stories.

Simple Living/Personal Finance:


  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – I fell hard for Gaiman’s otherworld, a dark take on the wonderland genre where the main character slips through the cracks into a dangerous world where he must prove his worth in order to return to the world he used to know.
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance – this memoir was sad but still full of hope. I’ve been to West Virginia which helped me imagine his situation. I didn’t LOVE this one but it was interesting to watch Vance’s path from poverty to success beyond his wildest dreams.
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – each chapter was heart-wrenching and ended as soon as you fell in love with a character. It tells the story of two sisters who were separated and the tale was woven through each generation.
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – the imagery from this book stuck with me even over a year later. In this dystopian novel, the main characters journey throughout a wasteland and all the loose ends tie together at the end.
A beautiful home in the Dominican Republic, photograph taken in 2015

As always, if there’s something you’d like to see here, leave a comment! Thanks for reading!

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