About Lu

Iโ€™m Lu, a Gerstner Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History.  Aside from pouring over novel scientific literature and writing grants/papers, I love to travel and eat.  Thankfully, careers and passions are not always mutually exclusive.

I began writing this blog to document my travels, whether it is on the other side of the world, across the country, or right in town.  My purpose is three-fold:1) to give my family and friends a taste of my explorations, 2) to hopefully provide readers with some tips if they travel to the same places I do and 3) to learn about the world.

A major part of my travels is taking in the local culture, whether it is dancing around a Christmas tree with the Swedes on Skansen Island, learning about the hundreds of beer glass styles in Bruges, or surfing the waves on the Costa Rican coast.  Any anthropologist will tell you that culture is a hazy word that can be defined in numerous ways.  To me, a major component of culture is food.  There are millions of ways for every plant and animal to be prepared based on each chefโ€™s personal culture, and this is my journey in discovering the world of food through my travels as a research scientist.

The photography in this blog were all done by me. I use my Canon EOS 70D, usually with 40 mm pancake or 10-22 mm lenses. When I feel like reducing my equipment load, I use a compact dSLR (Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3) with a Panasonic 20 mm pancake lens or a Leica macro-elmarit 45 mm lens. And for the travelers who want to use a tripod but reduce the weight and size, the Benro MeFoto Travel Tripod (A035Q0T) is perfect!

Feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions!