Condor stars in the Netflix film To All the Boys: Always and Forever, streaming now.
I was adopted from Vietnam, and in December 2019 I went back to the place where I was born for the first time. I went with my family, and we visited the orphanage where my brother and I were staying. The man who helped my parents find us took us on the exact same route my parents took on the day they adopted us. We even ate lunch in the same spot. It was a surreal and meaningful trip for me and my family. One day we were on the Cai Rang River in the middle of the floating market. A little woman in a tiny rowboat passed by with all her fresh ingredients laid out, making bánh mì on request for breakfast. Hopefully this wasn’t a once-in-a-lifetime moment, as I would love to go back.
In 2018 Anthony and I visited Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The vast land is protected by the Maasai warriors. We spent every day out on the plains with them, learning about the land, the animals and, as cheesy as it sounds, the circle of life. We went horseback riding and galloped past lions every few feet. It felt so dangerous and I felt like bait! But the warriors taught us about how animals coexist, so it was also the most human I have ever felt.
I had never been to Mumbai before and as soon as I landed it was a full cultural shock. All your senses are bombarded in the most intense way. It was a completely different world. It was also the summer and super-duper hot. I did a bunch of sightseeing and my hotel let me take a cooking lesson with the head chef. I learned about all these different spices you can’t find in American supermarkets and was taught how to use a tandoori oven. I love cooking and a lot of my trips center around food. It’s the best part of traveling.
I fell in love with Tokyo and if I could I would live there for a year. I visited in 2019 with my best friend, Madeleine, and my boyfriend, Anthony. The food culture is so incredible. I could eat yakitori and ramen all day long, and they had Michelin-starred restaurants in the middle of the subway! I also conquered a big fear of mine—the Shibuya Crossing. I’ve never been a fan of crowds and this spot is famous around the world for how many hundreds of people cross every minute. I really didn’t want to go but they pushed me and I felt so proud of myself. I want to spend more time there.