This one goes out to all my travel pals -even if we only know each other from that one night in that hostel, know that wherever you are in the world, I think you’re an incredible human. Keep seeing more of this great planet and keep making friends and loving life and if we get […]Read More who we are
At the beginning, I had booked hostels in both Chicago and Istanbul and had been planning on staying in both cities by myself. But as kindness would have it, I was able to connect with an old friend from elementary school and a friend of a friend in Istanbul and cancel both bookings. While […]Read More Italy Round 2: Au Pair Summer 2015
This chapter of my life in my home state of Ohio has reached the point where I know my departure is due. How long have I been back in the States now? In some ways, I have grown to feel even more out of place here than I felt back in Asia. I don’t say […]Read More Not for lack of love: Goodbye Ohio
“Let’s drink to the pursuit of the new American dream—getting the f***out of America,” Thomas B. Kohnstamm from his book Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? Woosh. Anybody who has known me for more than 5 minutes knows how much I dream about getting out of N.Amer, but that statement is as harsh as a […]Read More The New “American Dream” ?
Expatriation is a lot of things- it’s not all playtime with elephants and spicy street foods. Sometimes it’s getting slapped and scolded by a Korean grandma while naked, drunk, and afraid in the tub of a jjimjilbang (traditional bathhouse) at 4 in the morning. Sometimes, it’s roasting a disjointed turkey in toaster ovens for Thanksgiving. […]Read More The Expat Experience (in 5 minutes or less)
2014 was spectacular! After visiting my family in Hawaii for Christmas, I flew back to Seoul where I celebrated the new year in Hongdae with fireworks, dancing, and friends. I celebrated Buddha’s birthday in Busan and spent the summer biking the Han river, and wandering the streets of Seoul. At summer’s end, I said tearful […]Read More 2014 In Review
I’ve spent a lot of time in the past justifying my choices to travel. “But I didn’t actually have malaria!” Defending my decision to return to Peru a second time after the gnarly insect bite fiasco from my first trip “I’ll be in SOUTH Korea safe and far away from the border” After deciding to […]Read More Life on Arrival: Return from Travel
This is my first Autumn back in the United States in a few years. I love this season as much as the next person for various reasons- although I can’t express how ridiculously overrated I think pumpkin spice lattes are. I’ve only been back a few weeks, but the reverse culture shock has been more […]Read More LIFE is the Adventure!
Amidst the recent Ebola outbreaks in the United States and reports on the battles against Isis in the Mid-East, there has been a significant decrease in media coverage of the present crisis in Hong Kong. Only a week has passed since the beginning of the relentless grassroots protests for democracy, just one week. Now, only […]Read More Don’t Forget about Hong Kong
I think one of the biggest mistakes I made early on in traveling internationally was to fear strangers. Who decided this was the most efficient way to teach us to be safe? As vulnerable as children are, I can see how there is no way to teach the discernment necessary to distinguish who is a […]Read More The BEST Mango Sticky Rice