A Room with a View

Swinging the door open with a metallic thud, Santiago walked into the waiting room. He pivoted around as if he were a washed-up dancer, greeting me and apologizing. “Disculpa la demora… Que pena.” I gazed upwards at him from the stiff sofa, petting Miel the house cat, as I’d been doing for the last hour … Continue reading A Room with a View

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Why Tanzania is the Ultimate Destination

How Spain will lead me to Tanzania If you could only visit one more country before you die, what would it be? For me, Tanzania is the ultimate destination. Before I explain, let me back up: After visiting Spain three years back, something cracked open within me. I'd dreamed of going to Europe, specifically the … Continue reading Why Tanzania is the Ultimate Destination

El Bogotazo: 70 Years Later

Here in Colombia, today represents a significant shift in history that's almost impossible to ignore, even 70 years later. On April 9th, 1948 Colombia's future was forever changed. After enduring over 100 years of conflict between its two political parties, an assassination and the subsequent chaos, named El Bogotazo, would contribute to La Violencia. This … Continue reading El Bogotazo: 70 Years Later

Why I’m Moving Abroad Alone & Other Life Updates

There was a time when I fantasized about traipsing the world by myself, selling jewelry to make money and hitchhiking to cross borders. I'd wear my soles into the ground as I learned new languages and marveled at life's miracles. I was in my early twenties and had just moved to Buenos Aires. The world … Continue reading Why I’m Moving Abroad Alone & Other Life Updates

The Arctic Beauty of Norway: A Wishlist

When we reach the proverbial ends of the earth, there is a magic that happens nowhere else. The extremities of life emerge in palpable ways, showing their harsh beauty in visions of towering glaciers, haunting mountainscapes, and gaping sapphire fjords. We find animals whose oddities have allowed them to thrive in severe weather; people with … Continue reading The Arctic Beauty of Norway: A Wishlist

Nothin’ Like Roadtrippin’

Setting off on a new journey is one of the most liberating experiences you can have in this life. You’ll discover new lands, cultures, meet life-changing people, and learn so much about yourself. When planning your adventure, one of the most exciting parts is choosing just how you will get from one place to another. … Continue reading Nothin’ Like Roadtrippin’

The Sojourner

“for though we travel light we have the burdens of 300 miles in our heads.” -Brenda Frazer   Oh, the burdens Not hundreds, but thousands- infinite miles seen and still yet to see, travel   All that I cannot unsee, cannot forget or unknow, still stuck in my head, heart, gut               like knowledge/experience-thorns   Unreliable … Continue reading The Sojourner

Tel Aviv is Calling, and I’m on My Way

“Often when we set out to do something new, it’s fueled by impulse. An urge springs unbidden and soon becomes a desire, then a plan, and before we know it we’re careening down a mapless road– and while we can look in the rearview mirror and see how we got there, we’re not always sure … Continue reading Tel Aviv is Calling, and I’m on My Way

The Phantasmagoric Landscapes of Iceland

As I sat there in the silver, rickety tin-can of a car, bundled in my purple “omni-heat” Columbia jacket, I took off my gloves and reminded myself to breathe. According to the calendar, the days of winter were vanishing, but the snow and ice along the roads told me otherwise. I was in Reykjavík, Iceland, … Continue reading The Phantasmagoric Landscapes of Iceland