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

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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

Going Further on the Magic Bus: Kerala Blog Express

Well before I’d read The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and possibly even before Jack Kerouac changed my life with On the Road, there was just something about road trips that lured me in. I imagined myself hopping into a colorful bus or van, joined by a variety of open-minded, wanderlusting individuals, getting ready for the … Continue reading Going Further on the Magic Bus: Kerala Blog Express

First Impressions of Kerala, India

It’s 7:30am and I’m sitting on the restaurant patio of Xandari Resort, overlooking the harbor of Fort Kochi. As I eat a massive dosa masala with a side of fruit and plenty of black coffee, I watch the crows, clinging to boats’ metal poles with their talons, chewing on chicken feet. These aren’t feet like … Continue reading First Impressions of Kerala, India

Dreams of Southeast Asia: Bandung, Indonesia

It’s now been three years since I first discovered Southeast Asia. After visiting Malaysia, Borneo, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, I was hooked on the region. 2013 was quite the year. Recently, my good friends at the Martian Arts Tattoo Studio took a well-deserved journey to some of the same places I had visited. Upon … Continue reading Dreams of Southeast Asia: Bandung, Indonesia

The Grand Canyon’s Rustic Alchemy

While I have taken many, many trips since I first visited the Grand Canyon, it stands out clearly in my mind as if I had just returned last week. Whenever someone visits the United States, it is one of the first recommendations that I offer, aside from the imperative exploration of the San Francisco hills … Continue reading The Grand Canyon’s Rustic Alchemy

Reykjavik’s Ubiquitous Street Art

Street art. While some people see it as defacing public property, I beg to differ. Street art is a massive statement of the city’s people, not only claiming the city as their own, but adding their own personal or social experience to the place’s visual appearance. When I was studying Latin American Art History in … Continue reading Reykjavik’s Ubiquitous Street Art

Big Berry, Slovenia: My First-Ever Glamping Experience

By the time I had arrived, it was almost one in the morning and I was exhausted from the journey. I had traveled through five countries that day by car, which, in Europe, is completely possible without even realizing how far you’ve gone. We arrived at someone’s house, and stepping out of the van, I … Continue reading Big Berry, Slovenia: My First-Ever Glamping Experience

Purring Voices, Alien Landscapes, and Psychedelic Lights: Why I’m Going to Iceland

I wanted to see Iceland before anyone even knew it existed, save Icelanders. Before the Blue Lagoon, before the Ring Road or cooing over the cuteness of arctic foxes, I’ve yearned to see this land of extremes. See, before all of the hype, there was a girl standing in her kitchen, brunette buns wound tightly … Continue reading Purring Voices, Alien Landscapes, and Psychedelic Lights: Why I’m Going to Iceland

Five Apps for Happier Trips

I’ve been hitting the road now for over a decade, and navigating unknown lands has changed immensely. Gone are the days of walkmans and small CD cases packed to the brim, of hand-held journals, paper maps, and books you can actually hold in your hands and rip the pages from. And while some of us … Continue reading Five Apps for Happier Trips