Boxes are not My Reality

Stir-crazy I sit here Wanting to be there, anywhere, everywhere I’m a caged lioness A stadium-raged bull A wasp in a jar An alien in the womb An elephant in a plastic swimming pool I am A voice unheard A word unwritten A breath unreleased A future untold A trip not taken- A moment ready … Continue reading Boxes are not My Reality

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On the Road to Penang

On the road again- this time from Kuala Lumpur up north to Penang. The bus I sit in is quite comfortable and air-conditioned- a bit more luxurious than I’m used to. The winding path that takes us through Penang is overwhelming- inundated, lush verdure.  It seems the trees may come in and reach into the bus, brush against me, … Continue reading On the Road to Penang

The Sole Ecuadorian Jaguar

    In the year 2005, I was lucky enough to volunteer at a wild animal refuge in Tambillo, Ecuador. La Hacienda Santa Martha rescues endemic animals that are being trafficked, kept as pets, used in circuses, or abused in other forms. It is a wonderful establishment tucked away in the flora of north Ecuador's … Continue reading The Sole Ecuadorian Jaguar

What a Wondrous World

In recent preparation to visit the Hindu-Buddhist temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia, I stumbled on some articles that referred to the site as the eight wonder of the world. Of course, there are only seven "official" wonders of the world, according to a worldwide poll done in 2007. While doing my research, it dawned on … Continue reading What a Wondrous World

Why Chronology and I Don’t Get Along

Chronology. According to world-wide web's Merriam-Webster dictionary, it is defined as such: 1. the order in which a series of events happened 2. a record of the order in which a series of events happened 3. a science that deals with measuring time and finding out when events happened Now, if you've been reading my blog long enough, … Continue reading Why Chronology and I Don’t Get Along

Bucket Lists Part II: Aspirations Continue

Last November, I wrote a post entitled "You're Not Dead Yet! Bucket Lists: Part I". Rereading this entry, it's interesting to see not only how much my life has changed, but my priorities as well. Some of the places I wished to see when I originally wrote this dream inventory in 2003 have faded into … Continue reading Bucket Lists Part II: Aspirations Continue

How to be a “Real” Backpacker

Recently, on the bus from Penang, Malaysia to Phuket, Thailand, I met a group of four Indonesian men traveling together. Equipped with designer bags, sunglasses, and beaming smiles, they joked that they wanted to be "real" backpackers, like me. This got me thinking about what it means to be a "real" backpacker. While I'm wandering … Continue reading How to be a “Real” Backpacker