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

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How You Can Cycle around Taiwan with a Lonely Planet Writer

Ever dreamed of traveling around Taiwan- by bicycle? I’ve had the honor of becoming friends with Joshua Samuel Brown, fellow Portlander and wanderluster, over the last couple of years. He’s an amazing individual and travel writer who shares my affinity with Taiwanese culture. So much so that he lived there for seven years, learning Mandarin … Continue reading How You Can Cycle around Taiwan with a Lonely Planet Writer

Japanese Macaques

  Located about six hours northwest of Tokyo, nestled in Yamanouchi, Nagano, the Jigokudani Monkey Park is a semi-wild primate sanctuary. The Japanese Macaques are very calm creatures that roam freely around the park, playing with each other, grooming each other, munching on bananas, and indulging in the natural hot water spring in the center of … Continue reading Japanese Macaques