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

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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

Death of the American Dream

"Happy 4th of July!" It's what I'm hearing, reading, and seeing all over the place today. I'm in Portland and people are getting ready for fireworks, barbecues, a shameless consumption of copious amounts of meat and booze, flag waving, and rejoicing for being an American. They're hyped to celebrate being born in the world's best … Continue reading Death of the American Dream

Literary Heroes, Vegan Fare & Creativity in Europe (and a bit of North Africa!)

I've waited over half of my life for this trip. Its main purpose is to finally visit the first foreign country I ever longed to see: Spain. As someone who has dedicated her life to literature, learning Spanish, and understanding the roots of Latin American culture, this is a dream come true for me. Over the … Continue reading Literary Heroes, Vegan Fare & Creativity in Europe (and a bit of North Africa!)

Losing My Innocence in Spain

It's about time I lose my innocence. Again. This fantasy of mine has been swelling up, transforming, and growing beyond the limits of my imagination for 17 years now. Many people think that innocence is something that is lost once we hit adulthood. Once we have sex, fall in love, become heartbroken, try a drug, … Continue reading Losing My Innocence in Spain

The Liebster Award Revisited

Just when you least expect it, someone notices all the hard work you pour into your site. I was both surprised and honored to recently be nominated for the Liebster Award by I HEART EARTH. I am a huge fan of this website, not to mention the author's beliefs and intentions behind her travel. This only … Continue reading The Liebster Award Revisited

You’re Not Dead Yet! Bucket Lists: Part I

Talking with one of my friends a few weeks ago, I expressed how there were so many things I still wanted to do in life.  Her bright eyes widened, looking into mine, and she exclaimed, "You're not dead yet!"  I had to laugh at this- laugh at myself.  For some reason, it always seems to me … Continue reading You’re Not Dead Yet! Bucket Lists: Part I

What’s an Angel-Headed Hipster?

I was watching "Howl" last night, the movie starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg. It is comprised of three main narratives: Allen being interviewed in his apartment, Lawrence Ferlinghetti being tried in court for publishing Ginsberg's poem "Howl"- which was considered obscene- and a trippy animation vision of the poem, word by word. There are also minor … Continue reading What’s an Angel-Headed Hipster?

Five of My Favorite Travel Books

As a writer, traveler, and prolific reader, I often consider that I haven't read many "travel books," since I usually don't delve into travel memoirs. Usually, when I go to the travel section of a library or bookstore, I end up thumbing through a Lonely Planet travel guide, or musing through the colorful pictures of … Continue reading Five of My Favorite Travel Books

Midnight Thoughts on a Life Well Lived

As I look back at all that I've learned, all of the wondrous & inspiring places I've been, all the beautiful faces & kindred souls I've met, and how much I have grown as a human being, I can't help but feel immensely satisfied with life. My journey has thus far only been possible because … Continue reading Midnight Thoughts on a Life Well Lived