For Paris, For Islam, For the World

Today has been one of those sullen days when I have no motivation, no spark, no zest for this beautiful life. It is not only the attacks in Paris last night, the estimated 120+ dead, the sorrow imbued, but also for the hatred, the ignorance, and the misunderstanding that plagues the world and its inhabitants' … Continue reading For Paris, For Islam, For the World

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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

Is Portland, Oregon Really a Vegan Haven?

Driving down Stark Street earlier today, my stomach empty and my mind full of memories, I reached back into the part of my brain that holds the enchanted thoughts that led me to move to Portland. Oh, the vegan paradise! Oh, the unabashed weirdness! Oh, the affordable prices and the tax-free shopping! Oh, the public … Continue reading Is Portland, Oregon Really a Vegan Haven?

On the Road with Your Parents (what could go wrong?)

Things do not always go as planned. This is exponentially true when on the road. Life's ups and downs are multiplied and magnified exponentially when you travel. You can't set your heart on seeing Machu Picchu without a cloud in sight, or ending world poverty by volunteering for a month in Nicaragua. You also can't prevent … Continue reading On the Road with Your Parents (what could go wrong?)

What Hiking Multnomah Falls Taught Me

Just the other day, I met up with two new friends (one of them a friend of a friend I met through Travel Massive in San Francisco) who had just arrived in Portland. They were doing a cross-country trip from New York, stopping by national parks, checking out cities, and having some great adventures. Portland … Continue reading What Hiking Multnomah Falls Taught Me

13 Unforgettable Moments in 2013

Admittedly, the beginning of 2013 was quite a dreary one. As I wrote in the past, the months of February and March meant the end of an engagement, but also the beginning of a completely new life for me. I realized what it truly meant to love myself, and what I had been giving up in a futile attempt to … Continue reading 13 Unforgettable Moments in 2013

Seattle’s Fremont Troll

This past summer, one of my best friends and I set on a road trip in my car, whom I affectionately call "Betsey". I'd been wanting to take this trip for years. I'd done the south-bound trip on the I-5 in California far too many times, and wanted something different. With the windows rolled down, the … Continue reading Seattle’s Fremont Troll

Traveling Vegetarian: How to Stay Satiated (and Sane)

I admit it. When I was young and impressionable, seeking the easiest route, I gave up vegetarianism to see the world. It was a very naïve, pitiful decision. The very first country I traveled to was Mexico. Aside from that one weekend of debauchery in Tijuana while at UCLA, this experience took place in Zihuatanejo and Monterrey, Mexico. Overwhelmed … Continue reading Traveling Vegetarian: How to Stay Satiated (and Sane)