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January 26, 2015 , 1 Comment

“He’s right behind you,” my friend writes via message. “No,” I type back furiously. “Don’t tell me anything else. I need to be surprised.” And, thus begins my first British […]

Re-entry into the western world

January 22, 2015 , 4 Comments

At night, I’ve taken to closing my eyes and imaging my teak bedroom. Waking up and wiping the sleep from my eyes, moving my legs slowly so Lucky ...

Questions to ask about volunteer vacations

January 18, 2015 , 12 Comments

Editor’s Note: I recently contributed to a book about volunteer vacations and how to be responsible when choosing one. Details are at the end of ...

Cinque Terre by water ferry

January 16, 2015 , 10 Comments

The older woman with silver cropped hair’s shoes click-clack on the concrete pier as she heads from the water towards the innards of Vernazza. S ...

  • Getting a tattoo in Thailand
    January 8, 2015 , 18 Comments

      I stand nervously in my friend, Jodi’s, jungle hut placed perfectly in the heart of Elephant Nature Park. It’s a chilly morning and the sun has just crested the [...]

  • Hiking in Cinque Terre
    December 30, 2014 , 12 Comments

    Perhaps the one thing Cinque Terre is most known for — other than the pesto, glorious wines and tiny towns — are the paths tying the five Italian villages together. [...]

  • The year of living for me
    December 13, 2014 , 32 Comments

    Big droplets of rain pummel the tar as we sit under the cover of a metal roof, watching the late-season storm cleanse Chiang Mai. Over icy glasses of Sangsom and [...]

  • The world of vacation rentals
    November 21, 2014 , 9 Comments

    My mom and I arrive to Cinque Terre hours after we were supposed to, thanks to the Italian train strikes taking place on the day we hike it from photogenic [...]

  • Photos of Venice, Italy
    November 12, 2014 , 16 Comments

    Venice, Italy is quite a photographers dream. With the sparkling lagoons, tiny car-free lanes, buildings in a state of beautiful erosion, colors, lights, the historic landmarks and buildings … it [...]

  • Exploring the Venice beach
    October 30, 2014 , 3 Comments

    Venice, with it small canals, lagoons and tiny islands, is lacking one major thing: a beach. Or, so I used to think. More than a decade after my first visit [...]

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