December 15, 2017 , 8 Comments

December 15, 2015. I remind myself regularly of this date. When I’m up at night, my brain whirrs as I count the days, weeks, months and now years since I turned […]

On Gratitude

November 24, 2016 , 2 Comments

“I’m moving home,” I announce to my parents when I touch down in Philadelphia, fresh off a few days in Las Vegas. “What?” ...

Street Art in Downtown Las Vegas

September 18, 2016 , 1 Comment

Las Vegas isn’t a city known for street art. In fact, I’m confident that most people would never even put the two together. That’s c ...

Why I Canceled My Trip to Spain

August 2, 2016 , 5 Comments

Way back in December, when I was rushing through the process of returning to American life and giving up my Spanish student visa … and life as a ...

  • It’s a Beautiful Life
    February 24, 2016 , 3 Comments

    It’s a mild evening in Las Vegas. Hot, by winter standards if you don’t have desert (or jungle) blood. The sun has already begun its descent behind the rugged, snow-covered [...]

  • This Roller Coaster
    January 27, 2016 , 4 Comments

    I stand over my sheet cake from the grocery store. Clad in an oversized sweatshirt with puffy paint splattered on it in pastel colors, I move my gel-soaked (à la [...]

  • Home: Las Vegas
    January 5, 2016 , 6 Comments

    Home: Las Vegas. It hits me when the sky gives way from black to a sea of glittering, golden lights. Some 20,000 feet below me is the Mojave Desert, which [...]

  • 2013: Life-changing moments as an expat
    December 12, 2013 , 28 Comments

    “Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes/Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear/ Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes/How do you measure, measure a year?” — RENT, Jonathan Larson [ ...

  • Goodbye, Prius
    June 25, 2013 , 8 Comments

    She sits in the lot at CarMax, her dark gray exterior even darker against the overcast winter sky in Maryland. I blink back tears, then head inside to sign her [...]

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