Reading Recos: Travel Books to Escape Into

At the start of the year, I set a goal of reading 40 books before the end of 2020. I was anticipating it to be difficult—until the pandemic started. With lots of free time and nowhere to be, this has been an ideal time to hunker down and disappear into a book. Hungry for new…

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Travel-Related Things to Do in Lockdown

Welcome to the one-month mark of lockdown in Berlin! I don’t know how you’ve been spending your time in lockdown/quarantine/shelter in place, but I’ve vacillated between the 7 stages of grief with whip lashing regularity. It sucked to watch all of my spring travel plans vanish in the course of just a few weeks. It…

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Trace the Roots: A Talk on Intercultural Communication

Back in January I presented Trace the Roots, a Creative Mornings talk exploring the benefits and challenges of working across cultures. How do you plan meetings in New York? Pitch ideas in Berlin? Pay for client dinners in Japan? I’ve learned quite a few lessons living abroad—but the most valuable was that different cultures have…

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What to Read on Your Egypt Trip

I know it’s uncommon to pack a book for vacation in this digital day and age, let alone three. But whether you read them on your tablet or make room for the paperbacks, read them before your trip begins or during it, I think that these three are essential to read on your Egypt trip.…

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The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Berlin is having what all the Germans assure me is the mildest November in living history. To top off these golden days, I got word at the end of November that Daniela from The Grumpy Camel awarded me the Sunshine Blogger Award! The Sunshine Blogger Award is peer recognition for bloggers that inspire positivity and…

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Why We Should All Go to Auschwitz

Country 29: Poland | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here. Many of us know Ray Allen as an NBA player—I used to love watching him play for the Celtics when I lived in Boston. But I had no idea he was also a gifted writer. He penned an opinion piece on why…

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The Art of Alphonse Mucha

Country 10: Czech Republic | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! One of my biggest regrets from my trip to Prague was missing out on the Mucha Museum. Prior to visiting the Czech Republic, I’d had no idea that the artist famous for most of the French Art Nouveau pieces…

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How My Father Taught Me I Was Smart

If there’s one thing I am always going to remember about my dad it’s the way he always said my name when he wanted my help. Not lingering over each individual syllable: Guh-bree-elle, but a rushed, quick whisper, each syllable scrunched into the next. It was a conspiratorial beckon, an inside joke—delivered in a stage…

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What It’s Like on an Advertising Shoot

On a Saturday afternoon at the end of April, I posted a photo to my Instagram of me sipping champagne in business class, on my way to an advertising photo shoot in Vancouver. Obnoxious? Yes. Strategically selected? Absolutely. In fact, if you follow me on Instagram, you’d have seen a smattering of photos posted over…

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Everyone is Welcome in LA

With the U.S. currently gaffe-ing about matters both diplomatic and domestic, it’s little wonder the sentiment outside of the States is so wary—especially when it comes to booking travel. But count on California to do something to change that. I love this colorful, bright-eyed ad from LA Tourism, that both says and shows that #everyoneiswelcome. And to be honest—since we’ve acknowledged the population is so varied, I’d love to see such a diverse cast in a “normal” ad too. #goals