Reality Czech? : Musings from Prague

With summer winding down and the fall approaching, I can’t help but feel a little wistful. Seems like the perfect time to share a throwback post on wishful thinking. March, 2009 — Prague, Czech Republic I’ve been making a lot of wishes lately. I think it’s something that happens when you travel—traveling brings out the…

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The Adventure Begins: Turbo, Colombia

If you hate sleeping in hammocks, the San Blas islands are probably not for you. If you hate traveling by boat, the islands are probably not your jam. If you hate drinking games, meeting new people, bonfires, snorkeling, or fine white sand, you are likely going to hate the San Blas islands. Luckily for you,…

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Travel Inspiration: The King Center in Photos

This past weekend in Atlanta we finally made it to the King Center (formally: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change). Living in the South has been such an eye-opening experience for me. Atlanta is very progressive for the cities down here, but along the roads from one city to the next, you can…

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Terezin, and all it meant

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. In honor of it, I wanted to share a look back at my visit to Theresienstadt Concentration Camp and what it taught me. Terezin, Czech Republic – 2009 I grew up without exposure to the Jewish community. I spent kindergarten through high school in Catholic schools, the first with a predominantly…

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People to People: A Few Days in Paris

  After the French foodporn I posted earlier this week, it only made sense for this week’s #throwback blog post to be a travel essay about Paris. Enjoy! Paris, France—April 2009 Paris. There’s no other city like it. My goal for Paris was not just be a tourist. Did I want to see the Eiffel Tower?…

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St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, GA

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Atlanta is cold and rainy today, but last year I was lucky enough to be in Savannah, GA to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It’s an unlikely hotspot for the Irish holiday, with one of the largest (rumor has, second-largest!) parades in the country. The crowds and the energy were similar to…

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A Look Back at Amsterdam

Insanely, this is the five-year anniversary of my departure to the Netherlands—what began a blissful, highly educational study abroad period that showed me a wide swath of Europe, gave me some new friends to treasure, and exposed me to an array of culture, history, and art. (Hey, Holland is the Original Cool, remember?) I try…

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Memories of Samar: Typhoon Relief for the Philippines

Three years ago, I sat on a rooftop in Catbalogan, Samar, with my grandmother and her sister, singing a karaoke song about a place you go when times are rough and the people who can help you move forward. Back then, I was a backpacker on an expat adventure, stopping in the Philippines to meet my extended…

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Bangkok: The Frenemy City

In honor of the Loy Krathong festival (one of my favorite things from our time in Thailand), a throwback blog post remembering my fraught relationship with Bangkok. Bangkok, Thailand: November 2010 Bangkok and I have not been friends. I have lived in this country lo these two months, and still we  squabble bitterly. By now…

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Best Birthday Ever: Tiger Temple

With my birthday just a week away, I can’t help but remember what was possibly the best birthday present I’ve ever gotten… Samut Sakhon, Thailand: October 2010 A few weeks ago (okay, well, this post is seriously belated, so make that one month ago**), David started asking me what I wanted for my birthday. I…

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