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My Travel Quirks

January 31, 2014
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My Travel Quirks

I freely admit I’m a bit of a nerd. When it comes to travel, there are certain things outside of typical travelers’ behavior I do that I ordinarily wouldn’t admit. Not that they’re illegal or particularly embarrassing; I just fell into a habit of doing them whenever I go abroad and don’t really think...
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Things I Learned from Traveling in 2013

January 15, 2014
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Things I Learned from Traveling in 2013

This past year has taken me across the globe, off the map, and back home again. From a stressful beginning in San Francisco to a whirlwind tour of Peru, I’ve had opportunities for adventure that I try to appreciate with every in breath and out breath. When I started 2013, I was beyond burnt...
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Lost Potential

January 4, 2014
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Do you know what the scariest thing is? To not know your place in this world, to not know why you’re here. That’s just an awful feeling. Sometimes I feel particularly despondent hearing stories of success. Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in college. Steve Jobs had his own company before he was thirty. Kerouac belted...
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Times I’ve Felt Like An Outsider

November 15, 2013
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Times I’ve Felt Like An Outsider

“You know the worst part of traveling? And I don’t talk about this much. Maybe never. But, God knows, it’s always in my mind. The worst part is when you run into people with closed-minds, or minds that only open for the familiar, which is basically the same thing.” – Loco in Yokohama, Baye...
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Untethered Travel

September 27, 2013
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Untethered Travel

Being without a cell phone in Korea for the first time made me feel rather strange. I wasn’t experiencing phantom rings, nor was I really lacking in communication on my way out. If I had to describe it morbidly, it would be the way an amputee can still sense a missing limb; you know...
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Tourists, How do you do it in 7 Days?

September 8, 2013
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Tourists, How do you do it in 7 Days?

Maybe I’m spoiled, but I just don’t get it. I’ve only spent a week in Peru, 2-3 days of which I was violently ill. The others were used to acclimate, search for restaurants, markets, cafes, etc. At the 7-day mark, I’m far from comfortable. And that’s ok. That’s expected. Because though I’ve had my...
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Relinquishing your Rights

August 30, 2013
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Although I’m hardly a germaphobe, I still get squeamish when in a confined space with someone who’s coughing. Not because I believe every little germ, virus, and cold is going to kill me, but simply because I hate being sick, to such a degree I hold people accountable for their illnesses. If you’re a...
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My Chopsticks Questions

August 9, 2013
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My Chopsticks Questions

There is one question in particular I dreaded, as a foreigner living in Japan. Although I had my share of “HELLO! HOW ARE YOU!”s and children’s fascination with my hair, I learned, in time, to brush most of these off in stride, chalking them up to general ignorance of other cultures and a basic...
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Why I’m Lucky

May 5, 2013
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Why I’m Lucky

We should all be so aware if just how miraculous life is, of just how special we are to be who we are, where we are, when we are. Some of our fortunes are of our own making, but many are just the lives we were born into. Some would give anything to be...
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Travel Wish List for 2013

May 2, 2013
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Travel Wish List for 2013

I suppose it’s a little late to be writing this in May, but as the weather in Texas is cold and rainy, you’re stuck listening to whatever bit of travel advice I can dish out. Mwah ha ha ha… ha. Tomorrow I should have a better sense of how I’m going to spend the...
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