Funky in Seattle

Funky in Seattle

Photos of the lovely Seattle

14 Photos of Montenegro That Will Make You Want to Visit

14 Photos of Montenegro That Will Make You Want to Visit

A week before my Balkan road trip I sat in a meeting. I didn’t know the man sitting across from me. I didn’t know his name or his official job title, but I knew he outranked me because of the way he carried himself. We scoffed at the latest news about Trump shoving the prime minister […]

Friends to Cuba- Actually, Friends to Cubans

Friends to Cuba- Actually, Friends to Cubans

If loving Cuba is wrong, then I don’t want to be right. What I especially loved about it were it’s normal, everyday, working class people and the families of the slums. I visited Cuba legally, and hesitated to publish what I learned because of the icy relations of the past that have yet again been […]

Vancouver Island & Telegraph Cove

Vancouver Island & Telegraph Cove

∴Mountain Ranges & Sunshine∴ There’s something about the way the light shines on Vancouver Island. Even the weeds on the side of the road are beautiful. The green that hits you when you step off of the ferry is unreal. The island is roughly the size of Honshu, the main island of Japan—pretty big for […]

It’s Complicated in Fes, Morocco

It’s Complicated in Fes, Morocco

Imagine going somewhere so different that it would be difficult to explain what you learned when you got back home. That type of complication and pleasant type of bewilderment is exactly what followed me home from Fes. I’d been blabbing about going to Morocco for a while. You can read all about my love for tagines […]

Authenticity in Costa Rica

Authenticity in Costa Rica

This is where this story began; it was hard not to miss the burning forest outside of Liberia. When the Spanish claimed “Costa Rica” they named it after the RICH land they saw. Mixed research indicates that in the 1940’s 75% of Costa Rica was forested. Suprise As of today 20,000 acres of land is deforested annually. Now, while […]

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Making an unexpected friend on the way to the Blue City of Northern Africa.

My Road Trip Through Japan

My Road Trip Through Japan

Honshu, the main island of Japan, is the place where the land shakes. It’s the cold wet you feel on your skin as you drive through a mountain cloud. It’s the vast expanse of the volcanic plateau stretching into gold and beige haze that seems to stretch into eternity.  The past is what I felt […]

Japan: Photographing Wild Snow Monkeys, My Favorite Thing I’ve Ever Done

Japan: Photographing Wild Snow Monkeys, My Favorite Thing I’ve Ever Done

       I first heard about the adorable Japanese Snow Macaques on the likes of a PBS nature documentary called “Hot Springs for Snow Monkeys in Hell’s Valley”. I didn’t care how, or when, but I knew that I had to see them. Period. The type of against-all odds statistics that usually rear their ugly heads in […]

Bogota, Colombia : The Most Interesting Things I Learned (Part 1)

Bogota, Colombia : The Most Interesting Things I Learned (Part 1)

This is the face that your friends and family might make when you tell them that you are visiting Colombia.  And then you might get questions like: “Are you sure?”, “Will you be safe?”  This is what made me realize how out of touch with current events and reality we are truly capable of.  We can […]

Scratching the Surface in Oaxaca City

Scratching the Surface in Oaxaca City

In our modern urban lives we search for the latest cuisine hot-spots across American & European cities. On Friday nights we settle in to the hippest cantinas for tapas and  music. It’s exhausting to keep up with the latest trends as  the new continuously turns over. What happens when trendy is incredibly Old- World, relatively  unknown, & authentic? […]

Cultural Foraging in Zipolite, Mexico

Cultural Foraging in Zipolite, Mexico

Zipolite– it feels like it’s at the end of the earth.   Zipolite (pronounced Zip-oh-lee-ta) took a creative combination of four flights to get to. I had no idea what rural Mexico might actually be like and felt truely delighted to discover something new for myself. After 3 flights we landed in  Huatulco and rented a car (yes you […]

Seal Pups, Anxiety Dogs For Cheetahs, Border Patrol Agents, and Sunsets in San Diego

Seal Pups, Anxiety Dogs For Cheetahs, Border Patrol Agents, and Sunsets in San Diego

This is a hard post because everything about SoCal is SoStereotypical. It’s hard to find a story in a place that’s so frequently filled the pages of history– a place where EVERYONE has been. Scouts honor– I promise to STEER CLEAR of the typical blah blah blah in this post.Here’s my storyteller’s attempt at throwing something […]

An Earth Shaking Experience in Mexico City

An Earth Shaking Experience in Mexico City

After a long year, full of my happiest times to date, and my most earth shaking times I have decided to shake off the dust on my publishing roots and get back to the grindstone. I was searching for some divine inspiration when an unlikely candidate encouraged me to continue my writing. So—today—I continue sharing […]