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? […]

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 […]

Thai Town: Ditching the L.A. Tourist Scene

Thai Town: Ditching the L.A. Tourist Scene

Disclaimer: I will never be an L.A. kind of girl. I’m not even much of a (dare I say it?) beach kind of person. Que the Crickets. Recently I’ve expanded my horizons. I’ve permanently relocated to Colorado and as consequence I’m on a new.found.mission to explore the West. Needless to say when round trip airfare to […]

I Love Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia! Where Are They Again?

I Love Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia! Where Are They Again?

Sometimes I write about my adventures so that others may follow in my footsteps, tweek what I did and make their own adventures better. If only one person gets inspired from my shares, it’s totally worth it. Realistically speaking this is not one of those times. This is totally different. You can take my advice […]

10 Reasons to Hush and Visit Russia

10 Reasons to Hush and Visit Russia

Birds are singing. Architecture from centuries past brightly reflects in the green tinted street puddles. Cars rev and whiz by, then I turn the corner into a quiet, undiscovered square and marvel at its grandeur. It’s quiet. Grandmothers in headscarves scramble past. High-heeled young women walk the uneven streets with the confidence of supermodels. I […]

Every Square Inch

Every Square Inch

                                       I’m sitting on top of a mountain, miles away from anyone– and I realize that all that really matters– are relationships with other people, and our own limited perspective of the world around us. And all […]

My Experience at Auschwitz Concentration Camp: An Evil Like No Other

My Experience at Auschwitz Concentration Camp: An Evil Like No Other

To be honest, I had initial hesitancy about publishing this post. This experience haunted me–so much so– that I was hesitant to even publish an online article about my experience. How could words even begin to express such atrocity, such evil, such hate? How could I ever verbalize my disgust and astonishment about what I […]

At the Top of the World Without A Plan: Hunting the Northern Lights

At the Top of the World Without A Plan: Hunting the Northern Lights

Her tattooed fingers with black nail polish clipped away at the keyboard. The Norsk receptionist looked up and greeted us with a warm smile as we whisked into the hotel lobby out of the frigid arctic blast. I let out a breath of relief; we’d made it– 218 miles north of the Arctic Circle– to […]

Reality Check in Krakow Poland

Reality Check in Krakow Poland

It all began last year when my husband and I became obsessed with trying to figure out a way to get to Prague. All year we’ve watched flight prices rise and fall; we knew that if we could get to the continent of Europe that we could train it to the golden city. Needless to […]