First thing’s first, Merriam-Webster has this to say about doors:/dôr/ 1. A usually swinging or sliding barrier by which an entry is closed and opened 2. A means of access or participationThe first known use of the word door is from the 12th century.Door in Finnish: ovi In French: la porte In German: tur In Hungarian: ajtó In Icelandic: dyrnar In Japanese: doa In Mongolian: … Continue reading I Have This Thing With Doors
Contrary to the title of my blog, I probably am lost, but I’m also exploring. I always find my way eventually, and when it’s actually important I look up directions before I go. But so often, especially when I’m traveling, getting lost is half the fun. When I was in Seoul I followed something shiny down a side street and ended up drinking dandelion tea … Continue reading Looking like I know where I’m going (sometimes)
New year, new me? Unlikely. New year, better me? Yea, I think I can manage that. First up, stop procrastinating on things like writing. I’ve been sitting on tidbits and half written stories for months. I just never got around to finishing. I’m finally finishing them now. At first I thought, why bother with months-old travel stories; no one wants to read about a trip … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions..kinda
GoAbroad.com is a website that aims to link travelers to quality, meaningful travel experiences. They provide program ideas and resources to travelers looking for opportunities to study, volunteer, work, adventure, and teach abroad. Twice a year the lovely people at GoAbroad put on a Writer’s Academy. As a member of the most recent cohort, I’ve been honing my travel writing skills and learning about things … Continue reading I’ve been writing, just not here
Well this one took forever to write… Layovers can be unpleasant, making an already long trip even longer. My layovers are never long enough to leave the airport and see the city. On our way home from Sri Lanka, however, we had a 14 hour layover in Dubai, giving us plenty of time to see the city. Dubai is the largest of the 7 emirates … Continue reading A 14 hour layover in Dubai
I left New York on Saturday, May 28, 2016. That was a year ago. A YEAR! I was never really homesick (except maybe for bagels), which tells me leaving New York was the right choice. I don’t regret any of it. Even when things don’t go the way I want, I’m still glad I took a chance and started this adventure. Sure I could have … Continue reading 365 Days
I entered a contest called Around the World in 80 Pages, hosted by Navigator Paper. They chose my story as a finalist! 80 finalists were chosen out of over 1300 entries. My story is going to be published in a book, and I can still win a prize. Here’s the story I submitted, about the time I bought cookies from a convent of cloistered nuns … Continue reading Secret Cookie Selling Nuns
There’s a first time for everything I guess. Aside from a pinky toe, which I don’t really think counts, I’ve never broken a bone. Now I have a broken foot, and my first ever cast and crutches. After a great time tubing on a river, the klutz that I am slipped on the river bank. I thought I just rolled my ankle like I’ve done dozens of … Continue reading I broke my first bone and got my first cast!
Written from the ancient steps of an ancient temple, while watching the steady flow of people and waiting for the sun to set. There was a really cheesy Nia Vardalous rom com called My Life in Ruins. She plays a tour guide in Greece. The movie isn’t amazing, but there’s a part I’ve always liked. When she’s standing with her tour group at the Acropolis … Continue reading Sunset and Why I Love History
Yup, you read that right. Ok, it’s not that new. I got it in August. I had been thinking about this for a while. I thought I would wait until a milestone, like my 30th birthday. Then I quit my job and came to Thailand. I was taking this chance, embarking on a new adventure. I realized this birthday, my 28th, would be the first … Continue reading I got a tattoo!
This one got kinda long….oops. Traveling with my brother made me realize that I hadn’t traveled with a buddy in a while. When I was getting ready to go to Italy for 10 days by myself some people asked me why I would want to go alone. Why not?! If I always wait for someone who wants to come along I’ll never go anywhere. There … Continue reading Traveling Solo
This weekend marks three months in Thailand. I left at the end of May and now August is coming to a close. The summer is actually over, although it seems like Thailand hangs on to hot and humid for a long time. I miss having my own room, not living out of a backpack, and a life without a daily dose of bug spray. I … Continue reading Not quite homesick but missing it a bit