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December 2010

Coolest places to stay in Europe

I've stayed in my share of places while traveling: hotels, hostels, apartments, guest bedrooms, a friend's couch, a stranger's couch. I've had good experiences and I've had bad experiences. Most of the time I'm just looking for reasonably clean,...
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A year of whim and wanderlust

I was supposed to spend New Year's Eve 2010 on the beaches of Honolulu. Then I broke up with my boyfriend a few days before Christmas, endured the nightmare of cancelling an extremely expensive and non-refundable flight, and booked a cheap flight to...
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Postcard from Montmartre

I've never been in love with Montmartre--mostly because so many other tourists are. I prefer the charming, still-almost-undiscovered Marais or at least the much more central Saint-Germain-des-Prés. But the last time I was in Paris, I went off the sex...
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Behind the photography

While I’ve never considered myself a photographer, I’ve always loved taking pictures. For the most part, I’ve documented my social life through photos: from a disposable Kodak for middle school field trips to borrowing my dad’s digital camera for...
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An around-the-world address book

When I was 4 years old, my mom agreed to host a French teenager for the summer through our local Chamber of Commerce. However, 18-year-old Sebastien wasn’t as keen as the rest of the students to visit California: he had recently fallen in love with a...
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Postcard from Antibes

Antibes is one of my favorite neighboring towns to Nice: a glorious sandy beach, a foie gras sandwich shop, a row of amazing yachts to wander. Friends and I loved hopping on the train to spend a sunny afternoon strolling through town and then setting...
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The storage unit conundrum

It’s easy to act all hoity-toity on here, shunning the conventional lifestyle in our materialism-driven society. I can proudly point to my well-worn (bordering on shabby) backpack and suitcase, my repeated outfits, my thrown-away store credit...
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Postcard from Maui

My mom loves France, my dad's favorite destination (before my mom introduced him to France) is Hawaii. This means that I have lucked out in the family vacation department for the last few years. I returned home to spend Thanksgiving on Maui and was...
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Ambition shouldn’t be a dirty word

A ex-boyfriend's mother once told him we would never last because I was too ambitious. At the time, I was young(er), in love and honestly offended. Wasn't ambitious supposed to be a compliment? At the time, I equated ambition with a successful...
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The down under edition

While cleaning out my inbox a few days ago, I found an email from January 2010 where my dad innocently inquired what the heck I was doing with my life. This was my response: 2316...
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