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January 2013

Postcard from the High Line

While I feel like I'm constantly walking in Manhattan--darting through crowded sidewalks, trudging up stairs, ambling along the streets lined with shops--I rarely feel like I have a chance to stroll. Everyone in New York City has a purpose, a place...
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Six reasons to stay at the Surfcomber

I'm usually pretty low-key when it comes to accommodation while traveling: all I need is a bed to crash on, a place to keep my things and a location that's convenient to touristy sites and public transportation. I tend to save on where I stay and...
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Happy Australia Day!

It's Australia Day! Please commence eating Vegemite now. Whether you want to do a Working Holiday, volunteer abroad or simply take a long vacation: Australia is an incredible place to do it. I met some of the best people, created some...
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Postcard from the Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge has quickly become one of my favorite "touristy" spots in New York City. It's the perfect vantage point for a beautiful sunset, a relaxing walk on a sunny day or just a nice way to get from Brooklyn to downtown...
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The expat dilemma: saving for or spending on travel

As soon as I move somewhere, I start wrestling with the inevitable financial balancing act. A step beyond the work to live or live to work dilemma, it's the struggle of living like a traveler or saving to travel. Should I be spending my weekends...
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Seeing Manhattan from the water: the Circle Line Cruise

My very first "housewarming" gift in New York City was a copy of The Best Things to Do in New York. It's been an awesome resource in an overwhelming city for the tried-and-true tourist spots, quirky festivals and neighborhoods that are worth a...
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Postcard from Dubrovnik

The New York Times recently posted The 46 Places to Go in 2013: the ultimate guide to this year's wanderlust. I've only been to six of the cities mentioned (I've got my work cut out for me this year!), but seeing Hvar Island mentioned immediately...
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A letter in an email.

Note: my friend Rex and I like to exchange "letters in an email" and the subject line here was: I need help. I wrote and sent this email on October 11, 2011. I recently found it in my archives and chuckled at how much--and how little--can change in a...
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You don’t have to go across the world to find yourself

I forget when exactly I learned the definition of equanimity--it was at some point on my travels--but I do remember thinking that I did not possess it. Equanimity is defined as mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a...
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Postcard from the swings

This is a little departure from my regular "postcard" posts, but, alas, my external hard drive is broken (with, you know, all of my photos since 2009--don't even offer any insight on the importance of backing things up as I assure I have already...
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