Life

Because it’s commencement speech season

I don’t remember a word of what was said at my college graduation. I had been at the bar drinking Bloody Mary’s since 6 a.m., was force-feeding water to my friend passed out on my shoulder, the sun was blazing and I just wanted President Zingg to pronounce my name correctly as I walked across […]

May 18, 2012 Continue reading…

Playing the dating-while-traveling game

In the beginning, travel blogging is sexy. I tell guys I’m a freelance writer who speaks French, traveled through Asia by myself, lived in Australia and they’ll buy drinks just to listen to the stories. I’m deliberately vague about my future plans. It ups the “hard-to-get” factor, increases the speed of the chase: without the […]

May 4, 2012 Continue reading…

A Gemini traveler: the girl who can’t sit still

Versatility is a great keyword for this dual sign. Expressive and quick-witted, the Gemini presents two distinctive sides to her personality, and you can never be sure with which one you’re going to come face-to-face. On one hand, the Gemini can be outgoing, flirtatious, communicative, and ready for fun, fun, fun. Yet when the other […]

April 16, 2012 Continue reading…

Two years of living the dream

Two years ago today, I walked out of my stable, secure, sure-to-lead-to-success job in high-tech PR in Silicon Valley for the last time. A six-month stint in France was my proposed cure for a broken heart and stalled life, and I have to admit: it worked. Living in France and exploring Europe was a dream, […]

April 2, 2012 Continue reading…

This is your life.

I get a little uncomfortable when people tell me they’re jealous of my life or that they’re really impressed by what I’m doing: as far as I’m concerned, all I’m doing is living life, no matter where in the world I happen to be. I’m very happy with the life I’m living, and I’m very […]

March 18, 2012 Continue reading…

California, I’m coming home

At a dinner with other travel bloggers and long-term travelers in Chiang Mai, someone asked what we all disliked most about home. Complaints flew about the bleak weather, the loud politics, the close-minded attitudes. I sat silent, instead thinking of all that I love and miss about my home state of California. The stifling dry […]

March 16, 2012 Continue reading…

The reward of breaking the rules

For the most part, I have always been a rule follower. I am the daughter of a former FBI agent—I was bound to be brought up with clear definitions of right and wrong. Even during a particularly rebellious streak in high school, I still managed to earn good grades, hold a part-time job and never […]

March 2, 2012 Continue reading…