Life

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…

What Mimi taught me about traveling

My grandmother is easily one of my favorite people to share a drink with: whether it’s a glass of pink champagne or a can of Budweiser, Mimi is always a wealth of stories and laughs. She’s easily the nicest person I know, is a talented (and persistent) gardener, and makes the best chocolate chip cookies […]

February 5, 2012 Continue reading…

The wise words of Kurt Nordstrom

Remember that quote about how you’ll forget your nights out in college, but you won’t forget who you spent them with? I think the same thing also applies to your classes: I might not remember the key terms in social psychology or the exact format of a press release, but I do remember the professors […]

January 20, 2012 Continue reading…

What I’m going to do more of in 2012

I take new year’s resolutions very seriously: I used to tape up my index card of the things I most wanted to change on my mirror, so that I would see it every day. Since I’ve been traveling, I carry them around with me in my wallet. It’s a written reminder to hold myself accountable, […]

December 28, 2011 Continue reading…

Christine’s ABCs of travel

I’ll be offline–and sans chargers and my straightener!–this week as I camp across the Australian Outback with Nullarbor Traveller. Learn a bit more about my favorite travel memories while I’m gone, and forgive any delays in responding to comments, tweets or emails.  A: Age you went on your first international trip: 11 years old. I […]

December 19, 2011 Continue reading…

The sacrifices of solo travel

I always get a pang of envy when I see someone rubbing sunscreen on a partner’s back. It’s a simple gesture of intimacy, trust, utility. It’s a reminder that not only am I alone, I will also have a splotchy and sunburned upper back in a few hours from the spots that are just impossible […]

December 5, 2011 Continue reading…

#4: Skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef at Mission Beach

“Well, it’s not like you ever hear about people coming down and saying, that was awful, I absolutely hated it, right? And you’re bloody here, so you know you’re going to do it. What’s the point of being nervous?” Those were the kind words of comfort I offered to the muscled, tattooed English man who […]

November 21, 2011 Continue reading…