Philosophy

My Seven Links

I was recently nominated by Steph at Twenty-Something Travel to take part in the Seven Links Project–and decided it would be a fun chance to look back at a few of my favorite posts. The goal of the Seven Links Project is to unite bloggers in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create […]

July 3, 2011 Continue reading…

Generation Y: travelers of taste?

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it, Rudyard Kipling once said. But perhaps we should add that the next condition is to taste it, to drink it. Food and travel are inextricably linked. You might be able to skip museums or avoid much interaction with locals, but at some point, […]

June 28, 2011 Continue reading…

I believe in

I believe in libraries and secondhand book stores. I believe that travelling with someone can make or break a relationship. I believe in compromise. I believe that every person should have a passport, and that they should use it. I believe in taking risks. I believe in waking up with natural light, not an alarm […]

June 25, 2011 Continue reading…

Living abroad: it’s a hard-knock expat life

Some see the glass as half full, others see it as half empty…you see it and think, “let’s pour out the water and fill it with beer!” That was what the birthday card my grandma sent me said–and as I waver between my general optimism and a biting dose of realism, I’m tempted to just […]

June 21, 2011 Continue reading…

My list of little expat joys

It may have been my dirty little travel secret, but now it’s out in the open that I prefer being an expat to being a traveler. I like being a regular. I like sleeping in my own bed. I like having a steady paycheck. It’s not exactly glamorous–when people ask me what I’m doing, I usually […]

June 18, 2011 Continue reading…

Experience, travel: these are as education in themselves

It’s graduation season in America: many of my friends are donning a cap and gown again to receive their masters degrees or teaching credentials. While I may not be putting a few more letters after my name, I feel like my last two years of international work and travel have been an incredibly valuable education. […]

May 28, 2011 Continue reading…

The value of unplugging and an iPhone-less life

It’s crazy to think how quickly technology has changed our lives, and the rapid pace with which it continues to do so. Remember going to video rental stores: the suspense of not knowing if your choice would even be in stock?  Even better, remember when you had to rewind? Remember those days before GPS and iPhones, […]

May 21, 2011 Continue reading…