What I Learned in Kuala Lumpur

By | July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Asia|

Seeing what's happening in the world from my safe and cozy vacation bubble is not easy. Admittedly I'm somewhat of a news junkie, so only seeing snippits online makes me feel somewhat disconnected....not always such [...]


By | July 26th, 2016|Categories: Asia|

It seemed easy enough to get there. It seemed simple to get in. It seemed small enough to see everything in two days. So why was I a bit nervous? Perhaps because I didn't know [...]

Southern Vietnam

By | July 11th, 2016|Categories: Asia|

When I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) I waited for a piano to fall on me or to be eaten by a polar bear. The previous two stops in Vietnam, while interesting and [...]

Central Vietnam

By | July 6th, 2016|Categories: Asia|

After my slight funk in Hanoi, I was quite happy to fly to Central Vietnam for a new vibe and new things to do. An hour flight to Danang and I was on my way [...]

Northern Vietnam

By | June 29th, 2016|Categories: Asia|

When I walked out of the airport terminal, I choked. I literally choked on how thick the air was. My driver laughed. He had probably seen it happen a thousand times. I had been through [...]

Chiang Mai

By | June 19th, 2016|Categories: Asia|

Over fifteen years ago, my boyfriend and I wanted desperately to get out of our home town and thought that jumping on the teach-English-overseas-bandwagon, which was all the rage at the time, was the answer. We wanted [...]


By | June 10th, 2016|Categories: Asia|

When my three-day visit to Bangkok turned into only two, I wasn't too upset since I had fairly low expectations going in. I love city life and culture and history and people-watching, but for some [...]

The storm before the calm….

By | June 5th, 2016|Categories: Perspectives|

A few people said to me recently that when a trip starts off badly it means that the rest of it will be fabulous. I think those same people believe that rain on a wedding [...]


By | December 30th, 2015|Categories: Central America|

It's sometimes hard to reconcile the double life that I live - part responsible adult, scholar, teacher, home owner, consummate list maker, and perpetual bill payer contrasted with the other part of me, the me I [...]

Do What Scares You

By | November 1st, 2015|Categories: Perspectives|

We’re all afraid of something even if we’re too afraid to admit it, which by proxy means we are afraid. I can admit that my list of fears includes both the rational and the somewhat irrational. I’m [...]