Traveling with an American Passport in the Trump Era

We all carry our identities with us when we travel. How do we reconcile the baggage that comes along with them? In this essay, I talk about the best and worst parts of being an American and how they come together to shape my experiences as I travel.

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Looking back on 2018

It’s a wrap on 2018; looking back on the incredible year it’s been.

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From Cityscapes to Landscapes – A Summer in Nature

I had a dream when I was in my late teens. That I would live in the mother of all cities: New York City. When I finally arrived there for graduate school in 2008, it was exactly as I had imagined it. A city whose sights and sounds never faded at any time of the…

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Letter to my 20-year old self

what would you tell your 20 year old self based on what you know now?

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Outside in – Perspective of a Perennial Outsider

read the mind of someone who is always an outsider.

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Love in times of travel

Who are you when you travel? Are you the same person you are at home? Probably not. Do those who travel well together also make the best partners in life? Maybe, maybe not. This is a story about two people who are trying to figure out life at home and why it was different from…

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the first rain – spirituality in bali

At long last the opaque gray skies have parted, massaging the parched and boiling earth with gentle droplets. The air that was laden with the weight of the world, is finally relieved of its burden. It uses its new freedom to orchestrate a dance of the trees, as they sensually sway to a rhythm. A rhythm unknowable to…

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