Dreams A girl can dream. I have, ever since my mother found me at age four digging a deep hole in our backyard and asked me if I was digging to China. “Yes, I am,” I answered, liking that idea. This morning this is my list: Take a bicycle tour of the Friesland region of … Read more
Isn’t it amazing how we humans always want what we don’t have and not what we do? It’s the reason for the invention of hair straighteners, plastic surgery and tanning salons. It surely plays a big part in the reason why we travel. We find our own little world unbearably dull and ordinary at times and so go off in search of some more exotic place.
Having lived and taught English in South Korea for the last nine months, it’s difficult to put my experience into words. When I try to articulate what I’ve seen and done while teaching abroad, it never quite matches the beauty of the adventure I’m on. No matter what, I always seem to come up short. … Read more
The everyday delights of visiting a friend in a small village in Germany One of my favorite things about visiting friends abroad is getting to experience home life in their country. I love staying with my friend Rita and her family in Germany. German homes, neighborhoods, and food are so different than what I grew … Read more
When long-distance hiking gets personal, but not in the way you thought it would be The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of Saint James, is an ancient pilgrimage route following the path taken by Saint James, eventually ending in the cathedral that holds his tomb in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. “F@#$.” I said, feeling … Read more
At the gates of Pompeii, my views on tour guides were changed forever… I’m not sure where, but somewhere along the course of my life I’d acquired the notion that tours and guides were second-best when it came to ideal travel situations. The “true” traveler, I thought, forged their own path, not confining themselves to … Read more
We touch down on the runway at Chongqing’s airport and I glimpse at a heavy haze that weighs the city down. We disembark, gather our luggage from a sluggish carousel and greet our transfer host, Leila. She announces herself with an effervescent smile and a flirtatious spunk we haven’t encountered since landing in China over … Read more
Bosnia travel has brought me great joy, moments of reflection, and the courage that comes from venturing into unknown territory and finding treasures of culture, history, and natural beauty. Although it is easy to fly into main cities such as Mostar or Sarajevo, driving through the countryside is a peaceful and inspiring way to experience … Read more