Winter is heaving its final gusts of biting wind. Late February is homestretch territory. Sunny days begin to outnumber overcast ones. The thaw has not started yet, but its back is about to crack under the sun. Spotting a punchy ripe pomegranate in the grocery store from December through February reminds me of spring pleasures. … Continue reading The Pomegranate
It was a heavy book. I remember moving it to my dorm room from my parents’ house, but I don’t know which one of us had bought it in the first place. Before I owned it, I would look through it for hours and hours at the Barnes & Noble located at 500 S. … Continue reading The Birthday Book
This post is the first in a series of How-Tos on saving money, traveling, and realizing your biggest, juiciest, wildest dreams. Open The Door When someone finds out I quit my job last year and traveled the world for 6 months, the most common reaction is, “Holy shit, that is so cool!” The second comment … Continue reading So you want to quit your job and travel the world? Part I: How To Fund Your Trip
My Son Temple On the Saturday of our Weekend stay in Hoi An we decided to see the ancient temples of My Son, located near Hoi An. You pronounce “My” as in “mi.” So “mi son” is how you say it. In the morning a man came on motorbike and drove each of us to … Continue reading My Son Temple With The Browns
We left Rome on December 31st, 2017. Our time in Italy had come to a close. Like most of this trip, I haven’t had enough time to really process every new milestone or experience because the next flight awaits! I can say that when we left I knew I’d miss Italy as I always do. … Continue reading Leaving Europe for Asia
#1 It’s ok to be scared shitless. There were countless hours, days, and years I spent completely scared shitless in my 20s. Was I at the “right” college? Was I studying the “right” major? Was this guy, “the one”? Would I be poor forever? WTF am I doing with my life? The odd thing about … Continue reading The 20 Lessons I Learned In My Twenties.
Living in Italy we see refugees on a daily basis. They are hard at work all hours of the day – some have jobs at local businesses and others are selling trinkets outside popular tourist destinations, walking in the cold streets selling anything from Kleenex to toys, lighters, mittens and bracelets. While you eat a … Continue reading The refugee crisis in Italy and how we can help.