If one could be punished for “blog neglect”, I would obviously be in a decent amount of trouble. Luckily we live in a world where people post so much drivel on the internet that you can start and stop projects as you please (particularly if they’re online), and nobody really notices. I like that. Clearly […]

Really?! Three and a half months gone just like that? That’s it? How does life do this? Twenty minutes ago I was in Bangkok trying to ignore the rivulets of sweat making their way down my back, scavenging street food stalls down diesel-perfumed alleys, stepping over mangey street dogs and piles of trash. And now […]

As the days left in my trip abroad drop from double digits into the singles, I am slipping into a new phase of my travel, and embodying a decidedly different mindset than the one I've carried for months now. I'm no longer reading travel blogs and researching cities online, tracing my fingers along maps, inventing […]

I have a confession to make. It’s something that I’ve been resisting for days, a reality that I’ve been pushing to the side, like a stranger who keeps walking past me but with whom I’ve refused to make eye contact. This reality finally came to an undeniable pinnacle when I landed in Kuala Lumpur last […]

Oh yeah, hey Blog. How are we, besides feeling a little abandoned? It’s been a while since I last posted. And honestly it’s been a while since I sat down in front of a meal and whipped out my trusty iPhone to obsessively photograph my food from three separate angles before enjoying it. Old habits […]

I have always believed that cities are great for teaching people lessons. When you’re trying to avoid a shoulder check while walking in a crowd, finding a way to Tetris yourself onto the train that’s nearly leaving the platform, or locating the closest public restroom before you have a curry accident in your pants, cities […]

Ok, Lao food is officially blowing my mind. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve been in flavor heaven all 4 weeks of my trip so far, but Laos is something different. Since arriving in Luang Prabang for the second time this month, and this time around spending more time doing much less, I have had […]

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