House of Reciprocity

Stepping out into the sun, I cling to my scarf as a cold breeze sweeps dust into the air. Teeth chattering, goosebumps forming, I make my way up the cobblestone path and keep an eye out for the señora with the small tea stand. In the plaza, the church doors are open and people have…

La mitad del mundo

Nestled in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of the Pinchincha volcano, the city of Quito bubbles with energy. Streets are lined with fruit vendors and food stalls. Colorful fabrics spill out of corner stores, and sidewalks brim with locals and tourists alike.     To get a feel for the city, P…

Cthulhu drinking beer, $12 million, and so much green!

To celebrate the end of my first year of graduate school (wooooo!), P and I drove up to Vancouver for a couple of days. Highlights of the trip included two walking tours—one of downtown Vancouver and the other of Granville Island—a visit to Stanley Park, the Museum of Anthropology and the Museum of Vancouver, and…

Nathan Drake, a room full of Buddhas, and my first bribe!

  After a few days in Bangkok, we were off to Siem Reap. Traveling from Thailand to Cambodia by bus was mostly uneventful. It took about 12 hours from the time we left our hostel in Bangkok and arrived at our hostel in Siem Reap.While traveling overnight is a good way to save time, we…

Broken pavements, sketchy tuk-tuk rides, and some more humidity

**I will upload more photos once I find an SD card reader!** The real start of our South East Asia trip was in Bangkok, Thailand. We landed around midnight so weren’t able to catch the train that connects the airport to downtown Bangkok; instead we took a taxi to our hostel. Our driver tried to…

Humidity, Japanese retirees, and making a dent in that bucket list

After about two weeks of traveling the planets have finally aligned, and I find myself with both the time to write AND access to a half-decent computer with an internet connection. Woo-hoo! I’m currently in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam, enjoying a much-needed respite from the heat and humidity outside (I’m SO glad I got a keratin treatment done…

DIY Travel Journal

I’m putting together a travel journal for my upcoming trip to Southeast Asia. What do you think?

Och leuk a’m in Scotland!

Hi everyone! Last week my brother and I were in Edinburgh, Scotland and had such a great time! Turns out we were there during the annual Fringe Festival! It’s the largest arts festival in the world (last year alone the city saw over 40,000 performances), and usually lasts for the month of August. Types of shows…

(Quick update!)

. Currently in Edinburgh, Scotland! . Don’t have access to a computer . Next post will be up by this weekend! . Having a great time, Scots are some of the friendliest people I’ve met. . Made new friends at the hostel . Enjoying the wet and windy weather!

Brick Lane, Borough Market, and break-ins at Buckingham Palace

Hi everyone! I can’t believe I’ve finished my sixth day in London! At this rate the remaining 14 days are going to go by quickly! As short as this week has seemed however, my brother and I did get a lot of stuff done. On Wednesday I promised you guys I’d give you details on the things we’ve experienced…

Wait a minute, this isn’t South America…

Cheers from London! You’re probably a little confused. It’s okay! Totally understandable. All your questions will be answered right now: Are you really in London? Yes, I am! That’s cool I guess. But why are you adding stuff to this blog? I mean, isn’t this for your travels around South America? Even the name of your…

Los fines del mundo (finally)

I already know what you’re thinking, but you gotta believe me when I say this post was complete and ready to be published months ago. It had been sitting in my drafts folder, complete save for a paragraph or two, collecting pixelated dust as my laptop rotted on some shelf in the gloomy depths of…