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…

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…