From Rice to Frites: Saying Bye to Asia

From Rice to Frites: Saying Bye to Asia

As I type this post, I feel rather reflective. It's easy to fall into the sap trap so I'll try my best not to do that. Processing this move is something I knew I'd have to do, but sitting down to write about it always makes it feel more real. Talk about a countdown: We're moving to BELGIUM [...]

Hong Kong: The World’s Most Visited City

Hong Kong: The World’s Most Visited City

Stunning views from the bottom up. Few big cities in Asia have made my heart flutter like Hong Kong. We couldn't have visited at a better time, either. It was cool, crisp weather and Chinese New Year festivities were under way. (I was so excited to wear a jacket!) It felt like the day before Christmas [...]

American Meets Belgian: Une Histoire D’Amour

American Meets Belgian: Une Histoire D’Amour

Being engaged is great. In fact, it's a sort of comfort and simultaneous excitement I didn't think possible. I once looked at my Facebook newsfeed in disbelief at how everyone I knew from elementary was getting married and having babies. Weren't we just graduating from college? Maybe you can relate to the feeling. It was [...]

A Twenty Something’s Tale: Faking and Making It In Paris

A Twenty Something’s Tale: Faking and Making It In Paris

Photo by Bertrand Bussac. At Palais-Royal. It wasn't the first time an American ventured to Paris with high hopes and romantic dreams. The poetic longing for the world’s most romantic, picturesque city brought more aspiring individuals to its door before than me. Nearly a year and a half ago, I left the City of Light [...]

The Bittersweet Bon-Voyage: The Coming and Goings of a Young Expat

The Bittersweet Bon-Voyage: The Coming and Goings of a Young Expat

Once my mom gave way to her sadness, my reaction was inevitable and overcame me like an immersive hot flash. The twitching feeling in my lips, the hot tears welling up and reddening cheeks. I turned away quickly before they could see me fray into a blubbering mess. I kept myself composed, said a simple [...]

Makassar: An American’s Culture Shock in Indonesia

Makassar: An American’s Culture Shock in Indonesia

They say home is where you make it (I wrote this originally in 2013. I've been back since then and must say a lot has changed in Makassar and that the general infrastructure of the city is much better.) Most humans are creatures of habit. When presented with the option, most of us will grab [...]

Bunaken

Bunaken

I've watched the years roll by in Spain, Italy, France and now Indonesia. I've been fortunate enough to travel every birthday since my 22nd. As luck would have it, this year continued the tradition of being away from home and getting to age adventurously. My 25th birthday weekend was heavenly and gave me more than [...]