In August of 2012, I found myself on a plane headed to Bogotá, Colombia. I was traveling alone and my level of Spanish fluency was equal to perhaps a six-month-old baby. A carousel of emotions rotated in my mind, mostly fear, as I left the familiarity of home and gravitated toward a new world. The... Continue Reading →
Four Important Life Lessons from a Lost Passport
Sometimes we learn valuable lessons when we least expect them. This is a short story of things I learned while traveling in Ulula del Río.
Useful Gear for Southeast Asia Travel
Southeast Asia. It's a pretty nifty part of our planet that deserves at least one visit in our lifetime. The nearest Southeast Asian airport from my house is in Manila, Philippines and it's roughly fourteen hours away by plane. Due to its not-so-close distance from here, appropriate planning is necessary before embarking on vacation there.... Continue Reading →
How to Drift in Tokyo
Here's a quick guide of some fun things to do in Tokyo 🙂
Around Zhangjiajie and Shanghai
Once upon a time, Jack and I found ourselves in Zhangjiajie..
Five Ways to Get Lost in Hong Kong
A handful of moons ago, my best friend Jack and I went to China. Well, depending on who to speak with, it wasn’t technically China. It was Hong Kong. At its origins, Hong Kong was a sleepy fishing village. Nowadays the city is at the epicenter of world trade. The Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong... Continue Reading →
Playing Fair in Cambodia
Once upon a time in Cambodia...
Bahts, Wats, and Feeling Krabi
Once upon a time in Southern Thailand...
Chapter One: Two Friends in Asia
There exist few books that I can say are a personal favorite, but some stick out in my often fleeting memory. Everything I Never Told You by Chelsea Ng, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, and Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez are three that I like to recommend friends in need... Continue Reading →
Redemption in Alicante
Author's note: This might have happened sometime a handful of years ago. Shades of violet began to spill upward into the sky. Rowed fields with the occasional farmhouse emerging out of nowhere became visible. On this ALSA passenger bus it was too early in the morning to hold a conversation with strangers, but... Continue Reading →
Hey, how’s it going? Did you get a haircut? We’ve met a few times but unless you’re regular of MuyBici stations, El Palmar, Esparragal, or various plazas that serve cheap coffee, you probably don’t remember me. I normally don’t write letters to cities, but today I’m in the mood to get some things... Continue Reading →
A Face in the Crowd
Do I smell popcorn? The muscles in my eyelids sputter a few flickers as my I search with my nostrils for the aroma of the lightly buttered snack that brings me back to those times when I would spend money at cinemas. The cracks and pops are making the emptiness beneath my winkled abdomen sing... Continue Reading →