Red, White, and Bleu

There’s something about living abroad that makes for the best 4th of July celebrations. Even though I’m not the most patriotic American, and have no plans on returning to the States, there’s one day a year I still celebrate the country of my birth, and all the opportunities I’ve been afforded because of it. After […]

Life in Shanghai: June 2015

My monthly wrap-ups are for me to share personal tidbits — the little things that make up my life abroad; stories and photos which may not otherwise see the light of blogging day. See previous months here. “What is this?” You may be asking yourself. “Why am I looking at a June recap? Aren’t we closer […]

Travel Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: 21 Lessons from 21 Countries

If there’s one thing every travel blogger loves to talk about on the internet, it’s that solo travel is marvelous and made of puppy tears and will cure your long-standing eczema. In principle, I support solo travel. It’s definitely something I think everyone should try at least once. But personally, it’s not for me. As […]

Worth the wait: Highlights from Japan

For the longest time, I’ve wanted to visit Japan. And for the longest time, I’ve told myself to wait. I did not want to do Japan on a shoestring, I did not want to go as a backpacker; I wanted to wait until I felt it was the “right time” — whenever that was and whatever that […]

Life on the Move: May 2015

My monthly wrap-ups are for me to share personal tidbits — the little things that make up my life abroad; stories and photos which may not otherwise see the light of blogging day. See previous months here.  Well it’s safe to say, this might have been one of my biggest months yet. Huge turning points all […]

Travel in Europe: Have you considered Azerbaijan?

If you’re not like me and chasing every event on the international sports circuit from here till 2020, you might not be aware that today marks 30 days to go until the first-ever European Games. (Imagine the Pan-American Games, but for Europe; or the Olympics without five continents.) The inaugural event will be held in […]

Instagrammed: Hello, Philippines!

Somewhere in the past few years, the Philippines ended up on my EVENTUALLY list. You know the one: the list of places you know you’ll eventually see, restaurants you’ll eventually visit, chores you’ll eventually get to — things you put off because hey, they’re not going anywhere. So you never get around to them. (Cough, […]

Life in Shanghai: April 2015

April was yet another solid month in Shanghai: the arrival of spring, coupled with two trips, one concert, and having the coolest honor bestowed upon me by a bartender yet found me in a pretty happy place. Read on! For previous monthly recaps, check ’em out here. Jason Mraz: Kicking off the month was this guy: […]

Anatomy of a Bondi Beach sunrise

There are few things worth waking up at the ungodly hour of 5 am. Flights, for sure. To watch an Olympic final, absolutely. A large plate of bacon? Definitely. And especially for me: catching the sunrise in a foreign city. It’s a risky wager; I once spent two hours traveling and sitting in wait to […]

Sydney Coastal Walk: A boogie down to Coogee

For as much as people talk about this trail, ‘Sydney Coastal Walk’ seems to be a bit of a misnomer. Located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, the walk actually runs from Bondi to Coogee — but understandably then the full name of the walk can get to be a mouthful. Likewise, to say we ‘boogied’ […]

So this is Australian wine country…

On the great booze divide, I’m very much in the beer camp. I’ll take a good stout or blanche over a glass of wine any day. If I’m going to be really honest? I generally can’t tell a bottle of $40 wine from a bottle worth $4. I get nervous when waiters ask me to […]

Floating over Melbourne by hot air balloon

Is there any better way to see a city than from above? I love sunrises and I love heights. So naturally, while in Melbourne, a hot air balloon ride over the city was in order. It’s worth the 4:30 call time. If you get cold, volunteer to help set the balloon on fire. That amount […]

Instagrammed: Sochi 2014

Today marks a year since the 2014 Winter Olympics began in Sochi, Russia. I never got to write about it at the time because, well, I was busy covering an Olympics. You’re lucky if you get time to eat or sleep at these things, forget the personal blogging. It was my second Olympics (the first one […]

New Year’s Eve from the best seats in Sydney

For someone who loves New Year’s Eve as much as I do, being invited to a private party, in Sydney, right next to Harbour Bridge — that’s equivalent to, say, giving a teenage boy front-row seats to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. I was pretty pumped. Apocalyptic downtown Sydney, four hours before midnight Originally, I’d planned to […]