One Midnight in Paris

It was early August and things were not going well. I had just called off my engagement, the fingers on my left hand unused to feeling for a ring that was no longer there. Elsewhere, not one, but two people I considered my closest friends had broken my heart in totally different, though equally painful ways. […]

Endings and Beginnings

(I’m going to apologize in advance for the long read, but I felt I owed a proper explanation for my disappearance these past few months. I promise future posts will be shorter. And feature more food.) If there’s one thing I’ve learned this summer, it’s that nothing is for certain. Friendships. Relationships. Opinions. Circumstances. Doesn’t […]

Life in flux

The past week — and this month in general — has just left my head spinning. My stomach is constantly fluttering with so many butterflies I feel like a colony of caterpillars is crawling through my insides while I’m on a roller coaster going through airplane turbulence. It’s both exhilarating and annoying (really, there’s only […]

The kindness of Corsican strangers

“Did you know Corsica has the highest murder rate per capita in Europe?” I asked my roommate as I read up on Corsica the night before our trip. “Come on, don’t tell me these things,” she sighed. I continued reading the BBC article about the mafia and murder rates on the island. Diane looked as […]


Two weeks ago I was casually browsing airfares online, as I often do on a quiet Saturday night. Spring break was coming up, and with it two weeks off work, so I thought it was time I take a little solo trip and explore more of the continent. But as I looked at flight destinations, […]

Finding love abroad: Our story (and Paris engagement photos!)

In the summer of 2010, I was as single as could be. In fact, not only was I not dating, but I was actively avoiding anything resembling such. Over a year before, I’d sworn off relationships and promised myself I’d spend my 20s single so that I could focus solely on myself, my career, and my plans to […]

Chinese fruit smuggling and the bus ride from hell

While I’m in Baku for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, I thought it’d be fun to rework some posts from the old blog I kept during my time in China and publish them here. You get new posts, and I get to focus on football and stuffing my face with Azerbaijani food. Win-win. Today’s […]

An Expat Confession

On permanent expatriation, running away, and embarrassing photos from my life pre-travel.

Why I feel lucky to be American

Appreciating the USA: A first-generation American’s view.


A story told through the libraries of my life.