Fête de la Musique

Let’s say you’re in Paris, and it’s the first day of summer. It’s the longest day of the year, it’s June 21, it’s Fête de la Musique. Where do you go? What do you do? Maybe you head down to the banks of the Seine. Left Bank, Right Bank; Pont Neuf, Pont Marie — doesn’t […]

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.