Five years on: How I moved abroad after college and built a career through travel

This week marks the five-year anniversary of my college graduation. FIVE years! Well I. feel. old. When I graduated from the Class of 2010, I was 20 years old, had $700 to my name — and zero clue what to do next. This is the story of how in the five years since, I’ve lived in […]

In Photos: London 2012 Closing Ceremony

Tonight I bring a close to my posts on London 2012. There’s much more I could say about the Olympics and my experience, but for a few reasons I’m going to stop here — besides, I want to get back to writing about travel and expat life. So here’s my look at the Closing Ceremony, […]

Wenlock, or How I learned to stop laughing and love the mascot

I still remember the day the London 2012 mascots were unveiled. I was just days away from graduating college, and came back to my tiny campus apartment in between senior week activities to check my email. Upon seeing the announcement, I burst out laughing and could not stop. Fast forward two years and one Olympic […]

In Photos: London 2012 Opening Ceremony

After watching the spectacle of Beijing 2008 unfold from a bar in Hong Kong, I decided that I would one day watch an Opening Ceremony in person. I never expected that my first Opening Ceremony would find me in the press tribunes; nor did I expect London’s to be remotely comparable to Beijing. And Danny […]

Photo Essay: Olympic Torch Relay through Islington, London

The morning before the Opening Ceremony, the Olympic torch relay came through the borough of Islington. I’ll admit that for someone who loved the Olympics, I never took much interest in the torch relay — but it just happened to be coming through the neighborhood where I was staying, so it would have been silly […]

Things I learned from my first Olympics

While London 2012 was my fourth international sporting event, it was my first Olympics. This was the big leagues. Being able to peek behind the curtain of something I’ve been obsessed with since childhood was certainly enlightening, to say the least. It all happened so fast I’m still trying to take it all in, but […]

London 2012: A day in the life

Covering the Olympics requires Olympic-level endurance. Going into London, I knew I was looking at three straight weeks of hard work, no play, and very little sleep. After all, as a mentor told me, “This is a marathon, not a sprint.” Heading into the last weekend of the Games, everyone’s tired. We’ve all been tired for […]

Thoughts from the Media Center McDonalds

It’s day 11 and I’m sitting in McDonalds for the 15th or so time, eating fries because they cost 99p and I don’t have a fancy expense budget. I’ve spent the afternoon conducting an interview at Africa Village; I have a couple hours to write another story while I wait for the swim finals to […]

London 2012: A dream come true

Greetings from London – sunny, sunny London. Seriously, I thought this place was supposed to rain something like…always? I suppose if there are going to be any days for London to hold off on the rain, the Olympics would be the most primo time to do it. So far the only time I’ve been caught […]