What Being an Expat Taught Me About Life

The photos flood my Facebook feed. They’ve been doing it for ages now, thanks to all the different ways memories are shared. Typically, I look at them, let my mind linger and then move on. But, there’s something different about the photos and moments popping up now: they’re no longer tangible. Let me explain.

Midnight in the Garden of Good

There’s a cacophony of crickets, frogs and dogs barking that wake me before my friend, Jodi, does. Laying on the bamboo floor in her hut constructed of the same at Elephant Nature Park, I am still. Present in the total darkness as the world softly whispers outside the slats in her walls. Her soft footfallsContinue reading “Midnight in the Garden of Good”

Guide to Nightlife in Chiang Mai

Compared to the thumping and thriving nightlife in Bangkok, Chiang Mai at night is sleepy and reserved. But, sleepy and reserved in a way that isn’t really sleepy or reserved at all. From backpacker enclaves to seedier lady bars, to local dives and the places where the hip and fabulous hang out, there’s something forContinue reading “Guide to Nightlife in Chiang Mai”

Getting Prehistoric in Krabi

Editor’s Note: I was a guest of Tourism Authority of Thailand during my time in Krabi. My paddle dips into the glassy green water of Bor Thor, and the shrimp start dancing. Hundreds of tiny creatures pop out of the water, hop across it like rocks skipping, and then dive back down into its depths.Continue reading “Getting Prehistoric in Krabi”

It’s a Beautiful Life

It’s a mild evening in Las Vegas. Hot, by winter standards if you don’t have desert (or jungle) blood. The sun has already begun its descent behind the rugged, snow-covered peak of Mt. Charleston to the west of the city. The mountains on the east, the ones covered in trees, are a deep purple. SunriseContinue reading “It’s a Beautiful Life”

This Roller Coaster

I stand over my sheet cake from the grocery store. Clad in an oversized sweatshirt with puffy paint splattered on it in pastel colors, I move my gel-soaked (à la 80s one-hit-wonder Samantha Fox), crunchy spiral-permed hair out of my face and readjust my roller skate clad feet to maintain my balance. Next year, IContinue reading “This Roller Coaster”

Home: Las Vegas

Home: Las Vegas. It hits me when the sky gives way from black to a sea of glittering, golden lights. Some 20,000 feet below me is the Mojave Desert, which is slowly giving way to the Las Vegas Valley. Tears well up in my eyes, and there is no containing them. I’ve left my worldContinue reading “Home: Las Vegas”

Why I Said “Adios” to Being an Expat

“You made me promise you two things,” Kyla begins as we sit in her car after my 24-hour trip from Madrid to Las Vegas. One of my closest friends in the world for almost a decade, she’s always been the one I ask to remind of previous statements I have made about life. “Yeah …”Continue reading “Why I Said “Adios” to Being an Expat”

How Piercing My Nose Changed Me

It’s cloudy and rainy when we walk into the piercing shop in Brasov, Romania. One of those bone-chilling days where the right idea is to stay inside and do nothing. But, with a new city outside my hostel door, sitting inside is the last thing I want to do. So, with a new friend atContinue reading “How Piercing My Nose Changed Me”

Because Sometimes You Don’t Realize It’s Love Until It’s Gone

My heart races as the cab driver pulls up to the International Terminal at Madrid. I’ve been here before, but this time, it’s different. This time, I’m not hopping on a short flight to London, or heading to the States to procure my Spanish Visa. This time, I’m going back to Thailand. The longest placeContinue reading “Because Sometimes You Don’t Realize It’s Love Until It’s Gone”