Paradise Found

Each morning here begins the same. I wake to sunlight streaming through my bedroom window and to roosters crowing in a yard down the road. After a quick trip to the kitchen to brew a pot of instant coffee, I settle into the hammock outside and watch the dhow boats sail across the shimmering Maputo…

How to London in Two Days

Ah, England. The land of ancient monarchies, confused politicians, and excellent rock music. It had always been on “the List,” but curiously, I was never really too interested in seeing London. Perhaps it was my inner hipster, but I figured that London was so hyped up, it couldn’t possibly be that interesting. Thankfully, I am happy…

That Damn Rusty Lock: A Story of Personal Growth

This is the door that leads to the rooftop of my old apartment building. See that rusty lock there? It was the bane of my existence. It’s safe to say that I was incapable of opening this door. No matter how many times I tried, I couldn’t get it. I would yell, kick the door, and…

3.5 Ways to Callejear like a Boss

You may be wondering – what the hell does “callejear” mean? It’s one of those wonderful Spanish words that defies translation. The closest we can get in English is “to wander down streets” – in Spanish “calle” means “street”; hence “callejear” is the verb. (Unfortunately this doesn’t apply to all nouns—I’ve tried to make “fiestaear”…

The Biggest Chocolate Nativity Scene in the World

“We don’t just make pastries, we also make dreams.” I knew it was a quest the moment the bus driver stopped the bus in the middle of the road to get out and deliver a package to the warehouse across the street. We exchanged bewildered glances with the other passengers as the door of the…