Experiencing the Tölt in Iceland

Despite the sweeping natural beauty, fascinating history, and cool music scene, Iceland made it onto my childhood “Places I Want to Visit as of 2007” list for one reason only: horses. My great and unashamed love for my equine friends has been well-documented on this blog, so it should come as no surprise that even as…

California Dreaming (on a Long Layover’s Day)

Blame it on being an East Coast girl, but California has always possessed a certain mythic quality to me. The soaring redwood trees, the rocky cliffs, the glitzy Hollywood, and the scorching deserts seem to belong in the pages of an adventure novel rather than a real place. I spent two weeks in southern California…

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…

DC Passport Program: Navy Yard

Navy Yard can be a welcome retreat from the bustle of downtown DC. Its industrial buildings, water views, and trendy restaurants exude a cool, laid back vibe that almost feels like a different city. Navy Yard is so cool, in fact, that it recently made it on the Forbes’ list of the “coolest neighborhoods around…

DC Passport Program: Columbia Heights

Ah, summertime in Washington, D.C. The season of staffers sweating their suits off up Capitol Hill, kids playing along the Waterfront, hippies slacklining in Meridian Hill Park, and tourists buzzing along the Mall. The summer brings a certain levity to life, which is impressive given DC’s humidity. One of my favorite parts about the summer…

Dear Diary… A Case for Journaling

Whether you’re just starting off your jet-setting or you’re a veteran globetrotter, you’ve probably heard this advice before: You should keep a journal!  The idea of a travel journal sounds rather nice, doesn’t it? It invokes a sort of Hemingway-ian feel and before you know it, you’re envisioning yourself sitting at a quaint café, furiously scribbling…

Lisboa: pura poesia

Lisbon seems to move to the unhurried melody of a jazz song, one with a steady rhythm and a lazy bass. You almost want to imagine everything in black and white with its old trolley cars and tiny cafés; but then you’d miss all the colors of Lisbon – yellow and gold, aqua, teal, pastel pink, and lilac.

Where to Live in Córdoba, Spain

Planning on moving to or visiting Córdoba? Congrats, it’s a great little city! Here’s a quick guide of where to live if you’re looking for new home, or if you’re just curious and feel like wandering. For the sake of brevity and readability, I’ve grouped some neighborhoods that are technically independent into one area. Keep in mind that…

Nostalgia, She’s a Cruel Mistress

As the new school year starts, I’ve started to feel the unwelcome pangs of nostalgia again. It’s got me scrolling through old photos and presentations; looking out the window and sighing wistfully as I imagine an orange-tree filled plaza far away. What’s the hardest part of moving on? Is it the leaving or the remembering?…

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…