Vivid stories, helpful guides, and colorful photography from my journeys far and wide.
“Run as fast as you can. Go straight. Run fast.” Those were the only directions I got as I prepared mentally for my first paragliding ride. Was that really all there was to it? My stomach knotted and my heart began to pound as my instructor readied our gigantic nylon parachute. I clenched my […]
Was I really going to try and eat 32 different types of Chengdu street food in just one day? A gluttonous marathon to challenge both my stomach and self-control? Why would I risk such a culinary overload? There have got to be more relaxing ways to celebrate my birthday, right?! Let me explain. The […]
My plan for Vietnam never involved a motorbike. It also didn’t involve riding that motorbike 1600 kilometers for 10 straight days with someone I had just met. Crashes, break downs, and wrecked itineraries – those weren’t part of the plan either. I wasn’t supposed to get caked in mud, freeze my ass off, or […]
Hanoi is a swirl of sweet chaos. Motorbikes dart through the streets like schools of buzzing fish. Steam, smoke, and alluring aromas pour out of restaurants and onto the sidewalks. Art, music, and memories of war reverberate everywhere, and I felt it all the moment my boots hit pavement. Exploring Hanoi on a budget […]
I’ve just returned from the Wenshu Monastery neighborhood, and I’m already itching to go back. When I arrived two days ago, I did so with no expectations and zero research. I simply dropped my bags at the hostel and started walking. Bustling markets, fragrant Sichuan cuisine, fascinating people, ancient history, and a vibrant culture — […]
“Don’t go to Tepito. You’ll get robbed.” This was the popular advice given to me by taxi drivers and hostel managers when I asked about Mexico City’s most infamous neighborhood. I’m usually great at listening to advice from locals, but this particular day I decided to keep asking until I got the answer I […]
Ah, Colorado. Home, sweet home. I’ve spent the majority of my 31 years in Colorful Colorado — a state known long and far for South Park, skiing, and legal weed. It’s no secret: these things are all wonderful, but, I know first-hand that Colorado, (and its capitol, Denver) have much more to offer than just […]