100 Days

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Bolivia, budget tips, Colombia, destinations, Ecuador, Peru, RTW, South America, travel, travel planning

Today makes 100 days since the day I landed in South America. A whole new continent, a whole new language and a whole new world of adventure. I’ve learned so much about the people, places and of course food culture of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and now Bolivia. I’ve made friends from all over the world and I have left pieces of my heart in so […]

Change of Plans

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Ecuador, people, South America, travel

When I began this journey, I had a very rough itinerary in mind. In fact, my preferred way to travel is to leave things a bit open ended, to slow down and to allow myself to test the waters in a place before I commit to more than a few days there. There is so much world to see that I try not to waste […]

Things to Do in Portland: Wine Tasting by Helicopter

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in destinations, foodie, helicopter tour, Oregon, things to do, Willamette Valley, wine

It might seem odd that, although it’s been a good 15 years since I’d seen her last, Coral looked exactly the same as she stepped out of the helicopter and ducked across the helipad. Come to think of it, she pretty much looked the same as I remembered her from elementary school days, going on adventures up in Piiholo or hanging out in Pukalani. Suddenly, […]

Lost in Translation

Posted on 4 CommentsPosted in Ecuador, Quito, RTW, South America, things to do, travel tips

One of the things I love best about traveling in a foreign country is the feeling of being out of my comfort zone. When I’m in a place where I don’t speak the language, every day tasks such as finding a good place for lunch, catching the right bus or trying to buy shampoo become learning experiences. Although it can be challenging at times (and […]

Sprawl

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in California, destinations, Los Angeles, poems, travel, USA, writing

Shadows growing long Palm trees rising like dots against the horizon As the California sun drips into the sea Cars going round the freeway clovers Orderly stops at each entrance Concrete baking in the sun A thousand blue pools shining Like turquoise jewels In the midst of the arid grid below