A New Year’s Tradition: Letters to the Universe

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When one door closes, another opens. Or something like that, right? I feel the same way about the changing of the calendar from one year to the next. It’s a perfect time for starting fresh! New Year’s Day has grown to be my favorite holiday of the year. Growing up, I remember my grandmother starting the water boiling for everyone to take a shot of […]


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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

Amtrak Coast Starlight: Portland to Los Angeles

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The first time I can remember catching a real train (the Sugar Cane Train and the Pearlridge Monorail don’t count) was the summer after I graduated from high school, when I spent three months backpacking around Europe before heading off to college. My friend Meghan and I bought the Europass option that allowed us 8 days of train travel over a 2 month period and […]

Feed Your Wanderlust: WildJunket Magazine

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I just finished reading the second issue of Wild Junket Magazine, and I’ve concluded that it is perfect for anyone with a case of wanderlust like mine! This issue featured more than 100 gorgeous, full-color pages on destinations such as Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uruguay, Mongolia, South Korea, and Kyrgyzstaan. I love that the table of contents features a map of the world, so that I […]

A Journey of a Thousand Miles…

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…Begins with a single step! And here we are. Though I’ve been keeping blogs for awhile now, this is the first time I’m really delving into the process of building my own blog from the ground up. I’m mostly doing this for me – a place to jot down my thoughts, to share my favorite places and things with all five of you who may […]