Postcard from New York City

New Yorkers stereotypically have their heads down, focused on mobile devices or their feet, as they hurry from one place to another. We are famous for being rude to tourists when they walk too slowly or stop to take pictures, often because of this inability to look in front of us. When I was in high school, however, one of my teachers taught me to look at places I don’t normally look Continue reading

A few things you can’t find in Monrovia, Liberia

Remember when I wrote that post a while ago about how to find good running spots in Buenos Aires? I was frustrated most of that semester that I spent in Argentina because I felt like I couldn’t go for a solid run the way that I can in New York. The parks weren’t big enough for the length of run that I normally take, the pollution too heavy, sidewalks too narrow or damaged. Well, it wasn’t until last summer that I realized just how spoiled I was in Argentina. Continue reading

Photo essay from 11,000 feet

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One of many Californian cities eking out an existence in the desert.

When I was in California in May, my parents and I (finally) visited a mountain that a good friend of ours had been raving about for more than four years. Hidden in the Southern California desert near Palm Springs, Mt. San Jacinto is a dusty and beautiful destination that overlooks small desert cities between Los Angeles and the Arizona border. Continue reading

8 Things I learned while living in California

As I wrote a few weeks ago, I just finished my undergraduate education in Southern California. While I was there I did my best to explore the area. I did not see as much as I could have if I were a tourist – I did have to study after all – but I did learn some things in the process about this region of the country that I knew close to nothing about four years ago. I don’t know if I will ever go back to live in California permanently but I am really glad that I got to know the other coast of this country of mine, even if only through the distorted lens of a college campus. Continue reading

Exploring my own backyard (photo essay)

I have written before about traveling to a place you already know (that article was about Buenos Aires, where I studied for one semester) and how relaxing it can be to go for a stroll and take your time since there is no rush to see the city’s biggest sites. In that case I had already been living in Buenos Aires for a few months as a foreign exchange student; now I am referring to my hometown, New York City. Continue reading

I’m going to Costa Rica and other announcements

Today I leave my home base of New York City, where I’ve spent the last few weeks reading, catching up on TV and movies, and hanging out with friends, and go on my way to Costa Rica. I’ve traveled pretty extensively in Latin America, but never before in Central America. I’ve heard pretty wonderful things about Costa Rica in particular though and I am excited to learn more about it! Continue reading

Reliving the moment: 72 hours of daylight

As a little kid, I read voraciously. One year I brought an entire duffel bag to summer camp that was filled with just books. I read all of them twice over the course of seven weeks. So it was no surprise that at age ten I was reading on the bed of our hotel room, uninterested in anything outside of the pages in front of me, as I waited for my sister and father to return. Continue reading