Posts tagged Travel
Vietnam Part 2 | The Best of Food and Coffee in Da Nang + Hoi An

There are two things that I believe will always help you to deeply learn about a new culture from the inside out- people and food. Books, research, and visiting monuments are all well and good, but if you want to get to the heart of a culture, talk to the people and eat their food. In fact, if you get the chance, talk to the people while you prepare and eat food together. 

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Vietnam Part 1 | Travel Diary + On Finding Joy in Being the Outsider

I am not even sure how to start writing about Vietnam. My mom and I spent a little over two weeks traveling and working in this stunning country and we did so much in that short amount of time that I am still trying to wrap my mind around it all. However, I wanted to share some of the experiences with you now, while at least it is still fresh and vivid. 

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The 2017 Wrap-Up + Opening Into 2018

2017

This past year felt different than the several that had preceded it. Instead of constant big shifts and turbulence, figuring out what I was doing with my life, there was this soft sort of settling that happened. I was previously allergic to the word “settling,” but in 2017 I found my way into what it meant for me in the most positive sense. 

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Snapshots from Stockholm + The Travel Duet

While in Stockholm, I felt as if I was weaving myself around in a little traveling dance- together and apart, together and apart. Solo, duet, Solo duet. Next to exploring my hometown and having a mini-moon in New York after getting married, this was only the second time that M and I had ever traveled together.  He was called to Stockholm for a conference and I tagged along to explore this new city and take some dance + yoga workshops there.

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An Ode to Airplanes

As much as I adore the energy the body absorbs from dance, yoga, long walks, and good stretches, there is one particular physical experience that quite literally rises above all others. I will never get tired of the feeling I get when taking off in an airplane. Rolling slowly away from the gate, moseying around the maze of concrete until the plane turns its nose towards the expectant runway. 

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A Story in Language Learning + Humility

“It can be safe to say that when we learned to speak to, and listen to, rather than to strike or be struck by, our fellow human beings, we found something worth keeping alive, worth possessing, for the rest of time.” -Eudora Welty. Growing up in Minnesota, language was something I generally took for granted. I never had any problems communicating what was needed, asking for help or using my words to connect with others.

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Zaalouk | Moroccan Eggplant Dip

Early on in my traveling life, I realized that I have a strong aversion to the word tourist. It evokes, to me, the image of someone who is on the outskirts, gawking and snapping photos of what is within. I have always preferred trying to dig a bit deeper wherever I am, learning the customs, rhythms and language that are local to a place. This characteristic has served both positively and negatively throughout my travels and living abroad. At my best, I converse with locals, impressing them with colloquialisms and walk around the city as if I know it by heart.

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Rain-Soaked + Solo, A Romantic Weekend in Madrid

A city in the rain is as romantic as you make it. You can walk arm in arm with a loved one through the glistening cobblestones, finding cozy nooks in cafes and whispering into mugs of tea, or you can be chilled, damp and groan that you can’t properly take pictures without getting your camera wet and you wanted to see that lovely park, but what’s the point now.

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Day Trip to Moulay Abdessalam + Encounters with Sufism

There are few emotions about places for which adequate single words exist: we have to make awkward piles of words to convey what we felt when watching light fade on an early autumn evening or when encountering a pool of perfectly still water in a clearing.

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