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The green-eyed aborigine

“I’m sorry,” said the taxi driver who introduced himself as Ray. “I’d play music but the radio is broken.” It was the second time he’d apologized since picking me up. The first was to tell me the 45-minute ride along … Continue reading

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The hike that never happened

Like immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, our legs wobbled as we walked off the boat. Where I expected a “Welcome to Ometepe” sign, a chalkboard read, “AA – Every Sunday. Open Step MTG.” Who comes to an island in Lake … Continue reading

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You Don’t Get to Travel

If you want to bring my blood dangerously close to its boiling point, say this: “You’re so lucky; you get to travel.” I hear it almost every time I tell people where I’m from or what I do for work. … Continue reading

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Tales from Tindering in 25+ Countries

Damir was about to get laid. At least, that’s what he thought. Hours earlier we’d matched on Tinder. Now, he was standing in the doorway of my Dubrovnik hotel room. Like many Croatian men, he reeked of cigarette smoke. “Welcome,” … Continue reading

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Canyoning – Embrace Your Inner Claustrophobic Acrophobe?

“From here on out, we’re committed.” With those six words, my rapidly beating heart sank even further. Ben, our canyoning guide, had already spent an hour leading us through a marshy maze winding through mysterious shadows cast by high canyon … Continue reading

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When Losing Your Luggage Means Losing Your Mind

Double blade razors are like tandem bicycles. They should exist, but for comfort’s sake, they should never be used. Don’t get me wrong; I’m grateful for the toiletries kit the Delta employee gave me when we both realized it could … Continue reading

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Three Men and a Baboon

The sun very seldom sets before I’ve consumed at least four servings of fruit and double the recommended servings of vegetables. Despite, or perhaps because of, my proclivity for healthy choices, I am a Coke addict.  There are several gas … Continue reading

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How My Body Has Changed After One Month Abroad

What other people refer to as writer’s block, I call writer’s constipation. I have hundreds of stories in my head. They just don’t come out when I want them to. The other day, my brain was so bloated I headed for … Continue reading

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All I Want for Christmas is a Prosthetic Leg

Dear Santa, I never got a chance to properly thank you for helping me out on the Q46 today. It was embarrassing enough that I had to sprint (in heels) after the bus, making the driver pull over and wait … Continue reading

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In Social We Trust

“It’s okay, he’s a limo driver.” That was the line I told myself when a stranger offered me a ride one dark December night in New York City. I was an 18-year-old college freshman, fresh off the farm. I was … Continue reading

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