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This time last year, and the year before that, I was writing packing lists and counting down the weeks until my flight left for Iceland. I’ll be missing this crazy land of volcanoes and glaciers this summer, dried fish and snow in August included- but I won’t be sitting around eating Skyr and moping.  No, I’ll be getting ready for a family hut trip through Colorado’s San Juan mountains. The family that summits 14ers together,… Read More

Happy St Paddy’s Day everyone! Since my freshman study abroad trip to Ireland, Dublin has been the first city I fell in love with. Completely on my own for the first time, Ireland was terrifying and beautiful and it took me about two weeks to never want to leave. Today I’m missing walking over the river Liffey on my way to class, eating lunch at St Stephen’s Green when it wasn’t pouring rain… Read More

If you’re wondering where my happy place was as Boston nudged past historical snowfall records yesterday, it’s on a sailboat with semi-functioning toilets, bobbing offshore of a tiny Indonesian island. That’s where I was seven months ago, when I brought two of my best friends to see the colorful, chaotic, splatter of islands that I’ve called home on and off for so many years. We surfed at Kuta beach, had cocktails at… Read More

Been thinking about these gorgeous waters a lot lately. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts on this incredible trip last summer! To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the ships, with men in them, What stranger miracles are there? -Walt Whitman

Tucked between China and India is a country that is about as mysterious as it is magical: Bhutan. Due to the High Value, Low Impact Tourism policy Bhutan enforces, only a small number of people visit each year, but that number is growing. The strict tourism policies protect what is so unique about Bhutan; its abundant natural resources, rich history and culture. Gross National Happiness, not Gross national product, is the metric… Read More

A Manggarai man poises himself before Caci, a ritual whip fight, during our visit to Flores. Read up on one of my favorite adventures in Indonesia, East of Bali, here. “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” — Henry… Read More

Happy Day-After-Earth-Day! Seeing as this spinning ball of dirt hurling through the universe is the only one we can survive on (or at least, the only one that has chocolate, which is pretty much the same thing) I’m thinking that it deserves to be celebrated a while longer than, say, Talk Like a Pirate Day. Or Clergy Appreciation Day. Or National Date Nut Bread Day. All of which exist and are celebrated… Read More

Surfers on a misty afternoon at Long Beach in Tofino last November. Read about our stay at the beautiful Pacific Sands Resort here. “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” — Ernest Hemingway