Even a Weekend of Disaster Can’t Get in the Way of Switzerland’s Ethereal Beauty

Even as we take the rail from Lyon to Lucerne, Switzerland, my girlfriend Thyme is already coming down with a fever. Still we enjoy the ride, taking in the glorious green mountains and pastoral landscape of rural France, then the mountainous wonderland that is the neutral state of Switzerland. It is a place where the … More Even a Weekend of Disaster Can’t Get in the Way of Switzerland’s Ethereal Beauty

The Canadian Rockies are Calling, the Wolves Howling at the Moon

Since we know we’re headed the furthest north either of us have ever been, my girlfriend and I begin our road trip by driving the full expanse of California, starting south of Los Angeles, stopping for the delicious Temple Coffee in Sacramento, and staying overnight in the undesirable town of Redding, the only benefit being the … More The Canadian Rockies are Calling, the Wolves Howling at the Moon

Bratwursts & Death Camps: A Sojourn in Bavaria

As we exit Munich’s main railway station, it is apparent that even here in the heart of the German pride of Bavaria, the region Adolf Hitler loved so dearly, Germany has become a multi-cultural country indicative of their modern tolerance and acceptance. Turkish immigrants open their supermarkets, shops, and small restaurants for the day on the Ludwigsvorstadt, commonly … More Bratwursts & Death Camps: A Sojourn in Bavaria

After 5 Years of Drought, Southern California Comes Back to Life

About a year ago I went to Laguna Beach Wilderness Park and took the short hike to Barbara’s Lake. Except it wasn’t a lake any longer. Instead, a dry and cracked crater sat dying in the hot sun due to the unrelenting and uncompromising California drought, which lasted five years. Now as I walk over the … More After 5 Years of Drought, Southern California Comes Back to Life

When I Went to Italy, I Learned it is Possible to Have a Terrible Time in One of the Most Famed Tourist Destinations in the World

Even before we crossed the border into Italy from Switzerland, my girlfriend Thyme was coming down with the flu. In the dreamy green wonderland of the Swiss Alps, it seemed bearable for her. The clean, air-conditioned trains, the affordable hostels, and the polite service were all enough to warrant off her full fledged sickness, but … More When I Went to Italy, I Learned it is Possible to Have a Terrible Time in One of the Most Famed Tourist Destinations in the World

My Multi-Cultural Childhood Could be the Answer to Racism & Xenophobia

Recently, I began wondering why I have always had an innate interest in cultures that are not my own, why I’ve been driven constantly to put myself out of my comfort zone, why I am forever bewildered and stupefied by those who are not like me. Furthermore, why do others not share my interest instead … More My Multi-Cultural Childhood Could be the Answer to Racism & Xenophobia

A Blanket of Snow in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

The moment I fly into Denver, after renting a car, I go for some noodles at a local fusion joint that boasts Chili Verde Ramen. Then, I have a few beers from Breckenridge Brewery in the heart of downtown Denver, before I retire for the night to prepare for what turns out to be a week full of outdoor … More A Blanket of Snow in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado