Incessant Adventure Despite the Turbulence of 2016 (Here’s to 2017)

Many people  around the world have experienced a tumultuous year in 2016. One of the most brutal years of the Syrian Civil War were met with scores of refugees overwhelming Europe and facilitating a climate of anti-immigrant rhetoric and political instability with Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Politics aside, Westerners mourned the loss … More Incessant Adventure Despite the Turbulence of 2016 (Here’s to 2017)

A Weekend Enjoying Food, Wine Country, and Friendly Locals in Ensenada

As you cross the border into Tijuana, the road quickly evolves from well-paved into a bumpy nightmare. In between playas de Tijuana and central there are houses piled up on each other on the cliffs, reminiscent of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro. The idea that just two hours away from here we were enjoying Portola … More A Weekend Enjoying Food, Wine Country, and Friendly Locals in Ensenada

A Weekend in Slovenia: Medieval Landscapes in the Most Beautifully Overlooked Country in Europe

Slovenia is a country I knew nothing about until I knew I was going there. On a winding backpack trip through Europe we had hit a handful of influential countries, loads of famous sites, and decided to make it somewhere we knew nothing about. After having a miserable time in Italy, a tragically crumbled ancient … More A Weekend in Slovenia: Medieval Landscapes in the Most Beautifully Overlooked Country in Europe

The 8,000 Person March in LA Saturday Reflects Our Differences and Unanimous Rage, Not Support for Hillary Clinton

As we drive into downtown and leave the car a few miles away from MacArthur Park where protesters are gathering, a group of friends and I are expecting a violent uproar of political dissidence and chaos. To avoid the car being caught up in the mess, we take a Lyft over to where the march … More The 8,000 Person March in LA Saturday Reflects Our Differences and Unanimous Rage, Not Support for Hillary Clinton

Chiang Mai: Food and Culture in a Green Mountain Wonderland

Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second most populous city, wouldn’t be described as sprawling. The pace is slow and the buildings are dwarfed by Bangkok’s financial districts. As we fly in, the mountains roll above the city, covered in a lush green. The languid streets come alive at night as the former capital of the Lanna empire turns … More Chiang Mai: Food and Culture in a Green Mountain Wonderland

A Vacation within a Vacation: Southern Thailand Beyond Phuket

After the sensory assault of Bangkok, it is time for some relaxation, dramatically immersive beach jungles, and some fresh seafood. We take our travels to Krabi, and to the totally secluded Railay Beach in particular. The airport is almost entirely open-air and probably has less than five gates. We haggle with an independent cabbie because we think … More A Vacation within a Vacation: Southern Thailand Beyond Phuket

The Redolence of Bangkok: Sensory Overload in Thailand’s Capital City.

Bangkok has an ubiquitous stench. The smell of inadequate plumbing is complemented by the nausea of sexual slavery. The royal stench pervades the ancient culture. Along every street, vendors sell grilled meats, noodle soups, and fruit. Durian, known for its unique flavor and awful odor, divides Thais and visitors alike as they debate its validity. Still, … More The Redolence of Bangkok: Sensory Overload in Thailand’s Capital City.