The Singapore Question

As travelers, we are constantly looking to outside countries, cultures, and traditions to supplement our views of the world and ourselves. One of the most confusing places to grapple with this is the tiny, city-state island that is Singapore. The small, 30-mile country famously went from a poor shipping port to one of the wealthiest … More The Singapore Question

The Transient Light & Collective Catharsis of the Solar Eclipse

We wake bright and early to the sounds of roosters crowing, dogs barking, and pigs oinking in the distance. We had camped overnight after driving to a farm in the middle of nowhere–Madras, Oregon–in the path of totality for the morning’s eclipse. Millions of people have traveled for this once-in-a-lifetime event. I make an aeropress … More The Transient Light & Collective Catharsis of the Solar Eclipse

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