A Room of My Own: My Experience Going Dutch

Throughout my college career and over the years I’d created a fantasy about writing in a room of my own. Even before I read Virginia Woolf’s profound essay, I knew at some point in my life I wanted to go to a completely foreign place, lock myself away and write. My initial, romantic thought was […]

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Laulupidu: The Estonian Song Festival

For being such a small country, Estonia certainly has more festivals than I ever imagined: a motorcycle festival, a puppet festival, along with beer and sausage fests – just to name a few. But the most important festival in Estonia only happens once every five years, and luckily enough, I got to witness this festival, […]

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What Being a [White] Minority Has Taught Me about Racism

It is eight pm on a Thursday night and I’m trying to buy a pack of cigarettes. I ask the woman on the corner if she has my brand. She says no. I see a full unopened box, point to them, and ask if I can buy that box of cigarettes. She doesn’t even look […]

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An Apology and The Search for Something New

I owe you guys an apology. I disappeared without explanation for nearly two months, and returning sans explanation simply doesn’t feel ethical. A lot happened in the past five months, and most of it wasn’t great. It was a significant transitional period in my life. I guess you could call it a pre-mid-life crisis, and […]

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Somoto Canyon: Namancambre Tours

I am laying on my back in clear green water, and looking up at the seemingly endless walls of the canyon framing my view. This peace, this beauty, this level of adventure-THIS is Somoto Canyon. When working on research for what will now be my Nicaragua guide, I was surprised at just how many people […]

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