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Is it Legal to Go to Cuba?

Havana Cuba

I’ve never much liked being told no. Telling me not to do something almost always makes me want to do it more. And so it was with Cuba. Most of […]

Guest Post: Visit Chinatown in New York City

chinatown in new york city

This post is brought to you in collaboration with one of our partners. I strive to only publish quality content from contributors, and will not publish anything I don’t agree with […]

The Other Side of Fear: What’s Next?

A highway in Central Oregon.

I recently read my writing out loud, to a crowd of people, in a room more suited for an Italian orchestra than a Master of Arts Thesis Reading. I stood […]

Five Unusual Accommodations in Mongolia

mongolian yurt

Mongolia itself is an unusual country. It’s a country that is roughly the same size as Western Europe, with a population of only about three million. Between one-third to two-thirds […]

New Year Resolutions!

Golden Gate Bridge

When I teach composition, I tell my students how important it is to reflect on their work before moving on to the next project. Though we all strive to live […]

9 Things I Love About Northern Colorado in Photos

Lake Agnes, Colorado

With the change of every season, I get a rush of excitement. While others mourn the loss of sunny days and warm weather, I try to stay positive about the […]

My New Affinity for Rock Climbing

climbing colorado

The first rock I ever climbed was as tall as some of Bangkok’s skyscrapers, a limestone pillar jutting out of Thailand’s western shore, overlooking the turquoise sea. I was playing […]

How This Blog Started a Business: Teach English: ESL

Teach in Thailand

One year ago, I started a business. It was a direct result of this blog. While I was still teaching English in China and Thailand, I received weekly emails requesting […]

My First Solo Camping (Mis)Adventure at The Great Salt Lake

Antelope Island Great Salt Lake

I’m a terrible planner. In fact, I hate planning, though many times in transit I kick myself for not knowing where I’m headed next. It was dark when I arrived in Salt […]

I Suck at Quitting: A Road Trip to Oregon

Road Tripping

Like a bad habit I can’t quit, I’m headed home for harvest once again. I believe I began getting paid for field work when I was eight years old, which […]

On Sleeping with Strangers: Couchsurfing.org

Couchsurfing in India

I know the idea of sleeping with strangers freaks many people out, but one of the reasons I was excited to move to Colorado and “settle in” for a couple […]

Facing Your Fears: On Deciding to Teach English Abroad

Chinese Halloween teaching ESL in China

“People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do a difficult thing.” ~John Porter The conversation about how to make decisions has come up quite a lot […]

Why I’m Not a 20-Year-Old Boy: On Quitting Rafting

whitewater rafting Colorado

On Quitting Rafting Remember how excited I was to be a whitewater raft guide this summer? Yeah, me too. But those days are no longer. I admit I struggled during […]

I Successfully Hiked My First of Colorado’s Fourteeners!

View from Mount Bierstadt

I Hiked My First Colorado Fourteener! Hiking a mountain of 14,000 feet in elevation seems to be something of a rite of passage for those who live in Colorado. These […]

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