The Posh Potty

Funny how a couple years back in America has completely altered my concept of an acceptable toilet. I’d rather utilize a hole in the ground than a mud-smothered, though tiled,…

Heard ‘Round the World

In the Peace Corps, we are not supposed to discuss politics. Not local ones, not ones back home. In the most neutral of times at my site in Barranquilla, Colombia,…

Home Without Walls

“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” – Maya Angelou Making friends has never been difficult for me. I tend to gravitate…

Let Me Take You To……Sedona

Do you have fond memories of a particular place that you visited when you were younger, a place that reminds you of the days when life seemed to be so…

Save Me, San Francisco

“Wait, are these actually hills?” my calves screamed in excitement. Why, yes, they are! San Francisco is more than just a hill-ridden city. It’s one of my favorite cities. Granted,…

Driving through the Desert

My not-quite-a-week in California was hectic and filled with a genuine desire to see all of the people I have missed over the last few years. But as I hit…

Appreciating the Quick Trip

A hardcore traveler sees the nitty-gritty. A true culture lover eats street food and seeks out the holes in the wall. A traveler revered by other self-proclaimed travel lovers packs…

How Diverse is Diverse?

I got into a very uncomfortable conversation within my first month in Florida when my “racial dating background” was put into question. First of all, it’s none of your business…

In my blood

It’s been six months since I left Germany, and I’m stunned. Not only has it been six months- I’ve also officially lived in Colorado longer than I lived in the…

Language and Our World

As an individual with a degree in linguistics, it goes without saying that I am fascinated by language use around the world.  I love exploring the field so much that…