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Days 2 and 3 in Cusco, Peru: Breaking Everything, Practicing Spanish, Holy Week

Monday night I fell asleep to the sounds of Cusco’s many packs of stray dogs barking and howling at the full moon, and impatient drivers honking their horns incessantly. Tuesday ...

Cusco, Peru view daytime

Day 1 in Cusco, Peru: New Friends, Car Accident, and Feeling at Home

After two grueling five-hour layovers (during one of which I slept on an airport bench) and three flights, it was a welcomed sound and sight: “Amy!” I heard someone yell ...

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One Bag Travel: My Search for the Best Carry-On Bag

Could you pack your life into ONE bag? For my 3-month trip to South America in April, I'm going to try! And I'm going to need your advice...


How to Start a Blog

How to Start a Blog (in 10 Steps)

People often ask me how to start a blog. This post has ...

I Quit My Dream Job

Yesterday was my last day at work. For most (some of my closest ...

Four Exotic Foods I’ll Never Eat Again

Sea urchin gonads, duck fetus, and baby eel--yep, I've eaten all of ...

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Flightfox Review: How I Saved $400 on Flights by Using Flightfox

While researching how to find cheap flights for my upcoming South America trip, I discovered Flightfox, a website that pairs you with a “flight expert” who will find you the cheapest flights possible for your trip. I was intrigued! So I decided to try it out and write a Flightfox review. The website’s concept is […]

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Machu Picchu

I’m Going to South America!

It’s been one year since I told you that I quit my dream job. Now I am about to start another journey, one that may take me around the world. To be honest, I should’ve done this earlier. When I left my job, I told everyone it was so I could start my writing business […]

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Ice skating rink in Yosemite

Playing in Snow in Yosemite National Park

Perhaps you remember my first snow excursion, from the post “Playing in Snow in Kirkwood Resort”? Well, I tried again. This time, in Yosemite. And with much more clothing. And for some crazy reason, my friend Stela agreed to go with me again. Naturally, lots of mishaps ensued… – It’s 3 a.m. on a Saturday […]

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I Dream of the Open Road

I dream of the open road, of 5 a.m. wake-up calls and land that stretches as far as the eye can see until it’s abruptly cut off by mountains in the distance. I dream of tumbleweeds and truck stops, rusty diners, and the smell of gasoline as we top off the old Civic. I dream […]

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NASA Ames Visitor Center

My first thought when I see the NASA Ames Visitor Center is, “This is it?” I am standing in an empty parking lot just outside the gate to Moffett Field, where it looks like someone haphazardly pitched a big, white tent and slapped a NASA logo on it. But, as we all know, looks can […]

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Climbing Moro Rock, Sequoia National Park

Fear is natural. It’s a basic biological response essential to our self-preservation. At least that’s what I keep telling myself as I climb the 400 steep, narrow steps of Moro Rock, a granite dome in Sequoia National Park whose summit reaches 6,725 feet elevation. Right now, the only thing preventing a full-blown panic attack is […]

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The Largest Tree in the World, Sequoia National Park

We go on a road trip to see the largest tree in the world. Things start off rather rocky…

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Watching the America’s Cup Finals in San Francisco

I have a confession to make, and I hope we can still be friends after this: I don’t like watching sports. You cannot get me to sit down in front of a TV and watch a baseball game with you. You can get me to sit down in front of a TV and watch the Super Bowl […]

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The Penny Ice Creamery, Santa Cruz, California

Since summer is almost over, I decided to go on a spontaneous trip to Santa Cruz last week. I hadn’t had a beach day all summer, and I longed for a hot day spent lazing in the sun and frolicking in the waves along the California coast. When I got to Santa Cruz, it was […]

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Space Shuttle Endeavour, California Science Center, Los Angeles

I visit the 170,000-pound behemoth of a space shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center in L.A. There are screaming children. There are annoying tourists. And there are slides. Read more…

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