Changes A Brewing at These Are Not Tan Lines

Well, it’s been over a month since I’ve written anything on the blog. When I started the blog, the point was to get me to write regularly, and that hopefully, having some kind of audience would be the added boost to that. The next step was finding a focus so I would be motivated and…

Celebrating Two Years in Baltimore

Two years ago today, I roped in several friends and my sister to help me haul what little I had the 50 or so miles between my previous home in DC to my new home, Baltimore.  I knew I needed a change in my life, as the previous job and city only contributed to my…

Snow Day

Growing up in Eastern Washington, snow was a given for wintertime.  My school district boasted rare closures during the harshest of winters – I remember once in elementary school the snow reached above my head and we only had 2 days off.  We always scoffed at Seattle’s utter inability to handle a dusting.  Spokane might…

A Week of Laziness in Spokane

Before I went home to visit my parents for Christmas, I was bound and determined to get out and see parts of Spokane that I rarely see.  This is the first time I had been back since I started this blog, so I wanted to treat the trip like a traveler.  Well, that plan went…

Going Home

Pre-post note: I wrote this on my way home for Christmas.  It’s all a part of the going home reflection process 🙂  Merry Christmas everyone! Driving east on I-90, about 20 minutes outside of Spokane, the desert/farmland (which contrary to popular belief is the majority of Washington State), trees start to pop up. First, a…

Thanksgiving is the Best at Home and Abroad

Thanksgiving is, hands-down, my favorite holiday.  And preferably, it’s spent in Spokane, WA at my parents’ house.  My mother, the ardent purveyor of family traditions, makes Thanksgiving what it is to me through the series of familiar events we’ve come to love.  The day begins early with the annual “Turkey Trot,” a somewhat formal fun…

Dear Elizabeth – A Letter to My Young Self

Today is International Day of the Girl Child established by the UN with the mission “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”  Although disparities certainly exist between and within countries and contexts, the need to empower women and girls…

Stringing Memories Together in San Francisco

When I was ten, my family took a road trip down Highway 1 through California.  I believed the roads would literally be paved with gold (I thought that’s where it got its nickname, the Golden State).  Despite growing up with only one state in between, my perceptions from growing up in l’il ‘ol Spokane, Washington…

My 20th Post is a Non-Post Post

Hey Readers, I come to you today to tell you that I’ve broken a promise with myself.  It’s not completely unsurprising because for someone who likes to write – and aspires to call herself a true writer – I am really terrible at self-motivation (especially when there’s no immediate consequence such as, you know, getting…

The Ambassador of Lamu

Although it’s the goal, it’s not incredibly often during my travels that I connect deeply with locals unless otherwise acquainted (e.g. mutual friends, through an organization/volunteering, etc.).  This happens even less so in a place where I am an obvious tourist.  However, on this last trip to Lamu, Cory and I were lucky enough to…

Alleyways of Lamu: The Heart of Swahili Kenya

I love alleyways.  I’m not talking about the sketchy kind portrayed often in serial killer movies, but the kind of narrow pedestrian walkways that in the U.S. you might find a couple tables of a cute, hole-in-the wall café, or like the souqs in Morocco.  These are the places for pedestrians and stray animals, not…

Rolling out the New Header

When I started this blog, I thought long and hard about the direction I wanted it to take.  Having begun another blog previously and giving up on it shortly thereafter (well, for the most part), I realized that I needed a strong direction to keep me writing and hopefully keep people reading (or really in…