Wasteful chains like Starbucks and the part you play.

I found the Colombian Starbucks. It’s called Juan Valdez and, while it’s a lovely spot with nice spaces for working and socializing, I dislike it for the same reason I dislike Starbucks: They’re wasteful. Oh, so wasteful! Unless otherwise requested, these cafes serve every.single.coffee in a disposable cup. They serve every.single.snack on a disposable plate.…

You should…

I had this thought yesterday that, when I was in school, I felt like I should study but actually, I wanted to do anything else. Isn’t that the way life is? You should study. You should work. You should do that thing that’s responsible but you don’t actually want to do. These days, all I want to do is…

A day.

The sun shines, light clouds set on a bright blue sky. I take my sweater because, “Oh, Mother Nature, you can’t trick me this time!” I know this is a tease, those clouds aren’t far away. I head out, sweater in hand. I go to my favorite cafe. And today, I realize that the baristas…

Onward travel – it’s real!

All was going as planned. I returned my car, casually grabbed a latte before hopping on the shuttle to my terminal, stopped in the bathroom, strolled through security, sat at the gate and started playing around on my computer. I was at the gate with plenty of time to spare and, just when I expect…

Appreciating these Moments

I hear light drops beyond the walls of my apartment. I step outside to confirm that it is indeed raining and, as I ponder the clouds and my plan to leave in 5 minutes, I notice the way the sun is lighting the distant sky. There are clouds overhead but on the horizon, behind one…

10 Tinder Dating Rules

About a year and a half ago, I told you about my experiences using Tinder while living in Kuwait. That resulted in a 6 month relationship that should have lasted only 2 months. Oops. Since then, I’ve been happily single but recently decided to get back into the game. Knowing that there are a wide…

Thank You!

I often read blog posts, articles, or books written by nomadic souls like myself, who talk about how family and friends “back home” view their lifestyle. One person writes about how her friends and family all said she was making a mistake and didn’t think she’d be able to get by without the comforts of…

Stars!

Stars. It’s been too long since I’ve seen stars like these. They’re not even that magnificent, as most are hidden in the haze. But stars… I can see stars! I don’t want to have to survive the daytime without power – trying to prepare for classes without a computer and printer? Eek! All the food…

Where Next?

It’s been a while. I’ve missed you. I do hope to be back with some more frequency… at least for the next month while I’m in a good routine. But after that one month? Well, who knows. Who knows how often I’ll be blogging, where I’ll be, or what I’ll be doing. In exactly one…

Where now? Teaching in Panajachel!

I was in Santa Cruz for 6 weeks, volunteering at an amazing hostel/hotel. I was very grateful to not have wifi but, at the same time, my blogging really suffered. Not for lack of ideas, but lack of motivation and organization – getting online, using good old-fashioned flash drive to transfer my writing from my…