Adventure Travel · Africa · Ethiopia · The Nomadic Life

On the Roof of Africa: Trekking in Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

Four Days of Walking For the four days Liz and I trekked through the Simien Mountains, the smell of wild thyme followed us. The wind was full of strong gusts of the scent that reminded me of old, unidentifiable memories, as we hiked from one beautiful vista to the next, among wild baboons, birds, and…… Continue reading On the Roof of Africa: Trekking in Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

The Nomadic Life · Travel

How to Celebrate Christmas After A Long Journey Abroad

If you’re like me and haven’t celebrated Christmas with your family, or in your own nation for several years, or are bravely returning home after a RTW trip in the height of Christmas cheer and creature comforts, here’s how to celebrate Christmas after a long journey away: 1. Hug your family They’re probably letting you…… Continue reading How to Celebrate Christmas After A Long Journey Abroad

Africa · In Photos · La Reunion · The Nomadic Life

Photo Gallery: Quirky Street Art in La Reunion

“You can always tell the kind of personality a place has by the way they treat graffiti,” – My little brother. If that’s the case, then I’d call La Reunion quirky, cartoonish, and welcome to the burst of color graffiti adds to its streets. Most of the graffiti I took photos of ended up being…… Continue reading Photo Gallery: Quirky Street Art in La Reunion

The Nomadic Life · Travel

Oh Hello, America. Long Time No See…

Last Tuesday, I was stepping off a flight from Tokyo and being welcomed back into America by the oh-so-cheery Dallas airport. I’m kidding. Dallas was a weird first sample of America after two and a half years abroad. It was just a little too AMERICA for me to handle after a 12-hour flight in which…… Continue reading Oh Hello, America. Long Time No See…

Africa · Ethiopia · In Photos · The Nomadic Life

Photo Gallery: Looking Back on One Month in Ethiopia

The month that Liz and I spent in Ethiopia marked a lot of strong positives and negatives. I was yelled at threateningly (twice), and Liz was told that all Americans should go to hell. Boarding a bus first thing in the morning turned out to be an experience akin to the running of the bulls.…… Continue reading Photo Gallery: Looking Back on One Month in Ethiopia

The Nomadic Life · Travel

Why I’m Thankful for Travel

Being Thanksgiving and all, the blogosphere is filled with recently posted, thoughtful pieces about thankfulness and the like. Among travel blogs, I’ve come across a few introspective posts on what travel makes us thankful for, and all the eye-opening bits and personal transformation that come with being an intrepid, nomadic soul. I enjoy them, and…… Continue reading Why I’m Thankful for Travel

Adventure Travel · Africa · Travel · Uganda

What it’s Like Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

In the jungle Standing in the mess of twisted vines and jungle overgrowth in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, our little group of explorers — myself, my friend, a middle-aged Swedish couple, our guide, scouts, and trackers — stood in silence as we stared at a family of silverback gorillas in front of us. They stared back,…… Continue reading What it’s Like Gorilla Trekking in Uganda