Essays

Essays

Madeira Island: Where Mountains Meet the Sea

I have always believed that you can never have enough nature in your life. The power to be in awe of the world is...

Collioure, France: A Modernist’s Seaside Muse

“Most painters seek an exterior light in order to see clearly within themselves,” artist Henri Matisse once said. Nowhere in France, according to Matisse, is...

A Love Letter to Paris

When my plane landed at Charles de Gaulle, it was past dark in the City of Lights. I had booked our group an AirBnB...

Why We Travel: Savoring the Small Moments

Some trips are about big moments; they’re filled with nonstop epic sights, dramatic landscapes, architectural wonders, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. These trips are mind-blowing, exhausting,...

Meeting the Nenets

In the language of the indigenous Nenets, “Yamal” means “the end of the world.” A fitting name for such a place. It is a...

Musings on Modern Tourism

In 2014, I had the opportunity to spend a year on exchange in the Netherlands. While in Europe, I took advantage of the ease...

Singapore: The Lion City

When I exit Changi Airport and head for the city, I dive into warm, humid air. This is when I realize I am in...

London: Love at First Flight

London and I first met in 1997. I had preconceived notions of the city’s sordid history with numerous others — famous writers, artists, musicians, and...

Found in Florence, Italy

Cypress trees, cobblestone avenues, and some of the world's most highly coveted architectural treasures — just a brief list of what can be found...