My Kodak Moment on Top of the Rockies

I was standing on a pile of white shale rocks in the middle of nowhere, some 12,000 feet above sea level. The wind was unforgivingly cold that afternoon, nearly pushing me over the ridge...
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Ex Libris, Libertas: How Books & Travel Are Similarly Inspirational

Roughly translated, this phrase means “From Books, Freedom.” In our house, this is a mantra. My husband tells all the significant young people in his life to get a library card. His constant refrain...

COVID & Wildfires Couldn’t Stop Life Atop AZ’s Mount Lemmon

The drive up Mount Lemmon from Tucson, Arizona only takes about an hour, but within that hour, you might as well be traveling between different planets. You move north from the dusty city to...
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Exploring My Immigrant Identity While Visiting Communism Memorials

“Privit!” thundered the immigration official at Borispil International Airport. After an uncomfortably long silence, she slowly slid my stamped passport under the thick plexiglass window without breaking eye contact. I breathed a sigh of...

Winter in Hallstatt, Austria

I’ve always found my favorite places on Earth among the mountains. Maybe it’s because I won’t ever truly understand them, or maybe it’s because I find them more mysterious than anywhere else in this...

Hampi: Poetry Etched in Stone

“I never saw a place like this,” wrote Nicolo de Conti, the Venetian merchant who arrived in Hampi in 1420, the first European to set his eyes on the Vijayanagara empire. Another century would...

It’s Okay Not To Go Home for the Holidays

I was thinking about starting to write this piece when I got a notification to my phone, from one of the few apps whose notifications I still have on: are your priorities today different...

The Extra Responsibility I Carry as a Black American Woman Abroad

While I was walking back home one night through the narrow streets of my Spanish town, two girls I didn’t know approached me while giggling. They looked at me and said, “We have a...
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Why the World Needs More Vegans

World Vegan Day has been celebrated on November 1 every year since 1994. In 2020, Veganism is both more popular and more pertinent than ever before. While Passion Passport seeks to bridge communities and...

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