Reflections

Stylish Histories

Taipei, Taiwan   On a work trip to Amsterdam I found a book, Amsterdam, A History of the World’s Most Liberal City, by Russell Shorto, laying on the kitchen table for us in the AirBnB houseboat that a coworker and I were staying in. I have a tendency to get overwhelmed Read more…

Reflections

Forbidden Lands.

Havana, Cuba Americans get a special treat in Cuba that the rest of the world doesn’t get to enjoy: for us – at least, at the time of this writing – it is a forbidden land. It is a constructed limbo for us. Can we go in? In the gray Read more…

Reflections

That isn’t your identity.

That isn’t your identity. Stop letting people label you based on what you believe. Earlier today I listened to a discussion between two guys about a certain cultural/political movement that is seeing a rise of late. One person identified himself with the movement, but his friend did not, claiming something Read more…

Reflections

Chicken Buses

Antigua, Panajachel, Guatemala City, and the roads in between, Guatemala; When I was a kid, I checked out all 9 books on ancient Egypt from my elementary school library on rotation. Sure, I checked out all of the books about all of the African countries, but Egypt was my shit. There Read more…

Reflections

Pokémon

Mexico City, Mexico. I still remember the first time I saw Pokémon. I was in 3rd grade hanging out with my best friend, Brian, at the playground next to our elementary school one evening – but he spent most of the evening glued to his gameboy. We came to trade off each Read more…

Reflections

The Mirror

Mexico City, Mexico I write this at an interesting time. I like to use this blog to reflect on cultural experiences – small things here and there that I don’t understand about the world, but really enjoy trying to. Living in a foriegn place is a great opportunity to self-analyze a Read more…

Snippets

Blowtorches and Shopping Carts

Mexico City, Mexico Calle Reforma is one of the largest main avenues in Mexico City – the main channel through the city that stretches down from the old Azteca ruins of Tlateloco past the historic Spanish downtown of Zócalo, through the business districts of Juarez to the south and Cuauhtémoc to Read more…

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Dominican fishing poles.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic It was an early morning in April when I wandered down to the beach in Santo Domingo.  I described the morning in my journal as such: This part of the city is my kind of beautiful. The windy streets feel more like Europe than anything else, Read more…

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Pollo Campero

  San Salvador El Salvador; Guatemala City, Guatemala A sense of familiarity can be an odd thing – at times triggered by the inside jokes that we’ve been lucky enough to be included in. I smiled to myself strolling down one of the long hallways in the international terminal of Read more…

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Maximón

Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala   Some trips are well researched and planned ahead of time. Other times, you’re standing on a Panajachel dock gazing out at a beautiful Guatemalan Lago Atitlán wondering how to fill your afternoon with the few Quetzales you still have in your pocket. You might pull out your phone Read more…