Why Do I Write?

I had a writing professor in college once asked my class if we wrote because the world had something to tell us or because we had something to tell the world. That day in class, I stared long and hard at the blank piece of notebook paper I was supposed to be answering this prompt …

Geography 101 (The Olympic Games)

The Winter Olympics have opened in Sochi, Russia (probably not a newsflash for most of you) and like many across the world, I am watching the festivities and events when I can. As a sports fan, there are a lot of events I enjoy following whether it’s the summer or winter games. However, perhaps my …

Yeah, I Went to Colombia (What’s Your Question Again?)

Police Officers in Bogota

"Where were you traveling?" The U.S. immigration official in the Atlanta Airport didn't even look up as he nonchalantly flipped through my passport and asked the question in the bored yet professional manner I was used to at border crossings. "Peru and Colombia," I responded. shifting my backpack full of dirty clothes and souvenirs from …

Why We Travel (or, Why All My Savings Go to Plane Tickets, Train Tickets, Bus Tickets, and Cups of Coffee in Towns I Can’t Pronounce)

Why did I go to Colombia? Good question, one I certainly got in many forms both before I left (usually accompanied by a frightened stare that I would head to those dangerous jungles) and when I returned (usually accompanied by shocked expressions that I somehow escaped drug runners). Of course, there was a variety of …