Hope

At 10am MST on January 20, 2017 I was seated face-to-face with 15 community members that belonged to a rural community in New Mexico that’s barely visible on a map. 2016 was a particularly challenging year for this town of 1,100 people. A few weeks prior, four historic buildings were lost to a tragic fire, … More Hope

The Culture-ist: “Empowering Women in Post-Conflict Regions”

Previously published at: http://www.thecultureist.com/2016/04/18/empowering-women-post-conflict-regions/ War. Genocide. Human trafficking. Natural disasters. Epidemics. While each conflict differs in logistical community issues, a fascinating constant is the role that local women play in response to the particular conflict plaguing their region. Take Rosie the Riveter, for example. During World War II, women were called to fill the roles that … More The Culture-ist: “Empowering Women in Post-Conflict Regions”

365

An excerpt from my notebook, dated April 16, 2015: “What a difference a year makes. 365 days ago I was at my breaking point. My roommate got arrested for a crime that made me question my trust in people. My coursework was the most I have ever had. My relationship was on the rocks. I … More 365

A year in review

It’s hot. There’s no running water. My stomach is uneasy. The ground is shaking. I’ve gathered a group of strangers together who share the same bright yellow Qatar Airlines boarding pass. We’re sitting in a circle among lines of hundreds of people, sharing our stories of the past 48 hours. American, German, Italian. Same disaster, … More A year in review

Pink Jinn: “Nasreen Sheikh and the women rebuilding Nepal”

  Previously published at: https://pinkjinn.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/nasreen-sheikh-and-the-women-rebuilding-Nepal/ The sun is setting on the crowded and dusty streets of Thamel, Kathmandu. Tourists sporting backpacks and dreadlocks file in and out of the complicated maze of table vendors and store fronts, with each salesman promising a more authentic product than his competing neighbour. While the chaotic normalcies continue outside, I … More Pink Jinn: “Nasreen Sheikh and the women rebuilding Nepal”

Amsterdam

Amsterdam: A land of cannabis, canals, and counter-culture. This city sums up every man’s ideal “guys weekend.” Coffee shops act as watering holes for marijuana enthusiasts, while scantily-clad ladies in the district over usher those of the opposite sex inside their red-lit windows. Fascinated by how this taboo-infused city functioned, Holly and I purchased an enormous cone … More Amsterdam

A break from the hostel hustle: Switzerland and Germany

While in Zurich and Munich, Holly and I discovered that the true key to travel is knowing people. Sure, it’s been liberating tackling unfamiliar cities by ourselves, but after doing so for the entire first half of the trip, it was starting to become exhausting. Having someone personally take us to the best places to … More A break from the hostel hustle: Switzerland and Germany