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March 5, 2018

It has been about a month since I returned to my normal life in California — a month since the excitement of first embraces and holidays have passed, a month since the initial rush of seeing old freeways and street-signs. The walk from my apartment to campus is now a f...

March 5, 2018

 My time abroad is coming to an end, and I am writing to you from Gate F65 at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The sun is setting and is painting the sky a brilliant, almost boastful array of oranges and blues. It feels like a long time since I have seen a sky as...

January 1, 2018

In my final moments on the Isle of Skye, I took this photo from inside a bus -- fortunately waking up from a nap in time to look out the window. Photography is much more than luck, and my abundance of cool photographer friends are a true testament to that. But this pho...

January 1, 2018

 When I flew into Orly-Sud Airport, it was close to sunset. In almost an annoyingly picturesque way, the sky was locked in a pink sunset. I saw the light of the Eiffel Tower from my plane -- it's beams shining from the top like some lighthouse, calling me home to dream...

January 1, 2018

Dear Amsterdam,

I don’t like putting blame on others for my shortcomings — much less putting the blame on entire cities. But, Amsterdam, I have many bones to pick with you.

I looked forward to my weekend in Amsterdam with an inflated sense of confidence. My time spent in...

December 19, 2017

My first excursion outside of Scotland began before sunrise. I awoke at 3 o’clock in the morning to go to Barcelona (in the middle of a school week, the best reason I have ever had for skipping class). The pre-packed suitcase and pre-drawn sky made me feel like I was a...

November 24, 2017

Three places I got to learn and love in. Part two of two -- the rantings of a passionate, grateful nerd.

November 1, 2017

What the heck are perfect places, anyway? 

I love learning. It's one of those truths about myself that I know with absolute certainty. 

My love for learning is rooted in this realisation: learning moves us past the darkness of unknowing, and it allows us t...

September 18, 2017

Scotland is made up of the Highlands and the Lowlands. In the past month,  I have been given lovely privilege and painful duty of traveling through both.

1. THE HIGHLANDS

During the final week of August, my brave mother and patient brother teamed...