Not All Who Wander Are Lost – A Perspective on Long-Term Travel, Homesickness & the Types of People I’ve Encountered Along the Way

Here I am, nearly eight months into traveling around the world.  The past six weeks have been an absolute whirlwind, visiting 12 countries and 18+ cities before I head to South America. Needless to say, I haven’t had much time to write but I have had an absolute blast seeing places I’ve only dreamt of […]

My International Dating Tell-All: The Difference Between a Portuguese, Italian, French, British, Jordanian and Brazilian. It’s not what you think: 10 Lessons Learned While Dating Internationally in Your Thirties

I recently started reading the book If the Buddha Dated, per a recommendation from my friend, Susan. I love the line ‘Our path is not so much to find a lover as to be a good lover of life, of all people.’ This encapsulates one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in the past two […]

Seeking Nirvana: Understanding Genocide Amidst Meditating Monks and Golden Temples in Myanmar and Cambodia

Monks Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

According to Wikipedia, Buddhism is practiced by 95% of Cambodia and 88% of Myanmar’s population with Myanmar being the most religious Buddhist country in terms of the proportion of monks in the population (~300,000). How, then, can these two neighboring countries, full of meditating monks and gilded temples, have fallen victim to some of the […]