Understanding 9/11 as a Child Abroad

Do I regret any of the hostilities or confusing moments I have faced as an American abroad? They make me sad, of course, but they define my own empathy and capacity for understanding conflict. For every scrap of animosity I felt while traveling as American, I was showered with welcomes and kindness.

A Very Durham Wedding

With literally no geographical middle-ground at which to gather our family, when we were deciding where to get married, the most logically illogical thing to do was to create our own hometown.

Visiting Cathedrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde, Montreal

Walking inside this cathedral, I immediately felt overwhelmed - in a good way. This place was massive. The hulking concrete exterior belied the soaring, airy ceiling inside. The entire cathedral was somewhat sepia-hued, due to the muted lighting of rather old chandeliers and the unique stone walls. As we entered, a service was ending, and we respectfully stood the side watching members conclude their morning worship.

The Quick and Dirty Guide to Interning in Geneva

Though many of these interns would describe their experiences as priceless, an equal number reflect on being shocked by the price tag involved in living and working in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Below, I’ve offered a variety of tips to help you get the most out of your internship and your budget. 

Top Ten: Getting to Know Havana

It can be hard to know what to do on a trip to Cuba – in a country so full of history, overflowing with personality, yet mysterious and still largely unknown, how does one even know where to start? Here, I’ve shared 10 items that absolutely need to make it onto your itinerary.

First in Flight

I think it is safe to assume that nerds the world over never lose their spirit for the pursuit of knowledge and have some undying sense of determination. These two qualities come together at the inspirational Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, NC. 

30 Small Things You Can Do To Cheer Up Right Now

No need to delve into the details - we all know that a lot of people are feeling discouraged, defeated, angry, and blue this week. And the truth is that a decent amount of people are feeling that way on any given day in the year. It's ok to be gentle with yourself. It's ok to take time to do something completely frivolous simply because it makes you happy. It's ok to feel upset, and it's ok to need a little help feeling better again. 

Staying Safe While Nerding Abroad: Tips from a Cop

Nerding abroad and discovering new sights, sounds, and adventures is fun, but unfortunately, touring a new place can be dangerous too. As a police officer in Washington, DC, I police areas dense with tourists who are often victims of crimes. Lucky for you I’m also a fellow world traveler, and below are a few strategies to help you protect yourself and your property while exploring.

Explosion of Senses: Pike Place Market

What started as a humble public food market has grown into a must-see tourist attraction in the heart of downtown Seattle. Pike Place Market, opened on August 17, 1907 is the oldest continuously running farmer's market in the US, and currently attracts around 10 million visitors a year. And boy, can you tell.