So, What’s Life Like in Madrid?

So, What’s Life Like in Madrid?

  “Hasta luego.”   “Hasta luego!”   It’s the end of another lively Level 1 Spanish class at the International Language School in Madrid. Me and my front-row friends, Bang Bang and Soonim, are packing our bags and giggling while trying to share in Spanish our...

Aha, and we’re back.

I intended to write during our visit to the U.S., but somewhere on the flights between Tokyo, Mexico City, and Chicago, I lost my discipline. Arriving home was strangely surreal.   I had thought about and looked forward to it for so many weeks. It was like...
A Little Restful (Mental) Exercise

A Little Restful (Mental) Exercise

  My new French friend, Esteban,   and I are in the kitchen making up lasagna for our host family and the farm helpers – mostly created with produce from the organic farm in Nagano, Japan. From nearby nature, we have tomatoes, greens, garlic, onion,...
Fables from the Annapurna Trail

Fables from the Annapurna Trail

While in Nepal, we took a 10-day hike through the Himalayas on a path called the Annapurna Circuit. The trek was a highlight of our trip thus far, so we thought we’d share a few fun stories — Aesop-fable style.   Falling Rocks   Heading out of our...