Part 1 – My Top 10 Travel Blunders & How I Fixed Them

My parents raised me in a foreign country with the mantra, “Sometimes we pay for our lessons.”  Linguistic and cultural barriers are just part of the landscape of international travel or living and as the visitor, it’s pretty likely we’ll goof up here or there. This perspective has helped me have grace on myself on … More Part 1 – My Top 10 Travel Blunders & How I Fixed Them

In Transit

Life is about the in between spaces, the liminality or limbo where you’ve left some place but you haven’t arrived in the next place yet.  It’s like being a traveler in transit. I’m doing a lot of transiting (and train-sitting) on my Europe Voyage, and there’s something surprisingly comforting about it.  As a TCK, Third … More In Transit

The English, part 1

When I handed the train conductor my ticket, he said, “Thank you, Love!”  That’s when I knew I wasn’t in England any more. I’m skimming the coastline in northern Wales on my way to catch a ferry to Dublin.  I’ll spend my next week touring Ireland with a group of InterVarsity students (American study-abroad students … More The English, part 1

Daffodils

If the daffodil had a face, it would have a fixed grin and rainbow-shaped eyes that gaze up at the warm sunshine without a worry in the world. Today I feel like that daffodil, but it wasn’t always so. I’ve been reflecting on my trip here 10 years ago when the climate of my soul was much different… … More Daffodils

1 Unlearn

5 days ’till my launch I consider how much I will need to unlearn in order to learn new things.  It’s St. Patrick’s day and in just a few weeks I’ll be in Ireland on a Celtic Pilgrimage learning about this saint!  

Amphibious Cycling

(This post has been churning within me for a couple years now.  As we pry apart the crusty shell, I hope we’ll find a pearl…) When I moved to Honolulu a couple of years ago, my roommate kindly gave me her bicycle.  As an independent-minded person, I much preferred cycling to riding the bus to … More Amphibious Cycling