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Jimjilbangs, Dog and Cat Cafes, Cute Things in Korea


My homie Laura moved to South Korea over ten years ago to teach English, and once every few years, when I was depressed about whatever I was doing and where I was working, I would send her a Facebook message... Continue Reading →

A Phi Phi-nomenal Thai-me (am i trying too hard? but i like it.)


Few things can make or break a friendship like travel. Like realizing we’re all getting charged 400HKD we hadn’t planned on to check one bag, or the suitcase zipper breaking open in the trunk of an unmarked “taxi,” or the... Continue Reading →

34: hashtag blessed


For the last few years, I have written birthday blog posts filling out the same set of questions each time, so I can look back each year and feel what it was to be me in that moment. A time... Continue Reading →

Girl Gone Gili (your girl is in Indonesia)


It was hard to hug Jeanie goodbye - living abroad, one of the weird ways your heart has to grow is to learn how to say goodbye to people for real, knowing that there is a very real chance you... Continue Reading →

Philippines: final days


I freaking love cheesy tourist things. I used to scoff at tourist traps; thinking I was so cool in my backpacking cheapskate ways, always winging it, hoping to find something local and have a more authentic experience. But when I... Continue Reading →

Philippines: boats and stars and things still go wrong


My life is a lot of accidentally doing things the hardest way possible. With an all-star cast of strange characters. A sprinkling of mishap. A lot of "well, at least this will all be a very funny story in a... Continue Reading →

r2hk: lessons and blessings


I’ve asked Google many a thing - “how do you bake chicken” “which one is cabbage and which is lettuce” “what does an eclipse mean.” But perhaps the most humbling thing I’ve ever thrown out to the universe was what... Continue Reading →

Regular Trains, Sushi Trains, Bullet Trains, oh my


There is an English idiom, 'like riding a bike,' that I got to try out in a few ways on this trip. I was literally riding a bike around rice paddies and down busy streets with opposite traffic laws, and... Continue Reading →

R2HK: yard duties, always food, details


I've known many yard duty's during a lifetime of public schooling, but when I think of a 'yard duty,' there’s just one woman I picture; halo of frizzy grey hair, sunglasses with a leash on them, clipboard full of green... Continue Reading →

R2HK: Alis volat propiis


Here goes my flight. Here I sit in the airport. Bags are checked. I am not sure what I’ve forgotten yet. My 'last supper' was Zachary's deep dish pizza, salad with ranch dressing, wine, and my puppies in the backyard.... Continue Reading →

Rachel to Hong Kong: 7 days to go


Today marks the first day of my last week stateside before I move to Hong Kong. As I keep saying, at some point I should probably start getting ready for that. I put in a good college try today -... Continue Reading →

therapy: hit and run/walk/get outside


I move to Hong Kong in two weeks, so it is entirely reasonable that people are starting to ask me if I'm ready. The short answer is "no." The long answer is "NoooooOOOOOooooOOOOOOOOooooo." There are about a million things to... Continue Reading →

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