flaws

For the first time in my life, I wanted to die. I feel some uneasiness in recalling how much I suffered, as if thinking about it might bring it all back. I don’t know precisely how it started, or precisely how it ended, but for two weeks, it seemed to me that I could not… Continue reading flaws

roots

I have settled down. For four months I wandered—fearfully, but happily. And then somehow I ended up back where I started. With a house, a car, a full-time job, a local bank account, a library card, a handful of close friends (that’s an exaggeration). My clothes hanging loosely on wire hangers. A watercolor on my… Continue reading roots

straight outta glenorchy

I am finally coming out of the storm. Somehow these past two months in Glenorchy have been just as challenging as the constant traveling. There are no more what-ifs, no more unknowns, no more what’s next. I have a plan for the next eight months of my life. I’m not even really traveling anymore. Everything… Continue reading straight outta glenorchy

brisbane: an early retirement

My “brief trip to Australia for the holidays” turned into a month-long visit. I managed to spend an entire month in Brisbane. “Brisbane is shit,” my friend from Sydney says. Even Dorothy, who lives in Brisbane, asked what in the world am I going to do here for a month? Don’t I want to do… Continue reading brisbane: an early retirement

south island (beautiful) disasters

I was almost homeless in Queenstown. It was 5 PM on a Tuesday and every single accommodation was fully booked since I didn’t have the foresight to book in advance. Fantastic! I remained calm. I sent out some requests to work exchange hosts in the area, not because I was prepared to do a work… Continue reading south island (beautiful) disasters

van life in the north island

I downloaded Tinder. For those of you who don’t know what this is (mom, that means you), Tinder is an online dating (read: hookup) app that finds you potential matches based on their proximity to you. Evidently a lot of solo backpackers use it to find other travelers in the area or to meet up… Continue reading van life in the north island

sydney + brisbane

well, my adidas were a HIT. it was a monday night. i casually stumbled upon (after extensive research) this super trendy cocktail bar (the bar is literally called “this must be the place”) wearing my REI pack, sweaty tank, and—dare i even mention it—leggings. luckily there were only two other people in the place (the… Continue reading sydney + brisbane

melbourne + pathetic, first-world thoughts

this is the second time since i’ve left the US that i’ve experienced a low point (level 3 on the 1-10 mental breakdown scale). the first time was the day that i lost my phone. i left it sitting on an incredibly camouflaging gatepost at the birdwatchers’ farm. i wasn’t able to go back to… Continue reading melbourne + pathetic, first-world thoughts