Balancing Game

So, things are changing around me. Once again, certain parts of my life have turned into a soap opera, with marriage proposals (don’t worry, folks, they’re nowhere near me, things aren’t going that wacky) ghostly sounds in my apartment at all hours of day and night, and the requisite goofy faces any time anyone walks … Continue reading

Things I Lost While Traveling

Every time you see a “how to travel solo” or even a “how to travel” guide, it talks about all the things you risk losing when you’re traveling: how to avoid losing them and what to do if you’ve already lost them. Your dignity, your camera, your composure, your wallet, your life, your temper, your … Continue reading

Giving In, Not To Be Confused With Giving Up

It was only a matter of time. This is what I’m thinking to myself as I stare blankly at the dozens of different types of chocolate laid out in front of me in the grocery store. It was only a matter of time before I gave in. I always do. I have quite a sweet … Continue reading

Somewhere-Else-Sick: Homesickness for the Wanderer

I don’t get homesick. I get somewhere-else-sick, sure. Heartsick, missing something  from my past, nursing a heartache. I used to think it was because I don’t think of myself as having a home, and even when I’m in the place I usually call home, I get somewhere-else-sick. Lately I’ve stopped thinking of myself as lacking … Continue reading

Strawberry Mocha Mornings

Lately, I’ve taken up a habit that by turns amuses and horrifies my colleagues, Korean and foreign alike. I make myself a strawberry, chocolate, or banana coffee every morning at 10:30. Admittedly, when my colleague suggested that I add milk to coffee to be get through the morning, she probably didn’t mean the strawberry milk … Continue reading

Thriving On Change

Italy has changed me already. I’ve only been here for two weeks, living with host families and teaching English in summer camps, but already I notice two things that are different now from when I arrived. The first is drinking coffee. I never did at home (no, I don’t count those java-mocha-however-many-pumps-syrupy-chocolatey concoctions Starbucks brews … Continue reading