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Traveling From Medellín to Salento by Bus

Traveling From Medellín to Salento by Bus

After three bustling days in Medellín, we traveled by bus to Salento, a sleepy town nestled in lush green mountains and coffee estates. I had read about the bus journey before we set out and knew that we would have to take a bus towards Armenia […]

The Real Bogotá

The Real Bogotá

We arrived in Bogotá just after midnight. I had arranged for a driver to pick us up, but after we exited the airport, we found that no one was outside waiting for us. The taxi counter was inside the airport behind the ‘do not enter’ […]

The Wonderment of Paris: A City for All Ages

The Wonderment of Paris: A City for All Ages

I knew I’d love Paris long before I ever visited. There was just something about the city that captivated me. It’s hard to put it into words, which is probably why I’ve never written about it even though it’s the international destination I’ve visited the most. I […]

Beyond Unique Escapes: Sustainable Travel in Siem Reap

Beyond Unique Escapes: Sustainable Travel in Siem Reap

When I was in Cambodia, I spent a day with Beyond Unique Escapes, a local tour company in Siem Reap that offers responsible, community focused tours across Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. I like to read up on tour companies before I book because I always worry […]

The Remaining Hutongs of Beijing

The Remaining Hutongs of Beijing

I exit the metro station at the Nanluguxiang stop and look around, searching for a sense of direction. A silver fence separates me from multiple lanes of traffic. I stare at the bicyclers, part in wonder and part in admiration.  Traffic rushes by, leaving a […]

Mashiur Rahman: America As a Dream

Mashiur Rahman: America As a Dream

Growing up in Dhaka, a capital of more than nine million, Mashiur Rahman, never dreamed he would arrive where he is today. He knew American life from his favorite action movies, Rambo and The Terminator–and he certainly never imagined himself living that kind of life. But in his late teens, […]

Ankita Isor: From Mumbai to St. Louis and Back Again

Ankita Isor: From Mumbai to St. Louis and Back Again

I first met Ankita Isor at a Starbucks on campus. She was an exchange student from Mumbai and had my friend as a professor in a Women’s and Gender Studies course. My friend suggested we meet because we both share a love of women’s issues […]

Five Reasons You Should Take Your Kids to Antigua, Guatemala

Five Reasons You Should Take Your Kids to Antigua, Guatemala

Guatemala has been one of my biggest travel surprises in recent years. With green lush countryside, colorful cities, looming volcanos, and ancient Mayan ruins, the entire country impresses. The people are friendly and the coffee is strong and plentiful. I traveled throughout Guatemala (and Belize) […]

Five Reasons to Visit Istanbul Now

Five Reasons to Visit Istanbul Now

Istanbul. A city where the frenzied pace of nearly 15 million residents is interrupted by the idyllic Bosphorus Strait. The call to prayer, the rose-gold sunsets, the smell of warm simit (a popular circular bread), the twinkling lights. Istanbul enchants even the most hardened tourists. It’s hard not […]

Traveling Across Belize and Guatemala on a Chicken Bus

Traveling Across Belize and Guatemala on a Chicken Bus

If you’ve never crammed into a tiny van with no air conditioning and a bunch of Guatemalans, you should try it. You’re missing out. This summer, my kids and I spent just under three weeks in Belize and Guatemala. I had researched transportation before our […]