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Wanderful Words No. 25: A Summation of Why I Love Mexico

Mexico

Something I enjoy about working in a highly untraditional high school is that the list of standard books that often left me bored and uninspired when I was in high school is nowhere in sight. Instead, books are carefully chosen to relate to class themes and hopefully, the students themselves. One of the books I’ve […]

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Wanderful Words No. 24: Traveling Slowly and Spontaneously

Mexico

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu I’ve seen this quote many times before, but thanks to this trip, I finally understand it. I left home slightly freaked out about  how most of my trip was unplanned, aside from a week and a half of it. […]

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Wanderful Words No. 23: A Las Vegas Preview

Nevada

“The lobby fairly reeked of high-grade Formica and plastic palm trees—it was clearly a high-class refuge for Big Spenders.” – Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas The Vegas bachelorette weekend has come and gone. A few hours after I returned to San Francisco, I was desperately trying to rehydrate my body while […]

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Wanderful Words No. 22: A Map for Saturday

backpacking

Turistas. Hostel. The Beach. These are all examples of Hollywood’s poor representations of traveling with a budget and a backpack. So it was refreshing to finally watch A Map for Saturday, a documentary by Brook Silva-Braga that takes a realistic look into the world of long term solo backpacking. While my month-or-sos away would not […]

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Wanderful Words No. 21: The Joy of Self Acceptance

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Recently, I’ve felt and understood a joy that permeates my body and sustains me. This quote describes one seemingly simple, but loaded reason for my sense of fulfillment: “It is the chiefest point of happiness that a [woman] is willing to be what [she] is.” – Desiderius Erasmus Beyond a willingness to be myself, there’s […]

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Wanderful Words No. 20: All’s Well That Ends Well

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I spent the final afternoon of last year’s Pacific Northwest trip in a cafe called El Diablo. One of my Seattle friends always tries to convince me that the weather there is not that bad, but outside, the frenetic rain proved otherwise. The bright Latin America-inspired cafe felt like the perfect warm refuge. I skimmed […]

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Wanderful Words No. 19: A Misty Hike to Alamere Falls

California

“In the spring, at the end of the day you should smell like dirt.” – Margaret Atwood As I wrote last weekend, this past week was my Spring Break and I had no travel plans. So I contacted the awesome Lauren Quinn to see if she could take me on the Palomarin Hike she’d mentioned […]

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Wanderful Words No. 18: A Rare Passing up of Travel

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“Sometimes the cure for restlessness is rest.” – Colleen Wainwright I am officially on spring break now. I often feel an urgency about taking advantage of my designated time off  to explore a new destination. This year, I didn’t get much of a chance to plan anything for spring break. And I while the list […]

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