Jersey Devil Lunchdate

During a layover in Jersey City I had lunch with Jordan, one of my best friends who lives a convenient distance away in Queens. We walked through State Liberty Park along the river to Ellis Island, gazed at the Statue of Liberty, and paid respects to the Empty Sky Memorial.       For lunch…

Dirt and Bones

My friend’s family owns a farm in central Tennessee and lost most of their livestock to some mysterious mass death many years ago. As a student in Biophysical and Forensic Anthropology, my interest in traveling for bones was peaked. We took a road trip to collect dirt, skulls and various other long bones. I passed…

Bahama Mama

My family went on a Carnival cruise from Key West to Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas. We had a great time, but weather and indulgence prevented plentiful photos. I was impressed with the diversity in cuisine and abundance of the buffets and cafes, with any type of organic, vegetarian, kosher, or other diet considered. My giant of a…

Key West, Hemingway, and Little Cuba.

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” -Hemingway We arrived in Florida very early in the morning. It was still black as night, and we had a few hours to pass before boarding the ship. I am a avid fan of all things Cuba, and Key West is filled with Cuban-inspired food,…

Drinkin’ rum and Coca-Cola

After weeks of lusting over my dream cruises to Cuba and Jamaica, ideas for a fusion dinner party began forming. Here is what I came up with:   Cuban spiced shredded chicken with lime, cilantro, and various peppers.  Option 2: chipotle lime tortilla with black beans and a salad made of carrots, radishes, and onions.…

East Side Gallery, Berlin

On  Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin, an outdoor art exhibit clings to what was the formidable Berlin Mauer (wall). Artists and protestors from all over the world were drawn to the site after the wall was torn down. More than twenty years have passed, yet you can still see the scars it left behind in the…

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Gatlinburg is a blossoming town in East Tennessee in the Smoky Mountains just outside of a major tourist attraction city called Pigeon Forge. The border between the two is not always clear to me, but for better or worse, I love it. Obviously patterned after a German settlement, it is a mix of traditional Southern…