Nominated for the Liebster Award!

I’m super excited that Mar over at Once in a Lifetime Journey has nominated me for the Liebster Award for up-and-coming bloggers. So without further ado, here are my answers to the 11 questions and my nominations at the bottom. Enjoy! 1. What makes you a unique traveler? I don’t know if this makes me Read More …

Backpacker Befriends Bukhara, Part 1

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Backpacking in Central Asia

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Backpacking in Central Asia“The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” Shirley MacLaine. My cell phone alarm rattled me awake just after dawn, interrupting dreams of Bukhara’s Silk Road glory. Yesterday I caught a glimpse of that Read More …

Looking for a live crash course in Beat?

The Beat Museum is hosting the first ever Beatnik Shindig in San Francisco, the weekend of June 26-28. If I weren’t stuck in Mexico I’d be up there in a heartbeat. This promises to be the largest Beat gathering since the NYU event in 1995. In this interview Jerry Cimino, founder of the Beat Museum, reminds us Read More …

Spectres & Spectacles in Holy Bukhara

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Backpacking in Central Asia

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Backpacking in Central AsiaThe ghosts of history sometimes speak to us in spectacles and marvels, sometimes stay frustratingly silent, and the art of travel often lies more in the imagination than the destination itself. “Bukhara! For centuries it had glimmered remote in the Western consciousness: the most Read More …

How to Defy Time: Camping in Amatlan

“Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.” Albert Camus.   Downtown Cuernavaca was nearly empty on Saturday morning when I found Neko and Honga huddled at the feet of a weary General Zapata. Read More …