Those Experiences that Change You

I came back from a short-term missions trip over a week ago, and I’m still realizing all the ways the trip changed me. I recognized some changes as they were happening. I could literally feel my heart shifting. But other changes I’m only recognizing now. The absence of weights that used to be present. The added […]

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In Indonesia: Between a Tourist and Something Else 

Hello from Jakarta, Indonesia! I tend to under-research the new countries I visit. As in, I often do little to no research before I board the plane. I usually have little to no idea what the shape of the country looks like on a map. It was no different this time. Now that I’m here, […]

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Boracay: Not Just a Tourist

Just got back from a week in Boracay. (It’s one of the more famous beautiful Philippine islands, if you were unaware.) It was gorgeous. White, soft sand. Clear blue water stretching as far as the eye can see. Puffy clouds, blue skies, hand-painted sunsets, twinkling stars. That’s Boracay. But while I met some cool people, did a lot […]

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The Itch to Travel

I’m contemplating going on a solo adventure this summer. I.e. taking a trip by myself. Which I can’t say I’ve ever done. So maybe that in itself is a reason to do it. I’ve been thinking back on past adventures recently, various countries and cultures I’ve encountered, explored, and experienced. I’ve been thinking about the […]

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International Flights: Some Tips

Having suffered through a painful trans-Pacific flight two weeks ago and then successfully making it through a significantly less painful trans-Pacific flight today, I feel qualified to share some tips: 1. Don’t sit in the middle. This seems obvious, but it has to be said. Especially if you’re like me and get stressed out by […]

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Being a Tourist

Can’t believe this is my last day in Thailand! I’ve had so much fun this week! (I haven’t wanted to watch TV even once!) Have to say I’ve enjoyed being a tourist. Totally different than living in a foreign country. Some of the most memorable moments were when things went wrong. Like when we were wandering around […]

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Greetings from Thailand!

I’m sitting in a cafe in Chiang Mai, Thailand right now, waiting for my mango smoothie to arrive. The wifi in this cafe is excellent, so thought I’d take advantage of it to blog before my bus ride into the mountains this afternoon. I went ziplining this morning and it was awesome! We got the […]

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