Travel is

“Travel is little beds and cramped bathrooms. It’s old television sets and slow Internet connections. Travel is extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. It’s waiters, gas station attendants, and housekeepers becoming the most interesting people in the world. It’s churches that are compelling enough to enter. It’s McDonald’s being a luxury. It’s the realization that you […]

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Madison Farmer’s Market

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – James Beard I grew up on organic before organic was cool. I was dragged to farmer’s market, specialty Asian stores, and really anywhere my mom could get her hands on fresh, unique ingredients for her cooking. Her exquisite taste for quality ingredients and love for nature’s goods in […]

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Lesley's wedding (the first best friend wedding)

Best Friends with a Wanderluster

I happen to be blessed with incredible friends who somehow deal with my constant need to leave them to go to see the world. This is a letter to me (and you) from my best friend, Jamie, who out of the blue decided to write this very special guest post for this blog. This is […]

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Poocano in Peru | Hiking the Inca Trail with Llama Path

 “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”  – Martin Buber I arrived in Cusco feeling excited to embark on my first camping trip in years. I couldn’t wait to spend all day hiking the Inca Trail through mountains, embracing nature at its finest and feeling the deep serenity that one can only experience […]

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My Three-Year MBA: Traveling Included

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson It’s 2006. I’m devouring ahi tuna and salmon sashimi with my father using my fingers because I’m too clumsy with chopsticks. My father, noticing my sticky fingers and insatiable desire for the foreign […]

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