Another birthday abroad, and saying goodbye to Anthony Bourdain

As someone with a June birthday, it’s always been hard to figure out how to celebrate–growing up, my birthday was always entangled with more general end-of-the-school-year celebrations, and as a college and graduate student, my friends were generally long gone to the pursuits of summer by the time June 8 actually rolled around. Thus, my…

Three Weeks of Insanity Part 1: Norwegian Adventures

For anyone who follows me on social media, the last three weeks have most likely seemed rather baffling–I was in the U.S. recovering from lung surgery until August 11, then flew home to Singapore, then flew round trip to Norway (with a quick stop in London on the way home), then somehow ended up in…

On Kampot and Quiet Travel

Although Phnom Penh was my transit hub for my journey to Cambodia last week, after hearing from some other folks about the city – whose advice turned out to be entirely merited – I decided that maybe spending six whole days in the capital was not the best idea.  After leafing through my trusted Lonely…

Facing History in Phnom Penh

As a Westerner, the first thing I noticed about Phnom Penh was not the traffic (a seemingly incomprehensible sea of cars, motorcycles, and tuk tuks laden with every item imaginable) nor the noise (a cacophony of beeps and calls of “tuk tuk?” that followed me nearly everywhere), but the air.  Unlike Beijing, where pollution creates a…

So I made it to Singapore…now what?

After many (MANY) hours on a plane between Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (depending on your perspective/location in comparison to the international dateline), I arrived in Singapore late Thursday night, and made it safely (and easily!) to my new apartment.  While I was definitely super excited to have finally arrived, the full enormity of my decision to…

I’m moving to Singapore!

So for those of you that don’t know (despite my incessant discussion of this subject for the last 10 months), in just over a week, I’ll moving to Singapore!  I’m super excited about the move – and also very excited to blog about my adventures – and decided to write up a brief FAQ to answer…