💌 The Letters

For the past six years, I've been writing a letter every week as I've traveled around the world.

They've painted a picture of life, of a journey across the world and cultures. And across time. The world changed. I changed. And the letters were there to see them.

People write back every week to share their thoughts, and sometimes tell me that seeing that letter in their inbox, every Sunday morning, is one of their favorite parts of the week.

If you'd like to get them, they're free, so hop on over and subscribe. I'd love to have you along. :)

Ten years.
I sold everything and started traveling ten years ago. Now I'm heading home.

July 23, 2023 — Paris, France
Welcome Home.
Home is a place. Right?

March 6, 2022 — Los Angeles, United States
Washing ashore in Los Angeles. Unsure of anything besides sea and shore.

February 20, 2022 — Los Angeles, United States
Untying the knot, with kindness.

October 17, 2021 — Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
See you in August.
It's time for a little break. :)

June 27, 2021 — Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
At some point, this stopped being temporary, and starting being life.

June 20, 2021 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
I'm back 'home'. And it is not good.

June 13, 2021 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
The long, slow drive back.

June 5, 2021 — Tāupo, Aotearoa New Zealand
Finally starting to meet the language of this land.

May 30, 2021 — Te Ika-a-Maui, Aotearoa New Zealand
Back where I started - and nothing's the same.

May 23, 2021 — Picton, Aotearoa New Zealand
Winter is coming. No, actually.

May 16, 2021 — Kaikōura, Aotearoa New Zealand
The places that when you get there, you know.

May 9, 2021 — Aoraki, Aotearoa New Zealand
Turns out I learned a lot of things that nobody taught me.

May 2, 2021 — Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand
Less Hard.
Fossilization is optional.

April 25, 2021 — Mossburn, Aotearoa New Zealand
Trees, concrete, and an honest realization.

April 18, 2021 — Rotorua, Aotearoa New Zealand
Four years after a big fall, I've found my feet again.

April 11, 2021 — Tōtaranui, Aotearoa New Zealand
It's the things stripped away. It's what's left.

April 4, 2021 — Glenorchy, Aotearoa New Zealand
I have a new favorite animal. And a realization.

March 28, 2021 — Ata Whenua, Aotearoa New Zealand
Among the pine trees and yellowing leaves, I found the breath I needed.

March 21, 2021 — Wanaka, Aotearoa New Zealand
Out here with the trees and stars, I've realized I lost something along the way.

March 14, 2021 — Ōkārito, Aotearoa New Zealand
I've hit the West Coast of Aotearoa. And Wildness.

March 7, 2021 — Karamea, Aotearoa New Zealand
I've arrived on New Zealand's South Island. And the world's started to fall away.

February 28, 2021 — Tennyson Inlet, Aotearoa New Zealand
Right here.
This is where the adventure, where connecting to Aotearoa New Zealand really started.

February 21, 2021 — Hinemaiaia, Aotearoa New Zealand
Van life has begun and I don't know how to do anything.

February 14, 2021 — Taupō, Aotearoa New Zealand
Two days left until I'm on the road.

February 7, 2021 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Big, big news. We're going on an adventure!

January 31, 2021 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Something ties it all together.

January 24, 2021 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
A little clarity - and some excitement about what's coming.

January 17, 2021 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Starting the new year differently. The kiwi way.

January 10, 2021 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
The List.
1. Start writing sober. 2. Finish not sober. 3. Do everything on it.

January 3, 2021 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Thank You.
You. Specifically.

December 27, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Trying to figure the good parts of 2020. Turns out there were some.

December 20, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
A year-end pause. Oh, and also, the new course is out!

December 13, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
The Span of Years
Growth, change, and settling into one's skin.

December 6, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Wondering if I put my heart out there as much as I used to - and if that's a good thing.

November 29, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
A Glimpse Behind the Curtains.
I'm finishing up a new course after months of work, and struggling with a familiar problem. Got any ideas?

November 22, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
The first edges of summer have started to hit the air, here in the corner of the world.

November 15, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
The US election hit an unexpected nerve - where am I from, anyway?

November 8, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
This too.
One piece of Persian wisdom seems more apt than ever.

November 1, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Still slogging.
Depression's still here hanging out, so here's a little bit of what it's like this time.

October 25, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Yep. Still depression.
In a year when everthing's been upside down, it's annoying that there's one thing I can still count on.

October 18, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
This week is the election in New Zealand - and I'm voting here for the first time.

October 11, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
13 Weeks.
2020 was a really weird, nebulous concept - until one day last week.

October 4, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Code, cooking, and what comes from making things from scratch.

September 27, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Here's to the things that don't go bad.

September 20, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
The power dropped out, and suddenly I was thrown back in time.

September 13, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
I found an unexpected salve, a tentpole of sanity in 2020. Fiction.

September 6, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
I spotted them on the side of the road. And then I sat down and cried.

August 30, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Cold winter wind, and an instinct buried in our bones.

August 23, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
See. Saw.
The way the world shifts under us, even standing still.

August 16, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Look down.
Gravity, ground, and the bottom dropping out.

August 9, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Can I level with you?

August 2, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
As often as I can, I think about something strange: the inner workings of plants.

July 26, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
There's one thing that keeps slipping from my grasp. Time.

July 19, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Deep breath. Deep breath.
I'm excited and terrified to start something new - a Patreon :)

July 12, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Meet Eek.
There's someone I've been waiting years to introduce you to.

July 5, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
As the longest night of the year passed and a special constellation rose, I've found myself looking back.

June 28, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
As lockdown has eased, I've found myself with a profound sense of urgency, left in its wake.

June 21, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Kindness won.
We found something unexpected, here in New Zealand. Our superpower.

June 14, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Watching America wrestle with its racist history and present. And mine.

June 7, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Showing Love.
There's a particular feeling to taking care of a long-neglected thing. :)

May 31, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
I've changed over the lockdown. And it means things are going to change around here, too.

May 24, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
There's something about our tools that runs deeper than we think.

May 17, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
I asked my home AI for some music and it broke me. Whole.

May 10, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Life in lockdown has brought an unexpected bonus: acceptance.

May 3, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Becoming home.
Stay still long enough, and you start to notice things you've always missed.

April 26, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
This here. In-between.

April 19, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Make Something.
I made a bed frame this week - and felt unexpectedly better.

April 12, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
A Little Bit of Everything.
As the lockdown has stretched on, I've found myself fascinated by the variety that's been sitting here, right under my nose.

April 5, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Be Strong. Be Kind.
One aspect of New Zealand's message through this crisis has stuck with me.

March 29, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
New Normal
In a week in which everything is changing faster that we can track, I'm reminded of just how resilient we are.

March 22, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
As coronavirus has snaked its way around the world, I've found myself staring an uncomfortable truth.

March 15, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
I stared up at the beams for hours, and found something funny happening in my mind.

March 8, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Horses and Beaches and a Smile You Can't Lose.
For 160 years, the beach races have been a respite.

March 1, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
A New Perspective
An unexpected sunrise on the water just taught me something.

February 23, 2020 — Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
A Change of Plans
Coronavirus and the year ahead.

February 16, 2020 — Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
Waitangi Day(s)
Celebrating the day Aotearoa New Zealand broke from the script.

February 9, 2020 — Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
Gone too soon.
Sudden loss, and the realization that it could be any one of us.

February 2, 2020 — Auckland, New Zealand
The past sticks like sap
History like spiderwebs, silk, tendrils of vines.

January 26, 2020 — Auckland, New Zealand
Welcome to Waiheke
An hour's ferry ride outside Auckland, somewhere special is hiding.

January 19, 2020 — Waiheke, New Zealand
Growth and Stability
I came across a diamond this week - everything alternates between growth and stability.

January 12, 2020 — Waiheke, New Zealand
Getting Started - and the shock of turning on the lights.
I started on Ink and Feet full time this week - and was pretty shocked at what I found.

January 5, 2020 — Waiheke, New Zealand
2020, and The Year Ahead :)
A look back, forward, and a personally really exciting announcement.

December 29, 2019 — Waiheke, New Zealand
Thank You.
You. Yes, you.

December 22, 2019 — Waiheke, New Zealand
A Goodbye to Japan
Leaving my heart behind in Japan, and heading somewhere new.

December 15, 2019 — Tokyo, Japan
Kyoto and the span of years
I spent the weekend back in Kyoto - and it hit harder than I'd expected.

December 8, 2019 — Kyōto, Japan
Another One Bites the Dust
This week, the company I was working for went bust. And I found something out in the wake.

December 1, 2019 — Kyōto, Japan
Walking with Basho
This past week, I visited where Basho's journey began - and found him still there, waiting.

November 24, 2019 — Tokyo, Japan
Magic from Mud
Dorodango, and the Japanese art of turning mud into a jewel.

November 17, 2019 — Tokyo, Japan
Sometimes, things get better without the triumph. And it is weird.

November 10, 2019 — Tokyo, Japan
Still Here
Walking through the past in Kraków, Poland - and an unexpected truth.

November 3, 2019 — Kraków, Poland
Walking in the Rain
Depression, and how 'meaningful' and 'feels good' aren't necessarily related.

October 27, 2019 — Tokyo, Japan
Aizuchi - the Japanese Art of Conversation
Watch any conversation here in Japan, and you'll notice something funny about the listener.

October 20, 2019 — Tokyo, Japan
Welcome to Japan
Settling into Tokyo, and the first thing you'll notice.

October 13, 2019 — Tokyo, Japan
A Goodbye to Paris
Saying another goodbye to the city I love, and how loss is never even.

September 8, 2019 — Paris, France
My big secret project: The Novel
Behind the scenes, there's been a big, big project in the works for the past few years.

September 1, 2019 — Paris, France
The Best Office in the World
Sitting on the banks of the Seine, I realized we're not going to stare at our phones forever.

August 25, 2019 — Paris, France
On Being Wrong
How so many of the things I love started out as things I hated.

August 18, 2019 — Paris, France
Un Gran Anuncio
The No-Bullshit Guide is coming to Spanish!

August 11, 2019 — Paris, France
Paris, Cobblestones, and a Realization.
Walking along the Seine one afternoon, I was struck - literally - by the obvious.

August 4, 2019 — Paris, France
Reader Roundtable Replies: On Space
More than 200 readers replied. Here's what they said aboout finding space, introversion, extroversion, and how we all make it work.

July 28, 2019 — Paris, France
On Death
Death, hospitals, fireworks, and the value of every day.

July 21, 2019 — Paris, France
Backup Coffee
Having an unreasonable amount of coffee, and the beautiful things it hides.

July 14, 2019 — Paris, France
Google, Ancient societies, and looking for answers between liberty and security.

July 7, 2019 — Paris, France
Welcome to Paris
Smell, sunlight, and the slow dripping of time.

June 30, 2019 — Paris, France
A Goodbye to Medellín
On leaving a city I love.

June 23, 2019 — Medellín, Colombia
The weird thing about leaving
Every time I'm about to leave somewhere, a weird thing happens in that last week.

June 16, 2019 — Medellín, Colombia
Reader Roundtable: Finding Space
Write back and share your experience and questions with our community!

June 9, 2019 — Medellín, Colombia
Honest Work
Medellín, and living a life that's true to yourself.

June 2, 2019 — Medellín, Colombia
In the Leaves
Making a fresh start in a place without seasons.

May 26, 2019 — Medellín, Colombia
On Looking Up
What's above you right now?

May 19, 2019 — Medellín, Colombia
On Chapters
You never know what's coming next.

May 12, 2019 — Medellín, Colombia
What I learned in a Colombian hospital
Life is a funny thing.

May 5, 2019 — Medellín, Colombia
On ants, being watched, and building a better future.
Do things like someone is watching.

April 28, 2019 — Medellín, Colombia
The Silent Semana
All across the world, we find ways to be still.

April 21, 2019 — Medellín, Colombia
Welcome to Medellín, Colombia
I'm back in Medellín. Let me show you around.

April 14, 2019 — Medellín, Colombia
The Life-Changing Magic of Packing
Preparing to leave Argentina, and discovering that the things I own were hiding a secret.

April 7, 2019 — Buenos Aires, Argentina
Welcome to Buenos Aires
On what I found, in a small apartment in Buenos Aires - and restarting the letters. :)

March 31, 2019 — Buenos Aires, Argentina
Bedrock, rebuilding, and the power of why.
The letter for October 14, 2018

October 14, 2018 — Auckland, New Zealand
Not knowing is sometimes the deal.
On the times you're left without ideas, and time keeps marching.

October 7, 2018 — Auckland, New Zealand
For all our civilization, the sun still reigns supreme.

August 5, 2018 — Paris, France
Those Quiet French Sunday Mornings
Each Sunday here, I wake up to find something magical.

July 22, 2018 — Paris, France
A Reckoning
Catching a glimse of myself, two years later, and a hard truth.

July 15, 2018 — Paris, France
Leaving a Mark
Walking up the stairs here in Paris, there's a feeling I can never shake, in very the best way: I'm not alone.

June 30, 2018 — Paris, France
A Time Capsule
I left a box for myself two years ago in Paris. Today, I opened it.

June 17, 2018 — Paris, France
On Coming Home
After two years away, I'm coming back to the place that's felt most like home.

June 10, 2018 — Paris, France
The Letter for December 22, 2017

December 22, 2017 — Waiheke, New Zealand
The Best Time to Plant a Tree Was...
The Letter for June 18, 2017

June 18, 2017 — Auckland, New Zealand
Health and Baby Goats
The Letter for June 11, 2017

June 11, 2017 — Auckland, New Zealand
Giving Discomfort a Big Ol' Hug
The Letter for June 4, 2017

June 4, 2017 — Auckland, New Zealand
It's Never What It Looks Like
The Letter for May 14, 2017

May 14, 2017 — Auckland, New Zealand
On Holding Back
The Letter for May 7, 2017

May 7, 2017 — Waiheke, Auckland, New Zealand
A New Adventure
The Letter for April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017 — Somewhere over the Pacific
Leave the Party While You're Still Having Fun
The Letter for March 19, 2017

March 19, 2017 — Vail, Arizona, United States
The Letter for March 12, 2017

March 12, 2017 — Ithaca, New York, United States
The Perfect and the Good
The Letter for March 5, 2017

March 5, 2017 — Auckland, New Zealand
Doubtful Sound and Riding the Waves
The Letter for February 26, 2017

February 26, 2017 — Fjordland, South Island, New Zealand
Middle Earth (A particularly geeky letter.)
The Letter for February 19, 2017

February 19, 2017 — South Island, New Zealand
The State of the Union!
The Letter for February 12, 2017, and my annual 'Hey, how's this working for you?'

February 12, 2017 — Raglan, New Zealand
On the Road
The Letter for February 5, 2017.

February 5, 2017 — North Island, New Zealand
A Wild and Woolly World
The Letter for January 29, 2017.

January 29, 2017 — Auckland, New Zealand
Nice, Medium-sized Poppies
The Letter for January 22, 2017.

January 22, 2017 — Auckland, New Zealand
Expect the Unexpected
The Letter for January 15, 2017. On the unexpected, and falling in love.

January 15, 2017 — Auckland, New Zealand
Whirlwinds and Sea Changes
The Letter for January 8, 2017.

January 8, 2017 — Waiheke, Auckland, New Zealand
2017, and One Big Wish
The Letter for January 1, 2017.

January 1, 2017 — Auckland, New Zealand
Flashbacks: Paris and Japan
The best letters of 2016. This week: Paris and Japan!

December 25, 2016 — Auckland, New Zealand
Flashbacks: Argentina and Thailand
The best letters of 2016. This week: Argentina and Thailand!

December 18, 2016 — Auckland, New Zealand
Flashback: Spain and Rwanda
The best letters of 2016. This week: Spain and Rwanda!

December 11, 2016 — Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan
You are not alone. I am not alone. We are not alone.
The letter for December 4, 2016

December 4, 2016 — Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan
Thank You
The letter for November 27, 2016

November 27, 2016 — Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan
The Beauty of Things That Don't Last
The letter for November 20, 2016

November 20, 2016 — Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan
Oof. What a week.
The letter for November 13, 2016

November 13, 2016 — Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan
A 1,300 Year-old Poetry Slam
The letter for November 6, 2016

November 6, 2016 — Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan
Of Well-Earned Exhaustion
The letter for October 30, 2016

October 30, 2016 — Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan
The Extraordinary
The letter for October 23, 2016

October 23, 2016 — Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan
A Quick Pit Stop
The letter for October 16, 2016

October 16, 2016 — Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan
What I found in a 700-year-old Zen garden
The letter for October 9, 2016

October 9, 2016 — Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan
Of Depression and Triumph
The letter for October 2, 2016

October 2, 2016 — Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan
Welcome to Japan
The letter for September 25, 2016

September 25, 2016 — Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan
A Goodbye to Paris
The letter for September 18, 2016

September 18, 2016 — Paris, Île-de-France, France
I Ran Out of Spoons
The letter for September 11, 2016

September 11, 2016 — Paris, Île-de-France, France
What I Learned from a Straight-Razor Shave
The letter for September 4, 2016

September 4, 2016 — Paris, Île-de-France, France
A Last Stretch of Summer
The letter for August 28, 2016

August 28, 2016 — Paris, Île-de-France, France
The Power of the Olympics
The letter for August 21, 2016

August 21, 2016 — Paris, Île-de-France, France
Ahh, those French Vacations.
The letter for August 14, 2016

August 14, 2016 — Paris, Île-de-France, France
The Tour de France, and the value of big mountains.
The letter for August 7, 2016

August 7, 2016 — Paris, Île-de-France, France
It's Here!!
The letter for July 31, 2016

July 31, 2016 — Paris, Île-de-France, France
Almost there!
The letter for July 24, 2016

July 24, 2016 — Paris, Île-de-France, France
Big news! (and I <3 Paris)
The letter for July 17, 2016

July 17, 2016 — Paris, Île-de-France, France
Nice, and a Hand Up.
A special letter for July 15, 2016

July 15, 2016 — Paris, Île-de-France, France
Bad Surprises and Good Opportunities
The letter for July 10, 2016

July 10, 2016 — Paris, Île-de-France, France
Welcome to...
The letter for July 3, 2016

July 3, 2016 — Paris, Île-de-France, France
Last Glimpses of Mendoza
The letter for June 26, 2016

June 26, 2016 — Mendoza, Argentina
Learning to Tango: Look at my chest!
The letter for June 19, 2016

June 19, 2016 — Mendoza, Argentina
My first love was always poetry.
The letter for June 12, 2016

June 12, 2016 — Mendoza, Argentina
Looking up.
The letter for June 5, 2016

June 5, 2016 — Mendoza, Argentina
Mendoza, Argentina and a long, deep breath.
The letter for May 29, 2016

May 29, 2016 — Mendoza, Argentina
Gentrification, Old Women, and Armed Mobs
The letter for May 22, 2016

May 22, 2016 — Bangkok, Thailand
The letter for May 15, 2016

May 15, 2016 — Bangkok, Thailand
The letter for May 8, 2016

May 8, 2016 — Bangkok, Thailand
Try Everything
The letter for May 1, 2016

May 1, 2016 — Bangkok, Thailand
Awesome Humanity or Bust
The letter for April 24, 2016

April 24, 2016 — Bangkok, Thailand
Happy Thai New Year - the Wettest New Year on Earth. :)
The letter for April 17, 2016

April 17, 2016 — Bangkok, Thailand
And sometimes, depression.
The letter for April 10, 2016

April 10, 2016 — Bangkok, Thailand
My First Word
The letter for April 3, 2016

April 3, 2016 — Bangkok, Thailand
Welcome to Bangkok
The letter for March 27, 2016

March 27, 2016 — Bangkok, Thailand
The letter for March 20, 2016

March 20, 2016 — Sonoran Desert, Arizona, United States
Do You Fly?
The letter for March 13, 2016

March 13, 2016 — Los Angeles, California, United States
A Goodbye to Rwanda
The letter for March 6, 2016

March 6, 2016 — Kigali, Kigali Province, Rwanda
The Power of Saying It Out Loud
The letter for February 28, 2016

February 28, 2016 — Kigali, Kigali Province, Rwanda
The letter for February 21, 2016

February 21, 2016 — Kigali, Kigali Province, Rwanda
My (Other) Big Secret
The letter for February 14, 2016

February 14, 2016 — Kigali, Kigali Province, Rwanda
My Big Secret
The letter for February 7, 2016

February 7, 2016 — Kigali, Kigali Province, Rwanda
Welcome to Rwanda
The letter for January 31, 2016

January 31, 2016 — Kigali, Kigali Province, Rwanda
Spanish Cobblestones and Brushstrokes
The letter for January 24, 2016

January 24, 2016 — Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain
A love letter to Medellín, Colombia
The letter for January 17, 2016

January 17, 2016 — Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
The things I'll never get to.
The letter for January 10, 2016

January 10, 2016 — Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
2016 and the Amazing Year Ahead.
The letter for January 3, 2016

January 3, 2016 — Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
My Strange Holiday Tradition

December 27, 2015 — Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
I want to say something really important this week: Thank you.

December 20, 2015 — Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Flashback: Mexico
My last flashback, about Mexico and where the good stuff is hiding.

December 13, 2015 — San Cristóbal and Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Flashback: Never Say...
I learned a crazy and powerful lesson in Thailand. To Never Say Sorry. This one will make you think.

December 6, 2015 — Bangkok, Thailand
Flashback: Thailand
The very best stories from my first six months living in Thailand

November 29, 2015 — Phuket and Bangkok, Thailand
Happy First Year!
A year traveling the world, and one of my favorite thought experiments

November 22, 2015 — Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Reflections on Paris, Colombia, humanity, and our hearts.

November 15, 2015 — Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Changing the World and a Big Announcement
The Letter for November 8, 2015

November 8, 2015 — Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
AI and Our Future
Artificial Intelligence, and the future of humanity.

November 1, 2015 — Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Looking Over the Mountains
On being the best, the weird wiring of our brains, and a wonderful city in Colombia

October 25, 2015 — Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
On Not Knowing
What a cafe in Colombia taught me about taking on the things we have no idea how to do.

October 18, 2015 — Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
The letter for October 11, 2015
Crazy hair and a fun experiment

October 11, 2015 — Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
That's it.
A lot of writers have been beating up on emotions. It's time that stopped. My weekly letter for September 27, 2015.

September 27, 2015 — Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
I <3 Medellin
Finding an amazing city and people in Medellín, Colombia. My weekly letter for September 20, 2015.

September 20, 2015 — Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
My last letter from Mexico
Another goodbye to a great culture, and wonderful people. My weekly letter for September 13, 2015.

September 13, 2015 — Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
My last entomatadas, and a wonderful abuela.
Letting go, and finding wonderful people. My weekly letter for September 6, 2015.

September 6, 2015 — Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
The first thing to hit your nose is decaying papayas.
Tropical heat, life, and death.

August 29, 2015
"He said he'll be back in an hour... but this is Mexico."
On time, culture, and how we should spend half our lives.

May 29, 2015
It's the way the heat sinks into your bones on the fourth day.
Tropical heat, bones, and letting go.

May 22, 2015
“When I say get up,” he said, “GET UP.”
My first time surfing, at La Puenta in Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

May 21, 2015
The 6 Things I Learned in San Cristóbal
Six hard weeks in San Cristóbal taught me a lifetime's worth of lessons.

May 17, 2015
Burnout is a Real Thing.
And the life-charging properties of the NBA and pizza.

May 15, 2015
Why I Keep Moving
When people hear I'm constantly moving, switching cities, cultures, languages, they often say the same thing: “That must be exhausting.” The truth is, it's not. :)

May 14, 2015
What Cinco de Mayo in Mexico Is Really Like
I just spent Cinco de Mayo in the heart of Mexico. If you're from the U.S., it was nothing like you expect.

May 9, 2015
The Struggle of San Cristobal
San Cristóbal hasn't been my smoothest landing, and after a month, we still don't click. Here's why.

May 3, 2015
The Challenge of Catholicism
The challenge of making peace with Colonialism, and getting over myself.

April 15, 2015
The Most Important Thing About an Interlude
My first living-internationally interlude is drawing to a close. And that's a great thing.

April 5, 2015
Home is Just a Story.
How living internationally has taught me a new definition of home, and the power of stories.

March 22, 2015
Sammy the Cat, Love, and Memories that Live in the Body
This is Sammy the Cat. He's a wonderful cat who lives at the house I'm lucky to stay at for my time in Portland. He's been courting me now, for a few nights.

March 16, 2015
The Things I Loved Most About Thailand
The things I loved most about Thailand, after my first four months there.

March 10, 2015
The egg asked, “What will happen?”
Love, the wonder of the world we actually live in, and an egg.

March 3, 2015
Chinese New Year in Bangkok. And dragons. And stories.
Chinese New Year in Bangkok, and the people and stories I met along the way.

February 19, 2015
50 Shades of Spinach
And the Fetishization of Vegetables in America. Or, Spinach is Sexy. Did I just write that?

February 17, 2015
Fourteen Nights in Bangkok
On travel, sustainability, gentrification, and a Truth: It's Complicated.

February 15, 2015
A Place Where Everything Is For Sale. Everything.
Chatuchak Weekend Market is largest market in Thailand. It is overwhelming, huge, jaw-dropping. But there's something more, under the surface.

February 7, 2015
Khlong Toey, Bangkok's Scariest* Market.
Why Khlong Toey isn't scary, but is Bangkok's best wet market.

January 31, 2015
How to Get to Parkour in Bangkok When You're Running Late.
Bangkok, Traffic, Parkour and the importance of trust.

January 28, 2015
I Love Chiang Rai
I only got to spend 24 hours here, but it's been like one of those whirlwind first dates where everything goes right.

January 26, 2015
Buddhism isn't dead.
This is the White Temple, Wat Rong Khun, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. It is unlike any other temple in Thailand. And not because it's white.

January 25, 2015
A Goodbye to Chiang Mai
Looking back on my weeks in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

January 24, 2015
Pure. Food. Porn.
Photos of food I made at A lot of Thai, a great cooking school in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

January 22, 2015
I had some of the best Thai food I've ever eaten today. And I made it.
All about the best cooking school in Chiang Mai, Thailand - A Lot of Thai.

January 22, 2015
My Massage in a Thai Prison
There are thousands of massage places in Chiang Mai. None are as awesome as the Chaing Mai Women's Correctional Institution Massage.

January 20, 2015
A quiet afternoon at my favorite restaurant in Chiang Mai
Belly full of delicious *Pad Ka Pao*, body and heart starting to let some of the morning's adventures seep into my brain. Smiling, still. I am in Chiang Mai,

January 17, 2015
And then there was the night I spent looking up how to throw up on the internet.
Food allergies, Thailand, and the fact that your body really wants to live.

January 15, 2015
Chiang Mai is Boring.
There's organic quinoa, a decent nightlife and arts scene, affordable housing, and a really walkable city. And that's the problem.

January 13, 2015
How to Change Out the Tissue Box In Thailand
Empty tissue boxes affect each of us in real and meaningful ways. Here's how to survive when it happens to you, in Thailand.

January 9, 2015
This mask will not protect me.
Why people actually wear surgical masks out in public in Southeast Asia. It's not what you think.

January 6, 2015
People. Are. Awesome.
An unexpected delivery of food, and a stunning gratefulness for the good people I'm so lucky to know.

January 5, 2015
Saying Goodbye to Phuket
I've known that this day was coming, that these goodbyes were going to be part of the journeys I'm on. I just didn't know how they'd feel. Sad. Sweet.

December 30, 2014
The Best Thing in Phuket, Thailand is the Butterfly Garden.
The garden draws you in with a promise nobody can resist: come hang out in a space where gorgeous butterflies will fly around you. It sounds awesome. But there's a beautiful twist.

December 29, 2014
How to Run in Thailand. (and not die.)
Can you run in Thailand, with the heat, the dogs, the rainstorms, and the traffic? Yes. Here's how.

December 27, 2014
Thailand, finally slowing down.
Football players talk about the move from college to the pros, talking about those rough first months until *the game slows down*.

December 24, 2014
The Big Buddha, Light, and Shadow
I'm not sure I'd fully been in Phuket until today, seen really what the stunningness and world-wide love is about. Now, definitely, I get it. The road there,

December 24, 2014
Unsubscribing from the rat-race.
On Black Friday, I took the opportunity presented to unsubscribe myself from every mailing list hawking crap I've ended up on over the years. (Black Friday bei

December 24, 2014
In Defense of the Second Menu
We've all seen them, when traveling. The second menu. Double the prices, same food, English language. People rant about them, feel cheated, ripped off. I su

December 24, 2014
“Can you drive scooter?”
She can't read my license, and I don't tell her it doesn't say motorcycle. The truth is, the first time I got on one was today.

December 24, 2014