girlfriend’s essential packing list

girlfriend’s essential packing list

Twenty things you need on your packing list for your next adventure. I have had wanderlust since my first independent expedition when I was twelve. All I have ever needed for a guaranteed adventure was a ticket to somewhere new. In my life I have traveled more than I have stayed still in one spot,… Continue Reading

my italian boyfriend

my italian boyfriend

I fell in love with my Italian boyfriend when  I was twelve, and my mother and new stepfather sent me on a summer trip with Scholastic International. It was a six week tour of Europe intended for high school graduates before they left for college; my generation’s shortened equivalent of a gap year. The reading… Continue Reading

on the art of being lost

on the art of being lost

I have spent much of my life being lost; metaphorically, as well as physically. I simply was not born with the tools that most people have to help them navigate a stationary life. I’m not sure if it was a product of the fact that the first twelve years of my life involved twenty eight… Continue Reading

how florence broke my heart

how florence broke my heart

I love Florence. From the moment I set foot on her cobblestones, I was infatuated as only a young teenage girl can be. I was only twelve at the time, and my future was still filled with endless possibilities. I could become anything I wanted to be, as long as Florence was waiting for me.… Continue Reading

yes yes tribe writers

yes yes tribe writers

I was never the first kid to grab the stick and bash the piñata at a party. I may have been a wee bit too boisterous at times, I may even have been perceived to be an extrovert. But then, and now, I actually suffer from acute shyness that is frequently misinterpreted as arrogance, or even a massive case “who-the-hell-does-she-think-she-is?  I am capable of being engaging and even charming on social media. I can appear supremely confident and self-assured  in front of… Continue Reading

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