Guest blogger for FishWise

Posted Posted in CBE, MIIS, writing

I wrote a guest post for the FishWise blog! My post was a review of the journal article entitled “Global Cooperation among Diverse Organizations to Reduce Illegal Fishing in the Southern Ocean.” As it turns out, collaboration between diverse organizations can go a long way toward addressing international governance issues. In fact, the authors ended by saying that this one case […]

overnight train to Ljubjana

Posted Posted in ljubjana, photo, slovenia, travel

Ok, at this point I’m a little worried that my first overnight train trip was all a dream. I remember it so fondly… courteous train attendants that dealt with our passports at the border in the middle of the night, little containers of potable water, sharply made beds and a food car in case you needed a snack. As expected, […]

dubrovnick flood

Posted Posted in croatia, photo, travel

  Rick steves claims that Dubrovnik, Croatia is a ˝not to be missed fairytale of a town!˝ True as that may be, with its perfectly preserved walls and compact layout, I doubt he was here during the rainy season. I ventured out early this morning to set up a day excursion. Only to be told there are no excursions going […]


Posted Posted in change, ramblings, travel

Floating down the Mekong. Running past the Vatican. Sitting on the rooftop in Fez, listening to the chorus of calls to prayer. Hearing a new friends life story in the course of a single train ride. Savoring the best hot chocolate in the world at the Museo del Chocolate. Being sung Frank Sinatra songs–in perfectly unaccented English–in Albania. Rounding the […]


Posted Posted in rambling, refugee

every single week i am humbled. i am blown-away. embarrassed. and filled with joy.  every tuesday for two hours, i put aside my “troubles” and focus on someone else for a couple hours. i teach a Nepalese family how to understand, speak, read and write English. though mostly what i do is help them learn how to navigate their new community. but usually i’m the […]


Posted 1 CommentPosted in ramblings, travel

So it turns out I’m one of “those girls” that your mom warned you about. Fast, impulsive and an addict. An ink addict to be specific. My addiction started innocently enough, just after college graduation with my first ink in Italy. Since then I haven’t been able to stop myself. Italy, Switzerland and France eased me into it. From there […]


Posted 2 CommentsPosted in laos, ramblings, travel

Perhaps you’ve noticed, or maybe I’ve mentioned it, but I’m just not so good at doing nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I can sit around the table with a glass of wine and good friends for as long as anyone, but I’m horrible at sunbathing and there’s very little on tv that can keep my interest for long. The only […]

Morning! (Lao style!)

Posted Posted in laos, photo, ramblings, travel

I’ll admit, I didn’t use to be as flexible and tolerant of less-than-ideal situations. But since I’ve started traveling more and more the past few years, that has clearly changed. I’m down with the crappy beds, the offensive toilets, the long bus rides, the questionable behavior and the totally different mindsets. I can deal with a lot. Yet this morning […]

loo with a view

Posted 1 CommentPosted in laos, ramblings, travel

I knew exactly what I did not want to do. I did not want to shove kayaking, cycling and trekking all into one ridiculously rushed trip. I did not want to carry everything I needed for three days on my back. The sleeping bag. The mosquito net. The water. The food. In addition to my clothes, camera and toothbrush. I'll […]