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What I Learned as a Part-Time Francophone Student & Documentary Filmmaker in Europe

This was written for my post-travel presentation for my Explore the World scholarship with Hosteling International – USA. 1. A lot of things are more efficient, but a lot of things are also inaccessible. No wheelchair ramp here. Anti-homeless spikes, … Continue reading

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The Four Cities You’ll Fall in Love With

Photo courtesy of Tony Wong Photo courtesy of Flora Tsai on flickr.com/creativecommons Photo courtesy of Fido on flickr.com/creativecommons Photo courtesy of Gergey Sus on flickr.com/creativecommons San Gabriel is the girl you grew up with, eating french fries and drinking boba … Continue reading

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The Civil War Inside Our Heads

Photo taken from the NYtimes.com I’ve always felt a tinge of sadness for military photos. The woman in uniform sobbing as she holds her child in an airport. The crying sister curled up in a ball next to her brother’s … Continue reading

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Of Travel and Maps

I love the Defocus blog by Jeremy Nixon. He has this ingenious visited maps generator that I’ve used from time to time. You can see both here: https://www.defocus.net/visitedstates/ I’ve created this map a few times, but was too embarrassed to … Continue reading

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The Location Experiment

I joked to a friend that I might as well live in Pasadena since I spent half my time there and then thought maybe I’d test that conjecture. I did an experiment for a week where I charted all the … Continue reading

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An Ode to a Childhood

“I dwell on the future and live in the present. The future is happy, but the future hasn’t come yet.” – diary entry at age 11 Nine years ago, I was an acne-faced ragamuffin with embarrassing hand-me-downs from China, “insurance-only” glasses, … Continue reading

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Love Songs and Depression

If you asked me what my favorite love song was five years ago, I would have said Selena’s I Could Fall in Love. Three years later, it was Paramore’s The Only Exception. Up until recently, it was a lonely but hopeful Siberia. … Continue reading

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