Showing Up for Good and Bad
Southeast Asia / Thailand

Showing Up for Good and Bad

I think the thing I most admire about him was his bold willingness to be himself and embrace the people and places around him. He wasn’t afraid to fail, to be proven wrong, to be pushed off track and to grow from the experience. He believed that travel should change us and that we should be open to it. He once wrote, “I’m a big believer that you’re never going to find a perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one.” Continue reading

Medicine and Spirituality
Haiti

Medicine and Spirituality

One of my favorite things I’ve been able to do this year, is help medical teams with their projects at Espwa. In the past four months, we’ve had: three groups of nurses, two doctors and a dental group visit. Each team tackles different challenges: public health education, oral hygiene education, dental operations and cleanings, and treatment … Continue reading

Morning at Machu Picchu
Peru

Morning at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu. Many would call it the penultimate Peruvian destination. Miraculously built by the Incans thousands of years ago on the steep ridge of a mountain. A mountain with two earthquake fault lines and prone to landslides. An ancient structure with engineering and architectural planning well beyond its years. And, to be honest, one of … Continue reading

Pleasant Surprises
Peru

Pleasant Surprises

Thirty-six hours of travel later: a taxi, a bus, a second taxi, three planes, a car, a bus, and a van and we’re home in Haiti. Simultaneously exhausted and refreshed, I find myself looking back on the highlights of the past eight days we spent in Peru. Over the next week or so, I’ll post … Continue reading

Unexpected Inspiration
Haiti

Unexpected Inspiration

We really didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into when we boarded that one-way flight from Miami to Haiti almost three months ago. There was no way we could have known and we had minimal preparation and forewarning. We have spent the past three months really getting a feel for things and beginning to understand exactly … Continue reading