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Wander Asheville, NC - city guide - view from Pisgah Peak - Blueridge Parkway

Wander | Asheville

Wander Asheville, NC - city guide - view from Pisgah Peak - Blueridge Parkway

the view from Pisgah Peak

Mountains crowded with trees- their leaves rustling on the edges of winding roads that loop back and forth across our map like they were drawn by somebody with a slightly skewed sense of how, exactly, to get from point A to B. Continue reading

Wander Richmond- city guide part 1

Wander | Richmond (part 1)

Wander Richmond- city guide part 1
I had a friend in college that just couldn’t understand why anyone would want to live on the east coast.  She was from California, and we were busy expanding our minds in New England at the time.  I clearly remember her saying: “there are too many old buildings.  It creeps me out.”  I had never thought about history manifesting in that way before.  I guess she kind of had a point, but Continue reading

Cabilao, Philippines

Two Tickets to Paradise

Cabilao, Philippines

This is what January feels like in the Philippines, I thought, as our  boat motored across a perfect expanse of blue toward the little island of Cabilao.  The January place we had just left with its grey and ice and bundled clothing literally melted away.

Blue sky, blue water, warm skin, a thousand dancing diamonds stretched out before me. Continue reading

The view from our hut on the beach of Huang Tung Tao- our lazy day at the lake in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A Lazy Day by the Lake

The view from our hut on the beach of Huang Tung Tao- our lazy day at the lake in Chiang Mai, Thailand

view of Huang Tung Tao from our beach hut

It was a meltingly hot day, and there was no way that we were ever going to entertain thoughts -no matter how fleeting- of doing anything that required any sort of exertion. Just stepping out of the cool oasis of our hotel seemed daunting. Continue reading

Doi Suthep by motorbike...Chiang Mai, Thailand

How far would you go… for a cup of coffee?

Doi Suthep by motorbike...Chiang Mai, Thailand

up, up, up the mountain…

I love coffee. I love the moments of contemplation found between sips of a deliciously dark brew. I love magic spots in foreign places, suddenly made familiar with a single cup. It’s powerful stuff. A fuel. It generates, and it brings together. So when I got wind of a Hmong Village somewhere way up and into the wilds of Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep where there was locally grown coffee to be had, I knew that we had to venture out to find it. Continue reading