The Left-Side Pocket

I slide open the zipper on the left-side pocket of my camera bag to reveal a cluster of small cards and folded papers, receipts and tickets, miscellaneous scraps. The stub of a boarding pass, my destination still visible. “Thira to Milan.” A supermarket receipt, primarily in Greek, the only visible English “swiss rolls” and “3.36 … More The Left-Side Pocket

The Mediterranean

(I was going to call this just Europe, but then I figured Africa would get mad…)

A multi-country Eurotrip at some point during undergrad years is practically a rite of passage by now. Fresh out of my last final this summer, I mixed it up a little, trading the typical train pass for a boat and 55-liter backpack for a carry-on suitcase. I spent 7 days on a cruise packed full of incredible Mediterranean ports, with a couple of days before and after spent exploring Spain’s gems, Barcelona and Madrid. It’s always been a dream of mine to cruise the Mediterranean, but I never thought I’d get to do it so soon—or that I would be sailing on Pullmantur, an entirely Spanish-speaking cruise line, without knowing any Spanish at all. … More The Mediterranean