A First Time for Everything

Posted in Australia| Culture| France| Japan

As a travel writer, I naturally write about my experiences as a foreigner in a foreign land.  My adventures (and sometimes misadventures) trying new foods, visiting new locations. learning new customs, puzzling through new languages.  I am always the wide-eyed, protagonist learning new things as I go along. But if I think about it, it is…

Traveling with Black Hair: Sydney, Australia

Posted in Sydney

One of the most unique (because unique sounds more positive than bizarre) experiences I had during this past year's travels came about because I desperately needed a trip to the hair salon.  For my readers who are women of color, you know that you can't just pop into any corner salon and get a quick cut or color…

Finding Community on the Road

Istanbul is one of those cities that just feels alive. A constant shuffling stream of locals, tourists, animals, products, produce, boats, cars, and trams.  I know New York is thought of as the city that never sleeps, but after staying in a hostel in the restaurant and club packed Taksim Square neighborhood, I sincerely believe Istanbul…