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Re-entry High

April 4, 2013 11 Comments »

american flag

I rub my eyes, and try to refocus but everything still seems blurry and unfamiliar. I feel like I’m removed from the scene in front of me observing as if it’s a television sitcom. I just got off an 11 hour flight from Buenos Aires and I’m still in that long haul flight fog. I […]

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Privacy Statement

February 22, 2011 34 Comments »


We had been driving for about an hour, and that’s when he finally asked me what he wanted to know. “Cherry, I want to ask you question – private question.  Is ok?” I knew exactly where this private question was going; I would have bet what little I have on what was going to come […]

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What I’d like for my Birthday

February 10, 2011 5 Comments »

Mongolia Children

Yup – that’s right…this is crass…I’m telling all of you it’s my birthday and I want presents…lots and lots of presents.  I’m totally serious about this. It’s my birthday this week – February 12th – and I will be 41 years old. Since 2006, I haven’t had a big birthday party …which is a bit […]

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Fragile – Handle With Care

December 25, 2010 10 Comments »

Christmas ornaments tree

Sometimes I feel so fragile. Ready to break at any moment and last night was one of those nights. A night where I was confronted with my own solo culture, family culture, my religious culture, and my country culture. As I walked the streets of NYC on Christmas Eve my mind swam in confusion. Solo […]

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Photo of the Week – Rome, Italy

December 3, 2010 6 Comments »

Wine glass reflection

Pantheon in a Glass – Rome, Italy    |   Purchase For all of you wine lovers out there, this one’s for you.  This week I purchased my ticket to Italy for New Years, so in honor of my upcoming trip, I thought I’d pull out one of my favorite Italy photos. This picture came about when […]

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When is Travel Too Dangerous?

November 11, 2010 24 Comments »

“Is this a good idea?” This is what I kept asking myself as I went through the online signup for the Mongol Rally. What started out as sounding like a really fun, crazy adventure was now sounding like a death march with every additional legal paragraph I read. When I first heard of the rally […]

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Paris Then and Now

September 28, 2010 11 Comments »

I arrived in Paris in 2002 – it was the first time I set foot in Europe and only the 3rd country I had visited overall with my first passport. Paris was new, exciting, and scary to a novice traveler like myself. I traveled with two girlfriends, Angie and Veronique, before the term ‘girlfriend getaway’ […]

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What has Travel Taught Me?

September 14, 2010 58 Comments »

travel Signs

I often get asked what my favorite country is, or what my least favorite country is. I get asked where the best food is in the world and which country has the hottest men. However occasionally I received a more unique thought –provoking question. Recently I was asked, “What is the most important thing your […]

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A Decade of Travels

August 31, 2010 25 Comments »

It took one simple question 10 years ago to change my life… “Do you want to come with me?” My co-worker and friend asked me that simple question referring to visiting his home country of Turkey. I thought about it for a little while knowing virtually nothing about the country of Turkey or where it […]

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