Like Riding a Bike

After my freshman year of college, I traveled to Zambia through my school, Gonzaga University. I studied the psychology of chimpanzees and the biology of birds and plants in the Copper Belt region of Zambia, about an hour away from a town called Chingola. Malawi shares part of its western border with Zambia, and both …

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Chiang Mai: A Recap

Chiang Mai is the gateway to Northern Thailand. It is the second largest city in the country and one full of history. The main part of the city itself is surrounded by ancient crumbling walls and a mote. At night, the city comes alive in more ways than one with night bazaars, Lady Boy Cabarets, …

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Hanging with the Elephants

Northern Thailand is known for elephants. There are advertisements everywhere for elephant sanctuaries and riding excursions. We did a bit of research before our trip and booked with Patara Elephant Farm, their motto being “Rescue, Recovery, Reproduction, Rehabilitation.” Currently, they are looking after 64 elephants total and have a goal of at least one baby …

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48 Hours in Bangkok

We made it to Bangkok! It was a long 26 hours of travel – flying from Portland to Vancouver, Shanghai (where we experienced a delay), and finally landing in Bangkok. Bangkok is one of those famous cities. You expect chaos, you expect people everywhere, you expect to be overwhelmed by the sights and especially the …

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Why Malawi?

It’s a fair question. It’s not an African country a typical American knows. I traveled to Malawi because I am on the board of directors for a non-profit organization called EKARI Foundation, which operates in Malawi and aims to empower Malawians to create sustainable livelihoods, primarily through education. I joined EKARI a year after I …

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An Outsider’s Observations on Malawi

Every person I have met in Malawi is a hard worker that wants to improve their livelihood, but the vast majority are extremely poor. No one has more, some have certain things that others don’t, but all are on the same level of hunger and poverty. Many people in the street wear clothes donated by …

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Update from Malawi!

Mulibwanji from Malawi! I arrived in Blantyre from Johannesburg by way of NYC on Fridayevening, so I’ve had a few days to adjust to the 8 hour time difference. I have to admit though… It’s only 6pm and I am ready for bed! I am here with EKARI Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Seattle but operates in Phalombe, Malawi. …

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The Time I Almost Got SCUBA Certified

The main purpose of this blog is to share my travels with my family and friends back home. The adventures I have, the people I meet, and the obstacles I have to overcome along the way. So I want to start off on an honest note. Because despite our best efforts and intentions, traveling (and …

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Why I Travel

For a lot of people, traveling is petrifying. Not for the plane rides, or being secluded, or even getting away from technology. It’s scary because it’s traversing the unknown. Traveling challenges you to question what you are passionate about, what you want to see when you go half way across the world, or even to …

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