“This is good, but wait until we have sushi in Tokyo.” “We are going to have so much sushi in Japan” “We are going to be ruined forever for California sushi after our trip” “Can’t wait to never enjoy food again” For the last eight months, we’ve been so smug about our impending feeling of… Continue reading Some kinds of Sea Bass: Sushi in Tokyo
I am sharing this list with her permission, and I think you need to see it because she has suffered from food poisoning in some truly beautiful locales. 1. The Hoi An Lantern Festival. We got really lucky with the timing here, because the festival only happens once every lunar month. 2. Old town Hoi… Continue reading The Definitive List of Places in Southeast Asia where Alissa has had diarrhea.
“How we doing? You gonna make it?” Alissa is crouched down on the wet pavement. Her hair is covering her face, which is aimed in such a way that were she to suddenly puke, it wouldn’t hit either of our shoes. Alissa is a planner. “Yup. I just want to get on this boat.” “Yeah”,… Continue reading Bangkok; in which we give up
Da Nang is peaceful and electric. The city is vibrant once the sun goes down. Scooters piled high with entire families zip through the balmy night air on streets that glow pink and orange and blue from what must be thousands of neon lights. Mere steps from all that madness, the beach is tranquil. We… Continue reading Neon and Fish
Singapore was very hot. Vietnam is not “hot”. It can’t be. Singapore and Vietnam cannot both be “hot”. No single word could possibly encapsulate both the overwhelming yet ultimately tolerable heat that I experienced yesterday and also…whatever scorching nightmare I am living now. Perhaps there is a word to describe this temperature, but I don’t… Continue reading It is extremely hot.
Four years ago, I started this blog so that my parents could monitor my solo trip to Europe and check in to reassure themselves that I was not dead as often as they needed to. And also so that I could send coded, almost subliminal messages to my then boyfriend). It turns out that I… Continue reading Singapore
I can’t believe it’s over. Even though I’m sitting on this plane somewhere over the Atlantic, it’s hard to believe that at some point today-ish I’m going to touch down in Los Angeles. When I landed at Heathrow yesterday morning, I was already an hour closer to California. Culturally, I was basically there. It surprised… Continue reading Coming home