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On a trip of firsts, this is my first time flying across an ocean solo. And while I feel a twinge of sadness leaving Natalie and Katy in Europe, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is calling me home. The flight map displayed on the screen in front of me shows a long green line from Istanbul, Turkey to Atlanta. I left Spain last night and flew from Rota… Read More

It’s sweltering.  Ninety-five degrees with 80% humidity means Natalie, Katy and I are sweating just standing outside. So, when we don our 30-ish pound backpacks and start walking from the train station to our hostel, it’s less than a minute before we’re dripping. We’ve just flown from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Bangkok, Thailand. Here we have a short 20 hour layover till we head to Madrid, Spain via Moscow in the morning…. Read More

“Do you sing?” Srey Mom asks me expectantly. “Yes! I love to sing.” I tell her. She gets a big smile on her face and runs into her bedroom. She comes back with a guitar and asks, “Will you sing for me?” “Ok…” I reply hesitantly, “What can you play?” “Blank Space!” She exclaims. During our travels I’ve discovered one, universally true fact – everyone loves Taylor Swift. Even kids in Siem… Read More

We sit at the table in our villa outside Seminyak Village and try to make plans for the next day. Are we going to the monkey forest or maybe just to a sea temple? We are also trying to decide if we should leave Bali for Singapore in 2 days or in 6 days. I am ready to move on, so I vote for 2 days, and all three of us start researching that timeline. So… Read More

I know a total of five words in Japanese: Good morning, hello, thank you, yes and no. And yet, I decide that getting my hair cut and colored in a country where I cannot communicate is a good idea. It all started when Natalie and I went for a much, let me repeat, MUCH needed pedicure. After three months on the road, let’s just say our feet were “rough.” When we could… Read More

“Ok, I think we switch trains in Nishikujo and then catch the line for Osaka-Shin, and then we catch the bullet train… I think.” Katy says cautiously. If there’s one thing we’ve learned since arriving in Japan a few days ago, it’s that the train systems are a bit complicated. Especially when you don’t understand or speak ANY Japanese. Well that’s not true. We each know two words – Konnichiwa (Hello) and… Read More

As I fly through the air, I look up and see a blanket of clouds and it takes me back to being a child and my idea of heaven. I thought that when we die we would be up in the clouds enjoying eternity there with God and all of our loved ones. But seeing this view also makes me think that this is a very small plane, and there are so… Read More

How did this happen? It’s only been three days. I’m leaning against the lamppost and listening to a random street performer strum his guitar and sing lyrics that I swear are written for me. “When the truth keeps searching for your heart…words that will never leave. Don’t say it unless you mean it…” I close my eyes and though I’m in the middle of a crowded market, I feel as though I’m… Read More

Once upon a time in 2013, Frida was born in a Nissan Factory in Japan. When she was only a young carling, she boarded a boat and went to a far away land called New Zealand. When she arrived, she was adopted by a rental car company in Auckland. Frida was happy with her life, she liked meeting the tourists and business travelers and taking them to different places around the city…. Read More

The first thing I notice about Christchurch, New Zealand, is the construction. Everywhere. There are buildings adorned with scaffolding, detours and road closures and various broken and demolished infrastructure nearly everywhere I look. But I guess that’s what happens when the epicenter of a 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes only 10 kilometers from the heart of a city. I don’t have any experience with earthquakes other than a random small one that hit… Read More