Take me to the Pearl of the Indian Ocean in photos…

A Photo Tour of Sri Lanka

Looking back at Sri Lanka, I am still amazed at the variety of experiences you can have on just one small island.

In just about two weeks time I was able to….

  • hike mountain trails
  • sip fresh coconuts on tropical beaches
  • encounter elephants in the wild
  • shop the swarm at chaotic city markets
  • make temple offerings alongside local worshippers
  • go watching for blue whales
  • embark on one of the world’s most scenic train journeys
  • wander in gardens, sip tea in tea estates
  • eat curry on the street.

And that’s just in the southern half of the island!

While an itinerary is still to come, I wanted to share a photographic journey of my time in Sri Lanka. From the capital Colombo we traversed to Kandy, its cultural heart, and on to tea country by train — one of the most beautiful journeys in the world, with stops in Nuwara Eliya and ultimately, the mountains of Ella. Next we safaried in Uda Walawe before continuing on to the scenic beaches of the Southern Coast. An oasis of calm awaited on Tangalle Beach, followed by days in the sun of Mirissa and Unawatuna, wrapped in a beautiful trip finale in the colonial town of Galle.

I liked Sri Lanka very much, and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back. Though I do admit: I think my impression of the country suffered a little from the amount of times travelers told me I would “love” it. I believe expectations are the enemy of enjoying a place, or even a moment…Still, it’s an incredibly beautiful place full of warm-hearted people, so as I continue to process my trip, I’ll let photographs do the talking. <3



1-2 days

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Reading about writing in books written by writers for writers.

A.k.a. inception.

I’ve been a writer all my life, but since I’ve begun writing professionally, I’ve found extra value in reading about writing.

Whether you write for pleasure or pay, professionally, personally, or otherwise…an interest in, or at least curiosity about, writing led you to this post today. Don’t make the mistake I did and wait too long to read the wisdom contained within these volumes’ pages!

Simply put, I wish I had found these titles sooner. Many have given me the figurative push forward I needed to sit down and get serious about putting pen to pad. So without further adieu, the best books for writers that I know of:

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Curious what it’s like to study yoga at an ashram in India? Here was my experience.


I spent a week living in a spiritual community in India. There’s a sentence I never expected to utter.


If you read this blog, you know that I practice yoga regularly and that it became a much bigger part of my life after a traumatic experience abroad (when I experienced and truly needed its healing power.) And if you didn’t know? You likely could’ve assumed given that I live in San Francisco (where yoga clothing is the mainstay on the city streets.)


But what you might not know is…I was kicked out of my first ever yoga class. Yes, let’s rewind back ~13 years to when my friends and I tried yoga for the first time in high school in my somewhat-hippie hometown. We were asked to leave after we couldn’t stop laughing when the class launched into ‘Lion’s Breath’ (which, if you don’t know what that is, I dare you to get on the ground on all-fours right now and exhale loudly through your mouth with your tongue out.)


So while I’ve come a long way maturity-wise since then (here’s hoping,) I thought back repeatedly to that moment when I was struggling at the ashram in India. That’s right, I struggled. Big time.

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Best Travel Gifts 2017 (and a few discount codes just for you!)

For those times when a plane ticket is out of your budget…

Just in time for you fellow shopping procrastinators, but good for any time of the year…here are my top picks for the traveler in your life. (Because who doesn’t love stylish travel gifts?)

We all know that experiences > things. But we all need some things. These items all bring me a little bit of joy. I hope they do the same for you.

stylish travel gifts!

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Yes, it’s the home of Banksy. Yes, there’s much more to it than that.

A Guide to Bristol Street Art (And More)

Of all the interests I’ve developed over the years, one I never expected to find myself enjoying so much is street art.

Most definitions make a distinction between street art and graffiti, though both are created in public spaces and often without permission. Among the differences: street art is constructive whereas graffiti is destructive, street art is about its audience whereas graffiti is about its artist. And while graffiti is often thought of as delinquent and defacing, street art is becoming prized, praised, and in some cases…sold in galleries.

I suppose what fascinates me most about street art is the manner in which it expresses the political and social issues of its environment. I’ve become more and more enthralled with street art living in San Francisco, but it all began with traveling.

Bristol Street Art

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