When packing for a trip, it can be hard to decide what to bring and what to leave at home. Toe-dipping in international travel can leave you scrambling for extra gear and gadgets for those “just in case” moments. But don’t. Just don’t. Please, for the love of god, don’t do it…

Phase 1: The Struggle

Too much stuff

Rolling, pushing, tugging. That’s the polite way of describing my obscene attempt to re-pack my 65-liter backpack in 10 minutes, a hostel check-out time looming on the horizon. …


Sometimes life really is just about the destination….

The water spread out before us like an oil slick, currents bobbing in a perfectly geometric design that looked divine enough to print on paper. One jolt and a good rumble later, we were cruising at a nonchalant pace, just fast enough for the horizon to slide past, continuous in its motion.The Kampot River seemed to snake on forever in front of us, crowned with towering palms and the odd plastic bits dipping in and out of the wake of our boat. A few other passengers had joined us on our journey…


He looks healthy today. His blue eyes are bright and excited as he peers into the camera. Caught in the frame of the picture is his kitchen counter, cluttered with the ordinary: a white laundry basket, a few dirty dishes, a favorite jacket. It’s but a small sliver of his unassuming Everett apartment, a momentary glimpse into the life of a seemingly unassuming man. His blonde hair is swept to the side with gel, flattening down the uneven edges of his homemade haircut. He’s proud of his self-made hair, it’s an expression of his whims of the moment. Sometimes he…

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