Throughout my 20s, I traveled with friends on adventures throughout Europe and the Caribbean. We hopped on and off trains, stayed in squalid hostels, and partied with the locals, hoping to find our dream men. I viewed travel as a vacation from my job, graduate school, and the stressors of real life.read more
It’s the game nobody wanted to win. PCT Bingo. Peace Corps Trainee Bingo. Squares included “chased by an animal,” “poo in pants,” “poo in a bucket,” “vom and poo.” Basically, lots of GI-related things. It’s only natural for a group of wannabe Peace Corps volunteers to create a game out of the assorted hazards that might befall them while living in rural Ethiopiaread more
“La mujer en casa y el hombre en la plaza.” This Spanish saying roughly translates into, “The woman stays in the house, and the man stays outside.” It emphasizes that both sexes should maintain their separate spheres, but that men get all of the freedom and privilege.read more
Before I left for Morocco, one of the common pieces of advice I got was, “be careful.” Clearly, going to Morocco is not like going to London or Copenhagen especially in terms of living there as a young American womanread more
Join Pink Pangea for a six-night hiking and writing retreat this summer. This workshop is designed for women who love to explore and want to write about their adventures
Moroccans tend to invite everyone to join in their families’ and friends’ nuptial bliss. Hospitality is a lovely and inclusive aspect of Moroccan culture, so even if you are visiting for only a week or a month, it is always possible that you will end up at your new best friend’s cousin’s sister’s neighbor’s wedding
On Control Top TV, University of Maryland graduate Mandi Schmitt reports from Thailand on becoming a certified scuba diver, lantern festivals that look like meteor showers, and her love of Asian culture!
When Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Maureen Dowd was sent on an assignment to Saudi Arabia, she could not resist breaking the rules. She sat in the men’s section and wore outfits that were modest–but did not meet Saudi standards. On Pink Pangea, she explains why she took these risks
Have you ever visited Los Angeles and realized that what it’s famous for turns out to be less than glamorous? It’s common. As a twenty year resident with friends and family spread over the world, I’ve watched as countless starry-eyed visitors’ visions were dashed
I’ve been “nomadic” for about two years now, which many think is a bit insane but I kind of love it. At this point I’ve been in Port Douglas, Australia working and living for two full months. Although that may not sound like a long time to many people, that is a very long time for a backpacker
It was another gorgeous day in Costa Rica when I walked down the dock towards the boat that would take me through the infamous Crocodile Man Tour. The bar was set high. I had seen pictures from friends and heard tall tales about this tour. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint
Wherever I am, I try to identify anything that has a Jewish theme. Obviously when I’m in New York or Los Angeles, I don’t have to look hard but when I’ve had reason to travel in remote areas of North America, I’m often surprised to find venues that display information and objects that express how Members of the Tribe live, worship, celebrate and interact with their surroundings.
I had heard that the WiFi in New Zealand was terrible, but I didn’t believe it. Every time someone told me this they also said it was because New Zealand is at the end of sub-ocean internet pipeline, which really seemed like nonsense