Seven Things That Surprised Me About Tokyo

Traffic at Shibuya Crossing

I was going to try to make this a list of five things, as that is a nice number, and it would match my Five Things That Didn’t Surprise Me About Tokyo. But, I failed. Too many things surprised me about Tokyo. And I thought I knew about Japan. I am half-Japanese, after all. Here […]


Five Things That Didn’t Surprise Me About Tokyo

1. The women are gorgeous and incredibly stylish. I mean, gorgeous. I walked into one department store and thought to myself, “There are more beautiful women on this floor than in the entire state of Ohio.” This picture does not do them justice, but I didn’t want to be a creeper and start taking photos […]


Why I’m Stoked For 2012

Happy New Year! 2011 was fabulous. I moved to a country on the other side of the world that I knew absolutely nothing about. I ran a half-marathon. I started writing for the newspaper. I traveled to Mongolia. I fell in love with approximately 700 small Korean children. I decided for once and all that […]


In 2012, I Will…

A blue zen garden with rock in Vancouver

Focus less on the details. Be present. I am awful at remembering resolutions, so I usually only give myself one. But, these are closely related, so I’m letting it slide. On the one hand, being detail-oriented is extremely helpful. On the other hand, it makes me slightly OCD. I need to remember that, in the […]


‘Tis The Season To Be Grateful: Photos from East Africa

Happy Tanzanian children running and playing

I. Love. Christmas. Any holiday, really. A few days ago, somebody asked me why I liked Christmas so much, and I said, “I love Santa, reindeer, candy, Christmas trees, cookies, snow, lights, stockings, ornaments, Christmas movies, Christmas music, and elves.” I’m not sure at what point they walked away, but by the time I got […]

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How To Kiss In Mongolia

We’d been driving around in our converted Soviet van for a few hours now. I’m tired, hot, and a bit cranky when we pull over at a ger (traditional Mongolian dwelling) in the middle of nowhere. I don’t even have the chance to pull off my super-sexy motion sickness bands before I spot it. A […]


Welcome to Travel Junkette!

Machu Picchu

This blog, at its heart, is an adventure travel blog (uhh, didya see the name?). For travel junkies, junkettes, and wannabes. BUT, it is also my blog. It will have a lot of me in it. (And who am I? Well, if, shockingly, you’re someone other than my mom, then check out the “About” section […]