How to be a Better Citizen of the World

How to be a Better Citizen of the World

This post includes referral codes, which benefit me and you. Win-win! Brexit, the US election, troubles in Turkey, an ongoing refugee crisis, frequent acts of violence and terrorism – 2016 was a turbulent year. You know how to make 2017 better than 2016? By widening your focus, deepening your empathy, and working to positively impact the world around you. No, it may not make a huge difference in the world at-large. But becoming a better citizen of the world will improve…

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Best Travel Tips of 2016

Best Travel Tips of 2016

Do you ever feel like you make a travel breakthrough? Like, you discover this one little thing that suddenly makes you shameful for all the years you spent without knowing it? The past few years I’ve traveled a lot by myself, and a lot with family. I’ve gone on road trips with friends, with each member of my immediate family, and with my entire family. I’ve traveled for debate competitions, for school, for fun, and to move across the country. There…

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Visiting the Trinity Test Site in New Mexico

Visiting the Trinity Test Site in New Mexico

The Trinity Test Site at the White Sands Missile Range marks the site of the very first atomic bomb test. Ever since I moved to New Mexico for college, I’ve wanted to visit the Trinity Test Site. After my visit to Hiroshima, I felt like I needed to go, as a pilgrimage of sorts. This was easier said than done since it’s only open to the public for fifteen hours a year, for seven and a half hours a day on the first Saturdays in…

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Review: Mountain Khakis Traverse Pants

Review: Mountain Khakis Traverse Pants

Ever since I discovered Mountain Khakis, I’ve been intrigued by their Traverse pants. They’ve got a yoga pant look but brag about being tough enough for rock climbing. They’re also DWR coated, meaning water falls right off them. When the seasons change, I poke around at my favorite brands to find out who’s got the best sales. The Traverse pants were on sale for $20, a huge discount from their usual $90 price tag. The only hiking pants I had at…

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Back on the Mother Road (Sort of): New Mexico to New Hampshire

Back on the Mother Road (Sort of): New Mexico to New Hampshire

May of this year, my brother flew down to New Mexico to tour my alma mater and help me drive my car back to New England. As it turns out, he’s not much for navigation or freeway driving, but what skills he lacks in those areas he makes up for by being a great adventure buddy. Most of our trip was relatively boring because it’s hard to do lots of interesting things when you’ve got to drive for eight hours…

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June 2016: Clothing News and Updates

June 2016: Clothing News and Updates

If you haven’t guessed yet, I am a total tech clothing geek. I follow companies on Instagram. I tweet them on twitter. I have lists of them that I’ll check up on seasonally to see if anything’s new. It’s not a big niche, but there’s interesting stuff happening, if you take the time to look! If you don’t have the time, it’s probably because you’re spending it on something on your to-do list instead of hyperfocusing on Googling variations of “women’s technical DWR…

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Traveler Types

Traveler Types

Sometimes, my various interests collide in interesting ways. I was deep in a reading for a Museum Practices segment on working with media when I stumbled across Destination Canada’s list of traveler types. The idea is that everyone has different reasons for traveling, and if the tourist board knows how you travel, they can suggest interesting things suited to your type. I think this is relevant to us, actually, and not just tourist boards or tour companies. So often we feel pressured…

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Gatos y Galletas: New Mexico’s First Cat Cafe

Gatos y Galletas: New Mexico’s First Cat Cafe

UPDATE, December 2016: Gatos y Galletas is now closed. But, if everything goes smoothly, a dog cafe will soon be opening in Albuquerque. If and when that happens, I’ll make sure to post about it. Cute cats and hot drinks are a natural combination, so it may be surprising that the first cafe to officially combine the two opened in Taipei, Taiwan, only 19 years ago. The concept hopped over to Japan, where stressed workers who lived in pet-less apartments made the…

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The Mysterious Mothman of West Virginia

The Mysterious Mothman of West Virginia

Oh, Mothman. I never quite understood you. I mean, you seemed cool and all, but you were just some spooky dude with big wings and red eyes. All my friends in the regions of Tumblr’s cryptid zones thought you were so cool, the Hot New Cryptid, the Man (Moth?) of the Month. But now? After visiting your hometown where they put up a statue of you and started a museum and host a festival every year? Okay, I’m starting to see it…

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In Defense of The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles

In Defense of The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles

The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, LA, is strange little place. I could try to describe it room by room, with accurate nouns and such, but a literal retelling of my trip won’t do it justice. Plus, I don’t want to spoil it for you, in case you ever end up going. It’s like The Sixth Sense – better if you don’t know the twists, although still worth your time if you do. So. Imagine a wealthy gentleman from an alternate dimension has…

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