The Takatsuki Trifecta

After three days in Tokyo, I shot off on the Shinkansen (bullet train) and landed in the city of Takatsuki, smack dab in the middle of major cities Kyoto and Osaka. Along with visiting the major tourist sites, I also learned what makes Takatsuki an enjoyable home base. •Kyoto• Years ago my dear friend Soureya […]

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First Impressions

Today marks the last day of my first leg in Tokyo. Lemme tell you three reasons why this was a perfect place to start this Snap Gap journey. The Hospitality Homestay placed me with a host in a suburb of the city, and nothing made me feel better about my decision to start off in […]

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I Walk Alone

Hello! Two full days in Tokyo and I am only now finding the time to put my fingers to the keys. The weather is hot and humid (which means my hair is as big as my sense of adventure), and jet lag is a very real adversary, but it’s been a lot of fun nonetheless. […]

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The Pack on my Back

After lugging my backpack over the Pacific, I feel that we have the beginnings of a wonderful bond. It was a game of strategy trying to figure out what to bring, and then to figure out how to fit it. But hey, my brothers let me watch them play Risk all the time growing up, […]

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Bye, America

I’m not going to lie–saying goodbye to my mom at the airport was rough. But now I’m settled on a plane, waiting for takeoff, with only 10 hours and 4,763 miles in between myself and Japan. I wonder how much things will change over these next three months, for life’s already changed over 24 hours. […]

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(Fun)draiser

I had come to terms with the fact that I was going to travel the world more solo than Dylan’s rolling stone. So imagine my surprise when I found out a friend from my hometown would also be moving around the world, ending up in Sydney the same time as me! Our paths are different […]

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A Stepping Stone

Seven days ago I was getting ready to climb a mountain. Seven days from now, I will be climbing on a plane. It’s curious how much can change in a handful of hours. The time has slipped by, and I’ve loved the daily rhythm that’s emerged in this short summer at home. Whatever the day […]

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Is This Real Life?

I’ve had my share of surreal moments. There was that time when I met John Stamos. Or that time I was looking at Northwest nature from a mountaintop and couldn’t quite comprehend how beautiful it was. Most recently, however, I had one of those moments when the folks at Student Universe told me that I was the winner […]

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