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A patchwork quilt of my days in Japan

Instagram Hiroshima mosaic copy

For the last two years, I’ve used these little collages as a way to quickly chronicle a chapter of my work life. While this says “Hiro” (a.k.a Hiroshima) and some of the images are from elsewhere in Japan, this represents some of my favorite moments this term, the ones I continue to savor even months later.

My first step into the world of feature-length documentaries

Why weXplore? exporting, filmmaking

In January 2013, I traveled to Bhutan with 30 international students, only to come home with mass amounts of footage that couldn’t be condensed into a little web video. Fifteen months later, I screened a feature-length film from that trip to the students who lived it. (I was even able to share it with the Prime Minister of Bhutan and receive feedback!)

Q&A: teaching digital storytelling – live chat!

Matthew Straub

Semester at Sea impacts my day yet again :) Matthew Straub and I were on the S’07 voyage together, and a few years later, we discussed participation in The Nakavika Project after I returned from Fiji. I think having the common bond of SAS-hood inspires people to stay connected and communicative with other global and passionate people. Since chatting about potential collaboration on TNP, we’ve been in touch about ideas and our work.

Northeast Japan still hurts from the 3/11 disaster…and you knowing that actually helps

Rikuzentakata construction, Japan

The more wonderful people and places I encounter, the more difficult choosing causes becomes for me, and I can understand that you might as well find difficulty in extending much of yourself to this cause with so many other things begging for your support. That’s why I hope it feels entirely doable to you to simply follow them on Facebook and begin your engagement there. A message, a photo, or a “like” could be just the encouragement they needed for the next step.

An earthquake challenges my understanding of reality

Fabric freshener tapping in my closet during an earthquake in Hiroshima, Japan

From a state of unconsciousness to complete lucidity in three seconds, I sped to the realization that an earthquake challenges what I know to be true about my reality. A building trembling and swaying, a bathroom vibrating bottles off the counter, a need to brace myself between two beds …and none of this occurring on a ship, as I’ve experienced before. I was not at sea; I was very much on land.

Exploring the haiku with Kyoto and Kerouac

Lindsay on a boat outside of Kyoto, Japan

Kerouac considered the beauty of the form to be in the process of painting a single moment as simply as possible in three lines of text. He often wrote in “Western haiku” form, which didn’t follow a strict 5-7-5 syllable equation. Since I’m not a fan of a creative process that includes the frequent counting on my fingers, I embraced this style and experimented yet again with the haiku, this time during a TGS club session called “Word.”

Kyoto through the lens

Lindsay and a geisha in Kyoto, Japan

I wasn’t a part of the planning process for Kyoto, so every day presented new information and surprising activities I gulped up. The highlights included walking through a bamboo forest, watching chunky snowflakes coat the city, and our tea ceremony with a maiko, a geiko (or geisha) in training. I rolled my own sushi for the first time, which was a bucket list item, and I finally visited the orange gates captured in Memoirs of a Geisha.

Assume the world wants you to take risks, keep learning, and do what you love

Lindsay and Casey in Japan with the MV Explorer

Arriving at the bus terminal, I turned right back around and got on the Portliner train to try and get as close to the ship as possible. Having not traveled with my passport, and knowing the insanely tight restrictions on boarding, I knew there was no chance of talking my way on as a nostalgic alumna. As I rolled closer, I snapped pic after pic of increasingly higher quality until I found myself face-to-bow with my former nautical home.

There are many reasons why SASers develop a lifelong love of the program and the vessel. For me, Semester at Sea changed the whole course of my life. I don’t know who I would have become without my round-the-world voyage in 2007. I certainly wouldn’t have met Garrett and Alexis, wouldn’t have felt strong enough to take my Big Journey, wouldn’t have aspired for the STA internship, and wouldn’t have landed in Japan today with my job at THINK Global School.

A patchwork quilt of my Indian days

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My third exploration of these Instagram collages is providing some great perspective on our time in India. Instagram images feel like highlights of daily joys, and usually a sum-up post of images from a place is a showcase of your best and most influential moments. Making a little visual quilt of the daily joys seems to weave the kind of fabric that makes sense to my mind and likely memorializes a place akin to how I will mentally.

A year of many extremes and many joys, that 2013

Scared on the back of a motorbike, Mokilla, Hyderabad, India

While my job expects me to make high quality media, I also enjoy using social media to share the daily small joys that often don’t get a glossy coating. Using Storify, I curated a story of the previous year from my various online venues, resulting in the most ground level reflection of my experiences through Bhutan, Boston, and Hyderabad.

The time I took ten students to the
war-torn region of Kashmir
and they loved it

© THINK Global School, 2013

Have you ever been on a trip that you knew was so special: every detail seemed divinely delivered, every moment one to journal about, every vision worthy of an Instagram? This was the sentiment possessed by all involved in our trip. Lazy nights spent huddled around the fire were coupled with songs or thoughtful talks about travel. Even in moments where the students were out of their element, up before dawn, freezing, or pushed to their physical limits on hikes, they were still so engaged. The usual shyness of students in need of filtering questions through their teachers to the guides dissolved after a half hour on the ground. The students loved Ashika.

A journey back to north India, a mind running in place

Tripit journey through North India

Though my steam was running low by the end, the students and I agreed that the trip was a bit of a mental recharge to engage with where we were living. I spent many hours chatting with the students about their upcoming first graduation ceremony, gender inequality in India, and traveling solo as a female around the world. I pretended to be a guru in a cave on the train, accepting students into my lair (joining me in my double seat) for questions about life and happiness. My answers were usually, “Write about it!”

With pocket money and a rickshaw, some kids discover Hyderabad

View from atop Charminar, Hyderabad, India

Open blocks to explore hundreds more, we feel strong
moving into a space we somewhat know, a city we sheepishly call
our home, from our hostel for the homeless.
Bulk home goods to crispy street food, we were happy.
Dirty lake walks to all-star city specialities, we were happy.
We were happy by choice, equipped with freedom
and company that subscribed to the daily magazine of discovery.

I want to teach under a bodhi tree.

Indian countryside

Regardless of the reasons why it didn’t happen, I know what I want: engaged students every step of the way. That investment in time must provide me immediate return, onto which I can bank that long term effects are plausible. I am building daily on a blueprint created many years ago, when a long trip provided me a clear life goal. Of course, I also must find ways to steady my mood and know I cannot control all the variables that allow a student to be an engaged one.

What is evidence of good travel?

Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad, India

We burn fuel, and sometimes we observe where that takes us,
hypothetically hoping it’s toward patch-covered nirvana, an open mind
Regardless of the “where to” but focusing on the “so what”
What is travel, and what is a traveler?

After three weeks in India, I finally feel like I’m traveling.

Scared on the back of a motorbike, Mokilla, Hyderabad, India

Flickers of lightning are faint but always to the left of my aim toward the horizon. They provide an additional layer of drama to my nighttime ride home from the city of Hyderabad. I booked a taxi with the help of a Hindi-speaking friend, someone whom I quickly and liberally offered my trust purely on […]

Sitting pensive amidst a teal river in Bumthang, Bhutan

On a hike in Bumthang, Bhutan, Instagram

Bhutan in the winter energizes the hunger for discovery that’s resident in children lucky enough to be young. It would take a dark closet for decades to produce this contrast anywhere else, the specialness clear with every sip of cold mountain air or gentle exchange. I can’t say this is what travel should always be, because it’s only through their unique set of occurrences that yielded such an outcome. But what they have set up, from my effortless post, has a wonderful effect. Wool is nowhere near our eyes, and we are learning individual lessons from the backgrounds we brought.

I tromp through Phobjikha valley in search of breath and cranes

Prayer flags in Phobjikha valley, Bhutan, Instagram

It’s cold, and my body begs to be energized beyond the limits of my water consumption; disregarding the extreme altitude difference, abused toes, conserved clothing, or painful, chapping skin. It’s the sloping of land that begs to be traversed. It’s Scotland. Switzerland. Bhutan.

Feasting on the specialness of visiting Bhutan

Writing and having tea in Bhutan

Slow feet Slow eyes Slow decisions with little contemplation of options Nauseating excitement has slightly fermented into a smoother approach With time to wander the streets of Thimphu I mosey, no muscles or desires attempting to accelerate a slow discovery Light, open spaces, crowds, and amusing sounds I can’t remember but a handful of passing […]

Adios, America. It’s time for new places and fresh air.

TGS Year 2 map of Buenos Aires, Bhutan, and Boston

It’s time to navigate away from Indiana again. The school year is starting, and I’m about to move to a country I’ve never visited. Come Tuesday, I will have some new students, new co-workers, a new home with someone else’s furniture, and a new culture to study…thankfully in a language I’m already comfortable with. Last […]

This is what the last three months in Thailand looked like

Lindsay snorkeling off the Andaman islands

Just as in Ecuador, this is what I stared at every day of the Thailand term: my portable media HQ of two MacBook Pros, an iPad, an iPhone, and about 13 TB worth of storage power. I see pixels in my dreams. However, what wasn’t just like Ecuador was my workload. With the addition of […]

One meal inspires three months of memories in Thailand

Thai ingredients in a meal attempt

I keep mentioning to our students that this phenomenon occurs constantly, with no warning, regarding foods, flavors, experiences, and beyond. All of a sudden, we’re okay with what we formerly weren’t (and of course, the opposite is always possible). I’m inclined to believe these mini-epiphanies are more perceptible on the road where they can be constantly questioned.

Neglect in a time of note-worthy experiences

bottleneck

I call myself a writer, but I haven’t written – really written – in two months. Since my last real musing, I traveled to three regions of Haiti, frequented my second Carnival celebration, had a random reunion with a travel friend in the middle of a street parade, hosted my best friend and travel gal […]

Déjà vu in Ha Long Bay and a simple vacation in Luang Prabang

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

It’s been a long time since I landed in a new place and felt a strong connection. Luang Prabang was easy from the start, as we piled into a cheap bus from the airport to the most peaceful “populated” street I’ve ever witnessed. It felt like we entered the land without hassles. Especially juxtaposed with Vietnam, we were existing in a place with one face and no veneer.

Video of the Week: Dune Bashing in Dubai

The dunes surrounding Dubai

There are still many videos from the World Traveler Internship I haven’t featured in this weekly series. Dubai is no longer one of them. Don’t forget to dune bash on your next journey to the Middle East. You can also watch this video on YouTube. Subscribe to Nomadderwhere’s posts via RSS feed or e-mail

Photo of the Day: Little Ladies at Palm Tree Orphanage

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Consume & Update: Opportunities for you!

$10,000 and a trip to Bhutan. I’m so generous this week. Getting Paid to Talk to Bourdain I don’t consider myself a foodie, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the question Tony Bourdain posed to his fellow food-lovers. What does it mean to cook well? Coming from a sustenance culinary tradition, I’m not […]

Reviewing Dean Cycon’s Javatrekker

coffee-bean

As much as I like to believe I’m aware of the world’s atrocities and doing my part to make things better, I know I’m very much a negative factor in many world struggles that I’m both conscious of and oblivious to. I suppose my hourly efforts go out to world education, but being interested in […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in August

Piazzas

Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you inspiration […]

Disgraceful Tourism

Kids at Palm Tree

We travel because it’s a rare kind of high that can also enlighten, rejuvenate, and ensure the occurrence of adventure. Regardless of the road’s discomforts or challenges, travel seems to always evoke an inexplicable positivity – whether that’s from the possibility of new friendships or just the newness of a myriad of elements. The scope […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in July

Ireland

Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you inspiration […]

Consume & Update: The Go! Edition

China

I just felt like churning the butter for a couple awesome things this week. Go, China, Go, China, Go! Don’t speak. Don’t think. Don’t even type. Direct your attention below.

Journeys of a Lifetime in June

Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you inspiration […]

Consume & Update: Lovable Haters, Epiphanies, and Vimeo

05-23 Snapshot

I’m at my Grandpa’s 90th birthday today. It’s a good day. Now let’s learn about what’s new in the travel and blog worlds. Learning to Love the Digital Haters I don’t think I’m evolved enough to truly love those that go after my passionate pursuits, but Tim Ferriss makes some solid points on reactions, time […]

Consume & Update on a Saturday?!

Normally I publish my community outreach on Sundays, but as tomorrow is a holiday, I thought I would switch it up a bit…just this week. That “Rascal,” Kim Jong Il, and His Antics Far from simply a rascal, North Korea’s dictator is one paranoid character, with due cause, and has recently been noted for traveling […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in May

Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you inspiration […]

Consume & Update: 101, Maroon, and Onslaught

Today’s post came out a bit late, but that is due to the high quality of work I found this week. I also have lots to share… How’s The List Coming? Do you have a bucket or life list running? Are most of your goals doable, or are they unattainable? Don’t you wish you had […]

Consume & Update: Tony, Mallory, and My Glory Days

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I’m at my alma mater right now, enjoying a late breakfast with good friends. Where are you right now, sitting there with your eyes peeled to this great new content below? Well, wherever you are, enjoy. Advice for Going Somewhere Different As I continue to plow through my memories from Fiji and recount the tales, […]

Consume & Update: The Visual Edition

Prepare yourself for a very visual-centric post today. Perfect if you went to a horse race yesterday and are a wee bit feeble this morning. Gastropalooza: Indian Style An eclectic video on Indian street food that will either make you hungry, want to go to India, have a headache, or think a musical pig is […]

Consume & Update: Women Travelers, Thai Protestors, and April

Nomadderwhere on MatadorTV

This is the third time I’ve written this post. Maybe I should draft these in notepad first…oh well, here’s this week’s reading material! What All Women Travelers Should Know I often forget the rare instances when I’m harassed or blatantly violated because I am a woman while traveling, because it’s never the intention of a […]

Consume & Update: Football, Fishing, and Facelifts

The amount of reading and weeding I did this week compared to how much I displayed below is amazing. I spent hours on this one…you had better enjoy it. No really, enjoy :) The Ongoing Football Debate I think soccer is swell. American football is also a snazzy game. I think the American distaste for […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in April

Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you inspiration for 365 days from now. Read the brief description to whet your appetite, and click on the trip name for further information (links provided by National Geographic…of course you could be a gritty backpacker and make it on your own).

This year’s popular posts

The Makings of a Travel Video

I’m very happy to report Nomadderwhere has come a long way since this time last year, when I moved from a simple blogspot to a bonafide domain of my own. Since that time I’ve changed my writing style and topics, grown a readership of surprisingly many (thanks to you), won the most amazing internship known […]

Video of the Week: One Year at Nomadderwhere

Nomadderwhere Turns One!

Today is my 1,168th daily anniversary of travel blogging, but Nomadderwhere.com is but an infant still. Since I bought my own domain exactly one year ago, I’ve evolved my site extensively, far beyond what I was capable of from the get-go. I’m proud today to display my year’s progress and hopefully inspire you to achieve […]

Consume & Update: Rowing, Journey, and Carnival

Are you getting pumped for the Carnival of Blogs starting tomorrow? Yeah, I thought so. That’s why you’re here today to warm those eyes up and read about the rest of the online travel world, so you won’t feel guilty spending all your time here next week! I can read you like a book…or a […]

Reviewing The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009

My book sunning itself

I don’t normally buy these sort of books, and thanks to a friendly backpacker in Fiji, I didn’t have to. Why don’t I buy comprehensive anthologies of my favorite genre? Because it’s not enough. Five pages about a person’s trip in Mexico just gets me in the mood; it doesn’t take me there. Maybe I’ve […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in March

Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you inspiration […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in February

Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you inspiration […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in January

Happy New Year! Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to […]

Interview a traveler: The Fulbright scholar in Dhaka

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She’s sailed around the world’s circumference and traveled alone across the Subcontinent of India. Passion fuels her global pursuits, and today she’s investigating women’s rights and human sex trafficking in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Let’s check her out. Amanda Ferrandino was a fellow student on the Spring ’07 voyage of Semester at Sea who has been doing […]