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A little valentine for my dear, sweet Buenos Aires

BsAs Ork poster white

Not only was this the longest time I’ve lived in an international city, it also happened to be a culture I fully embraced. Our impending departure pricked me in the last week, drawing up thick sentiment I could only process through creation. What could I make that would facilitate a meditation on a city that showed me a wonderful time?

This is what the last four months in Argentina looked like

Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, sunset, Argentina

On top of having a beautiful apartment in a central location, I lived with an hilarious roommate and part-time caterer with a debilitating case of FOMO. Together, we worked and played in this international city that showed us both its best and worst. It was the setting for incredible discovery at school and major learning moments personally. There are nail marks across our apartment floors and airport terminals where we refused to leave.

Closing a chapter of this fragmented life in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires chapter

We live very clear chapters that can be qualified
and measured, compared to other chapters that may
or may not build off each other.

A place with streets I couldn’t even visualize
became my next one, and hopefully one connected
to the ones for the following pages.

A patchwork quilt of my Argentina days

Argentina instamosaic

Packing commences soon for the USA. Mental packing happens sooner. I had a little life here in Argentina. It will be remembered a little something like this.

Have you heard about this global school of mine?

Lindsay photographing at a rugby championship, Joann McPike

I like telling stories around the world: in written form, through snazzy visuals, and from both experiential and academic perspectives. I would do this of my own volition (ahem, Nomadderwhere), but thankfully my job allows me to do this for pay every day. From time to time though, I also make marketing videos to give more context of this visionary establishment that houses such endeavors. Here are the latest ones of note.

Uruguay: a new country experience with a vintage video feel

Colonia, Uruguay lighthouse

Here’s hoping border crossings are all fresh. Visiting Uruguay a few weekends ago reminded me how lucky I have been to see different countries. I wanted to reflect my appreciation for a new place with a new video technique: light leaks.

Photoblog: Sundays in Buenos Aires make the whole week

A sunset over Recoleta cemetery in Buenos Aires

For over a month, I’ve been sinking my claws into Buenos Aires, Argentina. Within the first two weeks, I found an apartment with a new roommate/co-worker in the beautifully-located barrio called Recoleta. Its coordinates in the city as well as decor and baller terrace(s) cause me to internally chant: I’m not worthy!

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 [...]

Domestic deficiencies and my learning curve post-Ecuador

Max after baptism, family

Living in one place for a couple months – regardless of one’s experience – inevitably causes nostalgia upon leaving and for a succeeding period of time. If it was a bad time, the pleasant memories override the bad, and if it was a good time, as was Ecuador, everything habitual and endearing continues to perpetuate [...]

This is what the last three months in Ecuador looked like

MacBook Pros, iPads, iPhones, and intense production tech

A break from being on-location isn’t a vacation; it’s when post-production begins. The gray days of Indiana don’t make me feel guilty for holing up in my room, rubbing elbows with the likes of Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. Though I got to experience some incredible sights in my three months in Ecuador, the majority [...]

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 [...]

Let’s Speak Haitian Creole!

Practicing my Creole on the beach in Jacmel, Haiti

My first language post arose from a desire to document and transmit the full experience of being in a relatively unknown culture: tribal Fiji. I didn’t expect many people to find such a write-up relevant, but it dawned on me after hundreds of hits that lesser-known languages need some limelight, too. One could travel to [...]

Piecing Together an Understanding of Haiti Today

Photo courtesy of Living Water International; www.water.cc

This weekend came and went, and I never left my couch. My camera bag – meticulously packed for three hectic days across three cities – lies useless on the bedroom floor; memory cards untouched and road snacks un-nibbled. For the second time in a row, our assignment in Haiti has been postponed due to civil unrest [...]

Mentally Preparing for Haiti on the Earthquake Anniversary

U.S. Helicopter Lands Beside Haiti's Crumbling Presidential Palace

With every assignment, my job is gaining more meaning and thrill, becoming increasing moving and educative. From researching Frida Kahlo to cutting videos on Nelson Mandela, I’ve been diving further into pivotal, global issues. And though – technically – our upcoming trip to Haiti is a freelance assignment to document a medical non-profit, I’m going [...]

The Missed Airborne Opportunity

Looking cool at the airport

With recent years of life seeing 30 flights or more, it’s almost surprising today marks a first in my life as a transient. Reliant on repetitive lessons or others for the logistics, I rarely put much thought into an airport day. The more effort and worry at times the more likely I actually grasp the [...]

The Mucho México Launch

A girl named Frida Selvaraju

Monday, the 27th, we celebrated the launch of the Mucho Mexico series for ProjectExplorer.org. Our event at La Palapa in the East Village was vibrant and packed, with phenomenal food and a great ambiance. I’m so proud of the work we created from this experience. Can’t wait to showcase another amazing country to the education [...]

Photoblog: Final Crew Meal at Mexico City’s W Hotel

Handmade Brie Cheese Baguette

Flashing back to the June Mexico trip with ProjectExplorer.org, I thought I’d memorialize a fantastic project-closing meal we had at the W Hotel in Mexico City. We relaxed after a hectic day of capturing on film Mexico’s complex and difficult history. It was a well-deserved and tasty spread. [All photos were taken by Vijaya Selvaraju.] [...]

Che and Jack Agree. It’s All About Movement.

Open book; don't judge

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. -Robert Louis Stevenson In the last two years, I read two books I found interesting (though not astounding) by two men with fetishes for movement. I found their stories ones I would only enjoy vicariously, [...]

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 [...]

Reviewing David Lida’s First Stop in the New World

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I’m a lover of travel narratives, which is why my first impression of this book, come three or four chapters deep, wasn’t yet rave-ish. David didn’t write a travel narrative taking place in the hypermetropolis of Mexico City/Federal District (D.F.); he did something better than that. Working off twenty years of experience as an expat in [...]

Photoblog: Merida and the Yucatan

Celestun

Daily wake-ups as early as 4:15am, constant encouragement to produce content (or brainstorm more concepts), keeping up with another internship, e-mails, and friendships from home – this goes far beyond a full-time job. Week three on-location has been draining, frantic, but overwhelmingly delightful. No matter how plum-tuckered-out I get during production, I still find our [...]

Photoblog: Oaxaca

Pantaleon Ruiz Martinez

I’m not too interested in describing every detail of our week in Oaxaca. Well, maybe not now. I woke up nineteen hours ago for a market walk and just spent two hours dancing and flopping on the mats at a Lucha Libre training center. Arts. Crafts. Food. Style. Passion. Nature. Oaxaca, you’ve got it going [...]

The Frida Transformation

Frida is a bookworm

It’s safe to say I’m really pleased with myself and the completion of my first cut segment for ProjectExplorer. Sure, I’ve been editing quick trips and question videos, writing blog posts, and researching the Mexico series. And since last summer, I’ve been exclusively using iMovie09, churning out some self-proclaimed impressive content. However, last night I [...]

Update from Oaxaca

Oaxacan Alebrijes

Busyness, people. This production schedule is mad with work, and during any off time from outings and filming, we’re making new quick trip videos, publishing photography, researching the next experience, having photo shoots, and looking for food to sustain our laborious efforts. The past week was spent in the crazy comfort of Casa Oaxaca, a [...]

Quick Trips from Mexico City

Jazmine with Puppets in Xochimilco

My video development has been solely focused on ProjectExplorer material. Here are some quick trips I’ve been editing or filming thus far. Jazmine talks about her molcajete, which is a traditional soup-like meal in a volcanic dish. We had a little fun in a market at Xochimilco. Jazmine really likes puppets. While dining at the [...]

Photoblog: Xochimilco and Frida

Trajineras at Xochimilco

Man, I’m swamped with ProjectExplorer. The amount of work we have to create and cover in our short three weeks on locations is deep and vast. However, I’m still loving it and virtually recovered from my bout of hilarious food poisoning. We have moved on to Oaxaca for the second destination of three on this [...]

Update from Mexico City

Even though last week’s Consume & Update received a lovely compliment, the production and content schedule here in Mexico is too daunting to also include a thorough perusal of the internet’s best in travel and blogging. Instead, I’ll make this Sunday Update all about the job with ProjectExplorer, on location in Mexico City. Update on [...]

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 [...]

The Triple Importance of Cinco de Mayo

There are three reasons why I really love this day on the calendar, and aren’t the final reasons in these sort of lists always the best? Reason #1 Four years ago today, I flew solo across the Atlantic for the first time in my life…solo meaning without family or friends, not Amelia Earhart-style. After having [...]

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 [...]

Interview a traveler: the Russian environmentalist

igor

He’s blazed the powerful Rio Grande in a canoe and survived 40 miles of strike-blockaded roads to get to Machu Picchu. He’s determined to impact the world positively, because the world has been good to him. Let’s check him out.

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).

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 [...]

Consume & Update: Stuff, Tsunamis, and 15 Days

I found some good reads this week! Take your laptop outside, enjoy the warming breeze, and read on, my friends, read on. Writing Wherever I seek location independence. I would love to be able to write and create multi-media work without a permanent anchor to my geography. Therefore, I look to those with the exact [...]

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 [...]

Journeys of a Lifetime in December

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 [...]

Photos of the Week: Brazil

Where did this love of trekking come from when I’ve never liked endurance sports? Why it was this trip in Brazil to Lençois that did the trick! I also post these photos in honor of my travel buddy, Garrett, for this was our first trip together (along with the gorgeous Alexis Reller). Subscribe to Nomadderwhere’s [...]

Cruises, Destination and the Authentic

Getting in touch with the open ocean

I have very mixed emotions about cruise travel. There’s the old side of me that remembers fantastic family vacations at resorts and on cruises, memories caked with the residue of absolute joy. And there’s the new side, the backpacker side, which silently writhes and struggles in the wake of “money travel” and the foreign concept [...]

Video of the Week: The Mexico Riviera

A week at sea, 14 hours on land and a whole lotta time lapse footage; come along for the ride. Subscribe to Nomadderwhere’s posts via RSS feed or e-mail

Journeys of a Lifetime in November

journeys

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. Every month I will pick out a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you [...]

Photos of the Week: Mexico

Last week, I cruised the length of Baja California and walked on Mexican soil for less than 15 hours altogether. Clearly, a cruise is not about the port destinations but the pampered journey in between. But my pupu platter of Mexico fulfilled a desire to affirm my ideas of the country and become determined to [...]

Reflections at Sea

Cruise, Sunset, Laptop, Travel

Blues and smog and a golden quarter sink Toward the smell of sewage and marine life amidst hopes of notoriety and fame The cobalt supports a sea of turquoise with dreams As lofty as their shoulder pads But what professions result from a demand from salt and pepper Are those that justify radical dreams of [...]

Consume & Update: Gulf States, Piano Stairs and Home Again

A week at sea leaves Lindsay’s RSS reader mighty, mighty full. Blame the straight day of transit yesterday for this late posting. Don’t forget about the Middle East! Gary Arndt and AmateurTraveler.com presented a podcast this week about traveling to the gulf states that gives us an ear into a conversation on countries often left [...]

Street Smarts: Transport Scams

Rickshaws in India

Walking around India with glowing blonde hair, parachute pants, and the backpack/daypack humpback/pregnant belly combo is a sure-fire way to indicate, “I’m not from around here.” What does this mean to the rickshaws slowly following your swagger or the cyclists hoping you’ll turn around and want their transport services? Some might see an honest service [...]