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Lake George, New York: Finding Friluftsliv in the Big Apple

My relationship with winter has been an on and off again one, as I imagine it is for most. When I was young in Wilmette and feeling indestructible, I don’t remember ever feeling the cold. There was just the excitement of the first snowfall and the anxious hope that it would arrive around Christmas when […]

Chicago, Illinois: Urban Crime, Mayhem and Metropolitan Beauty

My father is from Mississippi and my mother grew up in Chicago, both lived in unforgiving environments. My grandmother (father’s mother) moved to Chicago in the 1960’s when many black folks from the south were relocating north for a better life. It seems that when she arrived here she got very comfortable because she sank […]

Paris, France: Paris is for Jim

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” William Blake, Marriage of Heaven and Hell. “Indeed, Allah [alone] has knowledge of the Hour and sends down the rain and […]

Costa Rica: The Forest Will Provide

Vines make up 30% of the forest’s mass,” Sergio said, pointing to the canopy below us. We had passed the line between new and old forest, and the wind changed. The breeze grew stronger and the smell of moisture intensified. Relaxing in the verdant air, we continued onward, high above the dry rainforest of Costa […]

Interview with Um A’yube: Writer, Mother and Wadi Rum Transplant

Hello Um A’yube. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I am a shy person and I like to watch the world go by. People fascinate me and I reflect a lot on why people act the way they do. I like to hold on to hope that the world is overall a good […]

Anchorage, Alaska: Real or Fake?

As I mentioned in my previous post, the last stop on our quest to visit all 50 states was Anchorage, Alaska. To celebrate our accomplishment, let’s play a game. It goes like this, I’ll show you three photos from Anchorage and you tell me whether they are real or fake. Don’t worry, this isn’t going […]

Interview with Abhinav A: Cofounder of ErikaWithAK

Hello Abhinav, can you tell us a bit about yourself? Hi Erika, long time no see (laughs)! I grew up in New Delhi, India and completed my Bachelors of Computer Science in Nagpur, which is a large city of almost three million in central India. I love technology and also have an interest in finance/investing. […]

Khmer Empire Marathon, Cambodia: The Andu Project

Lars Lars the perennially drunken Norseman had a preposterous idea. Yet some ideas, as this one most certainly did, open like a door onto a world of wholly unexpected adventure and, well, just goodness. Plain goodness. ‘Why not get him to run in a race?’ The ‘race’ turned out to be the 10K event at […]

Yellowstone, Wyoming: A Love Note to Our Buffalo

I don’t know why you’re so excited,” AA  said. He was not impressed. Apparently, a herd of buffalo was not worth leaving the air-conditioning for. So far my plan to instill upon him the majesty of Yellowstone wasn’t going well. “We have cows hanging out in the streets in India and you think I’ll be excited about […]

Golden Triangle, Thailand: A Shan Drug Lord and a Motorcycle Sensei

It all started with a….Yes, indeedy. As any of my half-dozen or so readers will now guess, our trip into the Golden Triangle did indeed start with a request. And the adventure that resulted? Let’s just say Kawasaki ER-6 street bikes and a whole bunch of beautiful bendy roads. And a drug lord’s hideout, and […]