Machu Picchu – There and Back Again.

I imagine it's not easy being one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World." People are always questioning if you're really all that you're cracked up to be and you have to constantly live up to everyone's expectations. It's a tough act. But if you're Machu Picchu, you always deliver. I've been lucky enough to…

Walk Humbly – Traveling With Something to Prove

I often have to remind myself that my life isn't a one man mission to rid the world of American stereotypes. There are many, I realize this. And many of them are deserved. "Wow you're skinner than I expected!" "You're a lot nicer than I thought Americans were!" "Do you need a fork?" "커피 주세요.…

No One Wants to See Your Photos

Okay that's not really true. Your family wants to see your photos, and your friends and roommate might. But the reality of coming back after traveling is often not the glorious homecoming we hope it will be. There comes a moment when you realize no matter how hard you try, that photo will never hold the same meaning…

Bongeunsa 봉은사: The Temple in the City

Seoul basically feels like New York city, except that everyone is Korean. It wasn't until I got out into the country side that I really started to feel like I was in a completely foreign country. But the difference between Seoul and any other big city in the US is that you can be in…