The U.S.-Mexico Border Found While Hiking Coronado National Memorial

This is it. The hike when I learned never to risk running out of water. When I got quite lost hiking Coronado National Memorial on what was supposed to be an easy outing near the border between the United States and Mexico in Southwest Arizona, I tried hard not to panic. But that was …

Life of Pi

The Life of Pi is a book that will make you question life, death, and your very existence. The Life of Pi Plot (No Spoilers) It takes an act of courage to write a book in which the vast majority is written with the character floating alone and lost at sea with nobody to speak …

The French Lieutenant’s Woman will have you bargaining with God. You see, the narrator views himself as God (“the novelist is still a God since he creates”) and, therefore, he hovers above the storyline and pops in – as a perfect un-God-like character – and out of the plot at will, even inserting himself …

Mad Cool Festival laughter

You know you’ve been to the Mad Cool Festival when you wake up in your Madrid hotel room at 2:00 in the afternoon with your pillow covered in glitter and sparkles. In fairness, this particular festival in Madrid doesn’t even start until 6:00 in the evening at the earliest, and it doesn’t wrap up …

Two Women Setting out On the Camino del Norte

The Day When it All Began: We were all anticipation as we set out for our first day of walking the Camino del Norte. Two utter and complete bundles of nerves and excitement. Would we be up for the task of walking 14 miles? Would our bags be too heavy? Would we kill each …

Sign on the Camino del Norte near Orio

The Day When We Nearly Turned Back: Day Two on the Camino del Norte was rough. Writing from a post-Camino perspective, this was my hardest day of walking – with the exception of the day when I had food poisoning. Our bodies ached from the 15 miles we walked the previous day and we …