Portugal: Maÿlis

  06/02/2018. I have never seen Maÿlis without a smile on her face. Super jolly. Good vibes. What a ball of joy! Maÿlis is Parisian, and we met when we were both studying abroad in Shanghai back in 2011-2012. I had not seen her since! She happened to be working in Lisbon as I was visiting, so it was very wonderful to be able to catch up. We roamed the streets of Lisbon in search of a ...

Portugal: Carolina

  05/30/2018. Carolina and I met in the summer of 2015 while on a city tour in Copenhagen. How truly great it was to be able to see her again after three years. She gave me an excellent tour of Porto (granted she works in the tourism industry), but I’d have to say that she was actually the most interesting part of my visit to Porto. From a blues connoisseur to a World War II ...

Portugal: Introducing Peta & Emma

  05/28/2018. Please note that I am super jet-lagged as I write this (not that I’m a quality writer or anything).  After wrapping up Veronica and Anders’ epic wedding in Norway, I headed over to Porto to meet these two very lovely WOMANS. I met Peta and Emma in the summer of 2016 when traveling through South Africa and Namibia. Peta is Australian and Emma is British. Six ...

V&A Wedding: A Farewell

  05/24/2018. A Tex-Mex brunch and a jump into the fjords to finish off an already perfect wedding. It was time to say goodbye to old chums and new friends. Farewells are hard – often harder in the company of good folk – but perhaps we will all run around together another time.

V&A Wedding: Ceremony

  05/23/2018. Veronica says she has an ugly cry face, but her cries hit me right in the feels. Still, the only time I stopped taking photos (because I couldn’t see when my tears interrupted my hawk-eye vision) was when Anders cried at dinner. Man. Hit me right in the feels. I think everyone cried.

V&A Wedding: Pre-Ceremony

  05/22/2018. It was a rough start in Norway when I got word that my checked baggage had been lost. Fortunately, Norwegian Air was able to find my bags before I left from Bergen to Strandebarm. The drive there was enchanting, and Strandebarm itself looked like the charming pictures on puzzles that my grandma and I used to piece together. What an unbelievable place. Seeing Veronica and ...

Bergen

  05/21/2018. Apparently I accidentally deleted quite a few photos from Bergen while I was juggling between different SD cards from the wedding. Good thing I didn’t delete any wedding photos. Whew! Oh snap. Well, here’s all that I have from Bergen. Hanging with the lovely Anja. It’s my second time back in Bergen. I was here two years ago when it was snowing in December. ...

New York

  05/17/2018. I visited Kevin and Vanessa in NYC and had the chance to catch up with Elizabeth (whom I had not seen for three years) and Audrey. The weather was unusually punishing in NY, and I struggled to enjoy the city as I raced to finished grading student papers before the semester ended. Luckily, since Kevin works on the 64th floor of the One World Trade Center, I got to do some ...