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Florida Rainstorm

I was asleep in bed, embraced by a thick duvet and too many pillows when I heard it---the familiar sound of the storm siren. Distant but powerful. It's strange, but I find this sound comforting. I like the dissonant drone, like a chord that never rounds

Tillamook Coast Solo Drive

In all my days of sniffing sea breeze I've encountered nothing quite like the wind that whips off the Oregon coast. Nothing compares to the scent that rolls in off the Pacific and meets the dense forests of Oregon—crisp, wet, evergreen, clean. I visited Portland as I

City Guide: Lisbon, Portugal

  Lisbon is easily my favorite European city I've visited to date (don't tell the other European cities, I want them to like me). I had such an amazing wander around this sunny, colorful, historic place. Maybe it had something to do with the tiles It had EVERYTHING to

Honolulu Hospitality

"May-lay Keh-lee-kee-mah-kah" My aunt said pronouncing the island sounds of the Hawaiian holiday greeting---"Mele Kalikimaka." I can still hear her, bouncing from vowel to vowel, sounding out the names of Hawaiian streets---Gracefully, carefully. respectfully. This was many years ago. I was only nine years old. It was my biggest

Wend City Guide: Port Chalmers

Just a small fishing village, Port Chalmers is only a short 25 minute drive from its more popular neighbor, Dunedin. Of course, Dunedin is well worth a visit (if not solely to stock up on bars and bars of chocolate at the Cadbury Factory alone). But if you're

An Afternoon in Lombok

I am sitting in a blue restaurant overlooking Senggigi Beach on the Indonesian island of Lombok. The water is bright teal as it hits the sand, and a darker blue farther out in the ocean where fishermen bob around waiting for life at the end of their lines. Sitting