Marrakesh is a bit rough, that’s true. Especially for solo female travelers. Touts, pickpockets, catcalls abound in the medina or old city. It’s a way of life and female travelers get harassed on a daily basis “Hello beautiful!” “Where you from?” “Where are you going? I walk with you.” “Kamusta ka?” (They can guess I’m…… Continue reading The circus that is Marrakesh
“Chica! Chicaaa! Chicaaaaaa!” This crazy woman was yelling and running after me.What the hell?! I panicked for a second before I realized that I was “Chica”. Ha! Not a bad replacement for “mademoiselle”, a term I was already getting used to in France. It turns out that once again, I forgot what I bought at…… Continue reading Hola Barcelona!
“Bonjour les poules! Je suis Jenny. Je peux avoir vos oeufs, s’il vous plais?” “Hello chickens! I’m Jenny. Can I have your eggs, please?” ☺️ What else could I have said with my limited French? When I was sent with two little girls – one 5, the other 6 – to harvest some fresh eggs,…… Continue reading A happy weekend in Normandy
I had an epiphany lately. I’d like to believe that I got two of life’s greatest lessons from bungee jumping and skydiving: The more you think about it, the more it will get difficult for you. Make it your damn mission to be happy every day. But first, let me take you to two months…… Continue reading How I realized it was time to quit
As I simplify my life and prepare for my impending wealth of new time, I get curious reactions from people around me. Some respond with enthusiasm; some, I believe, take my relentless search for freedom as irresponsible and selfish. Why is that? Perhaps inevitably, my situation causes them to question their own values or path…… Continue reading On being happy and free
Myanmar had always intrigued me. It was the last Southeast Asian country to open its doors to the world, so thankfully, it still didn’t have a McDonald’s or 7-11 when I visited in 2013. I wanted to experience the historical and cultural authenticity of the place before it was too late. After years of self-isolation,…… Continue reading A Taste of Yangon