• Travel

    Clothespins and Culture Shock

    I’ve been back in America for six months now—my longest stretch since college—and I have to admit, I’m still not over my reverse culture shock. A couple months ago, Sam and I thought we were pretty well re-assimilated into Midwestern life, and then we went to an Olive Garden, and there was bacon and cheese on everything, and it was weird.…

  • Travel

    Scratch-Off World

    During a road trip this summer, I crashed at my friend’s apartment in DC. Years ago, she and I were roommates in rural India. When we caught the seasonal fever, I threw up in the bucket we shared for washing clothes, and she didn’t get mad. You could say we’re pretty close. On her wall, there was a large map of…

  • Food,  Travel

    Thankfulness in a Himalayan Bar

    I don’t know what most women do when they’re seven months pregnant, but I ended up cooking a French-themed Thanksgiving dinner for my extended family. Totally reasonable, right? I’m not often home for the holidays—and usually in a country that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving—so I guess you could say I was a little enthusiastic this year. Though it included gratin dauphinois and haricots…