This year marks the second year that I've been abroad for the 4th of July, with last year being on vacation in Peru. This year's in France, as I'm taking full advantage of my time here before I leave. As I'm writing this, I'm on a train through the south of France, where temperatures have … Continue reading Thoughts on Independence Day (as an American expat)
For anyone who decides to visit the U.S., it's a matter of checking out its national parks. From the Grand Canyon to Yosemite, the country boasts plenty of sweeping landscapes filled with awe-inspiring cliffs, lush redwood forests, and wildlife all-around. I think as an American, we're proud of our national parks, as they not only … Continue reading Destination: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
When it comes to the cultural differences between France and the U.S. (aka two countries which I've divided my time between for the last almost-four years), it's hard to believe that they can be so different while so similar at the same time. Visiting one or the other is one thing, but to live and adjust … Continue reading 10 Reverse Culture Shocks I’ve Experienced in the U.S.
(inspired by my hometown, Los Angeles) LA Nights Sunsets on the boulevard, riding down the stretch to what seems like eternity on these La Cienega nights next to you, Head rested on my shoulder, you count the stops along Wilshire mile, catch a glimpse of urban light past satellites and dust particles from BMWs that … Continue reading LA Nights (poem)
(inspired by my trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico-- March 2015) albuquerque I. the coyote kisses the moon, howling hot-spells on sonora deserts still-breeze on stuccos and tiles i shake hands with the cactus, his needle teeth glistening in the sun smoldering tequila from the patron, giving us another on the rocks II. i listen … Continue reading albuquerque (poem)