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Photo Essay: Meditations in Borobudur

Borobudur is an easy day trip from the cultural city of Yogyakarta, in Java, Indonesia. But it wasn’t always known as the must-see sight in central Java. It’s hard to believe that this day-tripper’s mecca was once an unknown point on the map, buried beneath the Indonesian jungle for centuries. Borobudur is an 8th-century Buddhist… Read more »

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I Have a Confession To Make

I have a confession to make.  I ruined my own birthday by being irritable, spiteful and, in certain moments, simply mean.  Surely it was a snowball effect. It came from one thing after another, accumulating until BAM! It exploded. I believe that’s true, but it’s not a very good defense. The end result was still an explosion. … Read more »

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25 Things I’m Really Freaking Proud Of

It’s no secret that I’m a list person. That’s proven on this blog again and again and again. Yet the day before my 25th birthday, I can’t help being a bit haunted by the “25 Things Anyone Who is Even Remotely Successful and Worthy of Living On This Planet Must Do Before 25” type of lists. I know… Read more »

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Christmas in Milan: Lights, St. Ambrose and Panettone

This weekend families throughout Italy put up their Christmas trees and dusted off their nativity scenes. The towns have finished hanging their Christmas lights, the strands, orbs or stars extending across the street, stretching from one palazzo to another. The Christmas markets are open for business. It’s the weekend of December 8th, the Immaculate Conception, and in Italy… Read more »