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Book giveaway: The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology

Book giveaway: The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology

Posted on Nov 25, 2016

This week I’m thrilled to be giving away one copy of Lonely Planet’s newest collection, the Lonely Planet Travel Anthology, which features original travel stories from 34 writers…including yours truly!

Sketching Norway: Gratitude at the top of the world.

Sketching Norway: Gratitude at the top of the world.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016

As I sat and sketched in Tromsø, I loved looking up at the cathedral’s turquoise steeple, keeping time by the clocks on its churchtower, and thinking once again of my favorite equation for enoughness.

Sketching Norway: Surprise voyage on the Skydancer.

Sketching Norway: Surprise voyage on the Skydancer.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016

While getting to see Lofoten’s rugged peaks from the water was a welcome change in perspective, the greatest gift of our journey to Tromsø was the number of surprising connections it held.

A tale of three sketchbooks in Sweden.

A tale of three sketchbooks in Sweden.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016

To land in Stockholm, and have my first port-of-call be a place that some of my best friends had stayed in not two months earlier, was a welcome point of connection to my San Francisco community.

Sketching Sweden: A full-circle return to Stockholm.

Sketching Sweden: A full-circle return to Stockholm.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016

On a brisk Sunday morning in Stockholm, I can remember the feeling of being on the brink of it all. As though hidden behind a cobblestoned bend of its own, our future lay out of sight, but still within reach.

Sketching Lofoten: At home in the far north.

Sketching Lofoten: At home in the far north.

Posted on Mar 28, 2016

My time on Lofoten so far has reminded me of one of my favorite life lessons—that no matter how well we think we know what we need from a journey, sometimes the universe knows even better…

An illustrated history of Girona.

An illustrated history of Girona.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015

Here in Catalonia, where there’s such a debate taking place over the region’s future, it seemed all the more important—vital, even—to understand Girona’s past before I could begin to imagine its path forward.

Drawing connections in Girona.

Drawing connections in Girona.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015

For me, every connection is a tiny knot in the thousand fraying threads we carry with us. Every encounter is a part of the larger tapestry coming to life, slowly being woven into significance.

From Colombia to Costa Brava: Introducing a new sketching adventure.

From Colombia to Costa Brava: Introducing a new sketching adventure.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

If sketching the mural in Athens taught me anything, it’s that new ideas do indeed have a way of stretching our minds, just as windows are opened to the coming of spring.

Travel sketch of the month: January edition.

Travel sketch of the month: January edition.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014

As we kick off 2014, let us leave space in our schedules to wander, to walk for the pure sake of walking, to linger over a second cup of tea. But most importantly, let us never doubt ourselves for doing so.