August 8, 2018

Just before I left Egypt, I sat at the edge of the Red Sea and cried. 

Not because I knew I was leaving. I cried because I was going to jettison some more of my already sparse belongings, and I felt as if I were losing a piece of myself. I knew I was being ridiculous. A...

November 28, 2017

An hour before terrorists murdered 305 Egyptians in the Sinai last week, ­­­­­­­­I headed home from Osana Yoga center—a twenty minute walk.

Yoga challenges me physically and emotionally. I am pushed harder than I would ever voluntarily push myself. Sometimes, in cl...

November 19, 2017

I can’t look away from the falling dominos that are the famous and powerful men who have committed sexual improprieties.

The phenomenon, though welcome, is unpleasantly mesmerizing mostly because it stirs up the memories of how I have become who I am—someone who fundame...

November 10, 2017

It happened yesterday. You know, that feeling you get when you come home after a long visit somewhere else, and you walk in the door and all your plants and furniture and polished floors say ‘welcome.’ Of course, they don’t actually speak (except for the plants) but th...

November 8, 2017

My memory is either really horrible or I am fabulous at living in the moment because I don’t recall my first few weeks in Egypt. Maybe the challenge of integrating into a new culture blurs my memory.

That’s how it works with motherhood, too, you know. Those first few mo...

October 30, 2017

Cairo is kinda hard to talk about.

It's like trying to capture the essence of someone you've only met twice. I can tell you my impressions, but it's admittedly superficial. And colored by my own cultural experiences.

But I'll try because that's what I do. I know several...

October 18, 2017

I know some of you are wondering why I don't post more about living in Cairo.

First, it's kinda hard to describe. Second, I don't really know how I feel about living here yet. It's pretty new to me.

Today I was walking on Road 9, which has a lot of shops and eateries and...

October 6, 2017

I miss Santa Fe's extensive hiking trail system.

One of my favorite hikes (Atalaya Mountain Trail) showcases the valley where Santa Fe sprawls. While I love the hike, I don't love the crowds. I go early to avoid them. Or I branch off to Dale Ball Trails on a left fork a...

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... in my life I never traveled, all I did was wander.

                   ~Roman Payne


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