Posts Tagged: culture

Marrakech Morocco Herb Spice Market

I Felt The Rains Down in Africa (Days 1-2)

Earlier this week on Pairs Well With… I shared my day three through five experiences in Marrakech, most of which were quite enjoyable.  It was the first couple days that hit the hardest. Maybe it was the intense culture shock, extreme heat, or maybe I was all in my head.  Regardless, things did not jive….

I Felt The Rains Down In Africa (Days 3 & 4)

As I mentioned in the first part of this story, I decided to write it backward for a number of different reasons, the most important being that I left Marrakech on so much more of a positive note than when I arrived. The middle few days in Africa yielded laughs, adventure and new friends and brought…

Lisbon Portugal

Portugal is Paradise & I May Never Leave

Pairs Well With…Sunshine + Portuguese Egg Tarts + Blue Waters + Magic of the City As I sit in the living room of my apartment in Portugal, windows open, sun shining in, church bells ringing, and the rumble of the 28 line (yellow tram) below me, I realize that these simple pleasures are what I…

Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

The Best of Asia In Pictures

Pairs Well With…Asia adventures + 4-month time span + the most amazing memories + even better people My time in Asia came and went with a quickness.  Four months of my life passed by in the blink of an eye, and it seems like just yesterday that I left home on my one year journey…

Phnom Penh Cambodia Skyline

Toto, We’re Not In Kansas Anymore (Phnom Penh Is Where Sh*t Gets Real)

Pairs Well With…Poverty + Change + Rebuilding  Let’s talk month three: Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The first 24 hours were a shit show, and I had my first mini meltdown.  Lack of sleep coming back from Australia certainly played a part, but there’s something about reacclimating to a new country month after month that is both…

Vietnam’s 15 Best Things To See & Do

Pairs Well With…Exploring + City Jumping + New Adventures My month in Vietnam flew by.  Gone.  Poof.  Done.  While I continue to travel the globe, my days pass by quickly and effortlessly as I’m consumed by the wonders and sites of the world.  Next thing you know, another month down.  See ya Vietnam.  (The eagle…

Will The Real Wayan Please Stand Up? (Adventures in Bali)

Pairs Well With…”The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem Last month, I made a visit to Bali, one of the places on my travel bucket list.  I spent many years dreaming of teal pools and sandy beaches in quiet, serene surroundings, the kind that offers solitude and inspires my writing.  For a while, I romanticized my Remote Year trip…

20 Must-Have Experiences in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Pairs Well With…Traveling + Adventure + Discovery When moving to a new city, it’s easy to start exploring, beginning with the sights you should see.  Petronas Towers, check!  Batu Caves, check!  It was in Kuala Lumpur, the city of skyscrapers and lookout points and the first one-month stop within my Remote Year journey, where I…

2017 Kuala Lumpur Thaipusam

Pairs Well With…Cultural Awakenings + Respect + Religion Malaysia is a country of extraordinary fusion: food, culture, religion, and architecture.  The fact that three cultures (Malay, Chinese and Indian) can co-exist harmoniously, despite different values and beliefs, is rare.  The level of multicultural diversity in Malaysia is something I’ve not experienced before, and one that…

Palm Trees & Retirees

Pairs Well With… “Snow in California,” by Ariana Grande, and a pretty amazing interpretation by me and my sister, Sarah For Christmas this year, my family felt we should do something different, start new holiday traditions.  I was 100% for this idea, especially since it meant leaving Minneapolis’ frozen tundra to celebrate our holiday in Palm…