I have always been a huge proponent of taking chances. For one, it makes for way better stories. I’m not talking like Steve-O level stuff, but more like, taking a year off after high school and moving to Guatemala (check), singing karaoke at a bar in Costa Rica when you’re the only non-native Spanish speaker there (check), or staying out all night before your early morning flight and just sleeping on the plane (check times a billion). The latest chance I took is that I…Continue Reading “Why I Ditched My Own College Graduation”

You know the scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding when the main character was explaining that her fiancé is a vegetarian and therefore doesn’t eat meat and her aunt was like “don’t eat no meat?!…it’s okay, it’s okay, I make lamb”? Well, that legitimately happened to me when I was in Greece, except it was my friend’s godmother and she said it was okay if I didn’t eat meat because there would also be oysters at dinner. It turned out to be fine because almost every meal in…Continue Reading “Traveling as a Vegetarian Isn’t as Much of a Pain in the Ass as You’d Think”

Gather ’round, boys and girls, it’s storytime! The year is 1995. The setting is Santa Cruz, California. Four-year-old Jessica is sitting on the couch in the living room, watching a PBS special about lions whilst going to town on a hot dog. Suddenly, the happy-go-lucky zebra who had been prancing about on the screen a second earlier was brutally attacked by a lion and reduced to a bloody carcass on the plains, and four-year-old Jessica freaked out. Now, this in itself didn’t bother me so…Continue Reading “How PBS Made Me Go Vegetarian”

When I was backpacking across Western Europe (Friends references will never get old, that’s a fact), I had some experiences that negated some “advice” I had heard before I went. I’m here to debunk some “Euro myths” about your upcoming Euro trip. (See what I did there? That was funny.) 1. “Hostels are dirty and full of sketchy people who will stab you in your sleep.” I’ve said this before  and I’ll say it again: despite what a lot of people think, hostels are awesome. Everyone loves…Continue Reading “EuroMyth: Common Misconceptions about “Euro Trips” and Why They’re Wrong”

San Franciscans say the darnedest things. These are all quotes that I have legit heard random people say in passing. Roll over the district to see its collection of quotes. The map itself (minus the quotes) is courtesy of the folks at It’s Always Sunny In San Francisco, who were nice enough to let me use it. I’m sure you’ve heard your fair share of hilarious, awesome, and/or straight up “WTF” San Francisco quotes. Leave a comment with some good ones and where you heard…Continue Reading “San Francisco Quote Map By Neighborhood”