Cuba Libre

Hey, there. Thanks for following. I’m not traveling as much these days, but if you want to read more, check out my normal-life blog at World’s Okayest Mom. “How was Cuba?” they ask. “What was it like?” And I struggle because I can’t distill the trip into a brief and pithy summary suitable for cocktail…

Tired of waiting for me to post here?

Dear beautiful followers, Because my life consists more of parenting than travel these days <insert sad emoji>, I have been sharing my writing on World’s Okayest Mom (although we are headed to Cuba soon, so it’s likely I’ll have something to say about that…). If you’re a fan, consider following me there. Gratefully (and sort of…

Red Flags and Inertia

I did something incredibly brave.  And terrifying.  I submitted a piece I (re-)wrote to So Say We All, and it was chosen and last night I stood up in front of a huge crowd of people and read it out loud to them.  And I didn’t throw up or anything. What was most interesting is how…

Some Advice to My Past Self

Dear January 1st Becca, Tomorrow you leave on a six-month trip to Colombia.  I know you are both heart-poundingly excited and sleepless with anxiety.  What will Colombia be like?  How will traveling as a family go?  Will you be able to write?  You have conflicting visions of how this crazy plan will go down. In…

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Delusional

This morning, as I brushed my teeth (water-free since the tap water isn’t safe) in the house where we are staying in rural Peru, I watched the neighbor plow his backyard with a pair of oxen.  This sounds like a romantic view — and four months ago it would have been — but it prompted…