Leaving the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, my young cab driver listed out loud the American presidents, which he was able to do all the way back to the Nixon Administration – in order. For him, my new Cuban-born and raised compadre, it was beyond exciting that I was from America, and for that reason he wanted to tell me everything he knew about the U.S. He spoke in stuttering English about politics, baseball, and most enthusiastically- rock n’ roll. Did I like Elvis? Yes. Did I like Chuck Berry? Of course! We were instantly friends, laughing at our commonalities as we drove through the quiet night, zooming down the streets of Cuba, which until that moment had been one of the most mysterious places to me in the world.Read More
Sydney and the surround areas within New South Wales offers what almost feels like an overload of beauty- if such a concept could be real. What I found on my recent, and first trip, to Australia’s largest city was not just spectacular beaches and a lively and vibrate urban scene, but, surprisingly, a journey packed full of adventure at a very low cost. In a place where breakfast can cost upwards of $18 for eggs and toast alone, and the expense of traveling halfway across the world already making your pocketbook feel lighter than usual, I was thrilled to find that Sydney can be enjoyed for little more than the cost of a rental car, if you are willing to forgo expensive restaurant dining for cheaper eating options and are up for beach hopping and nature walks in the great outdoors.Read More
I am so fortunate to be a part of the On the Road Series with Children Incorporated, which as given me the opportunity to show many places where Children Incorporated works in the world, including Eastern Kentucky. Sometimes we don't think about extreme poverty being in our own country, but it is, and it effects families in so many ways.
I realized when it was too late to do anything about it that the breaks on the bike I was riding did not work. I was barreled down a cobblestone road in Guatemala on a 24” girl’s 10-speed bike, which had been converted to a single speed bike by simply cutting the gear cables and removing the shifters from the handlebars. In front of me was my twin sister on a combatively dangerous and small bike and a guy we had met about an hour before that convinced us taking this bike ride was a good idea.Read More
Friends of the Children of Haiti (FOTCOH) provides life saving support to over 15,000 Haitians patients at the FOTCOH medical clinic in Jacmel, Haiti. Every year, hundreds of volunteers travel to the FOTCOH clinic to provide medical care to Haitians in need.
I wrote this blog from 2008 until 2013, and looking back, I can't believe how much I wrote. I don't remember the login information for the blog anymore, nor do I have the email address that is associate with it, but the blog hasn't disappeared from the internet yet, which is great, because I probably saved the writing on a computer that is long gone. I loved Books on Wheels, and I loved traveling with Ward. I will write it all out in a book or an article one day which will be titled "My adventures with Books on Wheels" or "Funny stuff my friend Ward said."Read More
When Ward and I were traveling a lot with Books on Wheels, we kept a blog about our adventures, and got the opportunity to do some writing for print publications. I really enjoyed writing this article for Urban Velo, because the guys behind the magazine were fine with letting us write as we liked, and they were modest with their feedback and editing, so it really felt like we wanted it to feel- like story telling that brings you a long with us on the road.Read More