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  • Big Island

    Uncovering the truth about Hawaii’s green sand beach

    The Big Island of Hawai’i has at least two different kinds of sand that I can vouch for: black and white. There is also a third if you count the hybrid of the two, salt-and-pepper sand. At the Volcanoes National Park, a display claims that there are two other kinds of sand hidden on the […]

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  • The lobby where dreams are made.

    Room Service in Vietnam

    This is the final night of my first international work trip. I’m cushioned in the squishy covers of my king-sized bed in the Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel. I can tell you without looking that right outside my window, motorbikes are hurtling in every direction across the streets, driveways, and sidewalks of this city. Waterfalls of […]

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  • Bar Beach

    2014: A Year of Milestones

    Right now I’m sitting in our hammock, soaking up the breeze on a sweltering hot day. It’s the last day of holidays; tomorrow I return to work. Day 4 of 2015 and this new year is finally sinking in. But first, I need to close off last year. This was the year I became a […]

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  • 24Sep9078

    Where I’ve Been

    So this happened last month: And we spent three weeks here: It was dksflkerjkerjieroiucGAH As you can see, I’m still looking for the words to describe it all, so I’ll leave you with one more pic and a vague promise that I’ll come back and start writing again very soon.

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  • Federation Square - Melbourne

    So We Went to Melbourne

    My mom asked me what we were going to do in Melbourne, and I realized that we hadn’t really made much of a plan. “I don’t know,” I said. “Eat, probably.” We stayed on Lygon Street, a strip of touristy restaurants, aka Little Italy, just north of the CBD. Also, everyone I mentioned Melbourne to […]

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  • Tree

    Slowing Down Time

      “When we go to the same places and do the same things, we don’t make distinct memories and time seems to fly by.” This. Oh my god, this. It came from an article I read about why time seems to go faster as we get older, and it really punched me in the gut. […]

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  • Travel fail_Ireland

    Travel Fail: Wedding Edition

    Wedding Wire tells me that there are 143 days left until our wedding. That’s fine. I’m not stressed. We intentionally gave ourselves lots of time to plan this thing, so nothing feels rushed. There is one thing that has greatly disappointed me, however. Jared and I, the key players in this whole wedding, have somehow […]

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  • Towards Newcastle Beach

    Newcastle: A visitor’s perspective

    It appears that 2014 is not the year of blogging for Lateral Movements. (Though you can still catch me every 2 weeks over at APW) Outside of the virtual world, though, things are happening. Jared and I are buying a house (!) – but that doesn’t mean the traveling will end. We’ve been roaming the […]

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  • Merewether Beach

    Baby, You Can Drive My Car

    When I was in college, I drove a red ’97 Saturn, and I loved it. I felt like part of my identity was tied up in this car, this object, and part of me assumed we’d be friends forever. I abandoned the car before it abandoned me, of course. Eventually, I came back to claim […]

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