Full Buckets, Empty Buckets

Bucket lists. For many, they’re merely a catalogue of what one hopes to achieve in his or her lifetime: a list with the harsh potential to turn into could haves or should haves or what-ifs, should those items on the list not be attended to. I find, as a first
Read More…

Photo Essay: Touring with SWIMMERS

Last week, I ditched nine lectures and five discussions to go to Australia. My band SWIMMERS was given the opportunity to play at a music festival that toured through Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. While about half of my journal entries read, “slept on the floor last night. I am
Read More…

Experience Robyn Davidson’s outback adventure in ‘Tracks’

In 1977, Robyn Davidson journeyed 1,700 miles across the terrifying Australian outback to the Indian Ocean with four camels and a dog. John Curran’s film “Tracks” recounts the real-life story of courage, insecurity and dehydration with the wonderful Mia Wasikowska as the frontliner on a serenely breathtaking adventure. “Tracks” explores
Read More…

Where are the wild kangaroos?

After a whirlwind month adjusting to Australia, I’ve begun to explore Brisbane and the adorable beach towns just a few hours away from the city. I can tell you the best places to get coffee in Brisbane. Actually, anywhere you get coffee will rank among the best you’ve had. Even
Read More…

Identity Crisis

Two Steps Forward

The American dream may end up being the end of the world. Roughly equivalent to the first-world dream, the American one can be summarized as having a lot of things you didn’t make. In order to fulfill it, one needs a house, a car, processed food, factory-made clothes and on
Read More…

Summer down under

When I think of the land “Down Under,” a jumble of stereotypical images immediately comes to mind: sun, sand, surfing, shrimp on the “barbie,” riding kangaroos to school, eating Vegemite by the spoonful and koalas on every lamppost. When my Melbournian friend invited me to see his country for three
Read More…

Taking a dive Down Under

I was about to dive into the clearest, bluest water I had ever seen in my life. I could see the outlines of fish swimming in and out of coral … with the sun shining from above, it was truly glorious. Let me back up a little. This summer, I
Read More…