I Channeled My Inner Robert Frost — And That Has Made All The Difference

Among the top reasons for San Francisco’s popularity as a city is its proximity to wilderness. Your beautiful hike or peaceful retreat is just a car ride away. The curse is that without a car, you are keenly aware of your confinement. Last week, in need of escape, I decided to break through the city’s barriers with the help of public transportation and Uber. The night before, I carefully planned my route, checking BART timings, estimating Uber fares, and reading reviews about the 10-mile loop I wanted to hike. I was…

The Problem With Using Travel as a Means of Escape

Impact Hub Westminster, London Last year, a member of my team quit to travel the world. She would leave behind most of her possessions, with only a first destination in mind, and no return date or location. For a risk-averse, routine-seeking person like me, her news was mostly shocking. I wondered how she would ground her thoughts if she was always on the go, how she would appease the stress of travel anxiety, how she would deal if she got sick, how she planned to find a job upon her…

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Freshman year of college, I took a course called Introduction to Language Change. Maybe because the class met immediately after lunch or maybe because our classroom was perfectly positioned to bring in the midday sun, I would often find it extremely difficult to stay focused (as in, awake). My narcoleptic tendencies, however, were no match for my professor’s overflowing passion. Forever ingrained in my memory is one basic fact (and arguably the most important): language changes over time, and in a systematic way. This means that not just one language,…

“The longest journey a man must take is the eighteen inches from his head to his heart.”

Six months ago, I casually mentioned to a childhood friend that we should travel to Europe after graduation. This was one of many instances in my life in which conceiving an idea was significantly easier than implementing it. What followed was months of anticipation, planning, and drawbacks. At the toughest times, I found myself reevaluating my desire to proceed with the trip in the first place, followed by immediate shame for being unappreciative of the privilege. As we waited to board our flight to Madrid from the Philadelphia airport, my…

“Nowadays you can go anywhere in the world in a few hours, and nothing is fabulous any more.” -Roald Dahl

J.T. McHart’s Pizza Restaurant is my favorite pizza place in the entire world. I realize this is a bold statement considering I have never been to Italy, the alleged birthplace of pizza. ButMcHart’s is my favorite for reasons beyond the pizza. My first visit was about eighteen years ago and I am convinced that I fully remember it, down to where I sat and with whom I went. Since then, McHart’s has been the obvious choice for my pizza needs on both ordinary and extraordinary occasions. The owner recognizes me,…