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The Back Page Chronicles

Three hooded figures walk into The Back Page, I was sipping a Bulmers, waiting for one of them. The first has black hair and hazel eyes. He’s about my height, and he’s from California. He was my teenage dream, my first real crush. We went on dates, refusing to call them so. He was my first dance, my first car ride with the windows down, my first dictionary filled with inside jokes. He sits down across from me and looks me squarely in the eye. “It’s been a long time” I say, “How have you been? It’s really good to…

How was your spring break?

Lille, France With our heads held high and voices as nasal as possible, we marched to France. It was our first time traveling together. Tía Maguiña is a stylish woman, mixing Spanish emotion with French elegance. Her food is amazing, and her house is charming and light. Thai on a Tuesday night, fairy lights twinkle…

The funny thing about situations

Situations and storytelling, These Are a Few of My Favorite Things. Isn’t it bizarre, if you pay close attention to your situation or your circumstances, how quickly they change. And unless you spend time recounting the details of the transition between situations, they really don’t make any sense. How is it that at one moment I am chatting with a Scottish guy on the balcony of the hostel that I worked at in Hvar, and the next I am eating lunch with classmates in the UN’s cafeteria in Geneva? In a matter of hours, I’ve switched countries, languages, cultures, activities,…

The moment is mine, believe me

“Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions. I’m so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them– that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.” -Anne of Green Gables Approximately 23 mins ago, I was folding laundry, dancing in my pjs, and scream-shouting along to Hannah Montana, her first CD that came out in 2006. I was 8 when the very first episode was released on Disney Channel, and was super excited. I had seen the previews…

Blue skies despite stormy weather

One on one time. Lights. Trees. Sunrises. Hot tea and warm scarves. Laughter and conversation. Silence. Thunder Cake. Birds chirping. Being known. Breathing in, letting it go, and hanging on tight. I have a thing for the unindustrialized, the unstructured, the whimsical, and everything outside the lines. This week’s events were filled with hypnotic glittering circles…