Travel

Photo Journey Indonesia, Part 1

Photo Journey Indonesia, Part 1

By Jackie Leavitt Indonesia epitomizes the word “diverse.” Its 17,500 islands spread 3,000 miles: further than the width of Europe. It encapsulates 255 million people with six recognized religions, although 90 percent are Muslim. It’s also home to many unique and endangered plants animals, including Sumatra’s orangutans and tigers and […]

Reason #37 Why I Can’t Write Today

Reason #37 Why I Can’t Write Today

By Jackie Leavitt The flies are drawn to my computer screen like moths to the front porch light. They buzz by my head, circle their destination and land on the computer’s metal lip. They crawl an inch down and try to blend into the black […]

Apologies

Apologies

By Jackie Leavitt Right now my brain feels like putty after its been rolled around, squished by a five year old’s dirty booger hands Haven’t really had a good sleep in a few days because of the dogs.   Poem formatting by Maggie Slepian thetrek.co/author/maggie-slepian   […]

Zebras Dance Jubilantly

Zebras Dance Jubilantly

By Jackie Leavitt The rain drums on our roof from an unexpected storm. Everything outside is gray: the sky, the ocean, the bushes and trees. Even the invisible wind. Sadness lurks behind me, an unwelcome guest for the past two days. I’d hoped today would […]

Photo Journey Through NZ

Photo Journey Through NZ

By Jackie Leavitt After living in Gisborne for more than two months, Arthur and I decided to hit the winding New Zealand roads! Traveling and camping by car is very popular in New Zealand, and is inspiringly called “freedom camping.” Our goal: Freedom camp our way through […]

Gisborne: January Update

Gisborne: January Update

Dear Loved Ones, First off, apologies for my lack of communication these past couple months. I have wanted to talk with everyone these past six weeks, but I also have many excuses for why I haven’t (work, time difference, finding a home, and lots of […]

The Best New Zealand Coffee

The Best New Zealand Coffee

Recommended by Leo Sonnekus As an American coffee enthusiast, arriving in Auckland, New Zealand, was like a kid walking into a candy shop. Good brews are everywhere, from high-end, barista-trained coffee laboratories to run-of-the-mill corner cafes to you’d-never-believe-it-but-it’s-actually-a-pretty-good-latte petrol stations. Heaven. Every time I got petrol, […]

500 Miles at Sea

500 Miles at Sea

By Jackie Leavitt Even 500 miles away from any sign of land, it’s difficult to shake the feeling that you’re not truly at sea. You look in front of you — at the bow of the sailboat cutting slowly through the blue, rippled salt water […]

A California Sunday

A California Sunday

By Jackie Leavitt The train rocked gently, side to side, as it rolled north through the California suburbs. A gloom, a greyness, lingered over everything: the faded vinyl-covered houses, the hills parched from drought, the run-down corner stores yet to open, the flattened sky devoid […]

Building Meaningful Community with a Travel Lifestyle

Building Meaningful Community with a Travel Lifestyle

By Jackie Leavitt It can be difficult to build fresh communities and make friends in new locations. I found my new San Francisco friend group by meeting a man with a Scottish accent in an Irish bar. After being in the city for about a […]