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Eat the world

I’m a writer living in Barcelona with my husband and two small children.

Barcelona is my New York.

It’s my Paris.

Everyday I think: “I get to live here.”

About me: it’s Calçot season, the spring onions are being roasted over open fire pits and smothered in Romesco sauce, but at the same time I daydream about those steamy, perfumed bowls of Khao Soi in Chiang Mai, or the snap of salsa verde on street tacos in Mexico. I’m settled but not. I’m home but still curious. I want to eat everything, do everything, figure it all out. I left a professional problem-solving job in software to take photos that make me happy, to write the stories about my life, and to document the things I find. And have babies. It all makes sense if you get close enough.

In 2014, my family and I were selected as Travelers of the Year by National Geographic. We got the news in Mexico, traveled to Spain, via Norway and had our photo taken in Girona by the talented Tino Soriano. We then biked with the kids through Spain, into France and over to Italy. We ditched the bikes and continued on to Croatia, Serbia, and finally Romania. I showed the issue to my son, on my laptop from our apartment in Transylvania and asked him, “Isn’t that cool?”

He said, “It’s a little cool,” while making the gesture of holding his thumb and forefinger together. It was about a half inch of cool. Give or take.

Read the full article here.

So, I write. I wrote a book. It’s coming out in Spring 2016 with Penguin Random House.

It’s called MOTHER TONGUE. Here is what my publisher says about it:

One woman’s quest to learn Mandarin in Beijing, Arabic in Beirut, and Spanish in Mexico, with her young family along for the ride.

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My husband Drew and I made a documentary. It’s called The Wireless Generation and it’s touring in the US in the spring of 2015. See the trailer here:

Upcoming Dates

Feb 5, 2015: Seattle

Feb 19, 2015: San Francisco

Mar 5, 2015: Los Angeles

Mar 19, 2015: Denver

Apr 2, 2015: Austin

Apr 16, 2015: Boston

Apr 30, 2015: NYC

More info here.

I’ve been dragging my husband around the world since 2008 always with the promise that, “Yes, Drew there will definitely be hammocks there.”

There are rarely hammocks.

We have a nearly perfect record of traveling to the tropics and managing to find the one place that doesn’t have a hammock. Drew is quite disappointed, naturally. It’s become a “thing”. I’ve kept a loose account of our lives on the road at almostfearless.com and I’m also wasting time active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I run workshops

I’m a poly-creative, project-juggler. My workshops are really fun, and super productive. Plus, the coffee is always free.

Upcoming dates

Writing and Blogging Workshop: May 4th – 8th, 2015 Barcelona, Spain

Hell Week (retreat for launching a new project in a week, includes housing, food and daily yoga): May 11th – 17th, 2015 Barcelona, Spain

We’ll be in Peru! Blogging and Photography Workshop August 3-8, 2015 in Cusco

And a return to Costa Rica for a Blogging and Writing Workshop. November 31st to December 4th in Mal Pais.


Take the online course

Food anthropology meets travel

Coming May 2015

I’m joining forces with friend and journalist Julie Schwietert Collazo. It’s going to be epic.

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