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  • I’ve recently had a number of friends ask for podcast recommendations. Here’s a few of my favorite episodes.

    Song Exploder – Black Pumas

    Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians deconstruct their songs and talk about how they were made. I love this one about “Colors”, a song by Austin, Texas based Black Pumas.

    How I Built This – Yvon Chouinard

    How I Built This has a lot of interesting interviews with business founders. Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia is one I enjoyed because of his different take on business.

    StartUp Podcast – Dov Charney

    StartUp Podcast did an entire season following Dov Charney, the founder of American Apparel, as he worked to start is second company Los Angeles Apparel. Interesting character study to say the least.

    Reply All – Long Distance

    What if you just stayed on the phone and talked with the phone scammer? This episode goes further than you might expect.

  • Twenty Eighteen in Review

    Twenty Eighteen in Review

    I originally started this blog to share updates while traveling.

    It’s been a while since I’ve written anything here, but the last few years have been more intense and rewarding than any trip I’ve been on. So as the year wraps up it seemed appropriate to send out a dispatch.

    2018 was a year of big changes for our family.

    Martine May

    The biggest change in our life was this little one. She was born at home May 29th. Her wavy mohawk and sweet demeanor are her two defining features.

    Having a second child is totally different than the first. The first time everything was new. With Martine, we didn’t have any stress about finding the right crib or learning how to change diapers. But taking care of an infant and a toddler is exponentially more challenging that just caring for one- especially when the toddler is a wild little one.

  • Country of Contrasts

    I’m on the rooftop of the Seng Hout hotel watching the sunset over Battambang. The Muslim call to prayer is echoing across the river and the ornate roofs of Buddhist temples are glinting in the orange light.

    I decided to stay another day here and am glad I did. There’s a restaurant I really like: Jaan Bai, a resturant non-profit with bespoke pottery, delicious food, and a design style that fits right in with the Kinfolk magazines they have stacked in the bookshelf.

    Pad Thai at Jaan Bai
    Pad Thai at Jaan Bai
  • Hotel Room (private bath, fan, cable, wifi, pool): $10.
    Breakfast (banana pancakes, mango shake): $4.
    Lunch (pork bahn mi sandwich): $3.50.
    Cappuccino: $2.
    Angkor Beer: $0.75.
    Dinner (dragon fruit caipirinha, glazed chicken and greens, coconut ice cream): $11.

    Total: $31.25.

    I admit. Dinner was a splurge. It was amazing.

  • The Killing Fields

    This was an overwhelming place to visit.

    More than 300 mass graves dot Cambodia where 1.3 million people were killed by shovels, hatchets and machetes by a genocidal regime in the late 1970s.

    My Tuk Tuk driver, who is also a friend of my friend’s here, had never been inside Choeung Ek and walked the grounds with me. He didn’t say much, but summed it up as we were leaving, “This place makes me sad.”

    It’s hard to believe a country this friendly and full of life had such a dark and terrifying period.

    The photos are by my friend Sascha Faun Winter. More photos here.

  • Backpacking Big Sur

    Big Sur is one of my favorite places in the world. It has spectacular views overlooking the Pacific Ocean, gnarled windswept Cypress tress clinging to the cliffs, and deep valleys of Redwood forests. I got to backpacking there for a few days earlier this month.

    This Point Lobos, a hiking spot right on the coast, where seals were sunning in weirdly emerald bays.

    We hiked in Padres National Forest, right above Kirk Creek. It was a terrific time of year to go as the entire hillside was covered with wildflowers.

    Our camp site was nestled in a redwood grove. Perfect spot to spend two nights.

  • San Antonio

    We celebrated the New Year in San Antonio, home of the fried brownie and the Alamo. We will never forget.


  • Beware, Cuidado


    On the road to Texas.

  • Vancouver Island, BC


    Victoria is the capital of British Colombia on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island. It’s about a 6 hour trip from Portland, including the drive to Port Angeles and the ferry across the Sound.

    We had a great time up there, and I thought I’d post a few travel tips and suggestions. (more…)

  • Disaster Tips

    I spoke with my Chilean family yesterday. It sounds like a mess, but internet, telephone and electricity is finally back- and all the people I know well seem to be safe.

    The main bridges connecting Concepcion with the suburbs all fell down, several buildings in the University where I did my study abroad burned, looters took all the gasoline and raided the super markets. The army is now on patrol. The towns on the coast no longer exist.

    Grandmother Tota has lived through three major earthquakes now. She said this one was far the worst.

    Everyone in Concepcion knew that a big one was coming, eventually, just like we do in San Francisco. It’s one of the hazards of living on an active fault line.

    My Chilean mother said they should have been better prepared. They should have had a box with working flashlights and a hand radio, toilet paper, some matches, the phone numbers of friends and relatives written down, and basic survival supplies. When the whole city shuts down those are the things you want.

    I know many people in the Bay Area who probably don’t have these things either. We know it’s going to happen sometime, but we live as if we don’t expect it to. I’d encourage everyone to pack a box up of emergency supplies, make sure you have a few gallons of water, and throw it in the closet where you can forget about it. You never know, and it’s better to be prepared.

    There’s some great website about emergency preparedness. seems like one of the best.