What's your favorite travel story?
In 2016, I went to Spain alone. While there, I spent a few days in San Sebastian. On a stormy Monday night, I sat in a bar for hours, eating tomatoes with olive oil, drinking Rioja, and talking with the regulars. Remembering that time, hanging out with a bunch of older Asturians, reminds me that people are fundamentally all people, regardless of what separates them.
If you had to have a museum dedicated to one subject, what would it be?
Hawaiian shirts. Most people don't know much about the culture that spawned them, and life is better when you're flyin' Hawaiian.
When you're not making tea, what do are you doing?
You can find me riding my bike, cooking, reading, tending to my fire escape garden, pretending I can climb, obsessing about ways to reduce my environmental impact, and shredding the gnar.
What do you do when not brewing tea?
Run with Dashing Whippets and November Project, play basketball in a summer camp league, and aspire to be a golfer. On the weekend I ruminate on David Brooks, ponder British politics, and spend too much time on prose at the expense of fiction.
Favorite travel story?
Getting my wisdom teeth in, in Johannesburg, South Africa, summer 2013. The dentist I went to had no electricity that day. Folks there, really folks in most parts of the world, are problem solvers. The dentist offered to pull them on the spot with a small battery powered flashlight. I went with Plan C, waiting three weeks to be back in the US, ameliorating the pain with salt-water, but really appreciate the guy's determination to get the job done.
If you could open a museum of one subject, what would it be?
Victorian books. It was the dawn of globalization and the democratization of information. The diversity of Anglo-American reactions are endlessly creative and intriguing and offer a lesson for today. The artwork is equally as impressive as the prose; each picture offers a thousand interpretations.
If you could have a museum dedicated to one subject, what would it be? Why?
Farm houses from around the world! I think it’s generally cool to see how generations have changed over time, and farms are one type of properties that usually lives past the first who bought it. For example, It’d be interesting to see how colors are used and why; What their gardens look like; What crops are they growing and what they grew in the past; And why they chose that particular plot to build their house; and, of course, the history behind such farm.
Tell us your favorite travel story.
In the summer of 2013 I went to Argentina and Chile by myself. One the destinations in this trip was the infamous glacier park, Perito Moreno. From the pamphlets it looked like just a piece of ice but up close and personal I was blown away; you are only able to see the tip the iceberg while the rest is covered by the freezing Pacific Ocean. The fact that the world was- a few times- covered in this stuff is still mind boggling. However, I was saddened to learn that while I was there the ice was melting at a very rapid pace. I even saw a huge piece of ice slide off the iceberg into the water!
Regardless, I enjoyed the sights, the cold air, and feel of a very ancient piece of nature. The only thing that lacked on this trip was a charger for my stone age digital camera and phone. Hopefully the glacier is still there when I go back sometime in the future.
When you're not making cascara, what're you doing?
In addition to trying to sleep a complete 8 hours, I’m likely training for my next race. I love the half marathon and have a love-hate relationship with marathons.
Tell us your favorite travel story.
Visiting Taiwan with my parents and grandparents in the summer of 2016. There was a town about an hour outside of Taipei named Jiufen. The entire town was built on a sharp incline on the side of a mountain and it was full of businesses, tea shops and eateries. I have a very fond memory of sipping on a mango smoothie at a small tea shop on the side of a mountain, looking at the most incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, and thinking, life couldn’t get much better.
What can we find you doing when you're not making Cascara?
You can find me playing guitar, singing with my a cappella group, at the gym, or eating late night half off appetizers at Applebee's with my friends. During the school year, you can find me trekking through the snow of Rochester, trying to get to class on time.
If you could have a museum dedicated to one subject, what would it be?
Baseball caps. If you know me, you know I love a good lookin’ baseball cap.