I Carried a Watermelon Pt 2

We finally pulled over off the highway by the beach. “This is it. This is where Yemoja wants us. The tide is still too high though. We will sit and wait for it to get lower.” We sat in silence and watched the waves crash back and forth rhythmically against the rocks. After 20 minutes, […]

Continue Reading

I Carried a Watermelon

Claudia looked me straight in the eyes before clinking her glass against mine, “Cheers, hoe! I’m so proud of you! But you have to go see Mirella! Promise me you’ll call her. You need protection, don’t be stupid.” For weeks, she’d been bugging me to give her curandera a call before I left the country. […]

Continue Reading

It’s mine, I bought it

Growing up, I found myself digging through my mother’s jewelry boxes on multiple occasions. I have photos of myself as a toddler wrapped in her necklaces and playing with her rings, pretending, imagining myself as a grown up version of her. I even once, dropped a very beautiful ring down the toilet and she got […]

Continue Reading

Tampons? Thank u, next.

For starters, I had been contemplating getting a diva cup for over 6 months. I read the blogs and testimonials and watched the youtube videos. I even reached out to my close girlfriends and surprisingly found out that not many of them had tried it yet or they didn’t show much interest in it at […]

Continue Reading

From Caca Hair, to Caramel Greñuda

Above anything else, I have to stress that it took me years to finally love and accept my curls. I first started straightening my hair when I was in high school. My cousin Pam lived in a cul-de-sac down the street from me, and I would go over to her house regularly. I’d borrow her […]

Continue Reading

Winicunca – La Montaña de Siete Colores

Tucked deep in the Ausangate (Sacred Mountain) region of the Peruvian Andes lies the majestic and picturesque mountain Winicunca (also spelled Vinicunca), also known as el Cerro Colorado, La Montaña de Siete Colores, or more commonly, Rainbow Mountain. Other than knowing it was a beautiful and breathtaking (literally!) trek to one of the highest peaks in the […]

Continue Reading

Nicolasa La Vegetariana?

First and foremost, I love all animals. But 24 hours after the below photo was taken, I had alpaca for lunch. It was the first and quite possibly the last time I will try it. I’ve never felt bad for eating animal meat before, but this time was different. Eating alpaca was not something I […]

Continue Reading

Berrinchuda in Big Bear

One thing I’ve learned after spending a week in Big Bear with three kids all under the age of 6 is that I don’t know shit about what it takes to be a mother. I thought that because I was raised by a single working mother of four, I understood and knew the struggles of […]

Continue Reading

Negrita Cucurumbé

My abuelito was a world traveler. Before diabetes. Before the doctors amputated his leg. Before his heart attack. Mi abuelito was a photographer, a journalist, a businessman, un viajero. Every few years my abue would take his nietos to Mexico. My turn finally came the fall of ’96, the year before he passed away. I was […]

Continue Reading