Category Archives: Personal Insights

Life Outside the Bronx: 5 Important Things I Had to Learn

Let me start off with a blasphemous admission: I hated the Bronx. [Gasp!] A lot of people love to reminisce about it and proudly cross their arms into an X chanting “BX!”And while it does give me a warm sense of pride and camaraderie to hear others boast about where we’re from, to me, when…

5 Essential Wellness Tips for Traveling with a Chronic Illness

Despite having an often disabling autoimmune disease and a chronic allergy to pollen, I’ve still semi-nomadically solo traveled around the world for the last three years. From the camping in a ger tent in the Gobi desert of Mongolia to hiking up the tallest peak in the Caribbean, I’ve traveled, experienced, and achieve personal and…

“No Me Cierres la Puerta!” Community vs. Independence: Conflicting Multicultural Values

One of the loveliest but trickiest things about being both Dominican and American is balancing and integrating our close-knit community values with the concept of independence, introversion and boundaries. In many, if not most cultures around the world, setting certain boundaries (like even just closing your bedroom door) can be considered rude, dismissive and/or selfish….

Why I Traveled Through Africa Alone

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One hot and extra humid day I was sitting in my damp co-working space in Canggu, Bali feeling restless. Overtourism coupled with the inevitable tourist-phobia that comes with it, had me itching to flap my wings out of Bali as soon as possible. But where to? My apartment had been subleted for the next few…

Why I am “Dominican Abroad” and Not “American Abroad”

What does it mean to be an American? We are a 236-year-old relatively nascent country of immigrants, influenced by cultural values from around the world. Every few decades a new wave of immigrants enter and form their own diaspora communities for a few generations until they slowly assimilate into what we call the American culture; but…