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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been passionate about adventure. And by “adventure,” I mean every opportunity that takes us beyond our comfort zones, allows us to try something new, and to choose hope over fear.

Finish this sentence: “I want to…

Who we are

My name is Daisy and I’m married to Aaron. Together, we’re committed to living wholeheartedly, loving our neighbor, and finding the best food and art everywhere. 

The basic facts about us:

After 10+ years away, we’ve finally moved back to the SF Bay Area where we both grew up, and are excited to settle in and build our lives here. Between the two of us, we’ve also resided in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, and New Haven (CT). 

We fell in love in 2008 and were married in 2014! Aaron has a PhD in Clinical Psychology an I have an MBA. Making it through 8 collective years of graduate school with our dreams and our marriage intact is one of the things I’m most proud of!

I spend my days working full-time for our nonprofit startup while Aaron completes his postdoc at Stanford. In our free time, we love exploring local neighborhoods, spending time with friends and family, and cuddling with our cat. 

 

More exciting facts about us:

We are co-founders of Brio, an international nonprofit that enables access to quality mental health care by partnering with local organizations to design contextualized models of care. Since 2018, Brio has partnered with communities in Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and India. 

Committing to each other for the entirety of our adult lives has been the greatest adventure, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Other people have come close, but there’s no human I love more than Aaron. 

We are faith-filled people with deep convictions about our calling to love God, our community, and the wider world. Like everyone else we’re figuring out what this means while taking one step at a time.

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Check out the articles below on our favorite regions of the world. Whether you’re packing a suitcase or settling into your armchair, we want you on this journey with us.

Latin America

25 magical places to eat in Mexico City: bucket list for foodies

25 magical places to eat in Mexico City: bucket list for foodies

We might have said "Mexico City restaurants are on the rise" ten years ago and not been entirely late to the game. But today, the culinary scene in this global capital is nothing less than a mature, full-blown bonanza. And there's good news: you're invited. The fact...

How to spend 7 incredible days in Patagonia: itinerary and guide

How to spend 7 incredible days in Patagonia: itinerary and guide

Mountains that thunder, rivers that glow. Creaking glaciers that stretch for miles. Condors, guanacos, and flamingos that fill the sky, the earth, and the water. Patagonia is nothing short of magical. And many people would be scandalized by a trip as short as 7 days...

48 Hours in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico: full itinerary & map

48 Hours in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico: full itinerary & map

Mexico's wine region, Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California, is growing in popularity as it rises to the top of international lists for culinary and wine-tasting adventures. But first, a story about what brought us there. We were nearing the end of our season in...

A first-timer’s guide to Buenos Aires, Argentina

A first-timer’s guide to Buenos Aires, Argentina

"It's like Europe!" If you've heard someone say this about Buenos Aires, they're not entirely wrong. There are beautiful buildings modeled after Paris. There are broad avenues, stunning gardens, and as colonial history would have it, many locals who can claim Italian,...

Oaxaca, Mexico: a guide to the city of delights

Oaxaca, Mexico: a guide to the city of delights

(Updated in 2020) This is a guide to Oaxaca City, Mexico. It's also a bit of a memoir. We spent a week there absorbing its magic, wandering its alleys, and tasting its impeccable food. I want to remember all of it. And I want you to know about it-- where to eat, stay,...

Asia

Our China Adventure: poems, gardens, and painted dreams

Our China Adventure: poems, gardens, and painted dreams

Our trip to China was six months ago. Yes, it's taken me this long to write and publish something about it. Lately I've found myself searching for deeper meaning as I travel, not simply wandering for wandering's sake, or for writing a useful guide. Trust me, I'm still...

Autumn In Kyoto: Where To Find The Best Foliage (with a map!)

Autumn In Kyoto: Where To Find The Best Foliage (with a map!)

Autumn in Kyoto is something else. Bursts of color occupy the stretch between earth and sky, spreading wide at the tops of trees, trickling down in fallen leaves, crunching beneath your feet. Having lived in New England, my expectations weren't low. But there was a...

Cambodia: Travel Guide and Photo Diary

Cambodia: Travel Guide and Photo Diary

Cambodia is a place I'll never forget. I grew up dreaming of visiting, and in April of this year, I finally did-- with two of my best girl friends from college, one of whom just finished two years with Peace Corps there. If you've ever to traveled to Southeast Asia,...

Next Stop: Cambodia (and my itinerary)

Next Stop: Cambodia (and my itinerary)

Today I'm on a flight to a childhood dream. Before I imagined myself frolicking in the fields of Tuscany or strolling through the streets of Paris, I wanted to be in Cambodia. Predating my taste for perfect, elegant food was my taste for gritty, old, abandoned centers...

10 Best Snapshots From Taiwan

10 Best Snapshots From Taiwan

My love for Taiwan runs deep. I grew up visiting at least once a year, partly because much of my extended family still lived there at the time. Every January, my mom would fly us to Taipei to celebrate the Lunar New Year when my cousins would get a break from school...

Our 3-Day Kyoto Itinerary: a comprehensive guide

Our 3-Day Kyoto Itinerary: a comprehensive guide

When I wrote our quick guide to Kyoto, I felt like I had to keep it reasonably short-- namely, limit the number of photos. But I can't stress enough how photogenic Kyoto (and the rest of Japan) really is! Everywhere we turned was a potential snapshot, and it required...

Europe

Why you should visit Stockholm in the fall

Why you should visit Stockholm in the fall

Do a little research on visiting Stockholm, Sweden, and you're likely to find lots of recommendations for the summer. And it's with good reason: the Swedish capital comes alive in the summer months when days are long and the...

The perfect Paris weekend guide to food and frolicking

The perfect Paris weekend guide to food and frolicking

Paris, city of light. Paris, city of love. Paris, home to the world's favorite writers, designers and artists. Paris, the city we promised each other to visit once every five years to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We all (want to) have a Paris story. But visiting...

Rome off the beaten path: a wanderer’s guide to the eternal city

Rome off the beaten path: a wanderer’s guide to the eternal city

I love the Spanish Steps. And the Trevi Fountain. The Pantheon still takes my breath away. And the first time I sank my teeth into a delicate lasagna in the Piazza Navona, I thought I'd discovered culinary gold. Rome is where I fell in love with travel. When I was 13,...

72 hours in Barcelona: Architectural Wonderland

72 hours in Barcelona: Architectural Wonderland

We had a special Barcelona experience: we were barely there for 72 hours, and spent Christmas Eve Catalonian-style. I can hardly do justice to Barcelona's highlights since we only had time for a few stops, but I was absolutely in awe with its architectural...

Alhambra Photo Diary & Quick Guide

Alhambra Photo Diary & Quick Guide

Oh, the Alhambra. What a gem. No visit to Andalucia is quite complete without strolling the grounds of this magical palace, the last Moorish stand against Christian Spain. I've raved about the Moors and their architectural prowess in this post about the Royal Alcazar...

48 Hours In Seville, Spain: itinerary & map

48 Hours In Seville, Spain: itinerary & map

Seville might possibly be one of my favorite towns in Western Europe, and I have been to a handful. Laid back, sophisticated, sunny and romantic, it's pretty much everything you might possibly be looking for on vacation. In 2015, we ended up traveling to 5 different...

North America

Yosemite National Park: A Quick Guide

Yosemite National Park: A Quick Guide

Yosemite National Park is iconic. It's nature's majesty on display, creation at its best,  and emblematic in the world of all outdoor pursuits. Its international fame has reached the ends of the earth. Each year, more than 3 million people visit the park, and the...

New England Charm: A Self-Guided Walking Tour in Boston

New England Charm: A Self-Guided Walking Tour in Boston

I spent 4 years living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but admit to only spending a handful of days wandering through Boston. It felt so accessible at the time that I rarely found myself jumping at the opportunity to explore one of the oldest cities in the US. Just a few...

A Wanderer’s Guide To Point Lobos State Reserve, California

A Wanderer’s Guide To Point Lobos State Reserve, California

I love it when I find something that never ceases to fascinate me. I've sung the praises of California's central coast enough for you to know that this is one of my absolute favorite parts of the world. Nothing can parallel its crashing waves, myriad shades of blue,...

A Quick Guide to 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, California

A Quick Guide to 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, California

Pebble Beach is well-known for a few things: excellent golf courses, stunning coastlines, and large-for-California mansions. Located just south of Monterey, Pebble Beach is a branded, gated community that sees thousands of tourists each year. Famous for its stunning...