Video Games

Three years ago I went to a video game convention in Abu Dhabi. It was modestly sized, and had a variety of platforms and special guests from the scene. I was surrounded by kids and younger adults, some in wonderful cosplay, and I felt very much like a spectator and not a participant. Some titles…

Post eXchange

The cleaners changed the chemicals for the bathroom, and when I walked in I found myself awash with melancholy. I remembered the same smell from 10 years ago. It was the same chemical smell of sterilization that softly wafted through the Post Exchange at Camp Casey in South Korea. In that moment I was flooded…

Getting Lost and Found in Rural Serbia

The road had long given way to endless potholes filled with the muddy water of melted snow. Our tiny rental precariously scraped over the exposed rocks and gravel as we anxiously followed the map and tried to estimate if we could transverse the remaining kilometers until the next turn. We had been on the road…

Our Wedding in Kochi

  The metropolitan city of Kochi is filled with migrants and tourists alike, and is no stranger to the sight of a foreigner walking through the streets, shops, and local scenery. However, from the looks of the guests at the Grand Hyatt, it was apparent that seeing a westerner clothed in the golden garments of…

New Eliza Year Resolutions

I treat my birthday like a New Year, because honestly, it is. I feel the anticipation of going around the sun another time, I stay up till midnight to ring in the new season, and I reflect on my past year and resolve to be even better in the coming year. I’d shoot fireworks if…

Fears

Last year I jumped from an airplane from 12000 feet in the air. I was in a gorgeous town of Taupo, New Zealand. I walked into the facility, paid a bunch of money, suited up, then loaded into the back of a tiny plane, attached to a man I had only met 20 minutes prior…

The Pressure of Being Best

The first time I ever failed something I was walking around a popular mall in San Antonio. It was near the beginning of the school year, and I had done some shopping for books at the local Barnes and Noble. I checked my phone and saw that I had an email in regards to an…

My Connection to the Internet

It’s pretty insane how seamless the internet is woven into our lives now. We can find information about people, book extensive holidays, and complete research papers with ease. We check in, tag, forward, and record so much of our day to day activities and keep them as a time capsule. Our online presence is no…