Borders & Bucket Lists

Crossing Over Borders and Off Bucket Lists

Date archives February 2018

Hawaii / North America

Four of the Best Poke Places on Oahu, Hawaii

Best Poke Places on Oahu, Hawaii

Over the past several months, there has been a poke (pronounced poh-kay) craze sweeping across the country.  Poke is a traditional Hawaiian dish, typically made with ahi (not “ahi tuna”, friends – that just means “tuna tuna”), soy sauce (locals call it “shoyu”), seaweed, and other seasonings.  So odds are, if you haven’t had poke in Hawaii, you’ve had some weird version of poke with avocado or hot Cheeto crumbs (yes, I’ve seen poke with both of these).  To help you out in your search for some authentic poke, here are four of the best poke places on Oahu, Hawaii. Continue reading …

Continental U.S. / North America

I Found a SoCal Waterfall WITH WATER!

A SoCal Waterfall with Water

As most people know, California was in a severe drought from 2013-2017.  Even now, when the state is supposedly no longer extremely deprived of water, it is quite difficult to find water-based natural landmarks, like rivers, creeks, and waterfalls, that actually have a decent amount of water flowing through them.  I actually hiked a different waterfall a few weeks ago, and it only had a trickle of water.  But I was determined to find a nearby waterfall hike to satisfy by obsession (as seen by this post and this one and this one).  So when I found a SoCal waterfall with water, I was hyped.

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Africa / Egypt / Middle East / Yemen

The Cultural Secrets of Our DNA

The Secrets of Our DNAFor Christmas this past year, my mom got a DNA test from MyHeritage DNA.  I think most people are either quite firm in what they believe their ethnicity to be or they simply don’t care.  However, simply the possibility of discovering some unknown, secret part of one’s background is intriguing enough to urge one to swab one’s mouth and send it off to a lab for $99.  So it was our turn.  It was our time to uncover the cultural secrets of our DNA.

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