Hi, I’m Sabine.
I'm an editor, writer, Spanish instructor and occasional maker of overly optimistic decisions. At 19, I moved to Bolivia during the beginnings of civil unrest (poor timing, in retrospect), where I met sprightly elder Quechua women who inspired my first narrative nonfiction essays. I have been writing, traveling and getting inadvertently lost ever since.
I have an environmental science degree from Stanford, and sometimes I write about that (the science, not the degree). I've backpacked through Europe. I've studied coral resilience at a research station on the Great Barrier Reef and attended a UN climate change conference in Copenhagen. I lived in the Dominican Republic for 3 years, where I befriended the moms of cocaine traffickers (safety tip #1), planted coral reef gardens, and was somehow put in charge of evacuating a region of 51 Peace Corps Volunteers in case of a shutdown, either by hurricane or by Congress. While in the Caribbean, I co-hosted a weekly radio program on Radio Mambo 94.3, a station broadcasting live in my second language to a bemused audience of more or less 100,000.
Perhaps you've seen my writing in one of these publications: Wired, Sierra, Adventure Collection, Ethical Traveler, Hunger Mountain, California Magazine, Bay Nature Magazine, GeoEx, or Traveler's Tales' The Best Travel Writing series. Currently, I'm working on a book aimed at shattering the stigma of admitting failure in charity and development work; it's called "Jaded Altruism." When I'm not doing that, I’m probably at Berkeley’s Cheeseboard Cooperative eating a pizza.
They really have the best pizza.