Misa Shikuma

Professional multi-hyphenate specializing in French pastry, writing, photography and Harry Potter trivia.


Defining Success for Yourself, Not for Others


“So, what do you do?”​

It seems like an innocuous question, one that commonly follows first introductions, but deep down…


Cuba Libre

Cuba. Just the name conjures up images of vintage cars, late-night boozing in jazz clubs, dense clouds of cigar smoke, sharp suits and wayfarers. Or else maybe military uniforms and…


Ni Hao, Konnichiwa

On racial catcalling and identity


It began as soon as I moved into my subleased apartment in Paris’ 15th arrondissement and hit the streets to explore the city that would be my home for the next year, but also occurred regularly when I visited other European countries, and finally reached an appalling peak in frequency when I set foot in Morocco. I…


An iPhone Addict Goes Abroad

On Technology, Travel and Being “Social”


I used to think that being alone meant having no cellphone service. But after living abroad for a year (the better part of which was spent with a locked iPhone; thanks AT&T), I know that being alone really means being in a foreign country where you don’t know anyone…and also not having access to…


Numbers Are Arbitrary

Thoughts from a Recovering Bulimic


One of the first questions my therapist ever asked me during recovery was, on a scale of one to ten, what proportion of my thoughts were occupied with body image. For far too long I was hovering around eight or nine.

At sleep-away camp I remember going shopping with two friends when we passed…


Defining Success for Yourself, Not for Others


“So, what do you do?”​

It seems like an innocuous question, one that commonly follows first introductions, but deep down…