It was exactly one year ago that I wrote a blog entry regarding all the surprising things I found about life in Madrid after only a month in Spain: Phew. I feel safe around graffiti now. “The girl who’s carried an agenda since 4th grade finds herself in the present and *gasp* without a plan,” I wrote. It was the most perfect unplanned plan I have ever carried out. The entire year was filled with surprise. I allowed myself to be stunned by Spain. Living abroad for an entire year without a clue of what I would … Continue reading 10 Important Quotes: insights of an expat
“No I’m not gonna change yet! I look hot!” That’s apparently Christina’s first memory of me, freshman year of college. I was in the dance team, and had just returned from a basketball game. I bumped into my roommate and her friends, they were playing board games in the common area. I sat on the couch instead of going up to my dorm room to change into the more appropriate lounge/make-up free “dress code” of the evening. A conceited time in my life, but hey…In my defense, High School had really sucked, and I was reinventing myself this first year of college…exploring who I wanted to be. … Continue reading See you tomorrow.
Another fall from grace. I dread getting blindsided by suffering…any suffering! Even the kind where you smack your little toe against furniture. It unsettles every bone in my body as I go from cloud 9 to somewhere near the end of a black hole in the galaxy. Excuse me, I’m getting carried away. But yes, it sucks to be in pain. The morning after the fall my muscles ached, and I replaced breakfast for a coffee and then chamomile tea with honey. “That should carry my anxiety through the day,” I thought. Here’s the tough side of moving abroad by yourself: I’ve only been here … Continue reading The Sight That Saves Me
It’s almost midnight, and the wine is delicious. I let my hair down, feeling tremendous relief from the tight “teacher bun” I was wearing today. T.V. off, pants off, and heavy-weight-on-shoulders off. It turns out that moving abroad is not … Continue reading 1 year from now, I’ll write a blog entry saying: I LIVED IT ALL
…And then I was served the strangest looking lemonade I had ever seen, yet the most delicious. It was a splendid whipped mixture of lemons, mint, dates, and heaven knows what else they do to it! I was at the Greenwave Café a ( vegan/organic/gluten free raw cuisine) place my (car-pooling/grounded/listening-ear/more-advice-than-I-wanted/timeless/wise-one) friend invited me to. It was my first outing after my sudden life upgrade. The world could not look or feel more different. My new perspective came with a side of Greenwave’s raw/vegan version of a cheeseburger: an explosion of never-tasted-before flavor in my mouth. This place was 5 minutes from … Continue reading Lemonade
I went out for a run today. I was cooped up in the house all morning, and thought it was sunny outside. You know, because Florida is the sunshine state (Florida does rain like no other place I’ve been). I loved … Continue reading I ran in the rain today.
Sometimes we travel not just for the thrill and adventure. Sometimes we travel just to see someone we love, or to run away from that which we do not love. Sometimes we travel in search of something new, maybe even specific. Generally, I travel to get absurdly lost in unknown sidewalks, losing my sense of time in a state of wonder. There was something different about this particular trip. I was traveling straight to heartbreak. This is where I give you a friendly heads up regarding this entry. Sure, it does not have my usual uplifting, optimistic tone (as it’s become a blogging habit for me), … Continue reading I was not seeing New York; I was diluting in it.
My head felt heavy, and my eyesight was still blurry. I wondered what could be more indispensable than a cup of dreamy, creamy coffee. What is more enticing than the smell of an espresso? I know the items on my list. But what’s on everybody else’s list? I took the liberty of adding a few things that have recently been brought to my attention through very personal experience. ●Adventure. Having something to look forward to. Planned or unplanned; the adrenaline of feeling GREATNESS is about to happen; living in the present rush of the GREATNESS that is happening. Go ahead…find … Continue reading Four indispensable things. And coffee.
* If your trip is low on magic moments, kick yourself and make things happen. …Seek the truth. Recognize tourist traps. Give a culture the benefit of your open mind. See things as different but not better or worse. …Our Earth is home to seven billion equally precious people. It’s humbling to travel and find that other people don’t have the “American Dream” – they have their own dream. –Rick Steves, IRELAND 2013 *Thanks to my friend, Hannah, for the photo. Inspirational free spirit and adventure seeker. Continue reading best.travel.advice
If you were sitting across from my desk right now, you’d probably see me as a calm and collected young lady working on something really serious. If you thought that, you would be VERY wrong. I am far from calm and collected! I am freaking out! I feel like there are hundreds of fireworks in my brain. Colorful, joyful and explosive. Adventure. Travel. New beginnings. Places I have never been, people I have never met. LIFE. Just a couple hours ago I clicked “Book Flight.” I have traveled alone before. But I have always family and friends…familiar faces. Trips that … Continue reading Let’s go somewhere.