History Catches Up

History Catches Up

It’s hard to forget where you came from.  And sometimes it’s scary to also. In my case, where I’m from, what I’ve done, and the life I lived up until leaving home in August – it’s all been pretty great.  I’m incredibly lucky.  However, I have one of those personalities that causes me to constantly […]

The Truthteller

The Truthteller

My mother has always called me “the truthteller of the family.”  Being known for your honesty seems like a compliment, but the nickname came about just as equally do to my habit of making brutally honest comments as it did from being helpfully forthcoming.  Approaching the world with this straightforwardness wasn’t really a conscious choice – it […]

Legendary

Legendary

After several months of traveling and my arrival on a new, exotic continent, I had forgotten what I intended to get out of this second leg of my round-the-world trip.  I spent ten days trying to distract myself into getting settled in, but even after making some great memories with lovely people, I still felt […]

Wander On

Wander On

One month into my trip, I got an email from my friend that kind of threw me.  He had stumbled upon a children’s book entitled, Charlotte, Wander On and sent me the plot description from Amazon and the author’s website. “Charlotte, Wander On is the simple, yet emotionally-complex story of a young girl alone in […]

The Presence of Absence

The Presence of Absence

The other night I was tossing and turning at 4:40 am, obsessing about what to say at my sister’s wedding. This might not seem that outlandish – wedding speeches are a big deal – but the odd thing was that I was doing this in a hostel, on my first night in Asia, with earplugs in […]

Truths, Gripes, and Other Confessions

Truths, Gripes, and Other Confessions

I’ve avoided discussing the negative aspects of long-term travel because, well… it seems really petty for me to be complaining at all while in such a spectacular situation.  However, like anything, there are plenty of downsides to this lifestyle.  For authenticity’s sake, I’ve compiled them here to give a taste of the not-so-flattering side of this life. I forget where […]

All Signs Point To Ireland

All Signs Point To Ireland

I have never really known how to feel about fate. It has always seemed like a way to give up all control and choose to be a victim of circumstance, which was a concept I had trouble getting behind. However, since I started traveling, my thoughts about it have changed and I no longer think of […]

Salut / Prost / Santé / Skål / Saúde / Cheers … To You

Salut / Prost / Santé / Skål / Saúde / Cheers … To You

I looked around the dinner table and took note: England, Canada, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Australia, Finland, the Netherlands, the United States.  Every person sitting here is from a different country.  Every person sitting here came alone.  This group feels like some sort of family to me and I struggle to stop my brain from […]

Worth Waiting For

Worth Waiting For

I can admit now, six weeks into my trip, that I came into this journey with a completely broken heart.  I didn’t know it at the time though.  It didn’t feel the way I had experienced it before – it wasn’t straightforward and no one was really at fault.  Regardless, I had developed a healthy […]

Follow Your Nose

Follow Your Nose

In my street photography class this summer, we reviewed quotations of famous photographers to get a better understanding of their various approaches towards taking pictures.  Many of them echoed the same theme, suggesting that as a photographer, you should always “follow your nose”; or rather turn off your brain, stop planning, and make decisions purely based on […]