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 […]

Dusk in the Dawn of Happiness

Dusk in the Dawn of Happiness

After five days in Bangkok, I needed to get away from the chaos and couldn’t decide what to do.  I had the overwhelming urge to go to the ocean and camp out for a while as I got myself settled into Southeast Asia, but I also really wanted to be with a buddy instead of getting […]

555++

555++

Within minutes of deplaning my Stockholm to Bangkok flight, it was clear I was not in Kansas anymore.  I immediately picked up on completely different standards of beauty, methods for doing monetary transactions, ways of judging where to eat, and general treatment of tourists.  While my initial reaction was absolute terror, having no idea how long […]

The Last Fika

The Last Fika

My associations with Sweden are pretty simplistic: the Swedish Chef, Ikea, beautiful blondes, edgy fashion, no daylight/all daylight, and the most flattering one, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  When my cousin and her husband invited me to come stay with them in Stockholm during my trip, I was thrilled I would get to see this […]

My Czech Progress Report

My Czech Progress Report

Leaving the guy I had fallen for with no set date to meet up again, week four of sickness, and a newly shattered iPhone screen.   I knew the day after Ireland was going to be hard, but this was a little much, even when I tried my best to keep things in perspective.  Thankfully, […]

The Road To Nowhere

The Road To Nowhere

“Seventh time’s a charm?“ Mike said as we pulled into yet another vacant-looking B&B in the middle of pitch-black night.  We walked into the attached bar and every single person stopped talking and turned to look at us.  The twenty locals in this pub weren’t accustomed to seeing strangers in these parts, where signs are printed […]

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 […]

La Vie En Papier

La Vie En Papier

There are three women I found major inspiration from in the past couple of years, and, funnily enough, I was not particularly close with any of them when I started feeling their influence.  The three are all completely different from each other and have goals and perspectives entirely unique from mine.  However, their common quality is […]

If Jesus Could See Me Now…

If Jesus Could See Me Now…

Last month I was waiting in a very crowded tapas bar in Barcelona for my two friends to meet me.  I found a small space at the corner of the bar and tried to stake out some space for their arrival.  I stood next to an old man who, after a few minutes of pointing […]