The Fear, The Zen, and The Ugly Wipeouts

The Fear, The Zen, and The Ugly Wipeouts

It was kind of like the first day of school, except that you’re wearing a bikini in front of your classmates and your teacher looks like a sexy rockstar-pirate hybrid.  This is Baleal Surf Camp, where I’d spend two weeks learning to surf, acquiring thousands of new freckles, and getting into trouble with people from all […]

Stoked

Stoked

My lack of natural athleticism plus my clumsy nature doesn’t exactly make me a great candidate to become a surfer.  However, as you know, I am spending my time traveling with an open mind and trying new things, so I signed myself up for a week of surf camp an hour and a half north […]

The Week I Grew My First Chest Hair

The Week I Grew My First Chest Hair

I’d like to think of myself as a hard worker.  I was recognized for this quality in my former job and in other aspects of my life in the past, but I haven’t had the opportunity to test out if it still applies when we’re talking about manual labor.  My week at Domaine Vintur exposed me to […]

Real Men Drink Rosé

Real Men Drink Rosé

I’ve grown to love wine over the past few years – all colors and most types – but I never expected to have the opportunity to learn about winemaking first-hand.  The whole industry is, frankly, a little bit overwhelming.  I worked in a restaurant which was hosting sommelier tests many years ago and talking to […]

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 […]

Just Your Run-of-the-Mill Luau in Provence…

Just Your Run-of-the-Mill Luau in Provence…

Before I left for my trip, Steve had informed me that a bunch of his friends were heading down to Marseille for a weekend in August and asked if I wanted to come.  This was all the information I had at the time, but I booked a one-way ticket and figured I’d continue my travels […]

London Highlights

London Highlights

In my last post, I admitted that my week in London was not what I expected.  But despite dealing with some negative feelings, I had a great week and really loved the city. You’ve all seen plenty of photos of London’s many tourist attractions, so I won’t bore you with those.  My highlights for the […]

The Lamest Girl in London

The Lamest Girl in London

I have been dying to visit London for as long as I can remember.  I’ve always thought it could be my perfect city – it’s big, cultural, European, they speak English, it’s close to other places I’d like to visit, but it isn’t halfway around the world so visiting home is doable.  It has a […]

The Land of Ice and Fire (Part Tveir)

The Land of Ice and Fire (Part Tveir)

I only spent 48 hours in Iceland on a stopover before eventually arriving in London, but I was overwhelmed by the beauty and splendor throughout all that I saw.  The first half of my Golden Circle Day Tour was spectacular and the second half was even better. After visiting the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, my tour […]

The Land of Ice and Fire

The Land of Ice and Fire

My first day in Iceland was surreal and beautiful.  However, day two blew my first day out of the water. At the advice of my friend Erica, I signed up for a Golden Circle guided day tour.  The company she recommended was booked up (even two months in advance), so I was recommended to book […]