I grew up in Small Town, Texas, and my identity is strongly rooted in home. However, I also love stories and perspectives, and travel is one good way to learn a million new ways to see one idea. I actually haven’t decided if I’m more of a traveler or a homebody, and maybe I’ll never know.
Three facts about me:
1. I have a superpower for picking out the best and sweetest cantaloupe. Seriously guys, I’ve had no training, and I come home with a good one every time.
2. I’m very Catholic, and very bummed because I hardly ever meet travelers of any strong religious persuasion.
3. I hate packing more than almost any other seemingly harmless activity. But I have begrudgingly gotten good at it.
About the Blog
This started as a study abroad blog when I left for a year-long program in Costa Rica in July of 2013. Then I sporadically posted throughout my senior year of university to keep it alive, until I started backpacking after I graduated, and finally got some fresh travel stories. Now it’s an exploration of how far my deep roots and wide wings extend.
In an attempt to retroactively organize my writing:
Chapter 1 of my blog is a first-hand experience of a fully-immersive study abroad, and also the experiences of a first-time traveler and language-learner.
Chapter 2 is the account of an American college student putting the pieces together of a new worldview, after having the old one shattered by living in a different culture.
Chapter 3 is a story of post-grad disorientation, except even better because there’s backpacking and traveling mishaps and pretty pictures of Europe and Morocco involved.
Chapters 4 is about me gradually hopping my way home and serving as an AmeriCorps member to help people culturally adjust to my own country.
Chapter 5 is growing roots and learning to commit as I’m starting down a specific career path to become an ASL interpreter with intent and purpose.
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