Facebook has reminded me that two years ago, I stayed up until 3am at a riad hostel in Morocco, and then woke up the next afternoon to surf with strangers from Europe and Australia. Today, I woke up in the bed I own at 6am because I'm working on building a habit of discipline, and am currently staving off laziness by working my way through a to-do list.
You see, when the future is open to any possibility, when you can go anywhere, do anything, when you have no responsibilities or commitments, you think you're free.
I'm writing this on December 9, 2015, but I won't set it to post until after Christmas for the purpose of secret-keeping. You see, here's the deal. I'm going home early to surprise my loved ones for Christmas. I originally booked my return ticket for as late a date as I could and still actively participate… Continue reading I’ll Be Home for Christmas (And Not Only in My Dreams)
One of the main lessons this trip has taught me so far is that I don't have to see everything. Not all places are created equal in my heart, and novelty is not so novel when it crops up every day.
A few posts back, I determined I found the "pura vida" and decided it's time to either stop the blog or turn it down a new path. I've chosen door number two for now, so that's the reason for the new blog title. As for the meaning of the title itself, as you may have… Continue reading Starting a New Chapter; The Road Not Taken
After about two weeks of backpacking--one of those solo--I realized that backpacking is, in fact, possible. Which you would think I would have realized before, but sometimes things get out of order in my life. Those are the fun times. The idea came to me while I was in Bocas del Toro, Panama. I was… Continue reading Wanderlust: the Traveler’s Trap
EDIT: Because of high interest in this post, I wrote a Part II with a little more perspective. I moved back into my dorm the second semester of freshman year on the first day they would let me, a few days before classes started. Since I was there before the masses, I ate lunch alone… Continue reading How to Talk to a Foreign Exchange Student