Travel

A San Diego Surf Log

July 25th, 2019 Windansea This is the first spot I “surfed” in San Diego. Surfed is in quotes because I did not catch a single wave. Okay, I caught some white water on the way in… But I was too nervous to go for these waves. I had a lot to do upon moving, but… Continue Reading →

I Fell in Love in Paris

I woke up to rain pounding on the skylight above me. While there was no elevator in the ten-story building, being on the top floor had one deliverance and that was the skylight. I could have reached up to open it while still laying on the bed. Allowing the water to permeate that glass barrier… Continue Reading →

Pacific Coast Rescue

My sister Sloane and I showed up at Salmon Creek, a beach break in Sonoma County, around ten in the morning. We already knew what we were in for; it was going to be a stormy day. But we were ever hopeful and drove the two hours regardless of what the surf report said. I… Continue Reading →

The Road to Death Valley

Something I realized this past summer while I was abroad in Europe was that people take the natural and man-made wonders nearest to them for granted. I flew across the world to see some (very cool) things, but there was beauty in my own backyard that was begging for my attention. A day’s drive from… Continue Reading →

Surfing Saved 2018

2018 was one of the hardest years of my life. I was robbed on the first week of my backpacking trip, I had my heart broken, my little red truck was totaled, close friends decided I was disposable, my anxiety was through the roof, and being a fourth year, the impending need to figure out… Continue Reading →

European Thank Yous

When I had originally thought of how I was going to blog about traveling in Europe for ridiculously cheap, I didn’t realize it would be done with the help of so many friends along the way. I thought I was going to do it all on my own. However, because of the friends who took… Continue Reading →

A Typical Day in Bonac, France

I wake up in the mornings wondering what the day’s work will have in store for us. We never know what time we work or what kind of work we’ll be doing. It always changes, and Rupert, our boss, has poor communication skills, which are only hindered more because of a language barrier.  Rupert usually… Continue Reading →

Hitch-hiking to the Pyrenees Mountains

I had made it from San Sebastian to Toulouse and was now on a bus to St. Girons, where I would eventually have to hitch-hike to reach my final destination: Bonac. I had finished reading my book about “visitors” around the same time Grace finished reading “The Shining” by Stephen King, so we just swapped…. Continue Reading →

Surfing Spain and France

Ten minutes and we would be in San Sebastian. The ambience had slowly given way from cityscape to rolling green hills dotted with evergreens. San Sebastian held the only opportunity for surfing in my 7 weeks abroad so it seemed appropriate that the landscape would possess a certain familiarity to me. That which I knew… Continue Reading →

Pickpockets in Valencia, Spain

Firstly, I apologize for the lack of content here. I was unimpressed with Barcelona and therefore, uninspired to write anything about my time there. I did write an itinerary for those of you who are still wanting to go one day, but I also had more pressing matters at hand. After my time in Barcelona,… Continue Reading →

My First Day in Iceland

It has been a year since I travelled to the land of fire and ice in June of 2017 and yet the place stays in my mind. I have heard stories of tourists moving to Iceland after spending only a few days in her picturesque landscapes (although I’ve heard the locals aren’t too happy with… Continue Reading →

Supermoon Surfin’

Even before I started surfing, I had always wanted to experience a nighttime surf sesh.  This was mostly because of that really cool surf scene at night in “Soul Surfer.” (Thanks, Bethany Hamilton.)  So, when New Year’s Eve rolled around, with a full moon and still no solid plans, it seemed like the perfect opportunity…. Continue Reading →

A Comprehensive Guide to Sacrifice

Since I began roaming the world, a common question I receive is how I afford to travel, and how it is possible so often.  I have been hesitant to answer this for a while due to the different takes people have on travel.  Many answer this with a simple, “Anyone can travel!”  But I just… Continue Reading →

How I Fell In Love With Bocas del Toro

I spent way more time in Bocas del Toro than I had originally planned. Clinton and Ben, the Aussie guys I met in Bolivia last summer, hooked it up for me here, and I honestly owe them a lot. They have been traveling for a couple years now and are living in Bocas del Toro… Continue Reading →

Practical Life Skills I Learned Thanks to Traveling

People travel for many reasons: for fun, to learn, for a cultural experience, to get away, to find themselves. And most find what they’re looking for and so much more. Traveling to me, meant an opportunity to immerse myself in Hispanic culture and learn more deeply the wonderful language of Spanish. I wouldn’t say I’m… Continue Reading →

Sailing San Blas

My time in Guamal has ended and I am off to Panama! I will be going there by boat and touring the San Blas Islands along the way. When I arrived at the boat dock around eight at night, there were already a bunch of other travelers huddled around the picnic tables. Following standard procedure,… Continue Reading →

Language Discrepancies

The other teacher working with me is from England, so over the course of the last week I’ve been hearing your typical British lingo: cheeky, rubbish, cheers, fancy that. Daniel has taught me two new ones though. The first is “madam” as in “a girl with a ‘tude…” She’s such a madam. The other one,… Continue Reading →

The Doorbell Stigma

Remember when we were little and would just waltz right up to our neighbor’s door without any prior notification? I can distinctly recall running errands with my mother, and when we’d finished, she would ask, “Why don’t we drop in on ‘so and so.’” This is still a Colombian custom, and it is beautiful. Leidy… Continue Reading →

Teaching English in Colombia

Currently, I am the only person in a town of 15,000 that is not a heritage Spanish speaker. Talk about immersion! There is no one here to speak English with besides Alejandro who acts as an on-the-spot dictionary whenever a language discrepancy is reached. During the course of any conversation, Alejandro clarifies whenever I look… Continue Reading →

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