For the past 3 weeks, I have had excruciating jaw pain, to the point where I don’t even want to eat. Yawning has been completely out of the question and I have had to limit my smiling and talking on some days. I can’t even close my mouth all the way anymore, the inflammation is … Continue reading PLEASE GOD LET ME HAVE WORMS
The other day I sent an email to 30 or so friends and family members who have been asking me what is it that I am doing out here. It was interesting to see who responded. It’s always interesting to see who makes an effort to keep in contact while you’re traveling. Traveling can be … Continue reading Ukuphila Kunzima. Life is difficult.
I made it! After a 3-hour bus ride from Madison to Chicago, a 7.5 hour flight from Chicago to London, and 10-hour layover in London, a 10.5 hour flight from London to Johannesburg, a 5-hour layover in Johannesburg, a 1 hour flight from Johannesburg to Richard's Bay, and a 1.5 hour car ride from Richard's … Continue reading Here I am
When I was a young warthog (cue Hakuna Matata) my dad used to tell me that that the little freckle on the bottom on my foot was symbolic – he told me that I was going to travel the world. I always hoped he was right. The first time I ever left the U.S. I … Continue reading Here I Go Again!
After returning home from my Euro-trip I didn’t have much to do. Of course it was great to be back in SF, seeing my friends and soaking up the city and getting Matilda cuddles. But breakups are hard and San Francisco is small. Everywhere I went I was worried I would run into my ex. … Continue reading Spontaneous Italy
Ok, ok – so this post is really late. Almost a year late. But I’m going to post it anyways, because Iceland is incredible and you should read about it from my perspective. I mean, at least look at the pics? I’ll give you the summary version. Iceland was a really emotional experience for me. … Continue reading Retroactive Iceland
Before I left for my trip, when people learned I was going to travel solo through Europe for 3.5 months their response was often along the lines of “Wow, you’re so brave!”. I didn’t really understand what they meant by that, but responded with a side smile and head nod. I had been dreaming of … Continue reading Embracing my loneliness in Budapest & Prague
I went to Moscow for 16 days to visit my best friend Jesse who is living there, teaching English and studying Russian. I met Jesse in Ghana, we both studied abroad there in 2010. But we didn’t really become friends until the following summer, when we were both in NYC and looking for someone to … Continue reading Behind Enemy Lines
After I said goodbye to my wonderful boyfriend (yes, I miss him tons already) I headed to Dublin! This was the first time on my trip that I ventured into the unknown aka booked a mixed room dorm at a hostel with 18 beds. Was it a mistake? If a tree falls in a forest … Continue reading Craic & Friends & Sunshine
My boyfriend met me in Paris after he ran the Boston Marathon last week. I really can’t imagine running 26.2 miles and then hopping on an international flight, but his legs definitely still worked and he was able to deplane like a B.O.S.S. Seeing him was such a treat. When you’re traveling you are stuck … Continue reading I saw London, I saw France