Life Lessons Learned the Hard Way

11 years ago this week I boarded a plane to Honduras.  I was 18 years old, 2 months from my high school graduation, and a little smarty pants.  I had been to Honduras once before for a 10 day mission trip and had “fallen in love” with the country.  Well, that’s what I thought anyways. …

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Spain, Before Columbus

Spain has been on my list to visit for some time now and last summer we got to spend a whole 5 days there on our sibling Euro Trip. The first time I remembering hearing specifically about southern Spain was in my college sophomore “Spanish Culture & History” class.  Before this class my knowledge of…

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The Golden Coast

My week in California last fall was basically three things: 1. The weekend near Lake Tahoe.   I went to visit my friend Shannon so I don’t have any great ‘stay here’ tips.  But I can say, hike!  From what I can tell (which may be heavily influenced by Shannon and her hobbies) the mountains of…

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Vietnam: A Travel Narrative

In the summer of 2014 I planned a 5 week trip to Southeast Asia with my roommate and her cousin.  At this point in my life I had been to a whopping 2 countries and was celebrating my biggest life accomplishment to date: completing grad school two months prior.  So, needless to say, Asia was…

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Switzerland: It’s For Everyone

Last summer my siblings and I went on a 3 week Euro trip, starting in the Czech Republic and eventually ending up in Spain.  Of the 6 countries we sped through, Switzerland was my favorite.  Now favorite is a pretty strong word, I realize.  But Switzerland has earned it. We started our journey through Switzerland…

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