So This is Neiva

Neiva, Colombia in April of 2022. It was around 2pm when my body began to feel warm. The brightness of the bedroom was inescapable because the sun was radiating with full force. I tried for a moment to hide underneath the covers of the bed, pretending that the day hadn’t started yet. It was no... Continue Reading →

Lessons Learned From My Old Clothes

These are some life lessons I learned after giving away a bunch of my old clothes..

Smart Overseas Travel Hacks (Part 2)

How can we create an amazing overseas experience? For me, the first two factors that strongly influence the outcome of a trip are proper preparations and maximizing safety. I dove into these ingredients in my last blog post. What else can potentiate fond memories? Personally, I feel that the next step towards having a meaningful... Continue Reading →

Smart Overseas Travel Hacks (Part 1)

Are you trying to plan a trip to a different country? Here's part one of how to plan for an amazing pending adventure.

Four Important Life Lessons from a Lost Passport

Sometimes we learn valuable lessons when we least expect them. This is a short story of things I learned while traveling in Ulula del Río.

Thirty Hours in Bonn, Germany

On Sunday my good friend Lieven and I found ourselves in Bonn, Germany. This wasn't by some random coincidence. I had been catching up with Lieven and his family in Ghent, Belgium and we decided to pay another close friend a visit. Lucia, a former roommate in Murcia, had recently moved to Bonn and invited... Continue Reading →

This is El Palmar

One morning at IES Marques de los Velez, in El Palmar, Spain... As the door to the classroom opened, and a flow of sleepy students seeped through the entryway, I tried my best to give each person a smiling “good morning.” It was 8:25am and English class was this group of twenty-something teenager’s first class... Continue Reading →

Torrevieja Bus Stations

At 10am in Torrevieja the sun was already hindering my eyesight and all of the layers I was wearing began to feel highly unnecessary. If the bus that I'd been waiting before decided to be delayed by a few minutes. I would have considered shedding my winter jacket and throw it in the garbage. I... Continue Reading →

The Last Bag of Goldfish Crackers

When I was in first grade, my school’s Peruvian Spanish teacher Señora Buckley would sometimes reward us with Goldfish crackers whenever we did something correctly. Did you count to six? Here are six Goldfish. Were you able to say “dog” in Spanish? Here’s one Goldfish... Being only six years old, Spanish wasn’t necessarily a subject... Continue Reading →

When in Bend

A couple Saturday’s ago started like any other. A blaring alarm sent my eyes sputtering open, a handful of extra minutes were lost while I lingered in bed, and a pot of water started to boil in anticipation for my habitual coffee. On most mornings there isn't a sense of urgency, however this particular Saturday... Continue Reading →

Visiting Gijón

Visiting Gijón: In the fairly recent past I found myself sitting with forehead against bus window, watching tall, green sloped mountains pass along a highway that seemed to bend in one continuous spiral. I was somewhere in Asturias, Spain and the steep inclines that were visible from my window seat were parts of the Cantabrian Mountains.... Continue Reading →

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