Lost in Iceland

Getting to my university in Scotland was a struggle to say the least, but it was an amazing journey full of unexpected twists and fantastic people who helped me along the entire way.

I had a 30-hour travel day departing from San Diego International Airport, then to Minnesota, then Iceland for a ten-hour layover, and then finally I arrived at my hotel in London. Continue reading “Lost in Iceland”

11 Lessons Learned While Studying Abroad

When discussing time spent abroad, phrases like “life changing” seem to get thrown around a lot. I knew when I boarded my flight that I was about to embark on a transformative journey, but I didn’t realize just how much of an impact my time abroad would have on me.

I’ve tried to pinpoint just a few of the lessons learned while I was abroad, but the amount of change I experienced is truly indescribable. Continue reading “11 Lessons Learned While Studying Abroad”

72 Hours in Russia

Typically, entering Russia as an American citizen requires that you apply and pay for a visa, a process that can be very expensive and take months to complete.

Thankfully, there’s a loophole that allows foreigners 72 hours of visa-free travel in Saint Petersburg if they arrive by ferry and have a guided tour, a return trip, and hotel or hostel booked. Continue reading “72 Hours in Russia”


I chose not to include a photo of Auschwitz because I did not feel the need to take pictures of the sites. I didn’t need a visual reminder of the pain and suffering, and felt that omitting a photo was the best thing to do, out of respect.

Picture a void. In that void, picture an apple. Now picture two, five, ten. Fifty. Is it starting to get a little difficult visualizing that many in a given space? Now try and visualize one hundred. Two hundred. Five hundred. One,.. two,… ten thousand. One million. Eleven million. Now imagine a fire wipes out each and every apple. Bummer, right? Now replace the image of those apples with the faces of eleven million humans. Continue reading “Untitled”

Finding Solace From the Unknown

Prague is like something out of a dream. Its incandescence is almost impossible to describe with words, so I feel that a blog post just won’t do it justice. But I’ll do my best.

Prague was the second stop on our whirlwind trip throughout Central Europe. My goal was to write about it before I left for our third destination, but I was too busy living in the moment (apologies for the cliche) to pause and reflect. I had to take it all in after the fact. Continue reading “Finding Solace From the Unknown”

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