Welcome to Portland

The drive from Seattle to Portland, a straight shot south on the I-5 for three hours, was fairly uneventful. I’d grown accustomed to long car rides from the many trips I took between my college in New Hampshire and home, so I felt at ease behind the wheel. (I’m also no James Corden, but my Carpool Karaoke is pretty spectacular.) And even though I wasn’t driving my trusty old blue car, Lola, I did find a good travel companion in my rental car, good ol’ Martha. The road before us was nearly empty. The sky, still mostly cloudy. The sun peeked through at times though and allowed me a glimpse of the mountains in the distance. Read More

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A Quiet Weekend in Seattle

A little over a week ago, I returned home from my trip to the West Coast—the first big U.S. trip of my adult life. This trip actually ticked many “firsts” off my list: first road trip, first time renting a car, first visit to the Pacific Northwest (and subsequently first visits to Washington and Oregon), and first solo trip. As I’ve mentioned previously, it was both a dream and a bit of a nightmare, but I promised myself I would do my best to enjoy each moment of the new adventure.

I left New York early on a dark, rainy morning—my third 6am flight in just a week—with two carry on bags. Read More

25 Hours in Ithaca

For all of the traveling I’ve done so far, I have done very little of it in my own backyard. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the things that are right in front of you, but I have been trying to make myself more conscious of that. Ithaca, located in Central New York, is known for its colleges, gorges, and waterfalls. The bustling city has been piquing my interest for some time now, and it just so happens that my friend Lex currently lives there—which gave me the perfect excuse to hit the road! Read More

Earth Hour

It’s no secret how much I love to travel. It offers endless culture, language, food, adventure, and the perspective that can only be found when you step out of your comfort zone. I have never been a big fan of cities though. They have plenty to offer, just like travel itself, but cities are too crowded and complicated for my liking (especially long term). One of the things I love most about traveling is being able to experience all of the nature. I’ve been lucky enough to explore nine countries, each with its own allure, and I can tell you one thing for sure: the earth is a magical place.
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Weekends in October

October is, by far, my favorite month of the year. Of all of the autumn months, it’s the one that feels most like autumn—the most like home. Scarves and boots and crunchy leaves. Wild winds and flannel and soft sweaters. Taylor Swift’s Red album on a never-ending loop. The weather has (for the most part) cooled down, the air is crisp, pumpkin spice everything is back in stock… And there’s the way sunlight shines through the changing trees at any time of day, but especially in the early morning and evening skies when it sets the leaves on fire, that just warms my soul. Read More

Back to Ireland

Three and a half years ago, I began a trip to Ireland that changed my life in every conceivable way. I was there to study, travel, and grow. And I did. In the hope of keeping track of my adventures—for myself and everyone back home—I created my first blog, Life in LimerickMy four months in Ireland were everything I could have hoped for, and more. Some of the best things I came away with at the end of those four months were the friendships. There was also plenty of magic in Ireland—in the mountains, the oceans, the fields, the friendly faces. Read More