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

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The Adventurous Alternative

In the blink of an eye, one year ended and another began. That’s how it always seems to happen, isn’t it? The difference is only a matter of seconds, but it often feels like so much more. This year, the change was quieter than most, surrounded only by a few close friends and good food. That was okay. Quieter is better sometimes.

I’ve kept mostly to myself for the first two weeks of the new year. 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

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

A Year in the Making

It’s been one year since I made my first post on from earth and stars. Twelve months of new adventures and new paths. Three hundred and sixty-six days (thanks, leap year!) of living, learning, and traveling the world. And it’s all right here.

In many ways, I am the same as I was last year. Read More

Exploring Seoul

We returned to Seoul on a Tuesday afternoon after another interesting 24 hours of travel. (An uncomfortable eight-hour bus ride because the guy in front of me reclined his seat all the way and left me with no leg room; a shared cab ride with a German traveler named Franka that we had met at the pier on our way out of Koh Tao; a dozen rounds of cards on the airport floor.) We celebrated our return the best way we knew how—with hot showers, green face masks, “New York” pizza, and an episode of Survivor.

The next day, while Gina was off at work, Alexa and I ventured into the city on our own. Read More