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February 2017 | Recap

on March 3, 2017

My whole entire childhood I despised Februaries. It was the month when the Michigan snow turned to permanent brown slush. The temperature would plummet lower and lower, as my skin got paler and my hair got more static-y. This was my third February in England, though, and I think I’m coming to terms with my old foe! It was a surprisingly warm/sunny month, and I emerged (briefly) from my shell in the library to actually enjoy this month! Continue reading

The It’s-Going-To-Be-Okay Poem

on February 25, 2017

Lately, my brain resembles the fuzzy pile you compile from your dryer’s lint-screen. Or, possibly more accurately: the ensuing fiery explosion that occurs when you don’t clean your lint-screen every 24 hours (according to my landlord, at least). Which is to say, I’ve been a bit frazzled. Continue reading

Pilgrimage, Politics, & Prague

on February 8, 2017
Why (and How) Travelers Should Support Refugees

The separation of church and state….and blog? This is the rule we live by. If you’d like to see me break it, read on…

I was in Prague the same weekend as my country’s immigration ban exploded across the world news scene. I’d like to share a little story with you about that weekend… Continue reading

January 2017 | Recap

on January 28, 2017

Wow – how weird to be writing “2017” in this post title! Partly because WHAT how is it already 2017, and partly because I’ve now been doing these recap posts for a year! So I figure I have to differentiate from last year’s “January | Recap” post! Continue reading

7 Things I’ve Been Doing for my Wellbeing Lately

on January 22, 2017

Traveling is something that makes me happy, that improves my wellbeing. But what happens when I’m not able to travel? I’m a full-time Masters student. I definitely can’t travel full-time as well. That’s one reason I try hard to find new things to do in daily life – new walks, new Cornish villages, even new recipes or pubs. This month, as I’ve been hard-hit by essay deadlines, an extra neuroscience class on top of my normal class load, inauguration stress, etc., I’ve tried to make my wellbeing a real focus. (That’s what January is for, right???)

Here are some of the things I’ve been trying out this month… Continue reading

The Expat Who Saw La La Land

on January 18, 2017

Last week, like seemingly everyone else in the world, I saw La La Land. I did the rainy, cobblestone walk downtown with two of my best friends in this city. I snuggled down into the old, springy seats of our city’s old fashioned cinema, my orange soda and popcorn in hand. (The popcorn in this country isn’t quite the same – it’s rounder and harder and sweet and all-around healthier tasting, which is bizarre). For me, going to the movies is a tradition – the smell, the darkening lights, the velvet seats, and crunching popcorn, the rolling credits (I always, always wait ’til the end…hence a few awkward first dates). Continue reading

Oops, My American is Showing… (feat. Bomb Squad)

on January 11, 2017

Yesterday on the commute back from class, I found myself sitting on a double-decker bus, watching a Royal Navy bomb squad disassemble eight grenades 300 meters from the roundabout we were stuck in.

Eight unexploded bombs were found during road works on Plymouth’s most central road.

Eight!! Unexploded!! Bombs!! Continue reading

10 Things I Did For the First Time in 2016

on January 7, 2017

Everyone has been going on about how 2016 was the crappiest year ever. And I get it. But here’s the thing. A year is an arbitrary measurement of time. All it marks is that the planet was pretty much in this same spot in space 365 days ago. But the same is true of any day!! On October 25, it will be a year since the previous October 25, but who cares??? 2016, as a measurement, is not special. Things change because PEOPLE change, and people don’t change just because the calendar now has a “7” instead of a “6”.  Continue reading

Michelle the Airline Representative as the Allegory of 2017

on January 2, 2017

I was gonna tell y’all about all the wonderful places I’m hoping to travel in 2017. The places I’ve booked, planning to book, just dreaming of…

But things don’t always go according to plan. That’s something these last few weeks have taught me. Sometimes we get sick, someone else gets sick, you get a terrible phone call, there’s a storm, a pin drops and then a million miles away, you don’t get where you were planning on going. Continue reading