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April 2017 | Recap

on April 29, 2017

April was such a rejuvenating month for me – I got back to my roots both figuratively and literally, as I got to travel again but I also got to see family! I can also say that I’m LOVING the longer, sunnier days. I even got myself a smoothie blender so I can drink a fruit smoothie on my walk through the park to work (because I’m THAT person now and I have literally no shame). So….how was April, in all its glory? Continue reading

Bristol March for Science

on April 26, 2017
Bristol Science March - Endless Distances

This was my first week back in the UK after a brief time off traveling. I got straight back into it, though, starting a new job the morning after my return, and then traveling to Bristol this past weekend for the March for Science! I love Bristol and got to see a lot more of it this time around than my last 16 hour stint in October. I’m sure I’ll post more details on all the adventures (read: FOOD) the weekend included, but today, in the after glow of Earth Day and my *first ever* march, I want to talk about the March for Science! Continue reading

March 2017 | Recap

on April 1, 2017
All about my places, eats, adventures, instagrams, and mantras in March

March, with its blustery, rainy, and then suddenly sun-filled days has come to an end. For me, this month was all about finding balance. Between work, essays, and … actual life. Continue reading

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