It was a "typical" Irish morning -- cold, wet, raw. We woke, for the first time during our stay in the country, to slate grey skies. The clouds were a steady sort of gloom, not the sudden onslaught of the storms I've braved in Colorado or California, but gentler, smooth and thick above our heads. … Continue reading The Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland.
I found this writing update in my drafts -- unpublished from over a year ago (14 March 2016) -- but most of it is still relevant to my writing life at the moment. I think that there comes a time in every writer's career -- or in my case, pretend career -- where he or … Continue reading WRITING UPDATE
I can't count how many times I've preached the benefits of travel -- my catchphrase might as well be "travel is the greatest gift you can give yourself" -- and I believe that to be 100% true. I've been blessed enough to have had the opportunity to see a lot of this world in my … Continue reading 5 important life lessons travel teaches you.
There are many reasons that Ireland stole my heart during my first visit to the Emerald Isle, and one of those is definitely the fact that it's home to one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The Long Room in Trinity College -- located square in the middle of the city, conveniently close … Continue reading The Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin
We've all heard the hostel horrors -- smelly rooms, smelly roommates, cold showers, personal belongings inexplicably going missing -- but I challenge you to abandon those pre-conceived notions and hear me out. Your bank account will thank you later. 1. They are incredibly cost-effective. Now, this is the most obvious portion of this list, … Continue reading 5 reasons you should stay in hostels instead of hotels.
Studying abroad has been -- beyond a shadow of a doubt -- the most incredible experience of my life. Living in London was my greatest adventure, and I fell so hard, so fast for that city. The old cliche is that studying abroad teaches you more than staying home ever could, and although the oft-repeated … Continue reading 25 things I learned while studying in London
Living in America -- especially Western America -- is like living in a giant fishbowl. Spend an hour on an airplane and you might end up a few counties over. Drive for hours, and you're lucky if you leave your own state. And everywhere you go is the tell-tale twang of the American accent. You … Continue reading A Sea of Red-Tiled Roofs — My Adventures in Prague
I guess I should start this off -- like most things -- with an introduction. It's kind of weird to be typing this up on my laptop, makeup free and sprawled on my couch, as if I'm addressing a room of people, but hey. There are much weirder things on the Internet. So here goes. … Continue reading An Introduction.