A Change of Direction

I have had such an amazing time in Europe; from Korcula Island to Germany I have been so blessed with people and experiences during this trip. I still have so much to share about my trip (the last blog post talks about my time in early July) and I have literally over 1000 pictures left to…

Loneliness

There are moments, in this life I have chosen, where I hear the ghosts of all that could have been walk down the hallways of my mind. I reflect back on the long and windy path my life has taken thus far, and wonder if I have made the right choices. I wonder if it…

Fort Williams, Scotland

Getting up to the Isle of Eigg and my volunteering opportunity was definitely an undertaking. Instead of trying to do it all in a day or two, I decided to take my time and experience more then what I could see from out the train window. I also may have been determined to ride the…

Photo of the Day

During my visit to Peru in 2015 I befriended a local shopkeeper in Urubamba. Everyday I would stop and we would attempt to chat. She had a really hard time understanding my Spanish spoken with a heavy English accent and often times I couldn’t tell if the words coming out of her mouth were Spanish…

Octal, Nicaragua

One of my many days in Esteli involved traveling to up Octal with my wonderful spanish teacher Norma . We traveled up by bus and back by “pedir ride” (hitchhiking). There was the option to catch a bus, but why do that when you could live on the edge? Just as with the other times we pedir…

Getting there: Esteli->Isla Ometepe

After my 2 glorious weeks in Esteli ( I wish I could have stayed longer) I went back out on the road. I decided to spend travel to the beautiful Ometepe Island in southern Nicaragua. Getting to the isla was a bit of an adventure and I though I would share my experience in case…

Fabrica de Pura, Estelí, Nicaragua 

The production of cigars is one of the largest industries in Esteli, and I had the wonderful opprotunity to visit a cigar factory with Norma one of my first days in the city. The moment I entered I was bombard with stimuli. Lines of people filled the room permeated by the smell of smoke. Everywhere…

Addiction

Like the sound of a bee hive, the buzz begins the moment my body leaves the plane. The onslaught of sound, color, and moment does little to dull the electricity pulsing through my veins. A.T.M. Ignore taxis, stares. Find-Check. Taxi, barter, wander. Find-Check. Breathe. The arrival in a new country after a traveling hiatus is…

Oyii Cartagena

I could not have ended my trip in a place better than Cartagena. Although my visit started off on a precarious foot (bus driver took me to get off on the wrong stop and I ended up walking 1 hour with all my bags in 90+ degree weather). I ended up having a fabulous time….

Medellin

Medellin has my salsa heart. In this beautiful city I took Spanish classes by day and Salsa lessons by night. Eerily similar to Seattle I felt at home between the invasive dampness and hipster inhabitants

Galapagos Summary

It is becoming more and apparent that I will not have enough time as a first year teacher to regularly update my blog with detailed stories and pictures. Instead I am going to upload the rest of my picture for each location and then some day in the far off distance when I’m not drowning…