How to Pack Your Carry-on Bag

Hello one and all, today I’ll be talking about my bag, and how I get everything I need for 4 months squeezed into my Osprey Porter 45. Many people are interested in just how I manage to bring months of clothing in just 2 carry on bags. As a society, we’ve been so conditioned to…

My Traveling Must Haves

Wow, last week I received a notification stating this blog has just turned 6! I’m completely stunned, how has time gone by this fast? I swear just yesterday I was standing in the aisles of my local REI trying to figure out which backpack would be the best for my trip to Spain. Now, 6 years, 3 jobs, and 30 countries later I still have that same exact pack accompanying me on my adventures. To honor this fun (abet scary) anniversary I have decided to talk about a few of my favorite things. My backpacking must haves.

Photo of the Day

Sea lions on the Galapagos are more like water dogs. They play with you while you swim, hang out on park benches, and hang out in the local fish markets. Here a colony of Sea lions takes a brief afternoon nap in the harbor on Isla Isabella in the Galapagos. 2016

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…

Photo of the Day

  Cane juice anyone? Manual cane juice cart on the streets of Cali, Colombia. 2014

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 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…

Hello again

It has been a long time. A lot has happened and even more changes have taken place. My blog puts me back on the shores of the Galapagos Islands still swimming with the turtles. And as much as I find myself wanting to return to that place, I know without a doubt in my mind…

Galapagos!! Part 1, Isla Santa Cruz

I’m going to let the pictures do the talking this time.                                                                             

Guayaquil, Ecuador 

My journey back to Ecuador from Puerto Rico was not for the faint of heart. I left Puerto Rico at 7pm on the 28th, had a 12 hour, overnight layover in Bogota before arriving in Quito the morning of the 29th. From Quito I took a 2 hour bus ride to an outlying town where…

Quito, Ecuador                     

I left Cusco, Peru March 17th and arrived into Quito, Ecuador mid morning on the 18th. Even though I was half asleep as a result of sleeping in the airport, the beauty of the city did not escape me. Mountains and valleys surround the highest capital city in the world and I felt right at…