When a Swede Visits the South

When a Swede Visits the South

My best friend in the entire world, Matilda, is visiting me in August!! I've talked about her a lot on my blog. And in case you started following me recently, I met Matilda in my year abroad in Ireland. She was one of my roommates in Dublin. She's my Harry Potter watching, Disney song singing, [...]

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12 People You Meet While Living Abroad

12 People You Meet While Living Abroad

The American Studying Abroad This person never seems to study for their classes. And they drink a lot because they're usually underage back home. Your International Flatmate(s) This person (or in my case people) are difficult to live with because of the language barrier, but somehow you make it work. You love them.   The [...]

Even More Stuff That I Miss From Ireland

Even More Stuff That I Miss From Ireland

Of all the things I miss about Dublin, I think the architecture and parks are the two that surprises me most. Walking around my hometown, we don't have any of the Georgian Doors that are painted different colors. All over the city, you will find the doors to Georgian buildings painted different hues of red, yellow, [...]

Am I Afraid to Travel?

Am I Afraid to Travel?

Often, I am asked, "Are you not afraid to just show up in a city by yourself?" "Don't you worry about terrorist groups?" "Aren't you scared of what could happen?" "You could get drugged!" "How do you do it?!" My answer to those questions is usually the same. I chuckle and put on my brave [...]

The Power of Scent

The Power of Scent

So the strangest/best thing happened last night. It was late. I'd been out with friends catching up, got home, talked to my parents, and finally around 11.30pm, I made my way to my room. I finally broke down and decided to put sheets on my bed. Yes, I had been sleeping only on a mattress [...]

Repatriate: St. Patrick’s Day – The Struggle

Repatriate: St. Patrick’s Day – The Struggle

For the next two days, I will be talking about one of the many difficulties in the repatriate process. Being in your home country during a cultural celebration in your host country.  For me, the most difficult cultural celebration occurred yesterday, St. Patrick's Day. My heart yearned to be no where on earth except in [...]

Words Used by Others to Describe Me

Words Used by Others to Describe Me

Traveler Definition: noun - a person who is traveling or who often travels. How I feel about it: This one I like. I do travel. It is my love, my passion, and my career. When people refer to me as a traveler, I feel special. Not everyone can say they live to see the world. In [...]

Sleet vs Hail

Sleet vs Hail

One of the most difficult things to get over in Ireland was the weather. Everyone was always talking about it. What they called hail though is most certainly NOT the hail that I grew up with.  Hail where I come from is golf ball sized. Not sleet... Here's a video that I took of the [...]

Another Thing Living Abroad Taught Me

Another Thing Living Abroad Taught Me

Living abroad taught me how to be alone. I'm writing this from my phone as I sit alone in Subway. Before moving to Ireland, I don't think I would have been able to just go to a restaurant, order food, and sit down by myself. I would have ordered the food and taken it back [...]

An Open Letter to Those Who Dream of Traveling the World

An Open Letter to Those Who Dream of Traveling the World

Dear Traveller, Growing up, Disney taught me that dreams were wishes our hearts made. I longed to travel the world, touch distant buildings, live in foreign cultures, and let new oceans crash at my feet. When I presented the idea of moving to Ireland, I was told that some dreams should stay just that. Dreams. [...]