About

 

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Oh why hello!

I don’t know what brought you over to my nerdy corner of the internet but I am glad to have you.

So a little about me

My name is Erica and this is my blog. I started this blog when I was 20 (7 years ago, shit time flies!) and it has generally served as a creative platform to work out ideas I have been mulling over, observations about life’s randomness, and a place to share my adventures.

I am a PhD student at the University of Sussex and I currently live in the UK. Originally I am from Southern California. I enjoy nature and books mostly. I am 100% a dirtbag at heart. I love camping, climbing, hiking, and roughing it in general. My passion is adventure.

Over the life of this blog, I have done a lot.

Here is a brief outline:

Spent 2 years in community college

Worked at Disneyland

Transferred to CSUF to study history

Had my first serious relationship (3 years, yikes)

Tried to be a Christian

Ended that relationship

Studied in Budapest Hungry

Decided I was not a Christain and accepted that I am an atheist

Travelled for the first time alone, to Paris

Travelled to Austria, Germany, Romania, Italy

Became a full-time live-in nanny in Laguna Beach

Spend a month backpacking Ireland

Graduated from college

Bought a one-way ticket to Thailand

Went hiking with some of the best people I’ll ever meet

Fell in love

Had the most incredible 6 months really falling in love with home

Sold everything I owned

Left for Thailand

Broken heart

Met a ginger on a street corner in Bangkok

Fell in love (again)

Had the most incredible, difficult, and rewarding trip around Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore

Made life-long connections with Nikki and Sarah

Travelled to Saudi Arabia

Had passport confiscated

Travelled to Turkey

Tear-gassed at a protest

Held hostage on a children’s swingset

Made it the ginger in Ireland

Lived in Meath and Dundalk for three months

Travelled to Belfast for my birthday

Returned to California

Long Distance relationship

Struggled with distance and old loves

Applied to grad school

Started rock climbing

Moved to Ireland

Started my MPhil at Trinity College Dublin in Modern Irish History

Lived in Meath with the ginger

Travelled to Killarney

Travelled to Scotland

Went Surfing for the first time in Bundoran

Had a very Irish Christmas

Travelled to Poland

Ended a relationship- heartbreaking

Moved to Dublin

Travelled to Amsterdam

Met a postdoc, a firefighter, a strawberry farmer, and an Englishman

Travelled to London and Wales for research

Went on a family vacation to Greece and Turkey

Did a lot of writing

Submitted my dissertation

Moved back to California

Worked on PhD applications

Reconnected with a former love

Beach camping in San Onofre

Camping at Sycamore Canyon

Broke it off with the former love

Got acceptance from 4 PhD programs

Started working at Starbucks… and hated every minute of it

Hiked. every day.

Malibu Canyon

Wildwood

Joshua Tree

Big Horn Mine

Munits Caves

Met a climber

Repelled down a waterfall in Death Valley

Climbing trip to Alabama Hills with the WW (Weekend Warriors)

Climbing trip to Alabama Hills and Bishop

Stoney Point for an aid session with the WW

Many trips to Texas Canyon to learn Aid and Trad

Yosemite to help the guys with their big wall climb

Joshua tree and forgotten harnesses

Joshua tree and goodbyes

Moved to San Francisco

Started working for G adventures

4 weeks of training visiting: Yosemite, Bishop, Death Valley, Vegas, Route 66, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Scottsdale, Los Angeles, San Diego, Lake Cachuma and San Francisco

Broke up with the climber

Got my commercial drivers license

3-week cross-country trip: San Fran, Yosemite, Bishop, Death Valley, Vegas, Route 66, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, Durango, Santa Fe, Carlsbad, Austin, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, Wytheville, DC, New York

One week off in New York

Found out my step mother has cancer

3-Week cross country: New York, DC, Wytheville, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Austin, Carlsbad, Santa Fe, Durango, Mesa VMonumentnumnet Valley, Gand Canyon, Route 66, Vegas, Death Valley, Bishop, Yosemite, San Fan.

Fell in love (AGAIN, I know)

Week off at home

2-Week Best of the West: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Grand Canyon, Route 66, Vegas, Death Valley, Bishop, Yosemite, San Fran, Marro bay, Los Angeles

Witnessed the worst car accident I have ever seen

2-Week Best of the West: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Grand Canyon, Route 66, Vegas, Death Valley, Bishop, Yosemite, San Fran, Marro bay, Los Angeles

Accepted my place at the University of Sussex

Moved to the Uk

Started my PhD

Visited Chester

Snowdonia in a Mongolian Yurt

Heartbroken- ended another relationship

Finished my first term as a PhD Student

And that brings us to now!