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Nomadic Once Again

I am currently laying in a tent in Visalia, California. It is almost 9pm and still over 90 degrees out. Before two days ago I was completely ignorant to the fact that Visalia was even a location people camped, but little did I know there is a cute little KOA campsite here, the perfect stop on the way to the Western Sierras. As I lay here there are 13 people outside my tent, some busying themselves with making spaghetti and…

Travel and Turning 26

I cannot believe I started this blog 6 years ago.  It is truly incredible how much has changed since I started writing.  When this blog began I had just ended my first serious relationship.  A three year high school romance had some how morphed into a horrible live together relationship where neither of us were happy and both of us were struggling to make ends meet while going to school full-time.  I was an art school drop-out who needed direction,…

Beat of my drum

As my adventure in Ireland is coming to an end, I have really been contemplating where my next big adventure will be.  I have realised over the past three years of traveling that my travel style is not hitting 6 cities in 5 days, to me it is not about quantity but quality. Instead what I really enjoy is living in a place. Complete cultural emersion where you can truly soak in the life and love of a place.  That…

Free Bird

Well the time is nearly upon me. Three weeks left till I submit my thesis and become a master of Irish history.  I still have so much work to do, and these next few weeks will not be a party by any means, but over all I am incredibly content and proud of my research.  I never for the life of me thought I would end up researching botanical networks in China in the nineteenth century, but alas here I…

Irish Christmas

Christmas break has brought some much needed rest.  After flying to California for a week before Christmas, I returned home to Ireland on the 22nd just in time for my first Irish Christmas.  I think one of the craziest things about going "home" was that it made me really realise where home really is for me now.  Last year when I went back California was definitely still home, I had a life there and everything even though I had been…

My Scotland Trip

Well, my original plans for Scotland changed quite a bit as leading up to Halloween I thought I would have all my research completed before I left, when in reality I had a bit more on my plate than I anticipated.  So not wanting to cancel the whole trip I decided to cut my trip from 10 days down to 5. I ended up leaving for Edinburgh on Halloween morning, and after checking in at my lovely church conversion hostel…

Scotland Itinerary

I am over the moon because I am finally taking a trip to Scotland.  I have been in love with the place for a long time and I am so thrilled to be going there in two weeks! It will also be the first solo trip I have taken in a year and I have actually planned an itinerary, which is unusual  for me as I tend to just rock up to places unknown without a plan or place to…

Wanderlust

39:365 Gratitude Project Wanderlust is an amazing and yet sometimes frustrating thing.  The undeniable desire to travel to new places and experience new cultures.  It rocks you at your core.  One the one hand it is frustrating when you can't be traveling, the times when you are in-between trips, saving up to go out again.  It pokes at you and pokes at you until you get on another plane and go to a new place. On the other hand however…

The Travel Bug

34:365 Gratitude Project Two years ago I embarked on a trip that would completely change my life. It was June, the summer before my last semester as an undergrad and I was about to board a plane to Budapest, Hungary to study genocide and ethnic cleansing in Eastern Europe.  I was recently single and open to any new experience life would throw at me. To say this trip changed my life is actually an understatement, this trip helped me realize…

Changed Flight Plans

Today I am especially tankful for... As I have mentioned perviously the distance is really hard. I originally booked my flight for August 31st, but as things are have progressed and Alan and I talked over things we decided it was best for our relationship, and for my ability to find a place to live before school starts if I moved up my flight.  So on that note I am ecstatic to announce that today I am thankful that I…