Stories and reflections on beginning to see the world


August 2013

Beginning on September 3rd (perhaps a bit before, when the frantic packing begins), I shall regale you lovely readers with tales of my journey across the pond. I will be spending four months in St. Andrews, Scotland (above image), a town on the North Sea known for golf and its 600-year-old university, which celebrates that 600th anniversary on my birthday. Who knew I shared a birthday with one of the oldest institutions of higher education?

January 23, 2014

It’s been precisely one month since I left Scotland. Now that I’ve been gone awhile and have (sort of) settled back in to my life in America (not really, though, if I’m being honest), I’m more aware of how much I loved living in St Andrews. Every day, I miss the beaches, the streets, the buildings–and, of course, the people. I long for that sort of enthusiasm for life itself that filled me every time I rambled through the streets of the town; for some reason, even though I wasn’t honestly doing very much while abroad, I felt more capable of doing things than ever. Every now and then, I’ll post about my favorite memories here–a little something to convey the brilliance of life abroad!

April 2014

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pictures taken in Scotland. So much beauty–I miss it every day!

A Bridge in Birnam Wood

A Bridge in Birnam Wood

St Andrews from the Fife Coastal Path

St Andrews from the Fife Coastal Path

Loch Ness from Urquhart Castle

Loch Ness from Urquhart Castle

Summer 2014

After an autumn spent in the UK, I simply couldn’t dismiss the urge–the need, perhaps–to continue traveling. When another chance came along, I leaped on it and committed to a summer spent in Asia; I’ve returned only recently from my shenanigans on the other side of the world.

For a little more than a month and a half, I lived in Shanghai–one of the most incredibly intense, chaotic, and lively cities I think I’ll ever visit. With some extra trips around the eastern segments of China, including journeys to Beijing, Zhujiajian Island, and the Yellow Mountains, I experienced a pretty wide variety of Chinese life. A bit intimidating when you don’t know a word of Mandarin, but overall a fantastic experience.

I followed up my time in China with trips to Hong Kong and Singapore, both of which are incredibly different from Shanghai. I fell in love with Hong Kong’s dramatic island scenery and Singapore’s food–obviously I have more to say on that, so expect a reflective post at some point.


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