Around the US, College

Arizona Summer 2017

In the summer of 2017, I did two programs at the University of Arizona prior to officially starting school there in the fall (Arabic Jumpstart and UAdvantage) as well as a road trip out west with my family. My blog has evolved a lot since then, so I'm combining those posts here to keep them… Continue reading Arizona Summer 2017

Canada

Canada 2016

In the summer of 2016, my nascent travel blog got its second wave of posts when I spent 5 weeks in a French immersion program in Québec City, Canada. My blog has evolved a lot since then, but I'm preserving those posts here for anyone who wants to explore them! Keep in mind, this is… Continue reading Canada 2016

Italy, Study Abroad

Italy 2018

Studying abroad in Orvieto, Italy was one of the best experiences of my life so far! I really fell in love with the country and everything it has to offer, and it was pretty hard to contain that excitement. In the 5 weeks that I was there, I wrote 9 separate blog posts gushing about… Continue reading Italy 2018

France, Study Abroad

France 2018

In the fall of 2018, I had the incredible opportunity to spend the semester studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. It was an amazing time in my life; I saw so many amazing places and also learned a lot from my classes. That's a very nerdy thing to say, but I honestly took some great classes.… Continue reading France 2018

College

Freshman Year 2017/18

When I first started college, that in itself was an adventure! Everything was new and exciting, and I had a lot to share with friends and family back home who kept up with my blog. By sophomore year, however, I had pretty much adjusted to college classes and being in Tucson while still awesome was… Continue reading Freshman Year 2017/18

Around the US, Hidden Gems

20 Amazing Pictures from Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands

"Wetlands" and "humidity" are not words that are often associated with Tucson, Arizona. Nevertheless, one of the vastly overlooked gems of the city is Sweetwater Wetlands. Water is an important resource in the desert, so, in order to save potable water, the city has been working to use reclaimed water for irrigation and landscaping since… Continue reading 20 Amazing Pictures from Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands

Books, Top Five

A Pandemic Summer Reading List

Being stuck at home means there can be a lot of time to kill. I've been doing a good bit of reading (not surprising), so I decided to make a short list of my top five recommendations for the current moment. By that, I mean books that have, on the whole, a calm tone that… Continue reading A Pandemic Summer Reading List

Around the US, National Parks

The Peculiar Peace of Gettysburg National Military Park

"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom"Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address,… Continue reading The Peculiar Peace of Gettysburg National Military Park

Around the US

Day Tripping to Madera Canyon

Prior to last September, I had not heard of Madera Canyon, which is somehow less than an hour from Tucson and also the home base of Mt. Wrightson, the tallest mountain in Southern Arizona.  However, I went from not knowing a thing about this place to visiting in September, December, and January, and I can… Continue reading Day Tripping to Madera Canyon

College, Europe, France, Study Abroad

Traveling Alone: Paris, France

Paris, Paris, Paris,De mes amours c'est lui le favori Josephine Baker really put into words the enchantment of  Paris.  The  above lyrics are from  "Paris, Paris, Paris," which is a song that says "Paris" so many times that it stops sounding like a word.  However, it is also one of the songs that was playing… Continue reading Traveling Alone: Paris, France