Around the US, College, Miscellaneous

Tucson Fall: Starry Skies and Apple Pies

It's autumn: That wonderful time of cool weather, hayrides, and pumpkin spice everything. Living in Tucson though, sweater weather doesn't really come at the same time as pumpkin spice.  In our apartment, we've been ready (and rather desperate) for fall since the start of the school year.  None of us are desert natives, but in… Continue reading Tucson Fall: Starry Skies and Apple Pies

Around the US

Visiting Mackinac Island

Most people know that Michigan is bordered by 4/5 Great Lakes.  However, what is less well-known is that hydrologically Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are the same lake.   They're divided for a few reasons but mostly because of how they narrow at the Straits of Mackinac between regular Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.  The Mackinac… Continue reading Visiting Mackinac Island

Around the US, Top Five

Top Five: Detroit

Did you know that Michigan is the 11th largest state based on land size?  Or that Alaska is the only state with more water included in its borders?  Michigan is actually surprisingly huge - although Lake Superior is even more surprising (Trust me, the question "How many Liechtensteins would fit in Lake Superior" has become… Continue reading Top Five: Detroit

Around the US, Miscellaneous, Solo Girl Sojourns

A Beginner’s Guide to Greyhounds

The best way to learn something is by doing it, I think.  However, that can also be stressful, so a bit of research can also help.  I've taken a few long bus rides - in middle school, there was a field trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, and one spring break in high school,… Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Greyhounds

Chile, Solo Girl Sojourns

Solo Girl Sojourns: Santiago

This summer, I flew to Santiago, Chile and spent a few days wandering this massive city on my own before meeting up with my group on Easter Island.  At this point, I've done a fair amount of traveling, and I'm on my own for significant amounts of the time.  This doesn't concern me all that… Continue reading Solo Girl Sojourns: Santiago

Around the US

One Day in Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee is famous for music - blues and rock 'n roll in particular.  With Graceland just a short drive from downtown, the city has a special connection to Elvis, and Beale Street is famous for soul food and blues.  However, it's about an eight-hour drive from where we live, so I was a little… Continue reading One Day in Memphis

Europe, Italy

Reflecting on Rome

Rome, the Eternal City.  I spent a weekend in Rome while I was in Italy last summer, and despite the heat and crowds, I still really enjoyed it.  There's a reason it's popular, after all!  For me, one of the thrills of Rome is the age of everything - like a lot of places in… Continue reading Reflecting on Rome