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

Around the US, Hidden Gems, National Parks

Hidden Gems: Ocracoke Island

There's something appealing about a place you can't technically drive to.  Although you can have a car on Ocracoke Island, it necessitates loading your car onto a 60 minute ferry then driving about half an hour into the only town on the island.  The alternative is a new passenger ferry that is 70 minutes but… Continue reading Hidden Gems: Ocracoke Island

Around the US, National Parks

One Week on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

As this blog has established, I really like the US National Parks service, so naturally going on vacation along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is something that appeals to me.  The Outer Banks as a whole are great for a beach vacation, but if you're looking to get a way from some of the crowds… Continue reading One Week on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Chile, Lessons Learned

What I Learned on Easter Island

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is the most remote inhabited place on Earth.  Spending three weeks there helping with research was not something I really planned or even imagined doing, but that's what I did this summer!  I applied to this program through my university just on the off chance that if I were to… Continue reading What I Learned on Easter Island

Chile

Visiting Inca Lake

After a couple days in Santiago, I still did not see everything, but I knew even before I came  that since I would only be here for a few days,  I also wanted to see a bit of the rest of Chile.  Originally, I picked a tour to Cajon del Maipo, but due to unsafe… Continue reading Visiting Inca Lake