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…

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…

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…

Solo Girl Sojourns: Paris

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…

The 5 Books I Read in 2019 that I’m Still Thinking About

Over the years, this blog has been everything from a way to share pictures to an almost-travel blog where I write about the places I go to but not nearly in the professional way more specified travel bloggers do.  So, in keeping with my theme of writing whatever I want, I’m adding in books because,…

Italian Beaches and “Wonderlust”

As we near the end of January and I work on planning out my blog posts for the upcoming months, I decided that, rather than a travel post (because I have been very busy), I would post this reflection on the title of my blog – Wonderlust Writings. But first, it’s January, and I’m  getting […]

Reflecting on Study Abroad

One year ago, I returned from a semester in France.  I’ve had a decent amount of time to reflect on this and to think about my experience and what advice I would give to other students.  Given that I am writing about the entire process of this from picking a program to coming home, this…

Tucson for Foodies

The best thing about Tucson is the food.  No, seriously.  I mean, there are lots of great things, but it is a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, which should tell you that the food is good.  That said, I thought that in honor of Thanksgiving, I would do a post to talk about some of my favorite food…

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…

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…