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 […]

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Two Days in Santiago

I’ve had an amazing couple of days in Santiago!  It’s such a big and vibrant city,  and I would love to see  more of it in the future.  However, with only two days I had to make the most of my time and see everything I could. Day 1 was mainly spent seeing the sights…

Geneva and Grenoble

This was a busy week!  I actually only had one day of class because my Political Science class on Refugee Politics joined with the International Relations students for a three day trip to Geneva – four if you count traveling there last Sunday.  And of course I travelled again this weekend, but that was a…

Paris!

As someone who enjoys literature and art, I’ve read quite a bit about Paris to learn more about the history of such things (quick recommendation: The Judgement of Paris by Ross King and When Paris Sizzled by Mary McAuliffe). However something the books never explained was why it was always Paris, and while there were…

Prehistory to Picasso

With a little more than a month left in the semester, everything is happening all at once without much time to slow down. This week, besides two field trips, I also attended a cooking class and wine tasting. The cooking class was wonderful, and I learned how to prepare salmon on a cauliflower puree. In…