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…

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 […]

Tumacácori National Historical Park

Well, the semester is coming to an end, and before I head home, I thought I’d share my tips for visiting one of my favorite parks near Tucson. This isn’t one of the big, famous national parks like the Grand Canyon, and to be honest, it is a little out-of-the-way if you’re doing a Four Corners…

How to Spend a Weekend at Chiricahua

Like last year, I did another Parks in Focus trip to Chiricahua National Monument last weekend.  This isn’t the most famous landmark in Arizona by a long shot, and it’s definitely out of the way, but it’s honestly phenomenal, especially as a weekend trip from Tucson.  Not only do you really get away from the city,…

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Hello to everyone reading this!  For those of you who have read my blog for a while, things probably look a bit different.  That’s because I’m shifting focus and making this a bit more of a traditional travel blog.  Previously, I’ve mostly been summarizing what I do and sharing pictures, but I realized that I…

February Digest

So it’s been a while since I’ve written a blog, but here’s a quick digest of the last few weeks.  First, I went to Saguaro National Park and Tumacácori National Historical Park with Parks in Focus.  And, of course, there was the dance showcase on Valentine’s Day, the Tucson Rodeo, and the freak snow this…

Sunshine in Winter

It’s been so nice the past few weeks to come back to the sunshine and warm weather of Arizona.  Sure, I still have to wear a sweater in the morning, but it’s nice not to be bundled up and/or shivering all day.  I got back into my volunteer routine with Parks in Focus last weekend…

The Midnight Train Back to School

Last Thursday, I arrived at the Pittsburgh train station at about 10:30 p.m., and at a few minutes past midnight, my train left the station.  I had the excited feeling I always get on trains when they start that light rocking that means you’re on your way.  Although I had a sleeper cabin and knew…

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…

A Tour Through Central Europe

This past week was my fall break.  Since Thanksgiving isn’t really a French holiday, the fall break comes about midway through the semester like spring break would.  So, about a month ago, I booked myself on a tour through some of the capitals of Central Europe – not speaking German, it wasn’t the best idea…