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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…