This week marks the two year anniversary of the day I left the states on a one-way ticket to freedom. It feels surreal to be celebrating this day two whole years later, when I swear it was just yesterday. Time is elusive isn't it?! Einstein said that time and space are an illusion. Perhaps this … Continue reading HMD Life Update (and my BIG plan for Fall)
Traveling has so many twists, turns, ups and downs, it can be hard to keep up. There are often unforeseen issues that arise and can totally ruin your day- if you let it. The trick? ALWAYS keep a notebook (and your sense of humor) on hand. Personally, I've slipped up MANY times along the way, … Continue reading 10 Mistakes I Made Abroad
Sorry for the overused, hashtag-ery title but it's more than fitting for this post and, try as I may, there's no better way to describe the theme of these past two weeks. I embarked on a true journey when I got on board the Viking Star and not just one about travel. It turned out … Continue reading Lost and Found at Sea
Today I skipped my return flight to Cape Town and boarded a different one instead. If you follow me on social media you probably know where I'm headed...and it's not to return to my ex-boyfriend in South Africa. As you all know, I first traveled to Cape Town as a tourist a year ago, fell … Continue reading Heartbreak and Skipped Flights
You know what it feels like to come home after two years of travel to a place like California? Almost like an alternate reality in which you no longer fit. It feels like visiting a Stepford-type movie set, but its all real life and the "actors" are your friends, family and neighbors. WOW, they totally have it … Continue reading Reverse Culture Shock
They say "Pain is weakness leaving the body." I've always been hesitant when taking advice from the omnipotent "they," but this little nugget of wisdom has always stayed with me. From long hauls carrying The Backpack, aka Big Red, around the world, to break ups and career challenges, to everything else that hurts just a … Continue reading Pain is weakness leaving the body, right?
Throughout my life, despite many a long-term relationship, the word "solo" was part of my identity- I tend to walk some crazy paths others wouldn't dare...alone. And I've liked it that way, for the most part. I knew from a young age I was meant to be a strong independent woman and would do the … Continue reading I fell in love abroad, now what?