The last day I spent traveling in Europe, I woke up around 10am, ate a measly breakfast of bread, jam, peanut butter, and lots of coffee. I had gone out the night before on a pub crawl, but only made it to one bar: The Three Monkeys. In good ol' fashioned Spring Break-style, I partied … Continue reading My Last Day in Portugal
I've waited over half of my life for this trip. Its main purpose is to finally visit the first foreign country I ever longed to see: Spain. As someone who has dedicated her life to literature, learning Spanish, and understanding the roots of Latin American culture, this is a dream come true for me. Over the … Continue reading Literary Heroes, Vegan Fare & Creativity in Europe (and a bit of North Africa!)
It's about time I lose my innocence. Again. This fantasy of mine has been swelling up, transforming, and growing beyond the limits of my imagination for 17 years now. Many people think that innocence is something that is lost once we hit adulthood. Once we have sex, fall in love, become heartbroken, try a drug, … Continue reading Losing My Innocence in Spain
In recent preparation to visit the Hindu-Buddhist temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia, I stumbled on some articles that referred to the site as the eight wonder of the world. Of course, there are only seven "official" wonders of the world, according to a worldwide poll done in 2007. While doing my research, it dawned on … Continue reading What a Wondrous World
While much has transpired since I was in Los Angeles (that I certainly will be writing about), tonight I walked down the streets of an unfamiliar city in a foreign country, listening to Fernanda Takai. She is a Brazilian musician I discovered while in a bookshop in Sao Paulo, Brazil, circa 2008. As I am prone … Continue reading I Went Away
Language acquisition is not something that comes easy. If you decide that you want to say, speak Russian, you'll study its nouns, adjectives, learn how to conjugate verbs, try to figure out the rules of its syntax. You'll learn the alphabet, its own letters, and eventually construct a sentence. Yay! If you keep at it, … Continue reading Language: A Lifelong Pursuit
Well, since this is my first post, I thought it would be appropriate to begin with a quote from one of my favorite authors-- who happens to be from one of my favorite countries— Paulo Coelho from Brasil. It's like this: "What do you want? You can’t want to be happy, because that’s too easy … Continue reading What Do You Want from Life?
Like so many people I know, and I'm sure many I don't, turning thirty is something that has gotten my brain stirred up in a major way. Tomorrow I will officially leave behind my twenties, and will enter into an age that demands clear-headedness and responsibility. I'm not sure how well I will fit those expectations I have … Continue reading On Turning 30