I have been traveling and living abroad for over 5 years (can’t believe it!) and in that time, it never ceases to amaze me that this person living this life is actually me!  As a kid, I would never have dreamed this lifestyle in a million years, but I am so glad that it has turned out this way.  I definitely am a better person for it.

I started traveling when I was a Sophomore in college, and went to live for a year in London.  It wasn’t the first time I had been out of the country, if you count family vacations to Canada and a cruise in the Caribbean.  Most probably won’t so I guess it was my first time!  I learned a lot about myself that year, and came back home a different person.  Well, maybe not so much a different person, but more of the person I had always wanted to be that I knew was tucked away behind my reserved self.  If it wasn’t for that first year abroad, I don’t know who or where I would be today.  And while my parents are not always so sure of this, I know for me, that it has been the right thing to do.  I have grown so much; more so, I think, than I could have if I had just stayed in California and gotten a job out of college.

Well, I guess to let everyone know where I have been, here is a run down of countries:

England, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru and good majority of the States in USA.

While some may say that this is not a lot (in this day and age), I think it is important to note that I have been to more than just one or two cities in these countries.  Plus, I have had the great fortune of living in: New Zealand (9 months), London (1 academic year), Portugal (1 year), Uruguay (3 months), Brazil (3 months) and now Peru (4 months and counting!).

To wrap this up, I guess the thing I would stress to everyone is that if you have the desire, go out there and experience something beyond your comfort zone.  You will be amazed at what is out there, and you will also realize that the life you think is not so great, really is…compared to the great majority of people.  I enjoy living abroad because it allows me to really understand and get to know another culture, not just what tourists see.  If you have the time and the means, I say do it.

As for the rest of this blog….well, it is just an amalgamation of my thoughts and musings about my life here in Lima, Peru.  There really are no set topics, and posts will probably range from what I ate for dinner last night, to the economic status of Peru and how interesting I find it!  haha  Follow along with me and see what life brings my way.  And if you are wondering, I wear glasses, hence the “4 eyes” reference. 🙂


4 responses to “About

  1. I can ressonate with your experience, and I think it is a brave and beautiful thing to follow your heart to live the life of your dreams. Thank you for sharing, I’m looking forward to reading more posts!

    • Thank you! It is nice to know that there is someone else out there who can see where I am coming from. So many of my friends tell me that “I wish I could do what you do”, and I always say to them “well, then do it! You can come with me if you want!” and they never do of course. But people seem (at least in the US) to think that this kind of thing is still just for the few “fortunate” people, like it was 100 years ago. Granted, I am “fortunate” to have a family that (has grown) supports me in my pursuit of my dreams, but in this day and age, it really is something just about everyone can and should do.

      I truly believe that had I not been accepted into the study abroad program in college, I would be such a different person today (and probably not as happy?). That experience truly opened my eyes to what else was out there and other points of view and ways of living life. I truly feel like I was “chosen” for this life, even if I haven’t quite figured out my vocation yet!

  2. I couldn’t agree with you more on everything you’ve said! My heart breaks for people who think, for one reason or another, they can’t live the life of their dreams… bottom line is, everyone has the ability to live this life, and everyone has the ability of choice.

    It’s amazing to know there is someone like-minded, who feels like they were “chosen” for this life! You write really well, so even if don’t know what it is you’re doing yet, just remember that it’s the journey that counts not the destination. You are already doing what you’re meant to be doing, by just being who you are 🙂

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