#LoveWhereYouLive

Almost a year ago, I moved to Roanoke, Virginia. Why? Mountain biking. Little did I know, that my move to Roanoke would be about so much more than just glorious trails and ample gravel roads for training. It would deliver an incredible community, a city replete with culture and food destinations, and all sorts of…

Summer Come; Summer Go

I love summer. Its my favorite season. I love the sunshine. I love the long days. I love the heat. The only part I don’t like about summer is that it comes so late and leaves so quickly. Already, on August 18, when I’m writing this, I am entering my second week of teaching sixth…

Writing my Transition Story

A perusal of any several of the thousands of blog posts written on expat transition—either incoming or outgoing—is sure to reveal at least one or two of the many horror stories that tend to grace many of these pages, replete with tales of driving on the wrong side of the road, overwhelming depression, and untold…

“How Do You Do It?” aka Traveling on a Budget

I’m well on my way to my (new) goal of traveling to thirty countries by time I turn thirty. Last week, I ticked off #23 with my four-day trip to Morocco. (Which, by the way, if you get a chance, go to Morocco. It was incredible, and I already want to go back someday!) By…

Morocco

Five days in Morocco is nowhere near enough. It is a gorgeous country, and holds endless potential for adventure: surfing, cycling, motorcycles, hiking, climbing, etc. But for this trip, I opted to spend the majority of my time with friends in Fes, and for that I have no regrets. I am leaving Morocco encouraged beyond…

April Adventures

Because I love traveling and exploring new places, I was busy brainstorming travel ideas for spring break soon after Christmas. Initially, the chance to meet up with some former students and friends influenced my decision to wander through several European cities instead of visiting other parts of Africa or even Asia. The plan evolved into…