Why get rid of most of our belongings, head across the Atlantic, and live out of our suitcases for 6 months?
With a graduation date looming, I needed to decide what was my next step, what I wanted to do next in life. Honestly, I had no idea, so I began to think back to when I was a teenager, what did I dream of, what were my goals and aspirations back then. While thinking about the days of my youth I always came back to two distinct goals: the first, go to the University of Iowa, I had been dreaming of doing so since I was a small kid, and the second, go on an adventure. My grandmother and grandfather had always told me stories of the far away places they had visited and my grandfather used to give me his old issues of National Geographic and I would cut out pictures of places and people and cover the walls of my bedroom with them, dreaming of the day when I would be able to go and explore it all myself. I won’t be going it alone though, my lovely sister, Katie, who has already traveled to France before will be accompanying me, and we couldn’t be more excited to jump out of our comfort zone and see what all the world has to offer.
So that’s that! This is our blog, I hope everyone enjoys reading about our adventure!
For the past few years I’ve been teaching English as a Second Language in Iowa–I’ve taught students from 18 countries and 4 continents. Meeting people from so many different parts of the world has made me really appreciate the profound effect that culture has on our lives–it’s something that we don’t usually notice in day to day life, but it can entirely shape the way we live in and think about our world. I’ve been lucky enough to have the world come to my doorstep, but now I’m ready to follow the wind and satisfy my wanderlust. I’m so excited that Sarah will be coming with me in this journey–I’m sure we will both challenge each other to try new things, meet new people, and see new places that we wouldn’t get to experience alone! As much as pithy travel slogans make my eyes roll, I really do believe that “not all those who wander are lost.” Here’s to living life one day at a time!