Staring up at a full sky of stars as the last minutes of 2015 slipped by, I felt nowhere near ready for the new year to arrive. The last year has been challenging and unpredictable, and brought me to the most spectacular places. But, it’s landed me in the new year with hundreds of unedited pictures, two yet-to-be-unpacked suitcases, and a lot to figure out. In the last twelve months, I worked… Read More

Thanksgiving brought me a bit of an internal battle this year. Usually home with family or friends that feel like family, I sit around the dinner table of familiar faces feeling grateful to be exactly where I am. This year, as we created our own little Thanksgiving away from home where the sight of Skippy peanut butter and mashed potatoes induced actual cheering, I was torn. I was simultaneously mourning missing out… Read More

After three packed weeks of class and a location change to Punakha (a long 12hr drive away from our home at UWICE), the Bumthang Cultural Trek feels like a lifetime ago. Class and papers and fighting with the wifi has pretty much dominated my free time, meaning that writing blog posts about the things we’ve been up to has been low on the to-do list. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been… Read More

From the moment I stepped foot on the UWICE campus and looked up at the wide, green ridges surrounding us, I’ve been dying to see the view from the top of them. A few weekends ago, I got that chance. We had been asking about the signs for trails to Tharpaling monestary heading into the forest above campus pretty much since we arrived here last month, but had heard that it was… Read More

I thought I’d give myself a little time before writing this post to settle in, especially after three days of laughably slow and rough driving on the “highways” and mountain passes to get to central Bhutan and unpack at Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment, aka my home for the next three months. Between starting classes and exploring our beautiful little valley, I finally got the chance to sit down, transfer… Read More

Sometimes the best travel moments are the ones you never planned for. You can spend weeks researching and making itineraries for a trip only to stumble on an incredible experience by complete chance. I had one of those moments earlier this summer with my family on our way down to southwestern Colorado for a hut to hut trip through the San Juan mountains. We finally had our gear loaded in the back… Read More

Between showing off my beautiful home state to my visiting bestie, hiking through the San Juans, and making trips to Denver, it has been an incredibly busy summer . If we weren’t hiking or swimming or climbing, we were catching up with family and friends and whipping up delicious home cooked meals. The last thing on my mind was putting up blog posts, until all of the sudden there was only a… Read More

It seems like half the people on my Instagram feed are in Iceland lately. And while I’m definitely not the slightest bit jealous, it got me thinking about the best things Iceland has to offer in the summer. If you’re headed north of 60° this summer, here are some of my favorite Icelandic adventures: 1. Explore some lava fields. I don’t care who you are, lava is the coolest thing. Awaken your inner fourth… Read More

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