9 a.m. I wake up refreshed to the alarm I set the night before, reminding me to get up and run. 10 a.m. I wake up from my congratulatory nap for actually waking up to my last alarm. 11:00 a.m. I’m still in bed. I decide I won’t go for a run today. I’ll just do it tomorrow, I say, even thought I’ll likely wake up a touch hungover. 11:10 a.m. Fine, I’m going to… View Post

And just like that, two weeks of pictures, drinks, food, tanning, reading, stress, tears, smiles, calories, strained language barriers, bickering, dollar coins, atm withdrawals, texts, tweets, sunscreen, sunburn, hammock swinging, sweat, key fumbling, showers, packing, walking, hiking, music, panic, political conversations, people watching, street shopping, complaining, flying, obsessively checking for belongings, telling people we’re from Buffalo, NY where yes, it’s snowing, homesickness, FaceTime calls and mojitos later, we’re on our way home. I’ll remember everything… View Post

Traveling is supposed to change you. There’s a pressure to it, even. You’re expected to come back different. All everyone asks you about when they see you is, “how was it!?” and “tell me a story!” Several days into my first big girl trip, I did not feel any different. I felt tired and excited and tired from being so excited, and,most annoyingly, a looming pressure to make the most of all of this. This… View Post