An Argentine Analysis

There’s no denying that Argentina is a culturally rich country. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the most evident differences I’ve found in my short time here. Food: Don’t except to keep up a balanced diet here. While this stands true for most of South America, I’ve found it exceptionally hard to stay somewhat healthy….

What It’s Like to Volunteer at a Hostel

I waltzed up to the reception desk at TangoInn on a Wednesday morning. I was greeted by Belen’s happy, smiling face and asked if they took volunteers. She gave me the answer I was expecting: I’ll take your email, tell the boss and let you know. But no promises. A few hours later I connected…

Fall Down Seven Times, Stand Up Eight

I had just reentered the world of solo travel. I spent a week with Matt and Anna exploring Buenos Aires and the Cordoba region and my parents’ 10-day trip had come and gone. I should have taken the first mishap as a sign. Matt and I said our goodbyes to Anna and we headed to…

Becoming More Than A Volunteer

I like to believe that things happen for a reason. There’s no mistaking that the unforeseen, unfortunate experience I had led to me this point—finding a loving family and a second home in Sinchal, Ecuador. In early November I needed to find another WorkAway (an opportunity to volunteer in exchange for room and board) fast….

Colombians: A 90 ft. View

I hate stereotypes and stigmas, but we all have them and they all exist. One of the things that I’m so excited to do during this trip is explore cultures and people in order to understand how they differ from cultures that I’ve experienced. While much of the following has been discussed with locals, other info I’ve…

Chelsea

I first met Chelsea in September 2014. We moved into the “purple monster” house in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. and immediately hit it off. I studied abroad in Bangkok and she spent six months traveling throughout Southeast Asia. It was love at first sight. We spent the next six months gradually getting to know…