One Year Ago

One year ago today I set off on the greatest adventure of my life. I said no to playing life safe and yes to wherever it led me. One year ago I packed up three small pieces of luggage and headed to the airport. I left behind my family, Target, and the English language. One year…

Mondays in Minneapolis

I value my days off. And while they are typically Mondays, I never fail finding an adventure. Lately I’ve spent a great deal of time in St. Paul. So I thought I’d give Minneapolis a little attention next. I met my sister, Hannah, for an early lunch at Aster Cafe in the St. Anthony district…

The Dancing Goat — St. Paul

“Once Upon a Time…” No really. “Once upon a time, there was an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi. He noticed that when his flock nibbles on the bright red berries of a certain bush, they became more energetic, dancing and jumping around. Kaldi tried the berries himself and felt exhilarated; so he brought the berries…

A Manhattan Christmas

It’s been exactly five months since Christmas day. So I know you’re all thinking,”What took so long?” A post for another time. Let’s chat about returning to the U.S. after a few months abroad. Long-story short: I spent Christmas day all alone, in New York City, with a low-battery phone, in 36°F weather, being blown all…

CLADDAGH COFFEE – St. Paul

It’s a bright Friday morning downtown St. Paul. Per usual, I’m sitting in a coffee shop. Sipping on a delicious caffeinated beverage. People watching whenever I encounter writers block. Which is every so often. Or more often than not. Nevertheless.  Today’s coffee shop adventure is Claddagh Coffee, an Irish inspired cafe in the skirts of…

It’s me, Emma

Hiya. Yes, it’s been a while. But I am back. You last heard from me well over 4 months ago, leaving Europe I do believe. So many memories and travels. I miss it all much. But for now I’m back in the U.S. Back to the American way of life. Back at the University of…

Dancing in the Streets

Ed Sheeran is the most adorable Ginger of all time. Now that that’s out of the way, one of my favorite albums of his is Divide. And my favorite song from that album is called “Barcelona”. It’ll make sense in a minute. Upon leaving Greece a few days ago, after I finished my semester at…

Change, Not the Money Kind

Many of you who know me are aware that I like change. Some may say I thrive on it. It’s not that I’m uncommitted, but I am simply someone who loves change, whether it’s personal, physical, or mental. The physical change is pretty obvious with my hair choices…  I like to think that change is good…

To My Roommate

Celina. It’s hard to imagine not knowing each other before meeting half way across the world in a place neither of us had been prior. I still remember the first time I walked into our shared room because all I could think about was how thankful I was you seemed normal. Well, somewhat. Because 5…

Family Time

Better late than never. Early November was a busy few weeks. I was traveling every weekend, mid-terms were in full swing, and I had a couple of special visitors. For those of you who didn’t know… My mom and older sister traveled to Greece for a visit! While they were here, we did the typical…

Life Update?

The last several, okay pretty much all, of my blog posts have been about trips, adventures, and experiences. So I thought this would be a good time for a quick life update. How I’m actually doing one could say. Well, that’s kind of a hard one. Starting out, I had no idea what it would…

Thanksgiving Travel: Part 3

This is the last part of my trip, I promise.  Saturday morning, November 25th, I woke up bright and early. There’s nothing better than rising with the sun while traveling, there’s so much to do and see.  Not that I could sleep in if I tried.  The Airbnb I stayed at was located in a…