I travel the world where I learn bizarre phrases that have no place in everyday life or conversation. Soy fresca como lechuga! That literally translates to: “I am fresh like lettuce!” Relevant? I think yes.
I’m passionate about learning from people who are different than me. I worked in México, studied abroad in Costa Rica & Spain, volunteered on engineering projects in Perú and backpacked all over Western Europe. Se habla español. As an environmental engineer, my ultimate goal is to increase access to clean water worldwide. Currently, I’m earning my Masters in Business Administration, because business in a changing global environment fascinates me.
Since you’re reading my blog, there are a few facts about me that I must mention for the sake of honesty. I’m notoriously infamous for napping in public (restaurants, buses, you name it). It’s challenging for me to try something new at my favorite restaurants. I’m extraordinarily bad at directions, even though aside from traveling, I’ve lived in the same city my entire life. Whew! Glad that’s out of the way.
When I’m not traveling, engineering, or napping in public, you’ll find me outside. I’m an avid rock climber, snowboarder, and yoga-er. Actually, it’s cheating to say that I practice yoga, because I am ridiculously ungraceful. If I’m inside, I’m probably reading, listening to 80’s music, or burning whatever I’m attempting to cook. My favorite authors are Markus Zusak and Paulo Coelho. Also, I mentor a smart, awesome, feisty kid through Big Brothers Big Sisters.
In the words of Walter Mitty: “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”
Here are some pictures I was lucky enough to take during my experiences abroad: