Born for adventure: a tribute to my mom

Mother’s Day is a difficult day for me. My mom died when I was nineteen, and was sick for many years leading up to that. Sometimes on Mother’s Day, I’ll go to the beach and think about her and try to recall as many memories as I can. Sometimes I’ll go out for a drink…

Guatemala and Belize in one week!

Warning: long post! This trip was in the works for a couple of years. Chloe and I agreed we would visit South America together. That changed to Central America when I did more research and found out more about Guatemala. Additionally, one of my coworkers raved about Guatemala and Belize as “must see” places. So…

Durango, the ‘Wild West’ of Mexico

I made a trip to Durango, Mexico in November 2018 to participate in another zookeeper teaching program with the International Outreach Committee of the American Association of Zookeepers. Being a part of this committee has brought me so many great opportunities to learn and teach zookeeping techniques, as well as meet new people and practice…

Travel: the best birthday gift

Last year, I turned 30–and that number seemed so daunting when I thought about it. Actually, it still does. It felt like the end of my true youth, like somehow turning 30 meant that I was officially old. Or at least officially an adult. And I didn’t feel ready to turn 30. I was supposed…

Southern Germany: Munich, Füssen, Nuremberg

Things have been looking up around here. Maybe it’s the springtime longer days, or the excitement of planning my 30th birthday trip to Denver with one of my best friends from college. I’ve also got a family reunion to look forward to in August, as well as potentially attending another conference in Mexico this year….

Living in the US again and reverse culture shock

Lots has happened since my last post here, including trips to Galicia (Northern Spain), Germany, and Barcelona, and my move back to the US. I’m hoping to write about all those trips, but right now I’d like to write about what my experience has been like so far being back in my old home. This…

Exploring Madrid and Toledo

My English friend Chloe came to visit the first week of March. We met a couple years ago at the California Wolf Center, where she did an internship and I was an employee. I enjoy showing visitors around, as it allows me to play tourist and enjoy the things that the city has to offer. It’s…

Granada, my first taste of southern Spain

The last weekend in January called us down to Granada, Spain for a friend’s surprise birthday party. This was my first official trip to the south of Spain, so in addition to the excitement of the party, I was so happy to finally be making my way to Andalucía. “Everyone” says that southern Spain is…

Paris with Family and Friends

Diego and I got to Paris a day before everyone else, so we walked around to see Notre Dame, the beautiful castles and buildings along the Seine, and explore around for a place to have dinner together. It’s definitely worth walking down side streets for a while to find a place to eat off the…