Ecuador. Ecuador. Ecuador. Oh, how I love thee. After spending some time in Colombia and Nicaragua, I knew I had to make my way through this beautiful, earthy and mountainous country. I’ve been longing to travel here for a few years now, so it feels unbelievable to finally say ‘I DID EET!’ I didn’t do it alone, though – I traveled with my lovely boyfriend Andrew, who I am so thankful for. We travel to foreign countries very well together, so I feel pretty lucky.
Hello, my lovely readers. I just want to start off by saying thank you so much for the condolences and comforting words on my Instagram the other day – My sweet little doggy Mischa passed away over the weekend, and although I am terribly sad, I am grateful she is able to rest in peace now. She was the most precious little thing, and it’s hard to deal with. Thank you for lifting me up. Mischa passed on Friday morning in my hometown, while I was upstate at a yoga retreat. My mom waited to break the bad news until I returned from my trip. I am grateful she waited, because I ended up having an incredible weekend.
Every few months, I experience strong symptoms of wonderlust. It’s an ongoing cycle where I start to get VERY antsy – antsy to travel, to explore, to just book a plane ticket and go SOMEWHERE. It has been seven months since I last left the country, and I made a promise to myself in November of 2014 that I would do everything in my power to travel outside of the country at least twice a year. So far, I’ve held up my end of the bargain. Next stop: Ecuador!
In a nutshell: I spent a full month in a remote village of Nicaragua, practicing yoga, volunteering, digging deep into my spirituality, and connecting (on a completely new level) with absolute strangers. There are so many lessons I have learned that I am still trying to sit with internally. This trip has impacted my spirit immeasurably, and I am so grateful.
I just returned from the best trip of my life. I was only gone for eight days, but it was enough time to reconfirm my love for the culture and to make lasting bonds with the natives, as well as strengthen an already solid friendship with my awesome roommate Alicia. If I were to summarize my trip in 3 words it would be friendship, adventure, & growth.
Wanderlust…….I have no words! I am filled with so much joy and gratitude for having spent 4 beautiful days in the breathtaking mountains of Vermont with 2 of my closest friends. There is so much I experienced in this short amount of time that I wish I could verbalize, but internally I know it has impacted me. I wish to share with you just a snippet of what I learned, and I encourage you all to attend Wanderlust if you ever have the chance. It is worth it, truly. The Wanderlust team encouraged us to carry around a journal in case inspiration hit, and I am SO glad I did. Here is a reflection I wrote just after the “Freedom Riders: Hips and Hearts” class taught by the inspiring Kerri Kelly and Suzanne Sterling: