Winter in Romania (pt. 1)

Two days in Romania, and I have yet to see my sister. I took an afternoon bus ride to finally reunite with my sister, now only 2 hours away. My sister moved to Romania this past fall on a Fulbright Scholarship from the US State Department, and is completing her first semester in Arad. Her…

Entering the Christmas Season

Thanksgiving break, during the road trip to Tennessee with my father, we began to naturally discuss plans for Christmas. I’ve been longing to spend a Christmas in Romania for years since I was little, but I never thought it would actually come to happen. A conversation with my mother, emails to professors, and hours of…

Tennessee and Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving break, I had the opportunity to accompany my father on his usual trip, though stopping at Tennessee for me. His routes span from California to New York, and takes about a week to go from one side of the country to the other and back. He’s completed the journey approximately 22 times a…

Food and Fall: Two of My Favorite Things

Food makes my world go round. Food is what I plan my days around: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One of my favorite aspects to traveling is exposing myself to new foods and varieties of foods that exist. Last weekend, I visited Portland and had hands down my favorite food I’ve had yet. It was a…

Fred Jordan Mission in Los Angeles, CA

They come from all sorts of backgrounds—Caucasian, Hispanic, African American descent—you get the idea. The little ones had dreams just like any other kid would. The older ones have a lost hope that anything good can come from their situation. These are the citizens of the streets of Los Angeles. They are humans, built like…

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

My favorite city, quite possibly in the world, is Cluj-Napoca, Romania. I visited this city when I would spend my childhood and summers in Romania, though I would usually be with my grandparents out the countryside, so my time in the city was limited. The first time I stayed for an extensive period was in 2014,…

Budapest, Hungary

Ever since I first heard George Ezra’s “Budapest”, I was set on going to Budapest, Hungary, to let it play through my mind as I wandered the buzzing streets of a city I’ve only read about in books.. Okay, maybe it was always on my bucket list, but George Ezra’s song (and voice) gave me…

Lacul Roșu & Cheile Bicazului, Romania

I may be slightly biased when I say this, but Romania is one of my favorite countries to visit. From the mountainous forests, to the vastly open countrysides, there is a variety of lifestyle and culture to experience. This past summer, 2016, I went with my cousin and a group of 17 friends from our…

Verona, Italy.

The Italians surely know a good way to live life– with music and good food, every day is a vacation in Italian cities. For a city which was the backdrop to Romeo and Juliet’s tragic love story, it was easy to see why Shakespeare was inspired by Verona to write it. Everything about Verona was…

Prague, Czech Republic.

Prague was a city we spent only a day in, but oh my word was it such a wonderful day! There is so much to see, explore, and do, yet we were only able to experience a small percentage of it. Prague is also by far one of the cleanest cities in Europe (for a…

Monaco.

Monaco, Monaco. Monte Carlo, Monaco. Pretty much what comprises the entire country of Monaco. Smaller than the backyard of a Tennessee countryman, Monaco is 2.02 km² in size. For such a small country, we were busy the entire day we were there. Visiting a country so rich they had helicopters and private jets for sale on windows,…

Paris, France (pt. 4)

Simply put, Paris was a dream. From meeting up with old family friends for a few hours one day, to enjoying picnic dinners alongside the Seine River with the French vibrancy of love and friendships aglow in the city as a backdrop for us, I am astounded at how much God has opened doors in…