Cartwheels: That Childhood Everest

So, I am an averagely athletic person. I played sports in middle school and high school, I run and hike and swim, I do yoga and lift weights and all the typical pacific northwest activities, but I have never been able to do a cartwheel. I’m sure I tried when I was younger, but have…

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Week 15: Uncertainty

Well, my trip is coming to a close earlier than I had hoped. Sad day. Despite all my best efforts I have run out of funds. I knew this was likely to happen, but hoped something would change. Of course, I want of continue in the future, but for now its not possible and I’m…

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Week 14: New Zealand

I’m in New Zealand! Whoop whoop! And my dear friend Jenny is with me! This week has been full of laughter, tears (mostly mine), and nearly constant singing. Seriously. One of the first things we did was create a playlist of songs we like to sing together, mixed with our new favorite songs that we…

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Week 11: New Year, Say “Yes”

HAPPY 2018!!! I’ve started to settle into hostel life and even find it enjoyable most of the time. Judit and I have said our goodbyes (insert tears and a heartfelt farewell speech about how she has been a huge highlight during my trip, and I’m so grateful for her genuine friendship, laughter, and impressive ability…

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Week 10: So this is Christmas

Wow, what a turn around from last week! I left the farm, not knowing my plans past that evening, but ended up getting a job at the hostel I was staying at. Whoop! I also helped a woman who was remodeling her house by putting insulation in the attic and laying sod in her backyard.…

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Week 9: Strugglebussing

What a difficult week. I’m over it. I said goodbye to Judit, and stayed on the farm to continue pulling those damn weeds. May I just say, it was not nearly as fun without her. Remember that python I showed you last week? Well, I found it as I was pulling weeds in a deep…

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Week 8: Hinterland

When Owen (the calm, kind, mountain man who supervises us) came and asked if we wanted to see a snake (in about the same tone as one would invite someone else to look at a pile of dirt) I thought, “Sure, I haven’t seen a snake in Australia yet.” We followed him to the garden and then boom!

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Week 7: Transitions

This week has been full of changes and adjusting to new circumstances. We said goodbye to Sanctuary and traveled up north to a town called Cairns (party!!). Three days was enough. Also, getting to know one another in a new environment can be challenging. Suddenly, you are out of the routine and familiarity of where…

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Week 6: Snorkeling and Goodbyes

It’s happening. We’re leaving. Cue the tears, travel itineraries, and new adventures. I have been at Sanctuary Retreat for one month and it has been (mostly) lovely. Summer is coming to Queensland and with it rain and thunderstorms. So, we are saying goodbye to this jungle paradise and heading south to more temperate weather. I’m…

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Week 5: Waterfalls

We went to Josephine Falls which is about an hour North of Mission Beach, and it was everything that I want in life. But seriously, I’m barely joking.

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