My first visit to Washington D.C. had been nearly 20 years ago, but the experience of seeing the Hope Diamond and First Ladies’ inaugural ball gowns stayed with me all of these years. Friends and acquaintances who have lived in this city loved the abundance of activities and sites to explore and continually share their enthusiasm for the area. Learning I would be re-visiting this city for Arts Advocacy Day, I was eager to arrive and explore every inch of Washington D.C. While photos of the memorials and monuments along the National Mall and Memorial Parks can be seen just about anywhere, seeing them in person is what makes a stronger impact. Continue Reading ›
On the way to Washington D.C. for Arts Advocacy Day, Katie and Cameron (my graduate school classmates) and I decided one thing had to be done: Visit Baltimore and eat Captain Crunch French Toast. In order to make our goals happen, we purchased tickets on a red-eye flight that would land us in Baltimore early in the morning. Despite the fact that we were met with biting cold weather, we ventured out into Baltimore after devouring breakfast at the Blue Moon Café. Our main destination? The Baltimore Museum of Art. With student loans and budgets on our minds, we were excited this site is free admission, and as Arts Administration students, we’re even more excited to explore a museum with exquisite art. Continue Reading ›
Today marks the beginning of a time most people look forward to: the end of winter and the start of spring. Having lived most of my life in the Rocky Mountains, I’m not expecting spring to arrive just yet since this is a time of unexpected snow and blizzards. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not getting ready to celebrate the start of a new season. In fact, I’m not the only one who welcomes spring with festivities, many places around the world are eager to welcome in this time of year. So, if you’re like me and you aren’t anticipating consistent spring weather for a while or you live in the Southern Hemisphere, warm up with some of these vibrant and eclectic festivities. Continue Reading ›
Getting ready for travel requires careful packing and making numerous checklists. Any experienced traveler will tell you what you shouldn’t forget: passport, tickets, money, snacks, first aid kit, and a camera. All of these items and more are incredibly important and should not be forgotten, but there’s always one thing we forget to bring with us: kindness. I’d like to think that travel can make us more tolerant and willing to assist others, but as posts from Adventurous Kate and Expat Edna will tell you, people are still close-minded and judgmental. I find this is true not only of travelers, but locals as well. Is there a way to make the world kinder? On Random Acts of Kindness Day, here are a few situations that have inspired me to think differently about how I travel and live: Continue Reading ›
How do you solve a problem like Maria?
How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?
—The Sound of Music
When I’m asked what I want to do with my life after graduate school, I can only come up with one response of certainty: “I want to travel. I want to live internationally.” I’ve always wanted travel in my life; it’s something that isn’t a completely foreign concept to me. Foreign countries may sound intimidating, but in reality, the thought of living somewhere else isn’t a strange idea to me. Some people, however, don’t share the same enthusiasm for my idea. Shouldn’t I want a job or career first? Shouldn’t I be looking for a companion, someone to share in my love of travel? Of course, I do want a career and eventually a partner, but I have different priorities. Continue Reading ›