In many parts of the world, Americans are often seen as ethnocentric with a lack of cultural understanding. Maybe they don’t feel the need to become more culturally-aware because they belong to a globally-dominant culture. While the U.S. claims to embrace different cultures, I’m not sure most Americans live up to that, but I want to.Continue reading “How Being American Has Shaped My Worldview”
In May 2019, I visited Scotland for the first time and fell head over heels with the country. It was a land of gripping stories, peaceful lochs and towering hills (and hairy cows, of course). I’d been looking for postgraduate programmes in the States, so I decided to expand my search to the UK. As if by fate, I found the perfect course at the University of Stirling in Scotland. I now find myself living among the Wildlings beyond the Wall…Continue reading “I Just Moved Beyond the Wall (to Scotland)”
My health is always a priority and that’s been emphasised during this pandemic. When abroad, maintaining my health is even more critical as I find myself in unfamiliar and sometimes challenging situations.Continue reading “Maintaining My Health Abroad”
I’m a people-person. I enjoy meeting people and one way I do that is by dating. Naturally, while abroad, I’ve wanted to continue my dating life (heck, I’m single and ready to mingle!). Here’s what I’ve learnt from the last few years of dating in Europe…Continue reading “Lessons I’ve Learnt From Dating Abroad”
In a month, I’ll be moving to Scotland (knock on wood) and, after a complicated search, I have a place to live.
I’ve been overanxious to go to Scotland since accepted to university in October. Heck, I began looking at properties in January! Around that time, a friend introduced me to a girl who was looking for a roommate where I’d be studying. We seemed to have a lot in common and I was excited to start looking for places together.
Then, the pandemic happened.
The girl with whom I’d hoped to live decided not to return to campus in the fall.
By April, I realised I should start figuring out accommodations. Here’s how it all went down…Continue reading “Finding a Home in a Foreign Country… in a Pandemic”
Like many wanderers, I’ve been temporarily grounded from distant adventures, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t fantastic destinations close to home!
My current home is in New York. No, not New York City. I’m from the Hudson Valley. Only a short drive north of the city, the Hudson Valley is a highly-trafficked tourist destination for good reason. It has rich culture with local stories and historic sites as well as lush countryside. From the Hudson Highlands to the legend-filled Catskill Mountains, the Hudson Valley has it all.Continue reading “12 Outdoor Adventures in the Hudson Valley”