She’ll Be Right!

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She’ll Be Right!

My heart screams with excitement and my spirit can barely contain the jubilee on parade as I stuff this 60L pack for what I hope to be another year-long adventure. I’ve had the pleasure to make many a foreign acquaintance on my travels and reuniting with them on their home turf should make for epic cross-cultural exchanges. Five of seven of the Australian states are on the chopping board for the next three and half weeks. Camping through the Outback, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, mingling with the prehistoric rainforests, and the age-old Sydney vs Melbourne beef await.… Continue reading

Nemophilists 

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Nemophilists 

I’m wrapped in a blanket of humidity when I exit the plane. The airport is quaint but tropical. Greeted by a familiar smiling face with a proper Hawaiian lei, I embrace my dear friend now living and working in the Puna district of the Big Island. I load my pack in the trunk and hop in the front seat and we head out. Green trees blow by like a blur as we head East towards Pahoa in the glorious island(s) state of Hawaii.… Continue reading

Interlude: Travel Transitioning; Growing Pains

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Interlude: Travel Transitioning; Growing Pains

I’ll be reuniting with a handful of my RPCV (Returned Peace Corps Volunteers) family as I again, make my way out of the country of my birth. These select few, genuine humans I recall fondly having been my support through the darkest of days after returning to my service after the untimely death of my mother. I’m grateful for the opportunity to bestow and appropriate barrels of bear hugs as I zigzag through the United States before globetrotting to Oceania. Oceania has always enchanted my adventurous senses and my cup runneth over with the opportunity to see it with my own two chocolate brown eyes.… Continue reading

Jiggidy Jig

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Jiggidy Jig

A four-hour layover finds me taking my time in the duty-free; last minute gifts. I stop by the MAC counter for a few “treat yourself” goodies. I juggle holding the products I want to try, my daypack, Blue (my water canteen), and my sweater, as I approach the mirror- my lack of grace is noted. The saleswoman approaches and declares that I’m holding too much before offering to help. I blink slowly as I grin at her and raise an eyebrow wondering if she would giggle along with me if she knew the irony in her commentary.… Continue reading

No. 7

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No. 7

“Meredith?” A friendly face calls to me as I cross the street towards the restaurant listed as “meeting point” on my day tour confirmation email. “Yea, that’s me!” “It’s great to have you with us today, Meredith!” I adore great customer service, “we understand it’s a big day for you!” My chest swells with pride at the third-party reminder of what will be today’s accomplishment; 7 World Wonder number seven of seven in one year. I ignore the familiar internal dialogue that follows the tour guides next comment about mine being the only solo traveler on today’s tour. I opt instead to be proud of the fact.… Continue reading

éna mageftikó óneiro (An Enchanting Dream) 

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éna mageftikó óneiro (An Enchanting Dream) 

I debated traveling to Elafonissi Beach for hours. The three-hour drive, crowds, and possibility of little to no pink sands weighed my decision. The road at 6:25a was quiet as made my way north watching the sunrise on my right. Forgetting where in the world I was geographically located, it threw me a second to see the sun coming up over the ocean. The scenery of this drive alone is worth it. I don’t remember ever seeing nature at sunrise before, but my soul could get used to it. I hook west, the town of Chiana in my review mirror. The roads wind deeper and deeper into the hills as I drive through dozens of small towns. Each town promising free parking, wifi and homemade goods for sale. A tunnel carved into the mountain with a one-way street intrigues me and I giggle like a school girl with a crush as I pass through. The darkness inviting me in the further I go, tempting to frighten me just before the light from the opposite end comes into view.… Continue reading

Wisdom & War

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Wisdom & War

Having arrived before most brunches would begin from an early flight, after only three hours of sleep, I impress myself by resting an entire day. I catch up on work, life, and organize my next and final leg of this three-month jaunt. Finally getting a chance to wash my hair and redo the rattiest of my twists. I prop up my phone and press play on season three of Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. My mind at rest translates to strategy and organization as I add and take away from my long list of to-dos.… Continue reading