A Long Distance Love Story

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The first picture Tom and I ever took together at Playa Maderas, Nicaragua

The first time I met Tom we were in the living room of the house I had just moved out of in Granada, Nicaragua. I had been in the country for about a month already, but had been in Granada volunteering with La Esperanza for only 2 weeks. The house had four bedrooms shared between 16 volunteers from all over the world. Living there was a great way to meet people, but my nerves were a bit frazzled by the party-like atmosphere and the ever-growing pile of dirty dishes in the sink. So as soon as the opportunity arose, I moved out to a smaller house a few blocks away. Continue reading “A Long Distance Love Story”

Greetings from Melbourne (Finally!)

Beautiful Melbourne from across the bay
Beautiful Melbourne from across the bay (super low-quality photo thanks to crappy cell phone zooming!)

Well, in my last post I did say I needed a break – and here I am 2 months later finally getting close to feeling myself again. Continue reading “Greetings from Melbourne (Finally!)”

I Graduated! Where I’m Moving Next

My cheering section on that happy day
My cheering section on that happy day

I did it!

To be honest, it hasn’t really sunk in yet. Graduate school is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. The combination of an extremely rigorous course load and my incompatibility with New York City did not look great on me. Continue reading “I Graduated! Where I’m Moving Next”

This is What Happens When Your Best Friend Visits New York

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If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you’re probably pretty well-versed on my feelings about my current residency in New York City (Not caught up? You can read all about that here and here). It’s easy to get lost in the negatives of a place like this, but nothing is better for refocusing on the positives than playing tour guide for visitors. Continue reading “This is What Happens When Your Best Friend Visits New York”

Warming Up to New York City

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Almost a year ago now I wrote my first post on what living in New York City was like for me. In summary: I find this city to be a constant struggle. Continue reading “Warming Up to New York City”

The Truth About Traveling With Invisalign

Cleaning my Invisalign trays in the waters of gorgeous Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Cleaning my Invisalign trays in the waters of gorgeous Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Even though I had braces as a kid, my bottom teeth started moving towards crooked again almost immediately after I had them taken off. Continue reading “The Truth About Traveling With Invisalign”

The Future of Mariana ‘On the Move’

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Watching the snow fall the last few days in Colorado has been bittersweet. Continue reading “The Future of Mariana ‘On the Move’”

A + M 4E

 

(Yes, yes. This is a silly photo and this post was meant to be sarcastic.)

October 13th, 2011

Mazarife, Spain

Email between Austin and I during my time on the Camino de Santiago:

Mariana –

“There is graffiti all over the walls in this albuergue. My bunk feels a lot like summer camp. I sat for a while trying to think of something witty or meaningful to write on the wall. But I was too hungry to be poetic so instead I wrote ´Austin + Mariana 4Ever !!!!´ Now you can never dump me because our relationship has been immortalized as one that lasts forever on the bottom right bunk of room 3 in this albuergue. So there!”

Austin –

“M + A 4E.  Nice, you’re 12.”

We’d been dating a year and a half by that point. I was 22. Continue reading “A + M 4E”

Recharged

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It’s officially spring in Colorado right now. And for those not versed in mountain life, let me clue you in: spring doesn’t actually bring all that many flowers. Continue reading “Recharged”

Where’s Mariana Moving Next? What I’ve Been Up To

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Never in my life have I gone so long without a plan. Continue reading “Where’s Mariana Moving Next? What I’ve Been Up To”