Where I’m From

Recently I celebrated my one year Melbourne-versary – that is, the anniversary of my arrival in Melbourne one year ago. I came into this adventure hopeful, but unsure as to how I would cope living so far from home, and how I would do with this giant unknown. Over the last year however, Melbourne has completely won me over with her special southern charms. I’m all settled into life down under these days. Continue reading “Where I’m From”

Best of: Nicaragua 2014

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I’ve been back from Nicaragua for nearly four months now, but my time there is still sitting heavily with me. Continue reading “Best of: Nicaragua 2014”

My Advice to Future Volunteers of La Esperanza Granada

IMG_20141120_133102 So you’re thinking of volunteering abroad, and you’ve decided that Nicaragua – as one of the cheapest and safest countries in Central America – is looking like a pretty good option. Continue reading “My Advice to Future Volunteers of La Esperanza Granada”

Strength, Privilege, and Conflicts When Traveling in a Machismo Culture

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I can recall many times that I wandered Granada on my own – enjoying the city, running errands, and contemplating the same question: Could I really do this? Continue reading “Strength, Privilege, and Conflicts When Traveling in a Machismo Culture”

On Being Ready for Travel

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I almost cried the first time I saw the house I was meant to live in for the majority of my time in Nicaragua. Continue reading “On Being Ready for Travel”

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’”

Photos of Life at Escuela Pablo Antonio Cuadra

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Growing up in Florida, I didn’t get snow days. Continue reading “Photos of Life at Escuela Pablo Antonio Cuadra”