Category Archives: Travel

Homesick (but good)

I’m actually warm right now. Score!

Since I moved into my new room, I’ve definitely felt better about things in general. The three guys I’m currently living with are really cool, although two of them just finished their program and are leaving tomorrow. There’s also an Australian girl living here, but she’s on holiday right now, so I haven’t met her yet. I think we’ll be getting two new flatmates soon, and I’m looking forward to seeing who I’ll be living with for the next five months! Read more →

Highs and lows


My first hours in Perth found me huddled in my coat on my bare bed under a single bare lightbulb, eating instant microwavable Pad Thai out of a paper cup with a borrowed spoon, watching 27 Dresses, missing Sydney like crazy, and wanting to go home. Read more →

Pigeons and a paleo café


Not “Sydney, day four.” I’m improving.

I got up early again, and had a nice (albeit cold) morning on the front porch catching up on blog posts.


Then I forced the sluggish stove to yield to my will and actually managed to make crispy (rather than soggy) hash browns, along with scrambled eggs with cheese and greek yogurt with canned peaches. I’m not sure we have greek yogurt this good in the US, but maybe I haven’t looked hard enough. Read more →

Sydney, day three.


I could probably think up cleverer titles for these if I tried. Oh well.

This day was amazing from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to bed. (And a lot happened, so this is going to be a very long post. You’ve been warned.) I’ve been going to bed pretty early and sleeping like a rock, so when I woke up at 6:15am I decided to get up and go for a walk. The swelling in my gum had gone down and it was only a little sore still, so I was feeling pretty good. The house is about a 20 minute walk from the harbor, and I was hoping that if I left early enough I could catch the sunrise.  Read more →

Sydney, day two.


It’s my second day in Sydney, and I have good news and bad news.

Good news: I finally warmed up enough to brave the cold bathroom for a shower. With that plus the sleep, I’m feeling much more human.

Bad news: I am once again suffering from asymmetrical chipmunk syndrome.

Allow me to explain. I had my wisdom teeth taken out about a month ago, and everything went great until about two weeks out, when the bottom left socket got really swollen again and started oozing (sorry; nobody likes the word ‘ooze’). Being the microbiome-obsessed girl I am, I wanted to avoid antibiotics like the plague, so I pulled out all the natural remedy stops: salt water rinses, raw garlic on the inflamed gum (don’t recommend; feels like pouring battery acid on an open wound), bentonite clay, activated charcoal, apple cider vinegar, honey, coconut oil…everything. Unfortunately the raw garlic actually did burn my gum (imagine that!), but the swelling and oozing went away, and after my gum healed, I was fine. Hurray for crunchy home remedies! I win! Who needs antibiotics?

Well, fast forward two weeks. I think the flying and jet lag took a toll on my immune system, and towards the end of the day yesterday, I could feel my gum getting sore again. I just knew when I went to bed last night that this morning, my mouth would be swollen again, and sure enough: chipmunk cheek. Bummer. Read more →

First day in Australia!


Apparently the Jonas Brothers also have a song called Australia. This is becoming a strange trend.

Anyway…I’M IN AUSTRALIA. I’m actually here. In Sydney, to be precise. I decided to spring for a taxi from the airport since my bags weigh about a million pounds, and I didn’t quite feel up for public transportation. Luckily, I got to share the ride with a piece of pepperoni.


Taxi pepperoni

Unfortunately, the peperoni didn’t have money on him, so I had to pay the whole fare, which was $75. I’m new to the whole taxi scene, but that seems quite high! I think I’ll endeavor to avoid them from now on. Read more →

L.A. Baby


Have you heard that Jonas Brothers song? No? Never mind then.

The first stop on my trip was Los Angeles, CA for a 12-hour layover. I was actually really excited about this part of my trip, because I’ve heard such amazing things about California and I’d never been there before. I was also really looking forward to a nice day on the beach, enjoying the last of the summer before arriving in Australia during the winter.

Much like my flight over (which I’ll talk about in my next post), my time in LA was a bit disappointing. First of all, I was expecting the airport to be really welcoming and modern and cool with palm trees everywhere, but the part I was in just felt old and sad and lonely. I also underestimated how much of a hassle it would be to have a too-full carry on bag (with no wheels) to lug around the airport. But I was excited that this was the farthest I’d ever been away from home, and I was excited to see Manhattan Beach, so I hopped in a cab for my first taxi ride ever (lots of firsts today)! Read more →

So, what’s new?


Hey folks! Since I haven’t actually blogged in 6 months, I wanted to give a little update about what’s new in my life before diving into full-on travel blog mode (I’ll get to that in a minute). So, here’s a distilled list of the important things that have happened since I last wrote!

Important Life Events

  • I survived Physics, Analytical Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry, and finished my second 4.0 semester (woo!)
  • I was accepted into UNC’s BSPH Nutrition Program (yay!!)
  • I started doing raw liver shots
  • …wait, don’t leave! I’m not done yet! They’re really not as scary as they sound!…yep, shouldn’t have brought up the raw liver.
  • For those of you who are still here, the last and most exciting life event: I bought my plane ticket to AUSTRALIA!

I’ll be spending 5 months in Perth studying abroad at Murdoch University, then a month traveling around New Zealand, so as you can imagine, I’m going to be writing mostly about my travels. And, of course, the food I eat on my travels. Hopefully I’ll also have a little free time to do some gut bacteria blogging since I’m taking time off work and I signed up for easy classes this, but we’ll see!