Relentlessly curious traveler, learner, reader, writer, in constant search of the next grand (or tiny) adventure. 

 

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© 2017 by Erika Firestone.

If you're 22 (or 26*) , physically fit, and hungry to learn more and be better, I urge you travel - as far and as widely as possible - Anthony Bourdain

“I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” G.B. Shaw

June 17, 2019

If I had known how incredible the Finger Lakes region was, I would have booked a trip years ago. As someone who loves international travel, I tend to overlook the boundless possibilities that lie just along the East Coast. This past weekend was a great introduction to...

March 12, 2019

While living in Scotland three years ago, I came up with the great idea to fly to Dublin for St. Patrick's Day. Like any American with less than 10% Irish ancestry, I had loved my college years of celebrating at both Parade Day in Scranton (honestly this was crazier th...

January 29, 2019

Like many bookworm millennials, I grew up with my nose buried in the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.  One of my first real literary memories takes me back to cozying up with my mom in our big arm chair as she read The Sorcerers Stone (or Philosopher's Stone), to m...

December 5, 2018

I recently read the book "Text Me When you Get Home" by Kayleen Schaefer (and I highly recommend it). It focuses on the importance of female friendships where history has not been kind to such a concept. Society has historically either tried to pin women against each o...

August 18, 2018

With the idea in mind that this might be my only year living abroad, I made it my mission to travel as much as possible.  Luckily, my best friend from college Marissa was willing to help me kickstart this adventure with a backpacking trip. Less fun, were all my breaks...

December 15, 2017

 So we all know there are tons of cliche' travel quotes, one being "We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us." Cliche' travel quotes are so for a reason, and this one resonates with my recent trip abroad.

Almost exactly one year ago I graduated from th...

August 24, 2017

 

At this exact time last year, I had just finished up my Master's Thesis on U.S. and Rwandan Relations and was getting ready to hop on a flight to Kigali, Rwanda to volunteer with Humanity Unified.

I spent the following week working with a small team to interview and do...

September 30, 2016

 The last time I blogged was over 14 months ago, a few days before I moved to Glasgow, Scotland to pursue my Masters in Human Rights and International Politics. I knew very little about Scotland before moving here (I had spent three days in Glasgow in 2014), I knew alm...

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