I thought I would for my first post tell a little about my life. I grew up an army brat and have had plenty of opportunity to travel for that and many other reasons. As a result my life has led me to many cities. Here is a chronological overview of where I have been. These are major places I have spent time with pictures included if I had them available to me. So here we go…
Colorado Springs, CO
Born here in 1992.
Garden of the Gods
Moved here in 1995 I believe. My dad was army. Baumholder is possibly the smallest American military base in Germany.
Fort Knox/Radcliff, KY
Moved here in 1997 ish. It’s hard to remember exactly. Lived here until I was 9.
Re-stationed here around 2001 for another few years. During that time we traveled to:
Garmich, Austria on a ski trip; the border of France on accident; and the Netherlands for believe it or not, furniture.
Colorado Springs, CO
If forced to name a hometown this is what I say. I lived in Colorado Springs from 2004 until graduation in 2011. But I do have other places I could call home.
My mother’s side of the family is from here. And my dad and mom grew up here and went to school together. So over the years, Denver was kind of a base home for us.
Broncos at Mile High
My dad’s side of the family is southern. So I spent a lot of time here as a kid too. And I love it except for the humidity and the GIANT bugs.
It really does pay to be a band geek… the summer of 2010 I was invited on a band group tour for all of Colorado. Only talented and good students were invited and my band director chose me. By no means was this a free trip. But it was incredibly affordable. So much so, that both my parents came too! And we started in London, and ended in Germany. A total of about 7 countries in 3 weeks. And in 5 countries we gave concerts. The band size was 500. 500 high school students in music. We also went to:
Paris/Calais, France; Crans-Montana/Zermatt, Switzerland, Liechtenstein; Innsbruck. Austria, Frankfurt/Rothenburg, Germany, Athens/Poros/Hydra/Aegina, Greece.
Needless to say, this was the most impactful summer of my life thus far. It reinforced my desire to travel and explore and experience the world. And it drove home my love of ancient history. Parents, if you can manage to afford something like this, do it. It will change your child’s life.
Castle of Chillon
Arc de Triumph
White Cliffs of Dover
Rothenburg town square
San Marco Piazza
Concert set in Austria
Schnitzel and pommes
Seattle/ Olympia/ Tacoma, WA
I went on a weeklong trip to Washington with my best friend the summer after we graduated. Her sister lived here at the time and it was the perfect rest stop for us before we tore off to separate schools for the first time since we met. It was a lot of fun and very different from Colorado.
At Mount Vernon
Fort Collins, CO
After high school, I was accepted into Colorado State University at Fort Collins. Here, I studied anthropology, the holistic study of humans in the past and present. My concentration was archaeology. While I was looking into study abroad programs, I found a major that was better suited for my desired field of expertise called Classics or Ancient History depending on the university. I also found that the major is not widely offered. Actually, I was fortunate enough to have one of the only Midwestern universities hosting Classics in my own home state. But before I left Fort Collins I made some of the best friends ever!
My dorm room with friends
On the Oval with the roomie
Now I may not study Classics and Anthropology at the University of Colorado, but I don’t live in Boulder. For if anyone has ever been to Boulder, you will discover that the cost of living is similar to that in Hawaii. And in case you were wondering… no, Boulder doesn’t have snow days!
Fall on campus
So, I live at home with my parents at their house. It’s just makes more sense. And it’s only a half hour drive!
Honolulu, Oahu, HI
The cost of living of Boulder and Hawaii really is similar. See, my best friend, the crazy lucky person, went to the University of Hawaii. So, naturally I had to go visit this last May.
At the tide pools
walking home along the shore
wading in the ocean
On the beach at sunset
Manoa Falls with the bestie
Well now that was just a time consuming post. But I feel like it really helps to tell the story of who I am. So, if you have any questions or would like me to post something more specified about one of these trips. I am more than willing to provide farther information. Just ask!