My interactions with people when I first came to Greece when something like this: The Man at the Gyro Restaurant: Yassas. Me: Hello! I chirped the word at the same time as him but then realized with a sinking feeling that I had failed to use the one Greek word I knew! The Man at … Continue reading My Greatest Linguistic Accomplishment While in Athens
There is a storage tub in my closet back home filled with journals that I have kept since before I can remember. The earliest pages are actually written in my mom’s beautiful clear script where I dictated what I wanted to say and then colored in the borders after the entry was finished. My journal … Continue reading Mindful Journaling 101
What is a Mind Pollution Detox? I decided that this week I would go without Youtube, podcasts, Kindle books, Instagram, and scrolling through articles online. What inspired this kind of insanity?? Last week, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts about a homestead, permaculture farm (I am quickly becoming obsessed with permaculture but … Continue reading My Week-Long Mind Pollution Detox
When I came to Greece I had a couple of food related goals. The first was to try the classics, obviously. The second goal was to shop for local products and cook things for myself both because it’s cheap and healthy but also because you get to experience a unique side of a culture that … Continue reading Fresh, Flavorful, and Full of Variety: My Greek Foodie Adventures so Far!
It was a very day-offish kind of day: one where you wake up late feeling well rested. The sun was already warm by the time I left, and I was basking in the fact that I had no classes to teach that day. It was a day for relaxation. And by relaxation, I mean struggling … Continue reading Mount Lycabettus is Calling
I got sick on the last day in Croatia. I feverishly dragged my suitcase over cracked sidewalks to get to the bus to get to the Zagreb airport and from there to get to Athens. I dozed on and off during the short flight from Croatia to Greece, blurry images of brown mountains coming in … Continue reading Athens Adventures: The First Look
“I’ve had a runner collapse in my arms on that hill. It’s just awful. Lemon Drop Hill. A horrible big hill; that’s where most runners hit the wall, you know.” The lady giving out pre-race day refreshments gushed enthusiastically on and on. I knew about “the wall”—the point in the marathon when runners find themselves … Continue reading Lemon Drop Hill: A Moment From My First Marathon
I am one of those people that runs 14 minute miles if I don’t train hard enough and 5k’s intimidate me, so a marathon might seem like a presumptuous leap. Even athletic people have asked me why I would ever run a marathon; I’ve asked myself why I am doing it. This is the answer. … Continue reading Why Run a Marathon?
It's no secret that I am obsessed with learning languages. I learn languages the way I eat food: constantly craving new sounds and sentences, enjoying a good conversation with friends. Unfortunately, languages seem to pass out of my system quite quickly. My Spanish ability quickly advanced to university level 3 in just a couple months … Continue reading Language Learning: What’s the Point?
I have a confession to make: I am secretly SO excited that a new year is almost here! I know, I know. I feel like it is culturally customary to shake our heads disapprovingly at January as it rushes at us in a most hurried and undignified manner. People turn their calendar pages and sigh … Continue reading Leveling up Life 2019 Style