Saying goodbye to my American life

You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place… like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way again. – Azar Nafisi You don’t realize how much at home you become in […]

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Getting lost in the land of the free

“I gave my heart to the Americans and thought of nothing else but raising my banner and adding my colors to theirs” – Marquis de Lafayette   The 4th of July (Independence Day) is a mega, gigantic deal in America. In true American fashion, my best friends and I spent the weekend being unapologetically patriotic […]

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Seattle without an umbrella…

“To some extent, Seattle remains a frontier metropolis, a place where people can experiment with their lives, and change and grow and make things happen.” – Tom Robbins When I had confirmation that I’d be living in Seattle I immediately set out to buy myself a pair of rainboots, that was right on top of […]

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The rooftop view

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” – T.S. Eliot HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Usually most people recap the year they are leaving behind before bragging about the numerous resolutions they will be tossing over their shoulders […]

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The road to adulthood

– No quote can properly describe the emotions that come with turning 21. I expected nothing, but an hour went by as I lay in bed this morning and I played all my favorite moments of my life in my mind. I didn’t cry surprisingly, but I came close multiple times. I now joke about […]

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The Journey Back Home

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home & rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. – Lin Yutang 23 hours and 35 minutes. That’s how long it took me to get home. After one year of imagining what it would feel like being in the presence of familiar […]

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The Reptile Man

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” – Art Linkletter Every year there is a host family day that is held by our area directors, inviting the au pairs as well as their host families. To celebrate the program, and the families within the […]

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The Day Of Independence

“I like to see a man proud of the place he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place is proud of him.” – Abraham Lincoln For a week I had been at Carlene’s dad’s houseboat at the lake. There is absolutely no signal there, so no texting, no facebook and […]

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The Road Trip: Day 5

“The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.” – Wallace Stevens After an eventful week of early mornings, wondrous sights, breathtaking adventure and scrumptious food, we were at our last stop of the trip. Seaside is a huge tourist attraction, a little town in Oregon, quirky and full of random […]

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