Being stuck in quarantine under "stay at home" orders has caused a lot of my friends to struggle with how to stay satisfied while eating from their pantries. If you don't cook much – now is a GREAT time to learn! It's much cheaper and more satisfying than ordering food in everyday, or simply subsiding… Continue reading The Quarantine Guide to Easy, Inexpensive, Healthy Grocery Shopping
Author: Sophia Elise
Memories of France
I often spend time daydreaming about my time in Strasbourg, France. My partner Joel was learning French there while I was learning German two hours away in Saarbrücken, Germany. We spent many-a-happy weekend there.
A Few Days in London
I visited London in late October, 2018. It was beautiful, cold, and a little lonely. I felt like I would be coming back – there was so much left undone.
Four Months, One Suitcase: Minimalist Packing for Studying Abroad
I am studying abroad in Saarbrücken, Germany from August to December. I have elected to bring one, medium-size suitcase, in the spirit of being happier with less! Why should you try "minimalist packing"? You can focus on your experiences instead of your belongings. You have less stress when traveling from the airport to your lodgings.… Continue reading Four Months, One Suitcase: Minimalist Packing for Studying Abroad
A Day in the Life Studying in Saarbrücken, Germany
I began my German language exchange program at Universität des Saarlandes in September 2018. Every day I get to hike through the woods, eat dinner with my sweet roommates, and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds my apartment. Here is a little glimpse into what a day in my life consists of. Usually, my head… Continue reading A Day in the Life Studying in Saarbrücken, Germany
A Summer Gone
August 1st, 2018: I'm not ready to go. In so many ways I am - but in most ways, I am not. I loved it here. I loved what I found here. I loved everything I did, who I was, the life made here. And to start over? To maybe never come back? To not… Continue reading A Summer Gone
Settling into myself
The past seven weeks, I've had to learn how to settle into myself. Being away from home – from everything, and everyone I know well, leaves you with few other options. You either find your path, or you despair; reminded that the support of the beams that raised you have also shaped you, and contained… Continue reading Settling into myself
My First Week Living in Washington, D.C.
Minimalist Travel Packing List: Costa Rica
I have over packed, over stuffed, and over prepared for nearly all of my travels. In the fear that I might need an extra jacket, shirt, pair of pants, or that I'd just so happen to find myself in a restaurant with a formal dress code, I would pack two weeks worth of clothing for… Continue reading Minimalist Travel Packing List: Costa Rica