Big Yellow Taxi: The Safari

My lifeline. My favorite way to get around. My connection to the rest of the island. The Safari is St. Thomas’ main form of public transportation. The vehicles, which vary both in size and color, are essentially open-air truck beds which have rows of seating in the back. Usually each bench is big enough for […]

Mannerisms in the Islands

The thing about traveling is manners are relative. They’re not standardized, and starting a conversation off on the wrong foot can be extremely problematic. I feel that particularly with traveling, especially when you first arrive at a new place, getting tidbits of advice here and there from strangers is what can make the difference between […]

Beachin’ It

It almost goes without saying that the Virgin Islands have beautiful beaches, and I mean stunning. Soft white sand, endless turquoise water, blazing sun… it’s literally right out of the movies. (I’m specifically looking at you, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and you, Muppet Treasure Island.) The weather is warm year round, so I’ve […]

Reef Bay Trail on St. John

Growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I love to hike. When I moved to St. Thomas, all I initially considered was that I would be surrounded by ocean. I totally forgot to consider that all these tiny islands are mountains and I could get my hike on pretty much any time. I’ve done a […]

Moving On and Moving Out

There is a reason I haven’t posted in a few months: I’m no longer in Chile. I very much enjoyed the country, the language and the Latin lifestyle, but I was pretty miserable in my job as an au pair. My host family took advantage of me an no matter how wonderful my travel and […]

The Time Difference

I‘ve been in Chile for three months, and the Chile-United States time difference has changed three times! It’s getting exhausting. Granted, the autumn and spring are the times of the year when the times change the most, so I’m in the clear for a while. Chile and the eastern United States are along the same […]