My name is Becky, and I like to get around…the world.
I’m a recent graduate of Indiana University, and this is my blog about the big wide world and the little bits of it that I’ve seen.
What bits are that, you ask? Well, I started my travels outside of the USA when I was, oh, 12 I think? with an Alaskan cruise that ended with a few days in Canada. We’ll call that roughly 2002. I didn’t leave again until the summer of 2008, when I traveled with some good friends and teachers to Italy for about two weeks. I stayed put for a wee bit, then during the summer of 2010 I went to Jordan for 3.5 weeks for the first time, to work at an archaeological excavation site (at that time I popped into Israel for about 3 hours one weekend…does that count?) That same summer I took a 5 day vacation with my family in Los Cabos, Mexico. (Yes, I know, that’s much different than the “real” Mexico). The next summer, in 2011, I spent about 5 days with my family in both Germany and France (only a couple of cities in each due to time).
After that things really took off. As a triple-major undergraduate studying Arabic, Spanish, and Anthropology with a minor in French, I knew that in order to make two of my B.A degrees worthwhile I needed to immerse myself in the countries where these languages were spoken. So in the spring of 2012 I studied abroad in Amman, Jordan in an intensive Arabic program and probably had one of the most amazing (and difficult) semesters of my entire college career. I took a week long trip on spring break there to Oman as well. In the fall of that same year I studied abroad in Lima, Peru, and spent my time exploring that incredible (and DELICIOUS) country.
2013 marked the end of my studying abroad semesters, but definitely NOT my traveling. Over spring break I was lucky enough to visit western Turkey with my family on a group tour. Immediately after graduation, I was able to go visit one of my best friends studying in Ireland for 10 days.
Then, from June 21-August 2 of 2013, I headed back to Oman to study more Arabic in a summer program. Then after a short return home, in October I moved to Paris, France to teach English for around 8 months. During my time there I managed to head back to Germany for a few days to visit a friend, and then at the end of my time even squeezed in a whirlwind trip through parts of Scotland and England to visit the wonderful friends I’d made throughout my year in France.
It’s a big world out there, and this blog is here to help me to share anything I can with anyone who is interested. I have a heavy focus on photographs of landscapes and food, and like to write not only about the places I go, but the things I eat, where I stay, who I meet, etc, in hopes of giving future travelers tips and also…well…to remember.
Enjoy, and questions are always welcome.