Back to School and Nostalgia Over School Supplies- Lovely Letters

Hi blog.

It's been a while.  I have about three posts drafted that I haven't had the chance to finish, and I know I need to put more work into this relationship if it's going to work out, but school is just so important to me.  And you know how demanding midterms can be!

Okay okay I'm done talking to my blog like it's a neglected boyfriend, but you get the point.  Life has been a little hectic for me and sometimes I forget to finish my posts.  But that's changing I promise!  I have a post I'm really proud of that I'm almost done with now on the refugee crisis and what you can do to help.  If school could cut me a little slack and if amazing people would quit putting out more amazing resources on refugees I need to analyze and add to my post.  But it's coming soon, I promise!

Back to the fun: Lovely Letters is back!  I took the summer off because I knew I was going to be busy with an internship and I really missed it.  I love getting to know new bloggers and as a big gifter, I love nothing more than buying cute little gifts for others! 

This month I was paired with Ellie over at Peanut Butter & Ellie and it's been great getting to know her.  We're both in our senior years (me college, her high school) and we've been sharing our goals and love of school supplies the new school year brings.  Funnily enough, we both sent each other school supplies!

Once again I forgot to photograph what I sent, one day I'll remember!  But watch her blog to see when she gets it!  Ellie sent:

A school folder, fun travel themed postcards, a notebook, gum, paper clips and erasers, a smoothie recipe (she posts vegan recipes on her blog!) and a Lovely Letter.  

 It's been so great getting to know Ellie and feeling nostalgic over Crayola crayons and our middle school love for zippered binders that contained our life.  Make sure to head over and give her some love and try a few of her recipes!

I'll be back soon, I promise.  No more month-long breaks!


I'M GOING TO AUSTRALIA

If you follow my Instagram you probably saw this news a few months ago because I couldn't contain my excitement.  But because it's so far off  I was waiting to make sure I got all my paperwork done before officially announcing I will be SPENDING MY LAST SEMESTER OF UNDERGRAD IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA!

AUSTRALIA HERE I COME!!

AUSTRALIA HERE I COME!!

I can't believe I'm leaving in just five months!  I haven't quite wrapped my brain around it yet, I still have so much left to do.  Getting my visa, planing my travel, waiting to hear back on my housing situation, and things I probably haven't even thought of yet!  I met a student from the school I'll be going to who spent a semester at my school and she gave us lots of advice including:

  • Make sure to be there for Australia Day (January 26) which is like American 4th of July but BIGGER and BETTER!
  • Bali for spring break (well... technically it will be fall there) because it's so cheap, drop dead gorgeous,  yoga retreats, swimming, and tons of college kids all partying!
  • Live on campus!  There's so much more going on
  • Don't take the train at night, take a taxi home from the bar/club
  • Australian classes are harder!

I also plan on making lots of side trips not only around Australia but to surrounding countries on long weekends as well as before and after the semester.  If you have any suggestions of where I should go and places I can't miss, let me know!

I've already found out many things I didn't know, like that Visas are expensive!  Over the next few months I will be posting about the whole process and tips on what not to do as I go through everything.  I'll also be putting together a bucket list of things to do while in Australia and welcome suggestions.

If you have spent a semester (or more!) abroad where did you go?  Or where would you want to go?  What do I have to make sure I do while I'm gone?

I'm so excited to spend my last semester in a new and exciting place, going on so many adventures, and can't wait to share it all!

Dear US Postal Service *UPDATED*

Dear US Postal Service *UPDATED*

Why must you make me so sad?

I was so excited to receive a package from my Lovely Letters pen pal for this month, Robin, and all I got was an empty padded envelope in a bag saying "sorry for the damage."  EMPTY.

I'm sure it was just an oversight that they didn't realize they were delivering an empty envelope (even though the tape had come off and you could see there was nothing inside) but it's still so frustrating to have something like that show up in my mail box.

When I told her what happened, Robin sent another one (which she totally didn't have to do!) and I hopefully will be getting it soon!   I'll update as soon as I get it. 

Nevertheless is was so great getting to know Robin and talking about our summer plans!  Unfortunately mine will involve little travel compared to hers since I'm doing an internship that doesn't leave me much time off.  Make sure to go say hi to Robin on Ocean In A Dream!

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A Love Letter to Cafés

A Love Letter to Cafés

Life has kept me pretty busy lately, and between school and work I haven't had much time to give much thought or love to my little blog, nor go on many adventures.  But as I sit in a local coffee house trying to come up with something to write, it hit me: cafés may be the best thing to ever happen to me.

It all started last night when I was desperate to go to brunch but no one was available to go with me.  And as much as I advocate for being independent and able to be with yourself, even if it means solo meals and travel- it's hard!  I just wasn't in the mood for going to a restaurant and eating alone on a Sunday morning.  So instead I packed up my homework and computer and headed to my favorite local coffee house.  

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Travel Bucket List

Travel Bucket List

Wanderlust.  That tragically hip term every teenager and twenty-something has emblazoned across their Tumblrs and Pinterest boards (not to mention countless t-shirts at Urban Outfitters etc), yet perfectly sums up the feeling.  Wanting to hop on a plane and explore a new city, do something that scares the shit out of you, and discover something amazing.  Is it overused?  Probably.  But I can't think of a better word so I'm sticking with it.

When you have wanderlust as bad as I do, there are a few things that happen:

  • I'm always looking at flights to various places, looking for deals.
  • To the point I've subscribed to a few websites that notify me every time there's an error deal or cheap flight available.
  • Plotting my next adventure is a continuous process.  Even when I've booked one I'm planning for the next, or constantly changing my mind about where to go.
  • BLOGS.  I read so many blogs about different places to go, and save posts so one day when I make it there I'll have a guide of the best restaurants, coffee shops, tourist destinations, and off-the-beaten-path places to check out.

It's been so long since I had the chance to really get out and explore, and two weekend trips to San Deigo and San Francisco didn't do much besides make my desire to travel even worse.  Curse you school and my inability to go anywhere for more than two days!!!  So when I ran across a contest to win a trip to see the Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle by blogging about your top three bucket list destinations, how could I resist?  I have such a long list it will be a good exercise to narrow down a top three.

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