Born amongst the verdant cornfields of central Illinois, I lived a childhood obsessively reading books and playing with kittens.
Some of those books made sense, like a farm girl from the Midwest reading Little House on the Prairie. Some of them did not. I probably remain the only person from the public library in my town to check out books on both world cultures and religions (really, I was a 9 year reading about Sikhism as if it was totally normal) and Medieval pestilence (I am naturally drawn to disaster).
Sooner or later, a child reading books like that would need to explore. I left the cornfields for Rhode Island (little state, big fun!), where I attended Brown University and concentrated in Development Studies. True to my nerdy roots, I focused on global health – a beautiful marriage of the interests of my childhood with prescient issues facing vulnerable populations today. I graduated in 2011 equally ready to conquer the world and terrified.
This blog was started in the summer of 2009, when my parents graciously allowed me to travel and live in Thailand to volunteer (as a 19 year old! I can’t even imagine being on the parent side of this deal! – my parents are AWESOME). I did a poor job updating while studying abroad in South Africa, Vietnam, and Brazil, but there are gems here from the summer I spent in Dili, Timor-Leste, while working with the Ministry of Health.
Thus begins the current reincarnation of my blog. I’ll be back in Thailand, my second love (to be fair, Haiti was my first) living, teaching, laughing, playing, eating to my heart’s content, and exploring.