“Find out what you’re afraid of and go live there.” ― Chuck Palahniuk
“I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide.
And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.” ― Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy
A Breath of Foreign Air began as a simple Tumblr blog, written about my 5 months of study abroad and travel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Two years and some hundreds of blog posts later, it’s developed into a full-blown website, official blog with a domain name and all that jazz.
My goals are two-fold. One, I want my family and friends to understand what the hell I’m talking about when I go back home, so I have less explaining to do. A purely selfish motivation. Second, I want to make you jealous. SO jealous. Uncomfortably jealous, so you get your money together and go see some of the world for yourself. Why would I want you to do that? SO I CAN HAVE FRIENDS ABROAD, OBVIOUSLY.
Just kidding. I’m of the opinion that eye-opening travel makes you smarter, happier and gives you better perspective of your own life at home. And that’s something the whole world could do with a little more of.
(How would the world be different if George W. Bush had lived in Jordan for three years? What if Vladimir Putin had spent some of his childhood in England? Imagine…)
Yes, I just called myself “the Sally.” We’ll go ahead and make it a tribute to the German language, the second love of my life. I fell in love during my time as a high school exchange student in Austria and never stopped loving it; it was one of my majors in University. I speak German fluently and invasively with any German-speaking strangers I run into.
As for my first love: books. They are the greatest. I read like a ferocious animal eats dinner, although that image isn’t really pleasant if you think about it, my apologies. Anyways, that’s why there’s a page called “What I’m Reading” on the blog… because I’m always reading something and I want to share. (And I’ve also begun a Reading Roundup series!)
I’m not sure if I should call this a love of my life, but I also really enjoy learning new languages. I went from zero to conversational in Spanish during my time in Argentina, and I’ve now dedicated about 18 months of my life studying and attempting to communicate in Korean during my time in South Korea. There will be more language to come as well, I’m sure.
I’m really interested in international diplomacy, politics, human rights and all the serious, complicated and sometimes depressing stuff that comes with it. It’s not pretty, but it’s important, so I frequently attempt to make my family members uncomfortable with a head-on view of reality. They don’t always appreciate it. That’s okay.
Finally, I also like knitting and puppies, particularly mine.
Want to know more? Read this: My Interview with ExpatsBlog.com
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