Nope, not my iron fist. Just a girl, a lover of Irish burritos, prepared to vacuum the above up in less than eleven seconds.
In the fall of 2015, I studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland. On the Rouge Again was my passion project that semester, a place for my friends and family in the United States to stay updated on my travels. When I came home, a few entries short of completion, I set to work on wrapping up, and from there stemmed the idea to keep the blog going. I loved having something to do, something that was mine, and in the summer of 2016 I excitedly purchased my domain. It fell to the side of the road as my senior year of college began; now, as a post grad who realizes how important hobbies are, I have worked to create both a lovely little site for my pieces to rest, and an outlet for my imagination to ride its waves of thought.
I don’t pretend to be an expert in travel, but I am an expert in my passion for travel. It runs deeply, to my bones, and is the best present my parents ever gave my siblings and I. We grew up chasing experiences and places, and learning that the sunrise over the Grand Canyon is about one of the most beautiful, precious things this world can give us. And that we are just visitors on this planet, a planet whose glory is vast and mysterious and deserves our time and money. It’s one of the only things I never feel guilty about spending my money on.
Not to go all online-dating-personality on you, but here’s a bit about me:
I love to scout out the best slice of cake, to try local ciders, to people watch, to walk around a new place and feel its bustle, its culture, its life surrounding me. My bike is one of my best friends and it’s my second favorite way to navigate new places, after walking. Alliteration is one of my most frequently-used literary devices, and I’m a firm believer in the Oxford comma. My sweet tooth runs rampant most days, and I usually surprise myself with how much of it I can consume in a single sitting. I am extremely close to my family, and some of my fondest travel moments have been with them. This blog is a documentation of those streams of consciousness when I’m standing in awe of the mountains, the foods I devour, and the people I share these moments with.
So, what can you expect on the blog?
Narrative storytelling lies at the core of my writer’s heart. I think that sharing personal stories creates meaningful connections, so I fashion most of my posts in this structure. For me, it’s important to be able to latch onto someone or something, and expounding on the highs and lows, the laughs and the arguments, deepens my reflections. Here you’ll find my wacky experiences, creative tips for planning your travels, and ideas that I hope lends to inspiration for your next trip.
Travel doesn’t always need to be wide, and I hope to share all the bigs and smalls of it. I hope you enjoy the adventures to come!
For inquiries or to just send a quick note, you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.