Explore (verb):

Travel in or through (an unfamiliar country or area) in order to learn about or familiarize oneself with it.

It has been difficult adjusting to my schedule since returning from Spain. I really enjoyed my trip, and I apologize for the delay in sharing my experience.

I spent a week in Granada, Spain at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) conference. On the way there (and back) I had a long layover in Madrid, so I was able to enjoy some touring there too.

As a part of the ASLO Multicultural Program, my schedule was jam-packed with great food, field trips, and stimulating talks and meetings related to my research interest. Christian and I presented our summer research during a poster session early in the week. Because it was my first time, I was a little nervous, but in all, it was a terrific experience. I had a good time answering questions and receiving feedback from other scientists in an informal setting. I also met so many smart and talented students from around the world, and even though we were together for only a week, I believe I made some lifelong friends.

I’d love to go back and visit someday and tour other cities in Spain. Below are some photos I took during the week.

We visited a small village Frigliana, which had a wonderful view.  

 The Caves of Nerja, I recommend as a must see attraction.

Also in Nerja we visited the beach and went on a bike ride. 

And my favorite attraction, Alhambra! This beautiful fortress was home to royalty and the court of Granada in the mid-thirteenth century. It was terrific seeing the decorative details found within the different palaces. 
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of my visit! 

“Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures!"

Traveler ( noun):

A person who is traveling or who often travels.

Hello Spain.

Today I travel to Granada, Spain with Christian to present our research from the summer at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Conference.

I’ve always been impressed with the students who participated in the past, and I just knew that I couldn’t let another year go by without applying.

One thing I found myself doing for this trip is Hyper-planning (if that’s even a phrase) and making sure to pack light. Packing can be overwhelming when traveling to a new place. Last summer, I traveled extensively during the ten weeks of my internship, and it was the worst and best learning experience. I lugged around four bags (two large suitcases, one carry-on, and an oversized purse)!

We will be in Spain for just a week, so I don’t need a lot of stuff. Because I didn’t want to check any bags this time, I looked on Pinterest for inspiration and ideas for packing only a carry-on. 

I was an over packer, and officially I am now a minimalist packer… to a certain degree, packing camera equipment, snacks, and toiletries are still a tad challenging to minimize.

Listed below are three website/blogs I found helpful tips for packing light. Stay tuned for my week adventure in Spain! 

Travel essentials

I’m using my new Herschel carry on bag, which is fabulous, thanks to Christian. He bought it for Valentine’s Day. I always like to have a blanket, neck pillow, and a good book on the airplane. My co-worker bought me this cute passport sleeve for Christmas ( I think from target). 

"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us."

Ambition (noun):

A strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.

Island Living
I arrived in Mo’orea, French Polynesia (which took about 8 hours by plane from LAX)!
Before my classmates and I can start our research, we must complete the AAUS(American Academy of Underwater Sciences) dive course, which will take about a week. During this course we are combining the skills learned from our intro scuba certification class and underwater techniques to collect samples for each of our research projects.

*I forgot to mention; I am officially a certified open water scuba diver!

Now that I am here and have been in the water a few times, I believe this will be a fantastic experience. 

“ Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”  Bill Bradley