Hi, I’m Valerie.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2015 with a BSc in Biology and a BA in Spanish Studies. So far, I have spent my post-graduate life traveling, teaching English abroad in Madrid, Spain, and working for The Mentat, a startup based in San Francisco that helps people find jobs.
I like to think of myself as an avid traveler, coffee addict, passionate writer, environmentalist and a health & fitness enthusiast.
Welcome to my space on the Internet, my place where I share all of these interests.
Before anything else, I am a travel writer, telling my stories here on my blog and using them as inspiration for longer pieces.
I have visited 35+ countries over 4 continents, I am constantly seeking to cross more and more places off my list, a list that seems to grow longer with each trip I take. I have also extensively traveled within Spain, and now I know the country as a second home.
I hope that this blog inspires people to seek out adventure in their own lives, much like how I look for it in mine. Every day is an opportunity for new adventures, experiences, and life lessons to be learned. Without an open mind and a bit of wanderlust, so many great things pass us by.
Health & Fitness
This is the lesser developed element of my blog that I am striving to work on in 2017. As I have gotten more serious about developing myself in terms of fitness and have been working toward better health, I have learned a lot. My short journey so far has already begun to change my life for the better, and I want to share my personal experiences in hopes that they could help others who are looking for the push to start now.
In addition to running this blog, I also have an active YouTube channel where I post weekly travel and other videos from my life (SUNDAYS!) as well as promotional videos I have created for different companies. Please subscribe if you haven’t already for updates!
Thank you for taking the time to read this far! 😉