Travels of Ibn Battutah Review

Title: The Travels of Ibn Battutah Author: Ibn Battutah, edited by Tim Mackintosh-Smith Year Published: 1356AD; this version 2002 Places Explored: Northern Africa, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, the Maldives, Indonesia, China, Spain, West Africa My Rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Review: “I have traveled through the countries of the world and I have met their kings.” – Ibn Battutah This quote provides a pretty good summary of The … Continue reading Travels of Ibn Battutah Review

Review of Out of Africa by Karen Blixen

Out of Africa Review

Title: Out of Africa Author: Isak Dinesen (pen name of Baroness Karen Blixen) Year Published: 1937 Places Explored: Kenya, especially Nairobi and the Ngong Hills area My Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ Review: I knew basically from the iconic first line, “I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of Ngong Hills”, that I would enjoy this book and I’m so glad I read it! The basic outline … Continue reading Out of Africa Review

Under a Lucky Star by Roy Chapman Andrews

Under a Lucky Star Review

Title: Under a Lucky Star – A Lifetime of Adventure Author: Roy Chapman Andrews, American naturalist, explorer, and director of the American Museum of Natural History Year Published: 1943 Places Explored: The Arctic, The South Pacific, Japan, Korea, China, Mongolia My Rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Review: I first heard of Roy Chapman Andrews about eight years ago, when I was in high school and picked up a book called Dragon … Continue reading Under a Lucky Star Review

18 Great Things About Brookings, South Dakota

18 Great Things About Brookings, South Dakota

After spending the last five years in Brookings, SD while pursuing my degrees, I definitely became attached to the community. My husband and I met there, had our wedding there, bought a house there, have lots of friends still living there… it’s safe to say that the decision to move away was a big one! We were ready for new jobs and a new location, … Continue reading 18 Great Things About Brookings, South Dakota

DIY Pressed Fern Botanical Art

Botanical prints are extremely popular these days, but I like to add a touch of realism (as well as some “naturalist” vibes that go well with my British colonial-ish, world-traveler decor aesthetic) by using real plants! In this project, I made a collection of three framed, pressed ferns for under $15! To do the same, you will need… Frames with mats (I got three from Wal … Continue reading DIY Pressed Fern Botanical Art

Your Guide to Cuban Slang

Your Guide to Cuban Slang

Here’s a quick guide to some common Spanish slang that I noticed was used in Cuba during my month there! If you don’t speak Spanish yet, check out these reasons why you should. If you do, that’s awesome, and I hope this quick guide will help you on your trip to Cuba! 1. Yuma This word means foreigner, similar to the way gringo/a is used in other … Continue reading Your Guide to Cuban Slang

6 Misconceptions Americans Have About Cuba

As many of you know, I spent a month living and studying Havana, Cuba this summer. Of course, this doesn’t make me an expert on Cuba or Cubans, but I have noticed several misconceptions that many Americans seem to have about Cuba (some of which I had before I went there as well) which I’d like to clear up! If you’re planning a trip to … Continue reading 6 Misconceptions Americans Have About Cuba