Jesus and Jolie

I spent my birthday weekend relaxing with Mama Kulka in the beautiful country of Malta. Don’t know where Malta is? That’s okay. I’m not completely sure either, and I just spent five days there. Malta is a little country below Italy, half way between Siciliy and North Africa, and it encompasses five islands. It is the world’s…

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21 Before 21.

At the start of this year, I decided that I wanted to have 21 incredible experiences before my 21st birthday as a birthday gift to myself and motivation to constantly be seeking adventure. These were the moments that made me feel alive, took my breath away, made me smile or made me cry from joy. Without…

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A Birthday

I’m turning 21 tomorrow. I’ve talked to my mama about this and we both agreed that it somehow felt strange, considering I’ve been “21” for at least three years now. I’ve always felt older than I am, and I suppose it has something to do with the fact that I have lived more than most…

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My Own Kind of Paradise

I have come to a crisis. Not quite a mid-life crisis or a quarter life crisis for that matter, rather what I would like to call an island crisis. I’m no longer sure that a life involving wearing deodorant and underwear is the one I want to live. I have spent the last four days…

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We Get Around

My friend Francie and I decided to go to Formentera, a small island just off Ibiza, for a relaxing weekend retreat. Formentera was one of the filming locations for my favorite Spanish movie, Lucía y el Sexo, and it’s been a dream of mine to see it. Also, I justify everything in April as being “for my birthday,” so this…

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About a Wallet

On Sunday, while heading to the beach for lunch to celebrate a gorgeous day and running a 10k, I left my wallet in a taxi. Yes. All of the nights that I have been out at clubs and bars, and of all the pickpockets on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, the metro in Paris and the trains in…

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Pauline Ran Away

So I ran a 10k for the first time. Since I have never ran more than about a mile without taking a break, I happen to be pretty damn proud of myself for running over six miles continuously. I didn’t train for it at all. In fact, in the days leading up to the 10k,…

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When It’s Not All Fine and Dandy

I thought it would be dishonest to pretend like everything is sunshine and butterflies when you’re a woman traveling alone, so I decided that I had to share a moment that was unpleasant and in all honestly, a little scary. I believe that people are good, I genuinely do. But, I’m also not naive and I…

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As Luck Would Have It

Growing up, one of my favorite songs was an old Polish track from the 60’s about a town on the coast of Italy, Portofino. When I realized it was only an hour away from where I was staying in Cinque Terre, I knew I had to go see it. I dropped my backpack off at my apartment,…

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Easter at the Vatican

To wrap up my eleven day Italian dream trip, I managed to acquire a ticket to the Pope’s Easter mass. And by acquire, I really mean I called Mama Kulka who then worked some Polish networking and within days had tickets ready for me to pick up at the Vatican. The line, “let me call the Vatican,” was used…

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