Pauline Flew Away Again

A year ago today I was about to begin the biggest adventure of my life- the Camino de Santiago, which, over the course of three weeks, showed me what I’m made of, gifted me some of my dearest friends, and paved the way for an incredible year.

So it’s only fitting that on this Camino day eve, I’m about to embark on another journey of a lifetime.

Tomorrow I leave for a two month long trip to Southeast Asia and Australia. I’m starting in San Francisco and then heading to Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali, Laos, Cambodia, Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam and Thailand with three friends. Afterwards, I’m making my way solo to Australia to check out Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney- swinging by Auckland on my way back to San Francisco. Finally, I’ll head directly to Ann Arbor to begin adulting.

Phew, that was a mouthful.

I honestly don’t know how I didn’t have an aneurysm planning this trip or packing for it (I credit my youth).

Like, have you seen their outlets?


And what does one wear when it’s humid and about 100 degrees, and you also sweat like a swamp monster, but you want to look cute for the gram.

No clue.

See, Europe is easy – I can pack that suitcase morning of the flight (really bad habit, don’t recommend). But aside from Japan, I’ve never ventured to this part of the globe.

Asia and Australia are the great unknown- which is precisely why I’m going. So, dear readers, I invite you to follow along over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, wish me luck while I sit on top of my suitcase trying to zip it.