The Journey Begins.

Guten Tag. My name is Kelsey, and welcome to my internet space! My goal: To re-experience or plan adventures and get you out experiencing the world, because, let’s face it, Netflix is overrated. Or, if you’re already an active, adventurous human like I am, this is more a space to share enthusiasm, relive amazing travels…

BLACK LIVES MATTER.

It is past time for an end to systemic racism in America. We cannot remain silent. “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” –MLK

Go Chasing Waterfalls!

One of the most beautiful day-hikes in Pennsylvania, the Rickett’s Glen Falls Loop has over 20 waterfalls to explore! Who knew this state has so much incredible nature?!

Quarantined Brilliance: Ideas for the online world language classroom.

This is 2020–we have the tools and technology to still educate our students in an engaging manner, even if our souls hurt from lack of human interaction. Here are some, if I may say so myself, fantastic tips and tools not only for language instructors, but all teachers, to sweep away brain cobwebs and ignite engagement in our students’ minds!

Marvelous Munich München

München ist so wunderschön! Between the ancient castles and museums, lively performances and beer gardens, Christmas markets, and nature’s beauty, it’s impossible to grow weary of Munich’s charms. Not only is she lovely, but also a wonderfully livable city. But visiting will have to do, I supposed. Here are 3 of my top 7 reasons to visit Munich because I got carried away!

101 Reasons to not Change your Last Name

He’s your husband. You love him. After that whole getting married, devoting your life to each other thing, in our society it is assumed your last name will change. But…should it?

The Substitute Teacher

This isn’t one of those I wander in and know immediately I’m going to change some dust bunny-sized portion of the world for the better days. It’s not even one of those yell a little to assert dominance, read the instructions to the class, and then kick back to read the online paper while filling out pointless job applications and hollering every 11 minutes and 32 second to get off that YouTube and do your work days. This is a hold your head above the water and pray no kid under your jurisdiction starts swinging at another for calling his mama a homo sort of days.

Why Pittsburgh Is Beautiful.

In honor of the Steelers’ first game of the season against the cheating Patriots (y’all can keep Antonio Brown–have a stellar time with that drama snowball), here are some snazzy shots of one of the more underrated cities in America. Before moving here, I imagined soot-streaked steel mills belching smoke into a gray sky. Of…

Munich Day Trips: Hiking the Karwendel

München is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities. From the iconic Marienplatz (dating back to the middle ages!) and various Biergärten to the Englischer Garten and the river surfers, exciting activities abound. Summertime München is a breath of fresh air and an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Cars are a hindrance; bicycle paths are everywhere. The bright crystal…

Speak Stupid and Carry a Big Stick: The Demise of the Educated American.

The U.S.A. and her educational crisis “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela. Once, we were a nation that understood this: education is essential for freedom, for a functioning democracy, for change, for hope, and for a better world. But we have committed the great travesty…