Background in a nutshell: Born in Ohio, raised in Pennsylvania; childhood summers spent in Shanghai.
At 18, I took a year off university and moved to China. I taught English in Dalian, traveled a bit, then moved to Shanghai where I wrote for a city blog and worked at a tech start-up. I fell head-over-heels in love with living abroad.
I reluctantly returned to the States only to finish my degree; a year later, on my 21st birthday, I graduated with a BA in political science that I’ll never use.
Two weeks later, I left the US for good.
I moved to Singapore on a whim with $700 to my name, no job, and only a hazy idea of where the country was on a map.
I ended up staying nearly a year and a half, working in social media for an Asian reality television show while traveling around Southeast Asia and eating my weight in noodles.
In January 2012 I moved to Paris to learn French and eat all the food and drink all the beer (yeah, beer) and have all the picnics. I stayed there just shy of two years. It was fabulous.
Now I’m 24 and — after a failed attempt to live in northern Italy — I’m currently in transit, living out of my suitcase and bouncing around the world while I try to figure out where I want to move to next.
In the meantime, I’m working my dream job covering international sports events — highlights so far include the London Olympics, Sochi Winter Olympics, and spending a month in Azerbaijan for a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
(Also, I was engaged once. And then recently un-engaged. I used to jump around saying, Look! The travel, the career, the man, you can have it alllll! Well, I couldn’t. I still believe it’s possible, though. Anyway, you may see his name pop up in the archives here and there.)
Unrelated to anything else: I really like beer. Especially Belgian blanches, bruns, stouts and porters. Also gin & tonics. Really, so long as I have (quality) booze and a camera in hand, I’m happy.
Lastly: I love anything Irish or related to Ireland. I picked up Gaelic football when I lived in Dalian, and have since played with teams in China, Paris, and now Milan. Irish sport: It’s a thing.
*The photoblog of my China years can be found here.