The Journey Of A Lifetime

Hello all,  The day has finally arrived. After years of planning and saving, I finally embark upon the journey of a lifetime. I grew up listening to stories from my parents about their travels and experiences growing up in different countries, and all I could ever think about was how one day I could only hope to have the same adventures. I always dreamed of  getting to do the right of passage trip back to Brazil where my mother grew up or of climbing Mount Fuji in Japan like my step father had done after college. I started saving up money here and there when I was around ten years old, all with the vision in mind that once I graduated University, I too would go off traveling before settling down into a career and the routines of life. Of course, to an elementary school child, the end of college seemed immeasurably far away. It wasn’t until just a few months ago that I realized NOW is the time! It is so surreal that I have finally finished college and will be moving on to greater endeavors. It really still hasn’t fully hit me but there is no time for it to sink in because I will be boarding a plane in just mere hours!

Hello all,

The day has finally arrived. After years of planning and saving, I finally embark upon the journey of a lifetime. I grew up listening to stories from my parents about their travels and experiences growing up in different countries, and all I could ever think about was how one day I could only hope to have the same adventures. I always dreamed of  getting to do the right of passage trip back to Brazil where my mother grew up or of climbing Mount Fuji in Japan like my step father had done after college. I started saving up money here and there when I was around ten years old, all with the vision in mind that once I graduated University, I too would go off traveling before settling down into a career and the routines of life. Of course, to an elementary school child, the end of college seemed immeasurably far away. It wasn’t until just a few months ago that I realized NOW is the time! It is so surreal that I have finally finished college and will be moving on to greater endeavors. It really still hasn’t fully hit me but there is no time for it to sink in because I will be boarding a plane in just mere hours!

Through the rush of my culinary externship in New York City, I managed to pull together plans to go on the trip of my lifetime. My mother is my best friend and biggest ally in everything I have gone through in life, I couldn’t be more grateful for all that she has done for me and I feel as though she has shaped me into the person I am today. I like who I am today, therefore, I think she deserves something in return for all the grief my pre-pubecent and teenage angst put her through, no? As a Christmas present, I surprised her with tickets to take her back to Brazil for ten days. We will be staying in Rio De Janeiro and will then head to Bahia for the remainder of the trip! I spent all of the month of January frequenting crossfit classes and repeating the mantra “when in Rio, I will wear those flossy bikinis!” before undoing it all in February via delicious farewell meals with dear friends at various New York eateries. Who cares, I’m happy and my first stop in Rio will be a shop to buy swim suit that lets the sun shine where it never has before. Then, we will spend the week enjoying the beaches, hiking the mountains, experiencing samba/capoeira shows, and trying all of the delicious roasted meats that I can get my fingers on.

Through the rush of my culinary externship in New York City, I managed to pull together plans to go on the trip of my lifetime. My mother is my best friend and biggest ally in everything I have gone through in life, I couldn’t be more grateful for all that she has done for me and I feel as though she has shaped me into the person I am today. I like who I am today, therefore, I think she deserves something in return for all the grief my pre-pubecent and teenage angst put her through, no? As a Christmas present, I surprised her with tickets to take her back to Brazil for ten days. We will be staying in Rio De Janeiro and will then head to Bahia for the remainder of the trip! I spent all of the month of January frequenting crossfit classes and repeating the mantra “when in Rio, I will wear those flossy bikinis!” before undoing it all in February via delicious farewell meals with dear friends at various New York eateries. Who cares, I’m happy and my first stop in Rio will be a shop to buy swim suit that lets the sun shine where it never has before. Then, we will spend the week enjoying the beaches, hiking the mountains, experiencing samba/capoeira shows, and trying all of the delicious roasted meats that I can get my fingers on.

Next, I will have a few short days to recuperate in Miami, before journeying across the world to Japan. Beginning in Osaka, I will spend a few weeks moving through Kyoto and ending in Tokyo with my oldest friend, Jade. How apt that the girl I met as a five year old in ballet class will now share this experience with me. We grew up together, cooking and baking, sharing dreams of opening cafes, and even one summer day created our own pop-up shop “Pied Piper Bakers” as thirteen year olds. We baked all sorts of goodies, created a logo and went door to door selling treats to her neighbors. Jade always inspired me to do more and she had a huge impact on the direction of my career path, so I couldn’t be more excited to trek through Japan with her. So far we have planned such things as a cooking class in Kyoto, the fish markets of Tokyo, and a stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan, complete with hot springs and a traditional meal of the in-season snow crab. (my favorite food of all time) I finish in Tokyo and cannot wait to see my uncle, and finally meet his wife as well as my adorable little cousin.

Next, I will have a few short days to recuperate in Miami, before journeying across the world to Japan. Beginning in Osaka, I will spend a few weeks moving through Kyoto and ending in Tokyo with my oldest friend, Jade. How apt that the girl I met as a five year old in ballet class will now share this experience with me. We grew up together, cooking and baking, sharing dreams of opening cafes, and even one summer day created our own pop-up shop “Pied Piper Bakers” as thirteen year olds. We baked all sorts of goodies, created a logo and went door to door selling treats to her neighbors. Jade always inspired me to do more and she had a huge impact on the direction of my career path, so I couldn’t be more excited to trek through Japan with her. So far we have planned such things as a cooking class in Kyoto, the fish markets of Tokyo, and a stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan, complete with hot springs and a traditional meal of the in-season snow crab. (my favorite food of all time) I finish in Tokyo and cannot wait to see my uncle, and finally meet his wife as well as my adorable little cousin.

Finally, I will end my excursion with a two week stay in Thailand. I get the opportunity to join two of my best college friends, Stephanie and Julia, who have been living and teaching English in Thailand for the past year. I arrive late at night in Bangkok and then off we go, island hopping, national park touring, with a pit stop for the full moon party.  Mostly, I am so proud that I have been able to make these goals and dreams a reality. I have worked so hard to get to this place today and I cannot believe that I have already had such amazing experiences and opportunities thus far in my life. From internships and jobs, to switching universities, studying abroad in Florence, eating my way through Europe, tackling New York City, getting a dual diploma in culinary arts, and all of the amazing people I have gotten to meet along the way. I am so grateful to everyone, friends and family, who have taken part in my experiences and helped to make them a reality. Life is nothing without people to share the memories and success with. Therefore, I invite you all to follow me on this two month journey through Brazil, Japan and Thailand. I am making a huge push to create content for this site, as well as for the yum project instagram/twitter platforms #theyumproject. You can follow me through my experiences, not just in  the more detailed blog posts, but also through photos from each of my daily experiences. I urge you to pass along my information to anyone else you think may be interested in my story!

Finally, I will end my excursion with a two week stay in Thailand. I get the opportunity to join two of my best college friends, Stephanie and Julia, who have been living and teaching English in Thailand for the past year. I arrive late at night in Bangkok and then off we go, island hopping, national park touring, with a pit stop for the full moon party.

Mostly, I am so proud that I have been able to make these goals and dreams a reality. I have worked so hard to get to this place today and I cannot believe that I have already had such amazing experiences and opportunities thus far in my life. From internships and jobs, to switching universities, studying abroad in Florence, eating my way through Europe, tackling New York City, getting a dual diploma in culinary arts, and all of the amazing people I have gotten to meet along the way. I am so grateful to everyone, friends and family, who have taken part in my experiences and helped to make them a reality. Life is nothing without people to share the memories and success with. Therefore, I invite you all to follow me on this two month journey through Brazil, Japan and Thailand. I am making a huge push to create content for this site, as well as for the yum project instagram/twitter platforms #theyumproject. You can follow me through my experiences, not just in  the more detailed blog posts, but also through photos from each of my daily experiences. I urge you to pass along my information to anyone else you think may be interested in my story!

Here’s to hard work, dedication, good friends, a loving supportive family, a sense of adventure, and an iron stomach. I will definitely need it in the weeks to come!

Here’s to hard work, dedication, good friends, a loving supportive family, a sense of adventure, and an iron stomach. I will definitely need it in the weeks to come!