Hi! My name is Rebecca and I am the voice behind the chaos that is Viaggiatory: The View From Abroad. I am a 22-year old graduate student originally from Howard County, Maryland currently studying International Relations at King's College London. This blog started as a way to document my travels for my family during my junior year abroad and has since morphed into so much more. Now this blog serves as a place where I record my thoughts about transitioning from my rural, undergraduate university of just 2000 students, to life as a graduate student in London, England. Oh, and a forum for my ramblings on those topics that interest me the most: travel, international politics, fitness, family, cooking, and running.
Born and raised in Maryland, I left home at age 18 to attend St. Mary's College of Maryland in rural southern Maryland, 2 hours from home. Separated from friends and family, and being of a relatively quiet disposition, I spent my freshman year unhappy at my isolated college and fell into an unhealthy lifestyle 'rut'. Since my life centered around being a member of the rowing team (and the 4:30AM wake-up calls associated with it), I thought that I could eat whatever I wanted (an idea encouraged by the availability of buffet-style food service). I was wrong. As the weight piled onto my already overweight frame, I gradually gave up hope that there was nothing I would be able to do to change the situation. And so I accepted my role as 'the fat girl' and behaved accordingly.
Since then, I've adopted an even healthier lifestyle, won my first 5k, run 2 half marathon, a full marathon, and moved permanently to the UK. It's been a huge change, but an exciting one. And life has never been better.
"Is fheàrr fheuchainn na bhith san dùil". It is better to try than to hope.