Today marks the day when I decided to write my first post for the world to see. It was more of an introductory post, explaining my purpose in writing, but it was the day that The World Wanderer was born.
It all began while I was getting my Masters of Education, when I made the decision to start blogging with my students for my thesis. Eventually, it grew into a blog of my own, and this site was originally a teaching tool to get my students excited about writing.
Since my students became interested in my blog, I decided to shut it down that December for an extended period of time, in order to lose their attention and refocus on what I wanted from my personal site. In May of 2011, The World Wanderer was reborn, and since then it has gone under several enhancements.
Still, I had no idea where this was heading, and the opportunities I’ve received and friends I have made on this journey have been unexpected, but are some of the best I have ever had. I am grateful for each and everyone of my readers and every person who supports my writing and this blog. Without your constant encouragement, whether you are family, friends, or someone I have yet to meet, I honestly appreciate every comment, like, and share.
For my third birthday, I thought it would be fun, to share a few facts about myself that you may not know. This way, as we begin our fourth year together, you know a little bit more about me, where I came from, and where I am heading.
Don’t forget to feel free to celebrate along with me – crack open a beer, indulge in some cake, saber a bottle of champagne! Today is a wonderful day, and I am so glad to have you on this journey with me. Cheers and love! xx Erin
1. If I could change something about travel, it would be to add the ability to go back in time. I loved learning about history in school, but I would often get bored just reading about it, which is why I would love to go back and experience certain times in history. First stop for me would be colonial America, right before the revolution.
2. As much as I love good food, I am a bit of a fast food addict. McDonald’s quarter pounders with cheese and Wendy’s homestyle chicken sandwiches are weaknesses of mine. I cannot help it, especially on road trips and in airports, or if I’ve been drinking all night long.
3. In middle school, I used to practice target shooting at the rifle range with the boy scouts and earned two NRA medals. This was totally out of character for me, but I thought that learning how to shoot a gun was important, plus I liked hanging around with the boys.
4. I traveled all over the East Coast for concerts and festivals, but the most memorable experience was back in college for Phish’s last show. My friends and I drove all the way to Vermont, only to be told that they weren’t letting anymore cars in because it was too muddy. Instead of turning around or giving up, we parked our car on the side of the highway and walked over ten miles to the concert, carrying our tent and belongings for the three day festival.
5. Growing up, I could never make up my mind on a potential career. Some of my dreams ranged from astronaut to interior decorator and set designer to pediatrician and race car driver to actress. Honestly, to this day, I still have a hard time figuring out what I want to be.
6. By age sixteen, I had traveled to Disney World nineteen times. My mother was a bit obsessed with the theme park, and since my grandparents lived near by, we’d hop over for a day trip. I definitely believe that Disney fueled my desire to see the world.
7. Disney played a pretty large part in my childhood, and my favorite animated movie will always be The Little Mermaid. I could always relate to Ariel’s desire to escape and see the world.
8. Growing up, I modeled in print ads and acted in commercials and short television segments, until I was ten years old.
9. While I love all different cuisines and trying new food, if I could live on one cuisine for the rest of my life it would be Chinese food. It’s my one guilty pleasure to get when I travel, and I honestly don’t think I could ever get sick of it.
10. Even though I teach reading and writing, it’s often hard for me to find a book I can finish. I loved my college literature classes and fell in love with so many great writers that it’s hard for me to find a book I want to finish; I refuse to read just to read. Some of my favorite novels are The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Great Gatsby, The Kite Runner, and The Alchemist.
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me, and I look forward to our coming years together. Thanks again for all your support and love.