“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” – Charles Dickens in David Copperfield

I was trying to make this page clever.

Christmas Cookie Silverdale Washington 2012 (8)

My mom told me I had to have a photo for this page.

So naturally I opted for quotation: “serviceable substitution for wit” – Oscar Wilde

Here I was on a full-ride scholarship (applause!) to Brigham Young University. I had the support of loving family, friends,  and mentors, in the comfort of Utah Valley – but something was missing. Then, as if sensing my need, a lovely friend pointed me in the direction of Istanbul, Turkey.

That’s where my traveling journey began. And I never really want it to stop.

A teacher at heart:

This is for my friends and family who I’m keeping up to date. Suckers.

Hopefully, along the way I’ll bring some insight and helpful tips to those who wish to travel. Mostly I’ll divulge into my weird takes and snarkisms on things I see, learn, and hear, bringing light (and joy, hopefully a chuckle) to those who can’t travel with me. So I offer you a glimpse into the world as I see it – generally, with arbitrary bouts of snickering and jeering, but mostly…optimism.

I’d like for everyone to invest in a nice pair of Smart Wool socks.

I’m a clean hippy… 

…who can’t get enough of the northern coasts, especially the Pacific Northwest. And I probably have no idea what being a “clean” hippy means. Feel free to comment.

I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (it means a lot to me). I have a couple families who live on both coasts of the United States and who support me more than I can even describe or ever repay. I’ve been an introvert and an extrovert. Most definitely I’m defined by the relationships I keep, the people that I love, and how I treat the people I meet everyday.

I like thrift stores. If I was a book I’d be a self-help book. If I was a fabric pattern I’d be paisley.

So you want to learn more about the merits of smart wool socks?

Or you know, if you have a question, suggestion, or caustic commentary (would be much appreciated)

you can reach me: cookietraveling@gmail.com | Twitter | Flickr

Alright, love you all!

9 thoughts on “About

  1. I have personally always been interested in what’s so “smart” about smart wool socks. Are these the socks that Dumbledore pined for in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone?”
    I own several knit socks. Mother made them. I think they’re bamboo, does this make them less intelligent than your smart wool?
    I too am not sure what a “clean hippie” is. Shouldn’t you know since you claim to be one. I’m certainly crunchy and am addicted to the northwest as well, does this make me one? Let me know when you figure out the definition so I can know whether or not I need to include this noun in my “about me” on Facebook.

    • SmartWool is a company that makes socks from treated merino wool and claims that they are itch-freel, resistant to shrinking, odor-reducing, anti-microbial, high performance, and moisture-wicking. Many SmartWool socks also have this thing called graduated compression technology that applies pressure and aids circulation — excellent for hiking, running, and crime-fighting.Their merino wool comes from the south from excellent sheep. You got quality and humane wool, yo.

      SmartWool also supports Zque, an accreditation program that ensures environmental, social, and economic sustainability for growers, animal welfare, and fair trade. growers Heck, I like ’em. So far, I am very pleased with the socks that I have. They’ve never shrunk, lost their feel, nor their color, nor their sassy patterns yet and I’ve had a few of them for several years. SmartWool is a brand that I trust.

      Bamboo is great too…Bamboo materials have great absorbency (as opposed to cotton), they’re antibacterial from a bio-agent called ‘bamboo kun’, and have wicking properties and just like merino wool are comfortable on the feet.

      Bamboo grows quickly, without much need for pesticide — you could say bamboo is more green than cotton

      However, as put out by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), many “bamboo” fabrics on the market are rayon — made by toxic chemicals that release pollutants into the air. Extracting bamboo fibers is apparently expensive and time-consuming, and they need extra textiles to feel silky smooth.

      Not all bamboo is like that. But moral of the story is to read the labels. http://greenupgrader.com/8954/bamboozled-the-debate-rages-over-bamboo/

      As for clean hippies — you might be one if you have all of this knowledge on hand. Except for the bamboo bit. I got to learn something today Thanks, Shannon!

  2. Most of the clean hippies I’ve known lived in Europe. One of my friends from high school was Swedish and she traveled all over Europe with her Eurail Pass. Good Luck, and be safe.

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