Hi! I’m Ashley and welcome to my travel blog.
I’m a 22 year-old Michigander who just moved to France to work as an au pair. I have been to
27 28 countries so far and addition to my hometown outside of Detroit I have lived in Buenos Aires, Chicago and Paris… needless to say I’m kind of obsessed.
Why local culture travel blog?
Rather than capital-hop, I prefer to live in other countries or travel really, really slowly. Whether that means helping a French grandmother make apricot jam or practicing my Spanish at a backyard asado, I like to learn as much about a country’s food, language and culture as I can.
Un petit background
My first trip abroad to Ecuador was a
complete fail challenge. I was 15 and to sum up the trip I was cold, dirty, hungry and penniless the entire time; picture Oliver Twist wandering around Quito. Strangely enough, I came back already planning my next escape.
I followed that trip up with a home-stay in the south of Spain, a classic European backpacking trip, an empanada-filled semester abroad in Argentina, many trips to Chile to visit my then-novio, a study abroad homestay in Mallorca, Spain and three summers working as an au pair in Paris for the coolest family EVER. Life has been good to me.
This trip to France will be the longest I’ve ever been away from home. I am currently learning lots of fattening recipes and attempting to improve my work-in-progress French skills.
Here are a few posts to get you started:
Quick facts about me
- I love, love, love street art.
- I prefer solo travel in most cases because you tend to meet more people. I also am a huge fan of Couchsurfing.
- Food is a big part of why I travel, and my favorite foods are goat cheese, boudin noir, jamón ibérico, ceviche and movie theatre popcorn – but not together, of course.
- I want to climb Tongariro in NZ (also known as Mount Doom) because Lord of the Rings is my favorite movie. Ever.
- I can barely drive and have no sense of direction whatsoever.
- My happy place is a plastic table on a Mexican beach with a pile of seafood in front of me.
- My dream is to end up in San Francisco working as some kind of writer. Fingers crossed.
Ashley Abroad © 2013