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Leaving on a Jet Plane…..

I can’t believe the time has finally come! It was only two months ago that I had signed the final paper to make my semester abroad official. And now in less than 24 hours I will be in Scotland. I suppose before I dive into my sentiments I should introduce myself.

My name is Isabella Adamiak and I am in my third year at Rice University studying Anthropology and Biology. I may have ended up in Houston, TX for school, however my journey did not begin there – in fact, it did not begin in the United States at all. I was born in Blumenau, a small town in southern Brazil. I have wonderful memories of the nine years I spent there: the smell of my grandmother and aunt’s cooking, taking afternoon naps in the “rede” (hammock), walking to the beach in my blue- and white-striped, hooded beach towel dress, catching “tatuiras” for my dad to use as bait, and feeling the water on my feet as I stood and watched him wade out into the ocean and cast his line towards the horizon. It made for the happiest of childhoods.

Here are some photos from Brazil:

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The U.S. was my mom’s home and halfway into my second grade year our family moved to Austin. After a bit of a nomadic escapade throughout the States we ended up in Perrysburg, a historic location in Ohio and one of the quaintest towns in the Midwest. Moving to the United States has brought me great opportunity and I am lucky to be currently studying at Rice, and even luckier to enrich both my academic growth and my hunger for travel by spending the next five months in Scotland. Though I have lived in the U.S. for the past 12 years, I leave it with the Brazilian mindset that I have carried with me my entire life: optimism, openness, and the desire to celebrate beauty and life at every moment.

Most of my life I have been eager to not only see different parts of the world but also to live in them long enough to be able to learn and appreciate the culture that flourishes in these places. I believe life is too short and the world too big to stay in one place. There is so much to be learned from other people and from the experience that is traveling and living abroad – we are not solely citizens of the country we come from, but global citizens as well. What better way to live up to that than to travel.

And so I set out to do just that. I begin this journey not as a tourist but as a scholar and as an open-minded individual. I hope that through this blog and through the lens of my camera, something I always carry with me, I will be able to translate to you the fullness of my experiences.  After all, a good story should always be shared.

“Develop interests in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music-the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”

                    ~ Henry Miller

P.S. Or maybe it would be more appropriate for me to leave you with the words of  John Denver:

All my bags are packed I’m ready to go
I’m standin’ here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breakin’ it’s early morn

…I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again


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