My name is Maureen, & I’m not too sure if I like my name or not. People sometimes call me “Mo” but that makes me feel like my best friends should be Curly & Larry or I own a bar in “The Simpsons”. Home for me is outside of Philadelphia in the suburbs of Pennsylvania, US. I live in a quaint town that a lot of people refer to as “bumble”, but for me it’s home and I really do love it. My parents are the best in the world and just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary, I really am proud of them. My older brother is one of my best friends, and is now residing outside of Denver, CO with his gorgeous fiance and working with the trials and tribulations that come with starting a new marketing business, Ryan Media Works. I have three cats and two pups, one white cockapoo who looks like an old man and a baby golden retriever. But, enough about all that and I’ll skip straight to who I am, what I am doing, & why I am here.
Who am I… This may take awhile
I am a competitive swimmer, an animal lover, a recent graduate, an amateur photographer, a girl that is well-educated in healthy living & diet (but who still loves Olive Garden & Haagen Daz), someone who gets good use for their money spent on Netflix, a newly certified scuba diver with a passion for free diving, a traveller, a bit of a dare devil, a rock climber, a paint-by-number artist (does that count?) and someone who can rehearse most episodes of “Seinfeld” and “The Office”.
But first and foremost, I am an adventurer at heart.
What am I doing…Does anyone actually know the answer to that?
While I have been watching all of my friends accumulate duvet covers & Ramen noodles, I have been researching the proper anti-malarials & spending too much money on hiking boots & surfers’ bikinis. I have chosen to go on a gap year. For someone like me who does not know exactly what they want to pursue or their passion, or cannot afford it, or maybe just doesn’t feel ready to take on more years of schooling yet in university (and the loans that come along with it), it could be a really great choice. I really know in my heart that it was the best decision for me and I’ve never been happier. I feel like I really belong to something special with countless other unique individuals who didn’t pick the beaten path. Once I began researching the different programs and opportunities I had before me, and got goosebumps as I read about backpacking in Alaska or helping humpback whales in Hawaii, I couldn’t turn back to the mixed pile of acceptance & rejection letters from schools I never got goosebumps reading about. I haven’t looked back since, and honestly there has not been one time when I wished I chose duvet covers & Raman noodles.
I wanted to travel. That was it. And I am so privileged to say I am! I depart September 1st from Philadelphia, PA to San Jose, Costa Rica!
And that is why I’m here…
I created wanderingmaureen.com to document my everyday life during my travels and keep everyone updated on my thoughts, my location, my pictures, & ultimately what I’ve been up to, not just abroad but in everyday life adventures. You don’t have to go across the world to have an amazing adventure. I’m here to advise and, mostly, to seek advice. I’m here to listen to you, answer questions, and get to know new people as well as keep in touch with those of you back home. I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate your support and how excited I am to build up this travel blog!
So….Can I call myself a blogger now?