I’m Monica, a twenty-something Texan living in Belgium.
My life hasn’t been the same since I left home to explore the world I wanted to see. Everyone says your twenties are the time to take risks, and after seeing predictable paths laid out, I had other ideas about what I needed to do to be happy and fulfilled in life. Over the past four years, I’ve called France, Spain, Indonesia and Malaysia home. I currently live in Ghent with my Belgian husband and our Indonesian cat. We live year by year, unsure of our next destination, loving the change and appreciating the adventure of it all.
This site is for those who know traveling isn’t merely a vacation away from life but a way of life, an invigorating alternative to the mundane. Providing the curious traveler with honest and beautiful information about a place and its people, food and sights to revere, this is an eclectic place to draw motivation and inspiration in the form of photos and stories. These are the places that struck me most and kept the wanderlust coming. Living overseas is challenging and amazing; I want to show people that getting out there is not only possible but incredibly rewarding. This site is for those who can’t shake the need for adventure whether it be in their own backyard or oceans away, get an intimate look at what it’s like to call a foreign land home.
Monica, the traveling, photographing Texan:
I travel with an insatiable appetite for cultural gems and visually stunning images. In high school I had a passion for food photography and later discovered I should take up the hobby to photograph whatever I pleased. As I started to travel, my passion focused on street photography, getting up close and personal with subjects in different countries, which allowed me to experience the people and places more intimately. Traveling Asia has been the most rewarding in terms of photo opportunities; around every corner is an interesting story that’s dying to be told and shared. Some people collect souvenirs when they travel – I definitely collect photos. I’ve recently learned to strike a balance between getting the perfect shot and just soaking it all in.
The flavor and all-things-food addict:
I‘m the kind of person who would rather have dessert than dinner. (My infatuation with chocolate might be to blame for that.) I grew up in the restaurant business with food permeating every aspect of my adolescence and to this day, I explore every country the only way I know how – tastebuds first. My favorite cuisine is Thai, but dessert has my heart: I used my sweet tooth talents in Texas to work in chocolate, making gourmet truffles. I dabble in food writing when I can. My writing has been featured on ExpatGo Malaysia, The Bulletin, and Ten Days in Paris.