About Page / Unbrave Girl
Why, hello there.

My name is Sally.

I’m a writer, teacher, performer, photographer, traveler, eater of many things and wearer of many hats (not just tinfoil hats with weather vanes on top).

I’m also a big huge scaredy cat. But that hasn’t really stopped me from doing a lot of things I’m scared of.

I used to live in Asia, where I would regularly conquer my fears of spiders, open water and people spitting in public. Okay, so I’m still totally freaked out by all of those things. But I can deal with them without screaming… much.

I did a lot of crazy stuff there I wouldn’t particularly recommend. Like weed rice paddies and run on top of the Great Wall of China.

About Page / Unbrave Girl

Great Wall 10K. I didn’t die! Yay!

I moved back to the States in 2012, where I regularly conquer my fear of truck stops, tornadoes and talking to boys. Preferably not all at the same time.

I moved to Michigan in 2013 to teach at a university, drink lots of microbrew beer and, basically, lose all feeling in my face for the five whole months of winter.

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Since arriving here, I’ve forced myself to do lots of awkward things by myself because, apparently, I’m the type of person who likes to push herself out of her comfort zone for a good time.

I started this blog years ago when I first moved to Asia as a way for me to share funny stories and pictures of my lunch with my family back home.
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Behold, my lunch!

And then other people who were not biologically related to me started reading it. I’m not sure how that happened.

I even won a few awards and got mentioned in some kind-of-a-big-deal publications. I’m really not sure how that happened.

But the mission of this blog has stayed pretty much the same: to share funny stories.

And, of course, pictures of my lunch.

About / Unbrave Girl

Behold, my lunch! Again!

I hope you enjoy the stories and photos as much as I enjoy sharing them.

New here and not sure where to start? Find some of my favorite posts on my Best Of page.

Don’t like reading too many words? Just stare at the photos in my Albums.

Still not sure what this whole thing is about? Check out my FAQ page.

Want to get in touch? Contact me.

Coming to Michigan? Feel free to look me up so we can go out to lunch. But, just so you know, I will have to take a photo of your lunch, too. Consider yourself forewarned.


I've blathered on long enough! Now it's your turn!

  1. On November 11, 2010 at 7:31 pm Heather said:

    It’s been a while since I’ve read your About page and I relearned a few things 🙂

    • On November 14, 2010 at 11:48 am Unbravegirl said:

      Heather — Thanks for rereading my About page. And glad to see you can comment without a fuss on my new blog (Sorry about all the hassle on my old one!). I should probably really update this About page as I think a few things have changed. Just one more fun thing to put on my new blog to-do list!

      • On November 16, 2010 at 10:34 am Unbravegirl said:

        And it’s been updated! All that stuff about staying “rent-free” taken out (because, unfortunately, I’ve paid a lot more rent than I ever planned on… ahh, but it’s so nice to have my own place for now!) and that stuff about keeping my trip to a year (because at the rate I’m doing things, it might take me FOREVER!).

  2. On November 17, 2010 at 3:25 pm Jenni Jane and the Wanderlust Game said:

    love your wit and ability to laugh at yourself! I am the same way, and by same way i mean i also have a cookie and shoe problem, so its nice to see it can be done and i’m not crazy for taking this on!

    • On November 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm Unbravegirl said:

      Aww, thanks, Jenni! I wouldn’t say this whole thing isn’t crazy — I’m just hoping it’s the “good crazy” everyone’s always talking about and not the “bad crazy”… you know? Got your email message, too. Will email you back shortly! Always happy to share my wisdom (even if by “wisdom” I mean “blather about cookies and shoes”).

  3. On November 21, 2010 at 1:15 am Michael Hodson said:

    Is this now like a self-hosted, “grown up” website now?? Well damn. I am going to have to come read it even more often now. 😉

    • On November 21, 2010 at 10:32 am Unbravegirl said:

      Why, yes, yes, it is. And it’s about time you stopped by to read it! It’s only been up for DAYS now. (And, by the way, my last site was also self-hosted, it just wasn’t self-hosted via WordPress).

  4. On November 23, 2010 at 5:19 pm Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World said:

    Hi Sally, just came across your blog. I’m glad I did. It’s always exciting to have stumbled across new entertaining blog just when you thought this was going to be another boring work day :p

    • On November 24, 2010 at 5:42 am Unbravegirl said:

      Yay! I love reading people’s blogs at work. It’s not nearly so much fun now that I’m unemployed and can’t steal time from The Man to get my reading fix in! Thanks for stopping by & glad you enjoyed my blog!

  5. On December 6, 2010 at 4:44 am Marie said:

    Hey, you should definitely come to New Zealand in that case. Here you can be afraid of bungy jumps, zorbing, jet boats, hobbits, zip lines, rips, and hypothermia…just to name a few. It’s great. I mainly just sit in my house rocking in the fetal position and eating chocolate.

  6. On December 12, 2010 at 1:29 pm 25BAR said:

    Nice to meet you. I’ll be back again!

  7. On December 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm Lois said:

    Omg! I can’t believe I just stumbled upon your blog now. You are even funnier than my sole sister described. Hope to run into you in Chiang Mai or whereever you’re hopping at next.

    • On December 16, 2010 at 3:28 am Unbravegirl said:

      Hi Lois,
      Glad you enjoyed my blog! Yes, it would be great to run into you during my travels! Let me know if you’re coming to Chiang Mai anytime soon!

  8. On January 2, 2011 at 6:30 am Lani said:

    Hey I’m in CM too! Found your site through BKK Reality SD.

    It’s funny that you mentioned the BRAVE thing. My friend J and I used to laugh all the time over that. Friends back home used the word Brave and we though Why brave? We don’t feel brave! We are just doing what we want – so I guess we are kind of brave.

    Here’s to the adventure ~

  9. On January 2, 2011 at 11:36 am AM said:

    OMG! I just read your about page and where i come from, you’re very very brave, if for nothing but leaving a paid job and being on the road, this is one big step into brave world methinks. This is sthg i always dream of but until today never had the guts to do it.

    Hope to see you in Chiang Mail in February

    • On January 2, 2011 at 11:45 am Sally said:

      Hi Anne Marie,
      You’re coming to CM in February? I’m just missing you! I going back to the States in mid-January for a month before moving to China. Doh! Too bad!

  10. On January 14, 2011 at 12:03 am FearfulGirl said:

    Oh man, we’re twins!
    But it’s true what they’re saying about you: you ARE an inspiration. You’re scared of everything, yet you’re out there participating anyway. You’re not locked up in a windowless apartment, kept company by 200 meowing cats rubbing themselves up against the many bottles of your own urine that line each wall. Kudos to you for resisting the cat / bottled urine lifestyle.

  11. On January 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm AM said:

    Guess what? i had to eventually exclude Chiang Mai from my itinerary … i got a maximum of 20 days signed for my vacation and one destination had to go 🙁

    Good luck in China, hope to meet up some other time 🙂

  12. On January 19, 2011 at 2:04 am Alex said:

    Sooo I’ve been reading your blog for over an hour now and when I finally get around to the about page I realize why I like you so much: we share the cold hard blood of Upstate New Yorkers. What up Albany, NY!

    • On January 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm Sally said:

      Wahoo! Rock on Upstate New Yorkers! (Although, Buffalo is technically Western New York… as a Buffalonian I’m obliged to point that out every time we are mistakenly lumped in with Upstate. But, whatevs, same diff, right?)

  13. On February 9, 2011 at 1:25 am Roy said:

    Came across your blog via Huffington Post. Wow, it rocks. And I especially like the super-heroine avatar 🙂
    Roy recently posted..CouchSurfing Is Not Free Or Safe!

    • On February 9, 2011 at 3:53 am Sally said:

      Thank you! Glad you’re enjoying my blog. My avatar is even cooler in full-length form as she has go-go boots & a pink suitcase. I need to redesign my website so everyone can see her in her full glory!

  14. On February 10, 2011 at 3:21 am Cynthia said:

    Yes, you definitely need to show the boots and the pink suitcase!! Lovin’ this blog. So glad to have met you and I hope my niece reaches out to you soon. Soak up the love that is Buffalo!

    • On February 10, 2011 at 3:37 am Sally said:

      Yes, I do! Know anyone who would want to redesign my site? I pay in cookies! Glad you’re enjoying the blog & looking forward to chatting with your niece.

  15. On February 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm Allison said:

    How do you do it? I’m in the process of jumping on a plane to go teach English in South Korea for a year and am frightened to death of not making friends, language barrier and being gone for a year!

    • On February 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm Sally said:

      Don’t worry! You’ll do great. The first time is always the hardest — when I first moved to Japan after undergrad I was completely overwhelmed and unsure of myself. But there were tons of other foreign teachers there to make friends with (as well as some Japanese people who took pity on me and my laughable Japanese skills). And you’ll be surprised at how life in the States carries on without you… it really SHOULDN’T, right? (I mean, why don’t these people miss me more? Don’t they know I’m gone???).
      Best of luck in Korea! I loved it there the few times I’ve been… maybe that will have to be my next teaching destination!

  16. On March 5, 2011 at 1:20 am HeidiHo said:

    Was just referred here by a friend, who is my kindred spirit in traveling the world…and now I see why she sent me.
    I can’t wait to read more! I love cookies, and traveling, and cats, and pink…even pink hats!

  17. On March 7, 2011 at 3:13 am Ellen said:

    Hi Sally!
    I hope you had a great visit in Buffalo and are settling into your new place in China! I had a great month in Taiwan!

  18. On March 24, 2011 at 6:53 am Dina said:

    Funny you put scuba dive and sky dive in the same category. I’m fine with scuba dive, but scared to hell with sky dive 🙂
    Slopes especially the slippery ones are my weakness. Weird, eh!
    Nice to know you 🙂
    Dina recently posted..Woken by explosions at 5 am in Honduras

  19. On May 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm Giulia said:

    Did you ever go to Egypt? Crossing streets there is an adventure!
    You might say it’s not the place for you, but I am sure you would love it after a while. 🙂
    Giulia recently posted..Delights of Italy- REAL pizza

    • On May 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm Sally said:

      Nope, never been to Egypt. I’m working my way up to Africa and the Middle East… it’s just taking me so long to get out of Asia. You know, not being able to cross the street really makes it hard to get to the airport!

  20. On May 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm Giulia said:

    Right! lol 🙂
    Maybe by the time you make it out of Asia, they will invent crosswalks in Cairo too.:) (kd) Enjoy your stay in Asia!
    Giulia recently posted..When you fall in love in Egypt and you’re a foreigner

  21. On June 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm Steph said:

    Hey, you’re from Buffalo! I’m from North Tonawanda. We were almost neighbors at some point…

    Also, I really think the pink hat suits you 🙂

  22. On June 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm Lisa said:

    Hey Sally! Stumbled on your blog this weekend and loved reading about your adventures teaching in China! So exciting to hear what you’ve done post EBA 😉 You’ve always had a great sense of humor and so your gift continues. I enjoyed China & Thailand immensely prior to Japan and hope you continue to do so. All my best!

    • On June 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm Sally said:

      Wow, Lisa, great to hear from you! Yes, life post-EBA is treating me well! I hope it’s doing the same for you!

      • On June 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm Lisa said:

        Life is good. Been teaching at OU for about 3 years now. Decided 12 years in this profession is good enough for now and moving on this fall. Back to grad school I go 😉 I guess it is my attempt at being brave. Can’t wait to read your future book. Your website is inspiring me to not settle for what job doesn’t make me enjoy life more. Thanks!

        • On June 29, 2011 at 3:29 am Sally said:

          Lisa, Wow, back to grad school? How exciting! What will you be studying? I think my last year at EBA & then the year I took to travel made me really doubt whether or not I want to teach forever… and made me start thinking about what I really want to do — write. Now just to make it happen! Good luck with your grad school plans!

  23. On June 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm Claire Wickenden said:

    I just stumbled across your blog… and I can’t wait to read more on your site!!! Sounds like you live quite an adventurous life… most people would be too scared to travel like you do, not knowing where they will work next or where they will be! Can’t wait to read about your travels!

  24. On July 16, 2011 at 3:32 am Julie said:

    I am so glad I was referred to your blog. You’re one of the top 10! Congrats.
    I wish I was brave like you and dared leave everything and travel abroad. That’s BRAVE to me.
    Your blog is the most interesting and refreshing I’ve read in long time.
    Write a book and share with those that don’t read blogs 🙂
    Happy trails!

  25. On July 19, 2011 at 7:34 am Jennifer said:

    Hi, Sally.
    A book sounds like a great idea. I stumbled on your website while looking up Lemon & Sesame pringles to see whether they’ll kill me or not. At least I know you’re still alive. I agree with your conclusion – all lemon and no sesame. Too dessert for my liking too. Enjoy your travels and I will continue to enjoy your blog. Thanks. 🙂

    • On July 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm Sally said:

      Thanks, Jennifer. Glad you lived through the Lemon & Sesame Pringles! Did you also try the blueberry ones — also a bit too dessert-flavored for my liking but, again, super addictive.

  26. On July 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm Kristine said:

    Hey cool blog! And your effortless, self-deprecating humor is refreshing. They say there’s a thin line between bravery and stupidity so in my case, I’m often mistaken for being brave when I’m really just being an idiot. Still fun though. 😀

    • On July 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm Sally said:

      Thanks, Kristine. I’m glad you enjoy the blog and, yes, it is a fine line between bravery and idiocy. I usually err on the side of idiocy, alas. 🙂

  27. On August 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm Liz said:

    Love your blog! Hope you don’t mind that I shared in on MY blog!!

  28. On September 20, 2011 at 9:12 am stania said:

    So cool, unbrave girl! It’s almost similar like me. I do many things because I am afraid of many uncertainties. Come to Indonesia and I will guide you around J-town aka Jakarta 😀 Stay travelling! 🙂

  29. On September 24, 2011 at 3:36 am NLM said:

    Yay! Another cookie lover! I even wrote a post entirely about one cookie. http://www.50plusandontherun.com/2011/09/youve-never-had-cookie-like-this.html

    Glad I stumbled onto your site. Keep having fun.

    NLM recently posted..Is that …. Snake?

  30. On October 12, 2011 at 12:59 am Peg said:

    Great blog, you’re a great writer

  31. On December 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm Kim said:

    The new site looks great! Love the redesign! Merry Christmas.
    Kim recently posted..Travel Blogs I’m Following In 2012

  32. On January 14, 2012 at 6:46 am Himnit said:

    One of the most refreshing individual stories i’ve come across in recent past – applause!!
    People like you and the things you do (and don’t do!) give me the boost i need to finally make that leap. You go (un)Brave Girl!!! 😀 \m/

  33. On January 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm Karen McCann said:

    It’s wonderful to read about your adventures abroad. I live in Spain, which compared to Asia is practically Ohio, but even so a lot of my friends think my expat lifestyle takes all sorts of courage. I find my life abroad to be endlessly entertaining. And for every pair of great shoes I’ve left behind, there’s a new pair waiting for me in the next shop window.

    • On January 26, 2012 at 5:41 am Sally said:

      Gah! You’re so lucky! I have super huge feet, and often have trouble finding shoes that fit in the States. So finding shoes that fit me in Asia is pretty much impossible. I guess it’s cut down on my spending not being able to buy as many shoes as I’d like… but sometimes it’s a real pain when I actually, you know, NEED shoes. (And don’t just WANT them because they have sequins or something on them.)
      I’d love to hear more about life in Spain — doesn’t sounds like Ohio at all to me! I guess I’ll check out your blog to see your stories. 🙂

  34. On January 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm Karen McCann said:

    Yes, do visit my blog and web site for more stories. I love sharing.

    The size thing is always an issue shopping in Asia. In Spain, I can always find the right sizes, the problem is that they love ultra high stiletto heels, which I find difficult under the best of circumstances and positively lethal on the cobblestone streets of Seville. My Spanish teacher told me she is the only woman in her family who has not had food surgery! Which is why I do seek out the lower heels for actual walking. Call me crazy.

  35. On February 1, 2012 at 5:15 am Ross said:

    So glad I found your blog. I have spent the last few hours reading post after post. Your stories are very entertaining and interesting. What a misleading name for your blog though. I have handled death adders while all alone in the Australian outback (always move rattlesnakes off the road and the bike trails too), dove with sharks, caught spiders in my bare hands (to set them free outside), driven in foreign countries (including Taiwan), jay walked often in foreign countries (even Japan but only when no one is looking), ate at food stalls where even many locals won’t (btw, stinky tofu is my favorite food, it’s the only food I actually dream about in my sleep) and have even taken a pee on the streets of Suzhou outside the bus station (at the suggestion of the driver “That’s where everyone else pees.”). However, I am afraid of saltwater crocodiles, I don’t ride a bike without a helmet and I dream about quitting my job and living in a foreign country and traveling the world but I am not brave enough to do it. You ARE brave and talented too.
    Ross recently posted..Yangshuo Ride Home

  36. On February 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm Harsh Snehanshu said:

    All I can say is that I’m greatly inspired. Thanks!

  37. On March 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm Duncan said:


    You have a great blog here and thanks for sharing.

    Its nice to put a face and personality to all of these post i have been reading.

    Best wishes

    Duncan recently posted..Packing Tips For A Successful Trip

  38. On March 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm Stormie said:

    Sally–Thanks for encouraging all the other scaredy-cats out there, of which I am a major one! I love your Blog! Thanks for being a pioneer–and oh by the way you are brave! Bravery is defined by displaying acts of courage in the face of adversity or fear (not in the absence of it). I appreciate and enjoy reading your thoughts! Hope we can meet someday!

    Stormie recently posted..I’m Probably Engaged. (Or “Reason #236 Why I Should Learn Chinese Already”)

    • On March 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm Sally said:

      Thanks, Stormie! Scaredy cats unite! And stop this stuff about my being brave. After all, I can’t say I’ve been facing much adversity lately… unless lack of decent cheese counts as adversity. In that case, I’m totally brave! (Just don’t tell anyone.)

  39. On April 2, 2012 at 11:34 am zahra said:

    Hello best girl, Sally.
    I’m Zahra. I fouond u from a site. I enjoye ur writting.
    i want to make freindship with you. I m sure u r a happy girl.
    I love happy persons.
    come my weblog. yeah, that is in Farsi.
    but with tecknology we can translate it,;)
    I m waiting u:*

  40. On April 5, 2012 at 9:52 am zahra said:

    thanks for your visitin my weblog:):)

  41. On May 19, 2012 at 7:29 am Jessica Hill said:

    It’s funny how some (sometimes silly) things can terrify us while we do things that terrify the majority of others. You’re very brave to be working your way around the world (just stepping foot into a classroom full of foreign students is petrifying – or at least that’s how I felt my first day), but I’m laughing at the ceiling fan and crosswalk fears. Have you been to Vietnam? I have a sneaking suspicion you’ll spend all of your time on one side of the road…

    • On May 20, 2012 at 1:26 am Sally said:

      No, I haven’t been to Vietnam. I’ve heard terrible things about the traffic there, so, yes, I have a feeling that I’d be standing on the side of the road forever, too. I have a hard enough time crossing the street in China & they usually have crosswalks here!

  42. On May 22, 2012 at 9:19 am Eugene said:

    Hi Sally, just found your blog by accident – you’re weird! lol But good weird, interesting weird. I had fun reading some of your stuff – there is so much to read here, I could spend an inordinate amount of time here but alas, I fear must visit other weird places too! lol. China huh? Interesting place… Never been that side of the world – worried another tourist on that side might make the planet lopsided and we all know its balanced on a knife’s edge… You ever get the Chinese to all jump at the same time you make sure you warn us ya hear!

  43. On May 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm Sonia said:

    Hey I just have two questions:D
    How can you be afraid of high-feels and have lots of shoes?
    And how did you manage to cross the roads in Thailand if you cross only on crosswalks? 🙂
    Sonia recently posted..Why GetLunched is an awesome idea

    • On May 25, 2012 at 11:23 am Sally said:

      1. I can wear high(ish) shoes as long as they have a sturdy heel — like a wedge. But anything teetery kills me.
      2. There was exactly one crosswalk in Chiang Mai and I would walk through the entire city to get to it before I would cross the street. A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do!

  44. On June 18, 2012 at 11:44 pm Jonathan Look, Jr. said:

    I just discovered your site. What a great attitude! Like you my life is kind of up in the air but plan to land in Thailand by next fall. So great to see others living the dream!
    Jonathan Look, Jr. recently posted..Bicycling from San Cristobal to Chiapa de Corzo

  45. On July 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm Jessica Cerretani said:

    Ha! Awesome blog. This fellow scaredy cat (more like just a neurotic mess) sees your fear of ceiling fans and raises you a windmill phobia. Cheers!

    • On July 10, 2012 at 4:49 am Sally said:

      Wow, windmills, huh? I don’t think I’ve spent enough time near a windmill to be afraid of one. But maybe the reason why I haven’t hung out with any windmills is because I’m secretly deathly scared of them. I think I still got you beat. 🙂

  46. On July 12, 2012 at 1:18 am quietpatches said:

    HELLO! I been looking through your blog after I was referred to it by my friend as I was interested in teaching in China. She told be about you and your blog! It was been super interesting to read your blog and helpful in many ways! I hope you can help me!
    How do you like teaching there? I am trying to find some good and reputable schools to teach in! I hope you can help give me some ideas!

    • On July 12, 2012 at 5:07 am Sally said:

      Well, there’s lots of different choices that’s for sure. Given my experience & background, I wanted to teach at a university, so that’s what I did. But you can also teach at a private language school, an elementary or secondary school, an international school or with a business (teaching English to employees). So it all really depends on what your background & experience is and what you’re looking for. I’d suggest taking a look at some of the popular ESL jobs websites (www.eslcafe.com is one) to get an idea as to what is available, what kind of experience they’re looking for, the location & the salary.
      You can also work with a head-hunting agency who can match you with a school that meets your needs & experience, but, just a warning, they can be very pushy. Also, they may require you to pay money to help with your placement. I would try to find an agency that doesn’t charge you as there are plenty out there that don’t.
      I enjoyed my teaching experience for the most part. Of course, there were things I didn’t like, but I felt the good outweighed the bad. But, honestly, each experience is so different, so, again, it all just depends on what you’re looking for!
      Best of luck! Feel free to email me if you have any specific questions.

      • On July 16, 2012 at 11:09 pm quietpatches said:

        Thanks. It was helpful. I have been trying to find a good and reputable school to apply too and I usually hear things that are not that great. I was in Korea too and I was lucky enough to go through an awesome recruiter which was based out of where I live so I wasn’t worried about getting scammed.
        I have been told that some schools are shady or that the organization that sends you there leaves you stranded and I wanted to see if you have any good recommendations? ^^;;

        • On July 17, 2012 at 12:52 am Sally said:

          To be honest, I think the legit schools outweigh the non-legit. I’ve heard a lot of horror stories, but most people I’ve met teaching abroad have had favorable experiences overall. Of course, it’s important to take precaution & do some research. Good luck with your search!

  47. On July 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm Yang said:

    Hi Sally,

    Just saw your tweets that you are leaving China for Vietnam.Good luck and wish you the best!

    Can’t find you on Google+ though. Are you using that?

    Kind regards,

  48. On July 31, 2012 at 11:07 pm Rachelynne said:

    Just discovered your wonderful blog today! What a great concept, and it’s really inspiring to know that not all travelers are very brave. I just went on my first solo travel adventure and was terrified before I left…it turns out I’m braver than I thought! Looking forward to reading through your posts!
    Rachelynne recently posted..If Your Friends Jumped Off a Bridge…

  49. On August 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm Katie said:

    Hi Sally,
    What a cool story you have! I’d love to hear more. If you’re interested in answering a few questions about your volunteer abroad experience for GoOverseas.com, email me at katie at gooverseas.com.

  50. On August 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm City Gal said:

    Hi Sally, stumbled on your site through a link from Huff Post. Your bio made me laugh. I’m heading to SE Asia for the first time next month and I look fwd to reading your stories (and for my trip, obvs!).
    City Gal recently posted..Plastic Bags on the go!

  51. On September 28, 2012 at 10:39 am Montecristo Travels said:

    Love the pink hat, and the update. You can’t post often enough in our minds.

  52. On September 30, 2012 at 11:49 pm Regin said:

    I love the way you write. Keep it up.
    Regin recently posted..A Litte Taste of Europe in Bangkok

  53. On December 9, 2012 at 11:07 pm Cesar said:

    Very interested in traveling to many of the Asian countries you have been to… I have thought about teaching English in China, but fear that I will become bored and feel isolated with the language barrier. I understand many people speak English but I still feel like I will become homesick very quick….

    • On December 10, 2012 at 6:49 am Sally said:

      Well, depending on where you go there’s lots of other native English speakers around. I didn’t have much of a problem finding people who spoke English in China.

  54. On January 3, 2013 at 7:33 am Jace said:

    Love the intro. I’m glad I stopped by! Definitely looking forward to reading more of your posts! Pretty brave for an unbrave girl 🙂

  55. On January 26, 2013 at 11:01 pm Mike said:

    I read on the tefl site that you taught in Brazil. How was that? Did you enjoy Brazil? I’m interested in possibly teaching there. Thanks Mike

    • On January 27, 2013 at 10:24 am Sally said:

      I really loved Brazil, but it was definitely difficult. I was living in Manuas in the Amazon, which has a very small expat community and not many people spoke English, so it was a big struggle at first. Eventually, I learned enough Portuguese to get by & made some Brazilian friends. I think if I had been living in a bigger city — like Rio or Sao Paolo — my experience would have been totally different, and maybe easier. But I’m glad I ended up where I did.
      I will say that teaching jobs are hard to come by — at least if you’re not in the country. I hardly ever see jobs advertised in Brazil on TESOL sites. I ended up with an “internship.” I was teaching pretty much full-time, but I got paid a stipend and had to live with a host family. So if you’re looking for a “job-job,” I’d say go there first and try to make connections.

  56. On February 15, 2013 at 5:22 am Melody said:

    Haha awesome! You rock. Definitely comin’ back here!

  57. On May 20, 2013 at 11:37 pm Mikey said:

    I lived in Sao Paulo! Worlds apart from Manaus. Found it kinds seedy there and not much to do. Pretty industrial city all and all. We should chat sometime. I am the founder of a Brazil Tour company that expanded out to all of South America.

  58. On June 20, 2013 at 11:38 am Rachel said:

    So ceiling fans. Is that because, despite their hypnotic hum and obvious breezy pleasure at night, you have horrible flashing images of the fan decapitating you while you lie in bed? If so, I am so glad I’m not alone! If not, I’ll just casually walk on by…

    • On June 21, 2013 at 7:18 am Sally said:

      Umm, YES, TOTALLY, EXACTLY. We all know that when they really start to wobble like crazy that’s totally pre-decapitation mode and it’s best to just turn them off even if it’s like a MILLION DEGREES because you wouldn’t want to wake up dead.

  59. On July 10, 2013 at 9:42 am Lisa said:

    Absolutely loved reading this. Go you! Excited to read more. I hope you’ll also check out my travel photography blog: http://www.elleyess.com

    cheers to more travels and fun!

    Lisa recently posted..Travel Style: My Trusty Essentials

  60. On August 15, 2013 at 10:18 am Zhongwen said:

    Nice. Are you still in China? That must be tough for you at the beginning.Hopefully, you’re doing well now.


    • On August 18, 2013 at 8:09 pm Sally said:

      Nope, I’m back in the States now. But, honestly, I didn’t find China as hard as I thought it would be. Other than the smog, I had very few problems there.

  61. On September 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm Alana said:

    New to the page and enjoying your blog. I must admit I was quite saddened that you had to leave your cat. But I definitely understand the need for travel.
    Hey, since you’re in the States, you should come down to Texas sometime. Low cost of living, Tex-Mex food, and friendly people 🙂

    • On September 5, 2013 at 10:12 pm Sally said:

      I was quite sad to leave my cat, too, but, luckily, she’s with good friends who LOVE her (and repeatedly remind me that I’m never allowed to have her back) so I get to visit often. Glad you’re enjoying my blog! And, YES, Texas is definitely a MUST. Soon hopefully!

  62. On October 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm Eleisha said:

    What an awesome, funny blog! I am travelling alone in south america and just trying to get started in the blogging world. Great to ready such interesting and hilarious stuff, I am inspired.
    Eleisha recently posted..6 Life Lessons I Learnt While Travelling

  63. On November 23, 2013 at 9:18 am fareen said:

    U r funny and a very good writer and ispiring. On my depressed, days I will never laugh or smile. but while searchig esl, your blog made me laugh out loud.

    I cant teach kids. I teach adults. Its an awesome blog.

  64. On December 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm Brian Schweitzer said:

    I once departed the US sitting next to a girl who was deathly afraid of flying. She was so afraid that during takeoff she would be shaking and crying. Poor girl. I held her hand and talked to her until we got to cruising altitude and helped to make her journey a bit more tolerable. 🙂

    We also aim to inspire people to travel more and sometimes travel can be scary.

    I think your great experiences can be attributed to luck and also that you seem very positive. Positive thoughts bring positive results.

    I hope your blog can help others who are afraid to fly, or step out their door and start an adventure. Keep on inspiring people!

  65. On January 21, 2014 at 7:32 am Shmruthi said:

    I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog. Just love the way you write 🙂 I totally agree with your statements on bravery… It is so over-rated 😛 I moved from India to Europe for my Masters and then moved to Vietnam for my internship in my gap year where I currently reside..People back home call me brave but I alone know my fears! Yet, I believe we are not exactly scaredy cats but who are willing to push ourselves despite our fears and this shapes us to we really are.. 🙂

  66. On February 17, 2014 at 11:10 pm Offonalittleadventure said:

    a cat sitter? wow. v different

    Offonalittleadventure recently posted..First Indonesian stop…JAVA

  67. On March 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm Nomadic Boys said:

    Love your style of writing, makes me burst out laughing!

    Where you planning on going to next?
    Nomadic Boys recently posted..Buying a good backpack for travelling

    • On March 30, 2014 at 6:12 pm Sally said:

      Good question! Not exactly sure. For now, I’m in Michigan, but I’ll probably head overseas again one of these days. Especially if it keeps on snowing like it has been!

  68. On October 24, 2014 at 4:28 pm Jen said:

    Hi! I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! I think your blog is great and deserves to be shared. Read here for more: http://www.chronicperspective.com/one-lovely-blog-award/

  69. On November 4, 2014 at 9:18 am Miguel said:

    I love your blog!

    Wish I could have that creative writing style as well. 🙂
    Miguel recently posted..Seoul: Captured in 12 Photos

    • On November 9, 2014 at 2:23 pm Sally said:

      You can! It just takes time to develop your own style. I wrote horrible, terrible, moody, miserable, annoying, taking-myself-way-too-seriously blog posts for 2 years until I finally figured out how I really wanted to write. (Luckily, no one was reading my blog at that time.) I also suggest finding some bloggers you really like and copying their style until you figure out your own. It’s all about “faking it until you make it.” Or “plagiarism.” Either one really it.

  70. On March 13, 2015 at 6:11 pm Nicole said:

    Just found this blog via google today and I love it. I leave for a 3 week vacation to China, Hong Kong, and Japan next week. I appreciated your piece on hard versus soft sleeper trains. Also, I live in Chicago, so we’re neighbors and my 35th birthday is next week. Cheers to fabulous women in their 30s! I would love to do lunch and swap stories.

  71. On May 9, 2015 at 7:47 pm Gigi Blaze said:

    I just feel my mind floating with feathers in the air when I read your blog. Light! I like that. Refreshing…That inspires me… a Lot!

  72. On June 10, 2015 at 9:48 pm August said:

    Loving your writing style along with the way you muse about your fears. I am glad you are working on overcoming them and of course sharing them. I tend to be much like you, just somehow slightly disconnected from being afraid. Some people think I am an adrenaline junkie and in a way I am, but it is more that I just do NOT want to be crippled by fear. Now I have rambled to long!

  73. On January 22, 2016 at 9:40 am Jamie said:

    Hi there! I already made a million comments on one post, but just wanted to say, you’re blog is awesome! Glad I stumbled upon in.
    Jamie recently posted..Wearable Review: Fitbit Charge HR

  74. On August 10, 2016 at 2:31 pm Lola said:

    I stumbled on your blog a while back and just wanted to share that your tidbits and humour always put a smile on my face. Not enough of that in the world so thank you!

  75. On August 21, 2016 at 5:07 am travel4lifeblog said:

    Just discovered you cool blog! 🙂 Keep up the good work! We are teachers too! and like you (like you used to) I am scared of spiders and cockroaches! We are going to write this tips down as we are taking a year off in 2017 and plan to travel in South America for at least 6months 🙂

  76. On September 13, 2016 at 1:32 am Sandra Parker said:

    WOW! Awesome! It really sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing this with us Sally. Yes, why don’t you try to visit New Zealand? It’s a beautiful place and a very relaxing one. There, you can also find good places where you will enjoy their music and culture.
    Sandra Parker recently posted..The Conjurings of Connor Boyle

  77. On October 7, 2016 at 1:50 pm Louise Hess Holmén said:

    Hi Sally!
    You really have an amazing blog. I’m trying to get in contact with you but couldn’t access your contact page. What is the best way to reach you?

    All the best, Louise

  78. On January 31, 2017 at 10:58 pm Railey Jane Savage said:

    I’m hoping to get permission to use a photo of yours in a book project I’m working on. I would lovelovelove to use your pic of the Asparagus Queens from 2014. Could you email me?
    Railey Jane

  79. On October 23, 2017 at 3:57 pm Hayley Weston said:

    Hi Sally! Your “contact me” page is not working but I was just reading through Nomadic Matt’s Ebook about teaching English and saw your interview. I saw that you were in Michigan now and was hoping we could chat as I live in Michigan too 🙂


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