I'm a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a passion for photography and people! I'm working as a page designer at the Beatrice Daily Sun, a small newspaper in a small town in southeastern Nebraska. There's not a whole lot to do around here, so I drive a lot, looking for photo opportunities. At least the living's cheap! I'm looking forward to moving back to a big city and more opportunities for travel!
I'm originally from Colorado and I can't think of a better place to grow up. The beauty of the mountains and the quirky people have made me a life-long explorer and have endowed me with a definite wander-lust!
Please check out this really awesome travel blog that I can never hope to imitate, but can expect laughs from: http://killingbatteries.com/
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April 4th 2009
So it's been quite a while since I last updated this blog! I have more free time now, since when I leave work I don't go home to homework (oh, it is truly amazing), and so here I am, updating the good ol' travel blog. A few weeks ago I went to South Carolina with my boyfriend, Shawn, and a few friends. We drove there. Twenty-five hours straight. Couldn't tell you how we did it. We broke up the drive on the way back and that was much more fun. Anyway, we stayed on Edisto Island, which is about 45 minutes south of Charleston. It's a lovely little place with 15 churches! (There's a church on every corner in the south, it would seem.) We spent time on the beach, made pina coladas and pizza, hung ... read more
March 24th 2008
Another year, another missions trip, right? WRONG! Even though Christian Student Fellowship returned to Saltillo this year for our spring break missions trip, this trip was very different from the first and even better! About 45 students and 8 sponsors attended. The trip down to Mexico this year was less eventful than last as we were lucky that we did not blow two tires. We stayed in the same church in Nuevo Laredo as last year. When we arrived in Saltillo, I was happy to note that I recognized much of the town. We went to church with the parishioners of the El Salvador Iglesia de Cristo, where we were serving. I also recognized many of the people in attendance and quite a few of the children. After church some of the neighborhood women made us ... read more
December 7th 2007
So it turns out I live in the U.S. and travel here as well! This is another domestic entry. Over fall break (Oct. 19-23), a group of student photographers and myself along with our professor traveled to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Shannon County, South Dakota. Our focus was to do a series of photo essays on women who are leaders in the Lakota community, because we decided that the whole drugs and alcohol and violence thing was way overdone. It was a wonderful experience. Our first night on the "Rez," we went Red Cloud school where a reservation-wide pow wow was held. What struck me first was the color! The traditional dress is lovely, and I have to say, modern fabrics and dying techniques have certainly made the outfits even more vibrant. The feathered ... read more
June 19th 2007
So it's been quite a while since I've written and I have so much to say, though not much time right now to say it. We're so busy these days with briefings and class and it's hard to find time to sit down and write. Thus, this will mostly be a blog in pictures, which I hope you all don't mind! The highlights have been seeing the pyramids and the Sphinx (very cool) and climbing Mt. Sinai in the middle of the night to watch the sun come up from the top. After sunrise, we went down the 3,750 "Steps of Penitence" through an extremely narrow ravine to come out next to St. Catherine's monastery, which is still in operation. Sharm El Sheikh, where we stayed on the Sinai, is like the Vegas of Egypt. ... read more
June 5th 2007
A word on Arabic class: so far we have learned how to greet someone, how to ask a person's name and respond, how to say where we're from, and how to count. We also learned to write our names, and mine is quite pretty! It's pronounced Keelley though, because Arabic doesn't have a keh sound, evidently. Today in the cab on the way to the Fulbright commission, we sat in a traffic jam and I realized how hot I was. Today has been the first day that was really bad, and here's why: it was 107! Whew! I've been guzzling water like it's my job, but I still feel sick. But we entertained ourselves while sitting on the hot pavement breathing in exhaust fumes by trying to read the numbers on the license plates. Some ... read more
June 3rd 2007
Location of AUC Hostel K.J.H. Internet access, finally! So far, life in Egypt is loud, hectic and totally fun! I'll try to be as detailed as possible in my description of things, but it's hard, because there's so much color here - it's constant sensory overload! We arrived in Cairo at 3 in the morning on Friday, June 1st. After we made it through customs and got our visas (a highly complicated process with no posted instructions - welcome to the Middle East), we went to our hotel. By the time we arrived, it was 5 a.m., so as a group we decided to stay up. We discovered a cute cafÃ¨ nearby, which conveniently had wireless internet, hence my last posting. Here, at the intersection of streets with such poetic names - Mar'ashli; Taha Husayn ... read more
June 1st 2007
Salaam aleikum! I'm writing this from a cafe in Zamalek where we ate breakfast this morning and has wireless internet. We haven't gotten more than 7 hours of sleep in three days, but Turkish coffee and adrenaline have solved that problem for the most part. Yesterday, Rachel and I arrived in Amsterdam at 10 in the morning, and with our flight to Cairo at 20:45, we decided to buy train tickets and go into the city. The ride was 6.20 euros round trip and took 20 minutes on the smoothest train ever. We met up with her friend Jessica, who is originally from New Zealand and now working as an industrial engineer at a small firm in Amsterdam, and we had lunch at a local bar/restaurant. I had a baguette with tomatoes, bacon and mozzarella ... read more
April 17th 2007
Que pax! During Spring Break this year, I went with my youth group, Christian Student Fellowship, to Saltillo, Mexico, where we helped several churches out by pouring three cement roofs and a floor, digging fence post holes and helping fence off some vacant land next to a church so the establishment can petition the government in a few years to be given ownership, playing lots and lots of futbol with kids, and having a wonderful time worshipping the Lord through service. Though a long, 30-hour drive from Nebraska to Saltillo (in the state of CoÃ huila, about an hour and half south of Monterrey), I deepened existing friendships and began new ones. I learned a lot about myself, including the fact that I think I have a desire to go into the missions field, perhaps teaching ... read more
August 1st 2006
Elise (my hiking buddy) and I picked this hike because it's too long for the touristas (6+ miles), but not overly difficult since we'd both been out of Colorado at lower altitudes for school. We were NOT disappointed by this hike. On the way up, much of the trail is beside a steam, and then a waterfall. Other than about 100 yards against a bare rockface, the remainder of the hike is in the forest. We saw lots of wildlife and had some nice conversations with other fellow hikers. The lake unfolds once hikers reach the top of a rock plateau. It was astounding. The beauty and serenity of the place is stunning. The lake sits at the base of nearly sheer rock walls that rise rapidly. Long's Peak is visible, as is the Keyboard. ... read more
May 16th 2006
3 Weeks in Greece Europe » Greece » Athens » Athens By K J May 16th 2006 K.J.H.This is a just a back-log journal, I suppose, getting my travelblog up-to-date! Last summer, I went to Greece for three weeks on an Art History study tour. The people I went with are AMAZING and I am so fortunate to have met them!... read more