Phillippines Photo Gallery

I traveled to the Phillippines for two weeks in July of 2008 and 2009. It was an awesome experience. I got to see a culture of people who, even though suffering from serious poverty, were not suffering at all. They were, as a whole, the most joyful and genuine people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Everywhere you go people smile at you. They're gesture for hello is a raise of the eyebrows (similar to what guys do when they're catcalling in America) After two weeks of people offering me "mariendas"(snacks), insisting that I stay and eat, smiling and waving at me, I forgot how unwelcoming people can be in the states. I was quickly reminded when I arrived in the Detroit airport. While, out of habit, I was smiling at strangers who looked at me as though bothered by it.

Puerto Rico Gallery

My trip to Puerto Rico was a spontaneous weekend trip in the middle of the semester. For about $400, including airfare, I had a bad ass trip to a new place. My fellow travelers and I stayed in some pretty rugged places - camped on the beach, a cabin in the middle of the rainforest with no water, no a/c, and no windows, and a dirt cheap surfer inn. We found some secluded spots, did some climbing and hiking, and may or may not have contracted bug bites, ha. But in the end, it was well worth it for some sweet photos.

Full moon in Puerto Rico
This was a beach in Rincon at night lit up by the nightlife on the beach and the full moon
a pawprint
A paw print in the woods
we were exploring
Full moon
							sillhouette in Puerto Rico
A traveller sillhouetted
by a full moon
Waterfall in the Puerto Rican

Costa Rica Gallery

My trip to Costa Rica was similar to Puerto Rico, although a little longer and a lot more expensive. We traveled from San Jose north to Arenal, then far south to Jaco, Playa Hermosa, and Manuel Antonio. We found that the cheaper spots were the less touristy (if that's even a word). We saw the biggest crocodiles I've ever seen, monkeys on the beach, and a volcano. We hiked to the top of Mt. Catedral, dove off a 15 foot cliff, and found a rope swing on the side of the interstate.

Beach in Costa
This was a private beach we stumbled onto in Manuel Antonio National Park
a crab
A crab we encountered
sneaking onto a private beach
Me swinging from a
vine on Mt. Catedral
Monkeys on the 
Monkey family hanging
on the beach