Thursday, September 29, 2011


It is almost 9.30.11. That means 16 days until I leave on my trip. I am trying to plan all of my last minute arrangements. Dogs to the vet, bills paid, enough money saved that I won't have to smuggle Ramen Noodles in my suitcase instead of socks... The normal kind of things.  While surfing the internet and procrastinating perfectly normal homework assignments (and that massive test...) I stumbled upon (literally! @ this amazing video.  I watched it three times because it was so fantastic.  I am both envious and partially in love with this guy (so you know him forward him my email -wink-wink-).  What a great, inspirational, and genuine video.  I am going to post it here and I hope that you all watch it (at least once) and understand a little bit of the wanderlust that grips my soul, and hopefully inspires you to Move!

Friday, September 16, 2011


How about we start off off with an introduction? My name is Rachael Gallegos.  I am currently enrolled as a full time student and working towards my Bachelor's Degree in English at New Mexico State University.  My main focus on my degree is creative writing although my plan upon graduation is to either apply for volunteer work with the United Nations or to enroll in a graduate program focused on International Studies.  I am the oldest of six biological siblings, second oldest out of nine - counting step siblings. I am 24 years old and have three dogs.  I have a passion for reading, writing, photography, languages and most definitely for travel.   I have been to several states here in the U.S. as well as traveling to the U.K in 2007.  I have a trip planned from October 15th - December 8th for educational and cultural purposes.  This blog is the start of documenting that trip.  I will fly out of Albuquerque, NM and travel to Mexico City where I will attend intensive language and cultural programs at the CEPE program with UNAM in Mexico City. At the end of my six weeks I hope to have my dual language certification (allowing me to be able to teach English abroad) as well as credit for my cultural classes.  I hope to travel in and around Mexico City to see famous ruins, art, museums, and various other landmarks while housing with a family.  I will document my travels and explorations both by my written blog updates as well as by photos. Thank you for joining me on the journey and if you have any comments, suggestions, or recommendations please feel free to both follow my journey and post them!  For those of you who found my blog via my donation request form, Thank you so very much for helping me reach my goals!

In case you wanted to see what I was talking about here is a list of links relevant to this blog:

Albuquerque, NM:    
Mexico City: