Our trip to Europe this past June/July began with a very brief stopover in Iceland. We were only going to be in the country for 8-9 hours so our options for what we could do were fairly limited. Luckily, we were able to take advantage of an “airport excursion” to the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa that is located in southwestern Iceland on the Reykjanes Peninsula. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and I can certainly understand why. It. Is. Gorgeous. Read more..
I chose my career path at the age of seventeen. At the time, I was a senior in high school taking an evening American Sign Language class at a local college. I loved everything about it — interacting with the community, having new experiences, learning the language. It was exciting. During that year, I went to an event sponsored by a community college in town that involved camping for a weekend using only visual communication (no talking whatsoever). It wasn’t my first time going to this particular event, but this time I had invited my cousin to come along. She is the only deaf person in my family and I thought she would enjoy the experience.
That was truly the first time I had ever communicated with my cousin in a way that was truly accessible to her. After that weekend, I knew that my initial plans to go to the Ohio State University and major in women’s studies just wasn’t what was meant for me. Instead, I enrolled at the local community college and started ASL classes the week after graduating from high school. After earning an Associate’s degree in ASL Interpreting, I then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in the same field. Over the past decade, I have loved my profession, the people I get to work with on a regular basis, and the experiences I have been privileged to have as an interpreter. Read more..
This summer, my family and I took a long-awaited vacation to Europe. Our main reason for going, of course, was to see and do as many Harry Potter sites/activities as we could. We spent most of our time in London soaking up a ton of wizarding magic but had decided early on in the planning stages to make an overnight jaunt to Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh is home to a free Harry Potter walking tour called “The Potter Trail” (and tons of fantastic general sightseeing as well).
If I had the vacation planning to do again, I would certainly have given us more time in Edinburgh (well, Scotland in general). We absolutely fell IN LOVE with the city. The vibe and the architecture of Edinburgh is amazing. It was one of the few locations where we felt completely comfortable just walking around without a specific plan or destination. Read more..