My name is Kara and I am interested in communications, human rights and reading just about anything I can get my hands on. Playing soccer (that is, football), hiking and running are at the top of my list of fun activities, as is travel. I plan to spend the next few months (or years!) living abroad, challenging myself to learn and grow every day while meeting new people and exploring new places. I hope you’ll join me on my adventures as I share stories and photos from across the world on this blog!
Where am I now?
Currently: New York City
Next up: I will be moving to (a currently undisclosed but totally awesome location) soon, which you will be hearing a lot about, I promise.
And where have I been?
I have written most extensively about the extended time I spent in Argentina, which is where I studied abroad in 2012 for four months; California, where I went to college for four years; and Liberia, where I spent two months in 2013 working for a local newspaper. I’ve also written about short vacations I’ve taken with my family, friends or on my own to countries in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and around the United States. I’ve traveled to more places than I’ve written about, but I’m actively trying to change that.
The posts below are some of my most popular or favorite, but by no means represent the entire whole of the blog; for a complete list see the archives.
- How Argentines know I’m from somewhere else (Argentina)
- This happens to me every day in Monrovia (Liberia)
- Conspiracy theory part 1: pañuelitos (Argentina)
- Riding the matatus in Nairobi (Kenya)
- Things I miss (Argentina)
- The Challenge of speaking English in Liberia (Liberia)
- Culture shock on return to the US (United States)
- When asked for money (Liberia)
- New York food trucks (United States)
- Abandoned buildings in Monrovia (Liberia)
- An ocean of salt (Bolivia)
- In photos: Costa Rica’s natural beauty (Costa Rica)
- Photo essay: stunning rock formations in Utah (Utah, USA)
More about Freedman Travels
This is a travel blog with its beginnings in a trip to Argentina where I spent a semester studying abroad in 2012 and has evolved to feature various places where I have lived or traveled. Freedman Travels is a combination of stories and photography from my experiences both abroad and within in the US, along with occasional reviews of books or movies. I do my best to show you what my personal experience in a given place was like – I am not an authority on the places I visit nor do I try to be. Rather, I hope that my writing will contribute to the complexity and richness of the world around us, and hopefully inspire you to travel as well.
Although I am a fan of planning and tend to do a lot of research before going on a trip, I am not as meticulous with this blog, so you’ll often find me posting about a trip weeks after I’ve returned or publishing a travel story from long, long ago, sometimes following no time-sensitive pattern. Feel free to use the header to find posts by destination or by theme for a more continuous experience. Or, to follow my travels in real time, take a look at my twitter or instagram feeds. If you’re interested in what books I’m reading – my choices often reflect the places I’m going to visit – visit my Goodreads account.
More about the author
I have been traveling and seeking out new stories and adventures for as long as I remember. When I was 12, growing up in New York City, I demanded that my parents take me to Brighton Beach–an hour and a half subway ride from our apartment in Manhattan–in order to see a new part of the city and to make sure I could write a realistic short story with a character from that neighborhood. For me then as well as now, it was important for me to see this new place in order to try to understand it, avoid generalizations or assumptions, expand my horizons and step outside my comfort zone.
I think of travel as a kind of exploration, both physical and emotional. I get goosebumps when I go somewhere new and experience a strange kind of enjoyment when crossing borders, even when it is just from one county to the next while driving. Travel can happen halfway across the world or in your backyard, in conversation with others or on your own. For me, learning about other cultures through their books, movies, or newspapers are just as much of an exploration as traveling to a new place physically, and this blog reflects both of those options – though with an emphasis on my personal travels.
Life and learning are inextricably linked and I look forward to many years of exploring to come. If you follow me I’ll take you around the world as I explore it, one step at a time.