Welcome, October. It’s been a minute.

About two months ago, I packed my bags, said goodbye to my closest friends, family members and loved ones, and moved by myself across the country. My last month in sunny California was a whirlwind of goodbyes, making it even harder to leave. Everyone has been asking me how it’s been… and let’s get right to it. The awkward adjustment, the season of transition, being in grad school in a …

Why every twenty-something should travel to a new city alone

This month, I took a big venture and accepted the opportunity of a lifetime. With just three weeks to plan, I decided to travel solo to NEW YORK CITY for an affordable, future-related offer I could not resist (more details on that, in an upcoming post). I’ll admit, in the busy weeks leading up to the trip, I was entirely stressed and freaked out. I booked my flights from LA at …

All Eyes on Zion

A Visit to Zion National Park “Zion is my resting place forever; in her I will dwell, for I prefer her.” This year is the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, and what better way to start 2016 than with a visit to one of the top-rated, most beautiful parks in the western United States? Ian and I have been planning another natural park visit not only to satisfy our outdoor adventure …

A Time to Say Goodbye

Written by Allyson Escobar for her Lolo (Grandpa) Pete Lagrosa. Throughout his life, Pedro “Pete” Lagrosa, 81, has always cared for others. He admires the Italian saints Padre Pio, St. Peregrine, and St. Francis of Assisi for their qualities of courage, devotion, and sympathy for people everywhere. Wanting to pray and follow in their holy footsteps, Pete was determined to visit the final resting places of these beloved saints in June …

Back to Los Angeles

My two-week experience in Italy has been nothing short of amazing. Not only was it my first time in Europe, but it was also my first time traveling with my family and not my usual LMU-chaperoned group. We came with plans, but no set agenda. We had a list of must-see places and pilgrimage spots, churches, shrines, and famous sites, and we were able to see all of those, plus more. We …