Everything about my trip to Taiwan was unexpected.
I am not a religious person. I was raised Catholic, but in 9th grade in an all-girls Catholic high school, I learned about the crusades and lost my faith in my religion. I am, however, a spiritual person. When I planned what I would be doing in Japan, however, I didn’t think I would be visiting many temples or shrines.
I first heard of SEEQS: the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability when I was WWOOFing on Mohala Farms. An educator who was visiting the farm was affiliated with the school and told me a bit about them, recommended I visit. I was fascinated by the concept of the school, a middle school focused on sustainability located on one of the islands of the most remote and most beautiful island chains of the world. I finally got to check it out on my last trip to O’ahu in September 2017.
No one finds themselves on the most remote island chain in the world by accident. They come to reconnect- with themselves, nature, or their ancestors.
What is it that drives us in our pursuit of happiness? I travel to find my happy place.
In 2015, when I planned my solo backpacking trip to Thailand, I expected to experience profound loneliness.
Mohala in Hawaiian means to unfold, blossom, open up, shine forth, develop, recover from fear, worry, or illness.