They call me Ele, short for Helen?  I’m not sure where my parents came up with nickname years ago, but it stuck somehow, so I kept it.  I’ve always enjoyed three things – music, philosophy and religion.  Right after college, some students choose to take a year off…I took 5.  I wanted to travel around the world and experience life in other countries.  Here are some of the places I’ve traveled in no particular order:

  • Australia
  • France
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Sweden
  • China
  • Taiwan
  • Japan
  • Switzerland
  • Hungary
  • Israel
  • England
  • Egypt
  • Sudan
  • South Africa
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Jamaica
  • Bahamas
  • Haiti
  • Croatia
  • Peru
  • Libya
  • Argentina

There are some drastic differences between these different places, but there are some surprising similarities too (if you keep your eyes open).  I won’t spoil it for you; it’s a fantastic experience.  The funny thing is, even after traveling to all of these countries, it just made me love the USA that much more.  We have so many freedoms here that people take for granted that just don’t exist abroad.  My viewpoints on many different social issues have changed, but I still feel a strong desire to live in the US.  It’s just better here.  And, coming back from each of these countries and places I’ve visited, I notice things that I was blind to before.  Have you ever had that happen?  For example, you see something you’ve never seen before or didn’t know exist, then you feel like you see it all the time.  The fact is that it was always there, you were just blind to it.  I’ve had this happen to me so many times, as I continue to travel more, and I think I know why it is.  It’s because the US is a melting pot.  We’re a collection of every race, gender, color, and country all merged together under the stars, stripes, and some red, white, and blue.  On my blog, I want to share my thoughts on what I love and I hope you’ll share your thoughts with me.  Reach out by email if you feel so inclined as I would love to hear from you.