Hey there! My name is Jade, although I am currently going by my middle name, Keahi, which is more easily pronounced in Spanish. I am a passionate traveler, language learner, student, and sister. I love good wine, craft beer, delicious food, dancing in the moonlight, falling in love, and the genius of perfect lyrics.
Why am I here, blogging? Well, to be honest, this blog was born of laziness. I knew that during my impending study abroad (one year in Granada, Spain), all of my family and friends would want to hear about what was going on in my life — and since I have a large family and a fair amount of friends, the thought of all those emails was a bit overwhelming. Solution? A blog.
Then I got to thinking: maybe I should write for more than just my friends and family. I grew up traveling, travel quite frequently, and plan to continue traveling throughout my career. Hawai’i is my second home, Brazil is my third, and my family spent years walking very far off the beaten tourist track wherever we went, whether it was a sandbar in the Philippines or the streets of New York. Language and culture fascinate me — captivate my soul, even — but I like to see the real, un-Disneyfied culture of a country. The one that has its ugly sides, the one that’s elusive and exclusive and filled with dive bars and street art and the most amazing undiscovered musicians. And I would like to help other avid travelers discover these hidden faces.
Personally, I find that practical advice about everyday things helps a traveler to fit in and make friends with locals who will open up these wonderful secrets to you. This will not be a travel blog where I review fancy hotels that I stay in for free — this will be a place where you can read about my everyday struggles and successes, from ordering in foreign languages to dealing with homesickness, from what to wear to what not to do in the grocery store.
So welcome to Jade’s Jaunts, where I will do my best to share with you what I am learning in the world. Make yourself at home — I hope you find something here that you like!