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Hi Ya

My name is Rachel and I have been four eyed for most of my life. Contrary to what you may be thinking, I like being four eyed. I find that it helps me see a clearer picture of the world through my own eyes.  Although I am four eyed, it is not really how I describe myself to people. Rather, I prefer say that I am buckle-wearing, boot-stomping outdoor adventuress from Astoria, Oregon in the great Pacific North West.

Currently, I am attending Oregon State University where I am studying Fisheries & Wildlife and Spanish. At school, I am involved with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and she Fisheries and Wildlife Club. I spend most of my time outside of class in the library studying, at the gym breaking my own personal records, and planning my next adventures.

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Weatherford Hall of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon

When I am not in class or trapped on campus, I love to explore the outdoors. I enjoy hunting and fishing along with mountain climbing and tide-pooling. I love living in the PNW because it is a perfect blend of all of these things- where mountain meets forest and forest meets beach, and sometimes all three convene at once.

I love horseback riding and 4-H was my sport growing up. My favorite 4-H project was raising Horned Dorset Market Lambs. When my boots are off and feet are up, I enjoy knitting and crocheting while watching NCIS, my favorite TV show of all time.

My favorite food is new food. 

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Trying raw herring in Holland. One bite was enough.

I believe in trying everything at least once and that tasting traditional foods is one of the most effective ways to learn about a culture.

I caught the travel bug bad when I was a sophomore in high school. I was very blessed to be able to tag along with my best friend for three weeks while she visited her family in Holland. We also stopped by Germany for a day and Norway for a week.

Following this first trip out of America, I went on two spring break trips to Costa Rica my junior and senior years of high school. This is when I really feel in love with the Spanish language and culture. During the summer of 2016 after my first year in college, I had the incredible experience of studying abroad in Querétaro, Mexico for five weeks. I am currently on my second study abroad experience in Australia.

I have created this blog to log my travels and share with any curious soul these incredible destinations as I see them, always through my four eyes. I also plan to incorporate videos to capture the sounds and motion of what brings these places to life. And, as soon as I can figure out a way to make scratch-and-sniff screens, I will be sharing the smells, too. However, until I (or very well one of you) capitalize on that million dollar idea, I hope you find the other material shared on this blog to be honest, intriguing, eye-opening, and inspiring for you to document your own adventures to share the world as you see it with others.

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