About & Contact Me


 Hello Hello,

My name is Lauren and I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area! I started this blog in 2007 to share my stories, excitement and frustrations as a solo young woman traveling in Africa. I bought a one way ticket to Tanzania, 60 liter backpack, trusty lonely planet with the goal to make it to Cape town, South Africa. Eight months later, I arrived in Cape town feeling satisfied and burnt out. But that didn’t stop me from joining an overland 22 day tour of Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. I returned home in July 2008 and surprised my mom by sitting on the couch when she returned home from a getaway weekend.

Loving the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado

After three years of being home- making new friendships, learning new skills, working as a Farmers Market Manager and  as a Garden Educator for an After school program teaching k-12 grade youth about where and how food grows.  I embarked on a new adventure leaving a boyfriend and friends behind to live my dream of living in Spain. Andalucia chose me in a small beach side town known Roquetas de Mar, near the city of Almeria.

One year teaching English as an Auxiliar de Conversacion through the Ministry of Education of Spain (aka: Language and Culture Assistant) at a (instituto) turned in to an unexpected second year in the North in the quaint city of  Vitoria- Gasteiz, Basque Country. After a year abroad in Spain, and then two years in two different regions I still don’t know what led me to Spain in the first place but I’ve learned an incredible amount about myself and fulfilled a dream.

Now I’m back in the Bay Area figuring out my next steps as I continue to pursue my passions within the food movement and creating positive change.

Join me as I continue to write about past and new local adventures, food, and the unexpected life brings.

I love getting comments on my blog (who doesn’t?).  Have a question? Want to say something? Love what I had to say? Don’t agree?  Let me know!

Feel free to Email me anytime : imroamingtheworld (@) gmail (.) com    

Good Morning Grand Canyon!

16 thoughts on “About & Contact Me

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  2. I think your blog is great, so I’ve tagged you for the Leibster blogging award. Please take part if you want to and share the love. Here are the rules –http://ebostick1212.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/leibster-award/

  3. Wow Lauren! What an adventurous life you are living. Although I realize it has its own trials and tribulations, isn’t it great? I applaud your intrepid spirit. Wishing you all the best, Terri

    • Yes. Thanks Terri! It is great and feel very fortunate to have discovered how to live an adventurous life at a young age. I also appreciate that you know how it can be challenging too!

  4. Hi Lauren,

    Thanks for sharing your life experiences on this blog…reading stories about your life transports me to a different world altogether :-). Good luck for your future adventures! Keep traveling and keep sharing!

    I nominated your blog for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger’ award.
    Do look at the rules at http://wp.me/p2tCVn-9r! Congratulations !


  5. I am soooo envious! I know Roquetas! I was there in 2007 with my daughter just hanging out doing the beach thing while I was in Southern Spain visiting old friends and sight seeing. Nice place. I hope to be back next year in Spain! Enjoy!!!

    • Thanks for reading Birgit. Wow. It’s not everyday someone reads my blog whose been to Roquetas. That’s awesome!

      • My daughter and I found Roquetas kind of by accident. I had been to Aguadulce in 1987 and tried to find a place that was quiet to take her. We found a nice resort. I really liked the people of Roquetas! The Spanish were so kind and helpful. I hope to go back.

  6. Congrats on traveling solo! Can’t live without no plan solo travel & especially in Africa! Have you traveled through Kenya? Highly recommend it!

    let there always be a road..


  7. Hi Lauren! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. 🙂 Wow, I’d love to travel through Africa the way you have, what an amazing experience.
    I’m originally from Southern California (Los Angeles and Santa Barbara areas), but if I had to move back, I’d definitely look into living in the Bay Area, it’s practically my second home. By the way, Almería isn’t too far from Granada, we should meet up sometime!

  8. Hi Lauren,

    Thanks for checking out my blog. I’m looking forward to reading more of yours. My contract in Dar is up at the end of March and then I’m heading off for five months of solo travel. I’m starting with Madagascar, and hoping to get to Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, , Zimbabwe and Zambia. I’ll be sure to read your entries for inspiration!


  9. Howdy!

    I read through a great deal of your blog and found that you and I have quite a bit in common. both adventuring in Africa — with no true set agenda — mostly in search of new adventures and traveling the road less traveled.

    I am heading into Nairobi on the 30th of November and (right now) plan to be in Africa til sometime after Christmas. I have class in January in Spain – so I probably will need to come back then (but who knows).

    If your travel plans take you to Nairobi, Kenya or back towards the Arusha area during December — I’d love to meet up, have a coffee and share a story or two.

    Feel free to pop me an email — neilawalk@yahoo.com

    Take care,

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