Happy Wednesday, friends! Big news here in Hilliterate world – all of the posts from my old blog, Adventures with KHill, are now in the archive. I started Adventures in 2014 as a way to keep my friends and family updated during my first summer studying abroad, and it…uh, spiraled from there. Even though it was only five years ago (it’s been five whole years?), the time that’s passed has been quite transformative and I know that 2014 KHill never expected that 2019 Kaitlyn would still be blogging, let alone pursuing a career in writing.
Since importing these ancient writings, I’ve also been reading them, which is a TRIP. A trip down Memory Lane, with far more potholes than expected. I didn’t edit my past self too much, but I do think my writing has improved since the age of 20 along with an increased understanding of how the world works and why we maybe shouldn’t put certain things on the internet (i.e. specific names of people you work with in a foreign country who have no idea a strange American girl is blogging about them). Since I highly doubt anyone actually wants to go back and read it all, I’m going to share some of the highlights here.
A blog post about your past blog posts? How meta and also self-obsessed, you say. To which I answer, if a gal can’t laugh at her past self then what is the point of getting older??? (What? There are other points? Interesting.)
Anywho, here we go. Let’s hold hands and sing showtunes as we take off on our road trip with the Ghost of Blogs Past.
- June 8, 2014 – I started my first ever blog post with, “I really hate reading my own writing.” *looks directly into camera, breaking the fourth wall to recognize irony*. I also acknowledged that if no one ever read it, at least this blog would help me remember my stories and tell them to my grandchildren someday. Well guess what, people of the internet. Someday is now and you are my grandchildren.
- June 25, 2014 – I was way too excited to learn that my German host parents had Wifi. Did I think I was traveling to another planet instead of continental Europe? Unclear. I also ended this post with, “If you read this, I probably love you and if I don’t, why did you read this?” Harsh but valid question at the time. Now I love anyone who reads my blog, of course.
- June 29, 2014 – I talked a lot about all the food I ate in Germany, most of which was meat, and even made a comment about how my vegetarian friends would judge me. Girl now I am the vegetarian friend and I am judging u. Oh how the turntables are turning.
- July 5, 2014 – This post ended with, “TL; DR: Get offa here if you can’t read a few paragraphs, ya lazy.” NICE.
- July 21, 2014 – I returned from my excursion to Italy and had some Choice Words about Rome. I look back on that trip more fondly now, especially five years out from the bus ride with no AC in 90 deg weather during which a man yelled at the driver, “MY FAMILY IS MELTING!” Good bonding with fellow passengers.
- January 5, 2015 – In this post recounting (in EXTREME detail, brevity and I were not yet acquainted) my Christmas trip to London, I cover the time a pub bouncer asked my 20yo friends and 21yo self, “What are you guys, like, 14?” Days later, we took a 4:47am train to the airport and commandeered an empty cabin so we could pretend to be Harry, Ron, and Hermione on the Hogwarts Express. Perhaps the bouncer was not far off in his estimation.
- June 18, 2015 – I learned one of my favorite terms, defenestration, while visiting Prague. Defenestration, for anyone still unaware, means to throw someone out of a window and it was apparently a very popular way to solve political/social problems in the Czech Republic up until…way too recently.
- June 28, 2015 – Wow, I was such a useless intern in my second summer in Germany. I learned so much though, and they probably learned to never again hire a naïve American college student. I’d almost forgotten about the time I tried to explain to the mayor (Bürgermeister) of a small German city that there is an American cartoon character called Bürgermeister Meisterburger. That one went over like a lead balloon.
- July 5, 2015 – ^ also, the time I super-embarrassed myself by misunderstanding that the “relaxation course” my boss invited me to was more of a yoga class, and I wore a dress with nothing to change into. Many a strange German saw more than they bargained for at yoga that day. This is becoming a refresher on all of my most embarrassing moments.
- August 6, 2015 – I wonder if any of the German children whose field trips I chaperoned that week remember the strange American girl who jumped to her near-death on the ropes course or led her group in the cooking course to make a savory tiramisu because she never added the sugar.
- August 15, 2015 – In which I described my first visit to Berlin and was BAFFLED at the fact that there was literally a WALL running through the city/country for almost 30 years to keep people in/out. A wall! *2019 Kaitlyn looks directly into camera again.* This was the same vacation when I unintentionally stumbled upon a nude beach fully clothed.
- September 12, 2016 – That little Disney College Program thing I tried! I talked about work at the Haunted Mansion, where I found my nametag to be the most well liked thing about me. Because it said Transylvania University. At the Haunted Mansion.
- May 2, 2017 – Ahh, a few months into Seattle life. The boyfriend and I agree that the time we lived there feels like a fever dream or a separate timeline from the rest of our lives. Are we sure it really happened? There’s still a Seattle Public Library card in my wallet, so I guess it did.
- May 11, 2017 – Oops, forgot I already made a whole post using my Chihuahua in an analogy to my issues when I did it again recently. In other words, “Oops, I did it again.” I can’t help it. Lilly and I have so much in common.
- October 5, 2017 – We started our cross-country road trip, where I became a Woman Who Camps (But Still Uses A Hairdryer In The Campground Bathroom).
- October 22, 2017 – “Yeah, my bank account is dwindling to a sad amount, but I am wealthy in ~experiences~ and ~relationships~ and ~life skills like peeing in the woods without getting it on my shoes~…” Still incredibly relevant as I throw all of my money at this summer’s travels.
- November 3, 2017 – The right/wrong way to build a public restroom door is still the hill I will die on. Pull to get in, push to get out. Or push both ways. This was one of many observations from the road trip, but it might be the most important.
So if you missed the entire existence of Adventures with KHill, you’re all caught up now. Reading this also made me a little :/ at first because it makes it seem like I lived an oddly glamorous, jet-setting lifestyle so different from where I’ve been recently, but then I remember that until around 2017, I didn’t write about all the months/years spent in the interim, studying and working and squirreling away pennies for my next chance to travel. It’s also made me excited because a) I enjoy writing more than ever and can see how I’ve come into my ~blogging element~ some more and b) I am still a wee lass with who even knows what else in the future???
I hope to provide as many ridiculous stories and essential life lessons (defenestration, people) in the next five years and onward, and as ever, I’m thankful that you’re taking the time to read about it.
Peace, love, and unsweetened tiramisu,