Hi, my name is Allison, but you can call me Yasmine.
Wait, why is this blog called Naptime With Yasmine? Who’s Yasmine and why am I napping with her? I’m a millennial, but this is no millennial travel blog (Can’t take a good photo and don’t feel like spending hours to do it.)
This is a blog that focuses on people, travel, and living and working abroad with a sense of humor and a social conscience. I am a traveler, but also a feminist and advocate, questioning the impact of my presence and the implications of my actions abroad.
So, where do you start?
If you’re interested in…
Feminism, Gender and Women Abroad:
- Read here for reflections on female friendships
- International Women’s Day 2015 in Ibiza
- See photos of Bilbao’s gender violence prevention campaign “No Means No”
- Read here about how going topless made me worry less about body image
- Think you can’t make a difference in the classroom when it comes to preventing gender violence? Think again!
- Wondering what it’s really like to not give a shit how hairy you are while traveling?
- And then, you want some photo evidence of hairiness?
- Love talking about menstruation? Me too! Learn here about the time I let it all leak out (on accident) at Wat Pho in Bangkok
- What’s our society’s obsession with penises? Reflections on penis graffiti in Europe and in Southeast Asia
- Read here about my turmoil regarding meeting migrants while traveling
- While au pairing, I figured out I was both a privileged brat and being taken advantage of
- Millions of people live without clean water and proper sanitation. Celebrate hygiene with these toilet signs from the Camino de Santiago and in Southeast Asia
- What affect do training restaurants have on Cambodia’s development?
Travel Anecdotes & Advice:
- Browse through all that food, the activities, those crazy people and odd encounters that have to do with traveling here
- I made some mistakes, and did some things right. Hear about it all in the advice section
- Hey, do you love animals? What about goats, camels, and cows?
- Southeast Asia is more than just cheap hostels!
- I didn’t “find myself” on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, but I certainly peed in a lot of nature and met some entertaining people
- Europe – its charm and its glory
- Where am I now? You guessed it! …Straya
Life on Ibiza:
Life in Australia:
- Read to your heart’s content about life (not down under, but) in that country/continent where people say funny things
- Teaching in Spain’s Auxiliar de Conversacion program
- What does it really mean to be an au pair?
- When you’re on a working holiday visa in Australia, did you ever consider working on a mining camp? Read about my experiences.
People and our behaviors around the world:
- The weekly series “Character Tuesday” highlights some unique individuals I’ve met around the world
- The best/worst CouchSurfing experience I’ve ever had, in Basque Country, Spain
- Don’t forget about the time the Portuguese youth thought I was a hired entertainer
- I’m the most beautiful of them all?
…These are good places to start. Use the search bar, and please feel free to contact me on the form with any questions or comments. Enjoy! Below is a letter that I wrote when I first started this blog in March 2015.
As His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama said, “When I wake in the morning I make a wish to be useful to others.” It is my hope that I can be useful by sharing my experiences on living and working abroad, learning and questioning, and trying to live in a way that increases the quality of life for others. I try to find the humor and lightheartedness in daily life and encourage sharing, collaboration, and acceptance of all lifestyles. I envision a world where all are fulfilled, self-expressed, and safe.
Here, you’ll find articles and photography relating to travel, uncomfortable social situations, social commentary, working abroad and a number of things that simply can’t be confined to any one category. As many things in life cannot.
I am writing from my perspective as conditioned by my social circumstances, and therefore invite you to engage with and debate my ideas and opinions. However, I urge you to do it in a way that is conducive to dialog, and not in such a way that hurts or damages. I am constantly curious, forever searching, and always asking. I hope you are inspired to do the same.
Have a meaningful, and most importantly, entertaining life.