About me and my gnome

I’m Alison and I currently live and work in Salt Lake City, Utah. In June, I am moving to Swaziland as a Peace Corps Volunteer to work as a community health worker.

Sitting amongst daffodils at Schloss Hellbrunn in Salzburg

On this blog I write about trips I take, people I meet, food I eat and things that I learn. I spent a year studying in Salzburg, Austria, which was my first life-changing experience. A few years later I moved to Utah, and I have come to love camping, hiking, and exploring the wilderness.


Hiking the Lofty Lakes trail in the Uintas

While living in Salt Lake City, I completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Utah, and while completing a research project in Ghana, I finally saw how I can use so many of my journalism skills with trying to understand our world and the people who live here through improving their health.


Just after falling in love with elephants at Mole National Park in Ghana

This led to the Peace Corps and a position in Swaziland, and I cannot wait to see where my life goes from here!

Wearing my tradition Austrian dress in the place I love most: Salzburg


And the story about my gnome, Cedric, who is pictured in my avatar. I received Cedric as a Christmas gift in December 2007. He made his debut in Bowling Green in May 2008 before I departed campus for New York City.


Cedric at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park

The idea behind my gnome is to take photos of him wherever I travel to show off the places I saw while in New York City followed by my year studying in Austria. Since then, he has expanded his travel style, most recently visiting Turkey.

His first battle scar was during a fall from my hand to the ground on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade while waiting for the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks. Part of his hat chipped on that fall. Then his head snapped off in a fall at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. Then in Patara, Turkey, his feet fell off. He has been glued back together a couple times now, so I hope he can survive 27 months in Swaziland.

Cedric at Delicate Arch at Arches National Park


11 Responses to About me and my gnome

  1. Wow, you’ve been all around the world! :)

  2. thirdeyemom says:

    Looking forward to reading your blog!

  3. TheIdiotSpeaketh says:

    THat’s a cool passport you got going! :)

  4. elliewick says:

    Thanks, but unfortunately, it has few stamps, because once you are in the EU, there is no border control in Schengen countries. And even upon entering the first time, I haven’t always received a stamp. Oh well. And if you are interested, you should check out this page again, because I just updated this page to have more information about me.

  5. Audrey says:

    That’s awesome that you travel with a gnome! A few friends of mine ‘borrowed’ a gnome from someone’s garden before their European trip and took photos with it at all the major attractions. They then returned it to its owner along with some photos. :D

  6. Anja Ulbrich says:

    Dear Alison,
    Could you get in touch with me about acquiring the permission to use one of your photographs from Athens (Kerameikos, published June 6. 2010 via travlintheglobe.wordpress.com) for a Greece gallery in the UK?
    My email is a_ulbrich@yahoo.com
    Thank you,

  7. kan4k4 says:

    Hi Alison,

    I came across your blog as I was planning for my trip to Salzburg, Austria. Im visiting around the end of this April and wanna take photo of some nice flower and nature. Re: your photo with daffodils, do you remember when exactly you visited Salzburg? We hope to see those beautiful daffodils there!


  8. Julia Hurtado says:

    Alison! I love reading about your blog. I would love to contact you to feature in a newsletter. Please let me know how I can get in contact via whatsapp or otherwise.


    Julia H.

    • elliewick says:

      Hi Julia! I’m glad you are enjoying it! It’s been fun to share what is happening here. Next week is the last week of training and then I move to my permanent site. I’ll have way more time starting the first week of September. I should have good access to email and whatsapp (just sent you a message) and am very close to the embassy where there is free internet. So any method should work. Let me know!

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