who is vesuvian woman... 

and what does that even mean? 

Hey, my name is Jessica Castro and I'm a young twenty-something trying to navigate my way through life. I'm a North Texas native, currently living in Brooklyn, New York. I'm a traveler, writer, photographer, lover, and an endless, passionate student of life.

This notion of blogging came to me sophomore year of college; I tried out different things, got bored with them all, then picked it back up again at the begging of 2016 during my time studying abroad in Europe. That blog was called Vesuvian Travels, but once I returned to Europe in the beginning of 2017, I decided that name won't do anymore - mostly because it was tied to my most precious time abroad. Plus, I felt I needed something to match the place in life that I am now, so I went back to the root of how I found the name.

During my junior year of college I took several English lit courses. In one of them, we read a poem by Emily Dickinson called 'My life had stood - A loaded gun'. Stanza III is what stuck out to me, and it reads:  And do I smile, such cordial light
Upon the Valley glow – 
It is as a Vesuvian face
Had let its pleasure through – 

These lines refer to the narrator smiling, and "Vesuvian face" is in reference to the volcano in Pompeii, know, the one that destroyed the entire city. Of course, this poem could be interpreted in a multitude of ways, but the way I chose to interpret it was seeing that the Vesuvian face is one that is beautiful, yet wildly unpredictable [or explosive] in behavior. This idea appealed to me, thus the name was adopted for myself.

The content I'll be blogging here will consist mostly of my travel + life experiences and this blog will be used as a sort of creative + therapeutic outlet for myself. Essentially, it's a personal documentation of my explorations on this path called adulthood. Once you've met me, you'll quickly learn that I'm an incredibly open person, so you can also see this blog as an open invitation to parts of my life. 

Thanks for reading!

xx, J