Missoula 101: 8 Things Missoulians Need

Missoula 101: 8 Things Missoulians Need

The basic items Missoulians love to have.
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Missoula, Montana is a beautiful town filled with fun, adventurous people. WIth mountains surrounding us on each side and the Clark Fork river running through the town Missoulians are constantly on the go. We're adventurous and daring, not caring what anyone thinks of us (for the most part this is a judgement-free town). If you want to become a basic Missoulian (the rest of Montana calls us hippies), then here's a list of what you need.

1. A Patagonia hat, and everything else Patagonia while you're at it

All basic Missoulians wear Patagonia hats; baseball caps in the summer and beanies in the winter. Commonly called patagucci, it's a staple brand for the community.


2. Chacos (with or without socks, no one will judge you here)

You will see them everywhere in the summer and, believe it or not, in the winter too. Sacos (socks and Chacos) are a Missoulians go-to once the snow starts to fall. We also tend to pride ourselves on how good our Chaco tan gets in the summer, and wont forget to post it all over social media to remind you.


3. Birkenstocks (with socks is also acceptable)

For those who don't like Chacos, there's always Birkenstocks (or you can have both). More common in the fall than any other season, they are comfortable fit for anyone and everyone.


4. Kavu rope sling bag

With Missoula being such a bike friendly town, purses aren't always an option. The perfect solution to this is a Kavu rope sling bag. They are more popular than you would think.


5. Lots of vintage flannels

An important go to item for the citizens of Missoula are their vintage style flannels. They will keep you warm in the winters and are a nice waist accessory in the summers.


6. Nalgene water bottle covered with stickers

Since we're a whole bunch of environmental "hippies", reusable water bottles are a top priority. Now, it's almost embarrassing to have a Nalgene water bottle that's "naked" in this town. If you want to fit in, make sure to completely cover your bottle before entering Missoula County.


7. Thick headbands

If you're a girl, make sure you have some thick headbands (found at Eddie Bauer or Trail Head). There will be times when you have unwashed, greasy hair and will want to have a headband to hold it back. In Missoula, showering daily isn't necessary, so expect to need a headband or two.

8. Griz gear

Game day or not, Griz gear should always be a huge section of your belongings. Its important to have blankets, shirts, flags, and everything else. Now, if you ever think about wearing Bobcat gear... forget the past 7 points and leave Missoula.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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8 Reasons You Should Travel Out East

Don't be afraid to explore Asia! It has so much to offer, and here are a few (of the many reasons) that you should travel to Asia on your next big vacation.

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Over the past few years, it has come to my attention that a lot of non-Asian Americans never really travel to Asia. Families go on vacations in Africa and Europe, but never make it out to Asia. I'm writing this short list of reasons why you should go to Asia to convince you to consider going to Asia when planning your next big trip. I've traveled all over Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and many other Asian countries, and nothing compares to all the memories I've made while in Asia.

1. You get to experience transportation on a new level.

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The U.S. has yet to have bullet trains that can take you from one side of the country to the other in a few hours. In Japan and China, you can sit back and relax while the train whizzes away at 200 mph and takes you across the country. In Sri Lanka and India you can zoom through traffic while riding on tuk-tuks and feeling the wind blow through your hair.

2. The food is so cheap (and delicious!!!)

I got this entire meal from a food court in Japan for less than 5 USD!

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Have you ever dreamt about eating hundreds of dumplings or chowing down on satays? Food is ridiculously cheap and you can usually have a full meal for less than ½ of U.S. prices. Explore street food, and don't be afraid to try things outside of chicken and beef. One of my tips is to wait until after you finish eating to ask what you ate. Don't worry about the calories because you're probably going to be doing a lot of walking.

3. You will see some amazing and unique architecture.

The Putra Mosque in Kuala Lumpur is a massive mosque with vibrant colors that blends Arab-Islamic, Persian, and Malaysian architecture. If you think this pic is cool, you should go inside of it.

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It's amazing how thousands of years ago there were massive structures built all over Asia. Did you know that the Great Wall of China was built starting in 770 BC? Another prime example is Angkor Wat, translated to "temple city," which was built in the 12th century in Cambodia and is still one of the biggest religious structures in the world.

4. There is a story behind everything.

India is home to many different forts and palaces, and the above picture is of Amber Fort.

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No matter what you do or where you go, there is always a story behind everything. Whether it is Shah Jahan constructing the Taj Mahal for his beloved wife or how Hang Sung Sot, otherwise known as the Cave of Surprises, evolved after 500 million years of geological transformation, you'll always learn something new.

5. You can shop until you drop.

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If you want a new pair of sunglasses, furniture, some cute new earrings or some stylish scarfs: you can always find them in a local market. You might have to bargain the price, but you'll have some fun stories to tell if you bargain with the local people. Piece of advice - never take the first price they offer.

6. You'll be able to discover some new bops.

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I've spent the past few months listening to Drake and Taylor Swift on repeat, but travelling through the Incheon airport and road tripping all over India gave me some new tunes to listen to. KPop and Bollywood both have some amazing bops, and 10/10 would recommend listening to Blackpink and Mickey Singh. I discovered one of my favorite boy-bands (TFBoys) while I was studying abroad in China.

7. You can go out of your comfort zone. 

I took this picture while watching a cultural show in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This show included a combination of sound, light, dancing, and various props.

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Asia has 48 unique countries, but there are hundreds of unique cultures all over Asia. China itself has over 50 ethnic groups and over 200 dialects!! Oftentimes we like to live within our own bubbles, but travelling gives you chances to widen your perspective to the world around you.

8. You can try so many new fruits.

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I had to add another point about food because you can't go to Asia without trying new fruits. No matter what market or grocery store you go to, I guarantee that you will be able to find a new fruit. Some of my personal favorites are rambutans and lychees. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even go for some durian.

I've traveled to Asia so many times and I am always still in awe of everything that has been built in Asia. Some of the palaces and forts took 20+ years to build, and it amazing that these structures have lasted for hundreds of years. No matter where you go in Asia, you will always learn something new. Don't be afraid to travel to Asia! Go study abroad in China or climb Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia. Whatever you do, I promise that it will be worth it.

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