Hello! I’m Orel, a graduate law student trying to make my best to get my LL.M. at Louisiana State University this year. The proof is, I’m writing live from my favorite place of all times… the  university library!

I moved approximately 18 times since I was born, and it made me see life as an adventure. I really feel like I fully enjoy life when I am abroad and that’s why I’d love to stay in the United States. France, my home country, is lovely, but I just feel that there is so much more to learn abroad!

I think some stories are worth being shared so I made this blog. I try to keep it like a journal in which I gather my best adventures and photos of places I liked. The posts don’t follow a chronological order and I hope that’s not a problem. I love writing in English but as I’m not a native speaker, it’s possible that mistakes remain in my articles. I hope it’s still nice to read them!

Aw, the library is closing! I’d better go. Thank you so much for your interest in my writings and photos. I’m looking forward to talking to you.  – Orel


103 Responses to About

  1. Thom Hickey says:

    Delighted to have ‘blog hopped’ over to you here. Enjoying your adventures. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (give it a spin!).

  2. MikeW says:

    Great blog!

  3. KC says:

    Hi Orel,

    My name is KC Owens, I’m a college student and I love to travel! While cruising the Internet, I found your site and really enjoyed reading your posts. I have been to countries all over Europe with just my backpack and a camera. Since I am a college student and I have significant bills, it can be difficult to find ways to travel the world. However, I have done this several times, with less than ten pounds of luggage and while on a college dime!

    I was hoping that you would allow me to write a post for your blog to share my tips and tricks with your readers. I put a lot of time into my traveling, it is my biggest passion and I would love to inspire others by sharing my stories, mistakes and triumphs. I look forward to hearing from you!


    KC Owens

  4. Hi Orel,
    thank you for liking my post and leading me here. I like your way of thinking and will surely want to hear more!


  5. passionwriting says:

    u r bookworm…glad to have met u :)

  6. ajaytao2010 says:

    Nice reading about you.

    Thanks visit my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

  7. checkdis143 says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog, which has led to me to yours :) Love the Google maps! Have fun on your hikes!

  8. The Landy says:

    I’m with you, life is one big adventure, enjoy the journey!!!

  9. R C Norman says:

    Orel, thanks for the likes on some of my pics. I have a really great blog here and I’m looking forward to following your adventures. — Rob

  10. surfnslide says:

    Hi Orel, thanks for dropping by my blog and liking my posts about my visit to the Isle of Rum. I’ve bookmarked yor site so I can check out your future posts and I’ve added your site to my blogroll and RSS feeds

  11. Bill says:

    Thanks very much for the like you left on my Cattails at 20 Lines A Day. I envy you your travels. :)

  12. N.H. says:

    Ben mec, t’en as fait de la route. Il est loin le temps où on voulait faire crimino en passant chacun par sa voie universitaire. En tout cas t’as l’occasion de voir le soleil. Je te souhaite un bon voyage, de Lille.

    • Mdr Nico. Ca commence a remonter a bien longtemps mais ca ne me semble pas si lointain pour autant! J’espere que tu t’en sors avec tes etudes. Pas donne de trouver quelque chose apres…

      • N.H. says:

        Ca va! J’ai découvert que la psychanalyse c’était mon vrai kiff, mais t’as raison, ce sera pas facile. Enfin, je vais pas me plaindre!

  13. Hi there Orel, thanks for stopping by my blog and for the like, it is appreciated :)..If you have time, please take a look at my other blog and let me know your throughts…You have some nice images hereand your writing is cool too..Enjoy your travels, regards Mark

  14. Hi Orel, thanks for checking out my blog, writearoundnow. Your posts are great – the Scottish Highlands look and sound just wonderful, I now feel I have to go there. I will be looking out for more of your great photos, and hopefully out on some (smaller) treks of my own soon.

  15. Thank you for checking out my blog “Acadian Soul”. I enjoyed reading about some of your adventures, and look forward to hearing about where you go next. Good luck with your studies!

  16. MikelAlice says:

    I’m michela and are strongly interested in your travel experience. Do you think I may have your own email address where you write about an interesting project?

  17. yogesh chauhan says:

    Hey its good to know you like trekking … i m also and avid trekker …. done most of them in Himalayas . Have you ever been to Himalayas .. ??
    I advice you to come here whenever you come to india.. or plan to do so …
    I really liked your blog … I hope to learn something from your writing style . .thanks for stopping by

    • Hi Yogesh. Wow, you are a serious trekker *o*. I’ve never been to the Himalayas but it is planned for when I’ll have some spare time and mates to do treks with! I was supposed to go to Ladakh last summer but I ended up in North America :). Thanks for your comment, but I doubt you will learn much given your experience!

  18. johnsebesta says:

    Thanks for your interest in my photographs. Your blog looks intriguing and I’m a little jealous of all of your travels!


  19. sidiousj says:

    Nice blog and you are so right about living abroad, life is so much more interesting especially when you have to learn another language.

  20. Hi Orel! Thanks for visiting and liking my blog post “Confessions of a Sunset Junkie.” I look forward to checking your blog out more thoroughly this weekend. Be well …

  21. mehmudah says:

    Many thanks for coming to my blog. Great site this! now followed!

  22. James Brown says:

    Thanks for stopping by my photo blog and liking a post! I enjoyed looking at your beautiful photos!

  23. Hello!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking one of my posts!

    I look forward to checking out your blog in return.


  24. Thank you for liking my post. As I shared, my adventures are not as exotic as yours and others, but I still believe I have something to share. Hope you’ll stop back to see the seasons change in Eastern Pennsylvania. I will be following you memories of past outings!

  25. Louis says:

    Thanks for dropping by and ‘liking’ Abstract 117. Abstracts are not everyone’s cup o’ tea!

  26. Hi Orel,

    I love the idea of your blog and your amazing adventures and photography that I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Please visit me for more info: http://lscotthoughts.com/2012/01/08/kreativ-blogger-award-another-grateful-nomination/

  27. Hey Orel. I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please visit me and post a comment to accept. Blessings, Celeste. :)

  28. Sophia says:

    Love your about page and thank you for finding my blog. :-)

  29. We are following your blog, so we can keep up with your adventures. Have fun in law school and traveling! :)

    Tina and Salvador

  30. Hello and Happy New Year! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. What a wonderful life you have! I can only imagine how awesome it must feel to travel and see all the places you have, and the photos you have taken are beautiful! Good luck and be safe on your continued journey of adventures! I look forward to seeing the world through your eyes. Love and Light, Celeste. :)

  31. Monica says:

    Hello Orel, What a lovely blog. Good luck with your L.L.M. Does that mean we can bring you our copyright questions? I look forward to seeing lots more of your travels in pictures and story. Happy New Year to you. Thanks, Monica

    • Orel Di Angelo says:

      Hi Monica, thanks for visiting! You can indeed bring me your copyright, patent and design questions :P. I study French law though so it’ll be hard to find a solution on American matters. My goal in 2012 is to be taken in an American University or find internships in the US to learn more about your legal system (and of course travel in your beautiful country!).
      I wish you a happy new year as well.

  32. chettripores says:

    I’ve always liked this kind of “world tripping”, through people that have been “there”. the world is too big to see it real in a lifetime. so keep it up, you’re doing great !

    • Orel Di Angelo says:

      Thanks! That’s what blogging is about for me too, world tripping through other people or discovering new places to visit them later. Have a happy new year!

  33. aeshahadlina says:

    Dear Mr. Orel,
    Thank you very much for liking my post. Your journal is a very interesting one. I like it very much. I’ve always wanted to go to France because people always said that it is a nice place. And I’m already trying to learn as much words and sentences and grammars of the French language already. The hardest part of the language is the pronunciation but, hopefully I can master the language. Keep up your great work!
    Aeshah Adlina

    • Orel Di Angelo says:

      Hi Aesha,
      I had a weird dream tonight. In the dream my native language was English and I was trying to speak French, but I was so bad at it. Everything seemed so complicated. I didn’t understand any of the grammar rules. I just remembered the dream when I read you. I think it’s related to your message I read yesterday, and another blog I visited :D. If you want to go to France, why not do an exchange here. It’d be easier to learn the language.
      Bonne année.

      • aeshahadlina says:

        Dear Mr. Orel Di Angelo,
        :D. Yes, I think it will be easier to master a language by being where the language is from because everyone will talk in the language and you will eventually be good in it. You’re very lucky to be able to go to all of those places you’ve been to like the Ben Nevis and cave into deep, scary but interesting places like the caving trip you made in Lozere, France. Best wishes and a late wish of Happy New Year to you too!
        Aeshah Adlina

  34. Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog ;)

  35. mariaarenas says:

    Checked out your blog after you liked my post, glad I did! Interesting blog, your travels sound very exciting! and you’ve moved 16 times? wow! is that to 16 different countries or just cities? subscribing now :) I hope 2011 was good to you!


    • Orel Di Angelo says:

      Hi Maria. The 16 times are the cities. 16 countries would’ve been crazy :D. Good 2012! Keep up the gorgeous photographs!

  36. Hi Orel,

    thank you for your interest in our little straw bale hotel.
    A happy New Year and all the best.
    Greetings from Switzerland


  37. I nominated you for an award, cause you deserve it. The info is here and what to do with it. It is kind of a chain letter, but in a good way. http://joebeans2002.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/hey-ma-im-a-versatile-blogger/

  38. stagewest says:

    Enjoy your adventures! Thanks for the follow.

  39. ifatmonk says:

    fantastic blog…
    Thanks for sharing

  40. Jenny Trozell says:

    Hello, thank´s for visiting my recently started blog :-) For not being a native English speaker you write amazingly well. I am Swedish myself and I find your writing very pleasant and interesting written. Keep up the good work!

  41. Jude says:

    Hi Orel
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your pictures and I share your love of the wilderness. I lived in the mountains in British Columbia for many years, I also have a great love for Scotland, and now live in an isolated spot in the Dordogne in France. Keep travelling!

  42. thebrewguy says:

    Thanks for following my blog. I look forward to reading about your adventures. We appear to have similar taste in recreation.

  43. I look forward to reading more of your adventures. I can’t travel as often as I’d like, so armchair traveling via other blogs is a good substitute. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  44. niki says:

    Your blog is a wonderful collection of pictures and stories and it’s very nice of you to share your adventures with us.Thank you for visiting my blog!

  45. RyanHC says:

    Hi Orel, I look forward to reading about more of your adventures, thanks for swinging by my blog, I’m still learning what this blogging thing is all about, and your tales are good inspiration!

  46. cassfox says:

    Anyone who starts there about page by naming the university library as your favorite place of all time is tops in my book. Your blog makes we want to start planning my next vacation. Cheers

  47. Hi Orel
    Thanks for reading my blog and liking one of my posts :)
    Your adventures seem amazing, and the pictures are great. Makes me really want to go there.
    Good luck on your next journey.

  48. chuletz says:

    Hi Orel, thanks for visiting my blog. I think everyone said what i want to say already. your pictures are seriously AMAZING. are you using DSLR to take those? wow, how do you lug them around to some of these areas? I hope you will visit my home country one day. Malaysia is very beautiful with plentiful sun.

    • Hi Chuletz. I’m happy that you liked the photos and I’m flattered that you think that I use a DSLR (I had to look it up on google lol). I’m only using a small crappy Lumix 12Mpx digital camera. I’m happy of the results I have with it but when I see pictures people can take on other blogs I really see the limits of my camera. It’s sure that if I had a reflex camera I’d have a problem to carry it safely :D. I’ve heard about Malaysia and I definitely want to travel there!

  49. jaygresh says:

    Wow, you have some amazing adventures! Fine photos as well! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  50. Hi Orel,

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please visit my blog when you can: http://lscotthoughts.com/2011/12/01/versatile-blogger-award-3/
    Lauren :)

  51. Megan says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. It’s nice to “meet” a fellow lawyer / traveler. Great blog!

  52. Hi Orel

    Thanks for dropping by. I have been in France for about 3 months. Love the architecture and the inspiring people. Read some of your blog posts. Really interesting and inspiring as well. Thanks for sharing. I also have a love for climbing and hiking. When i am not traveling, I always visit the mountains in South Africa.

  53. emiliomahtani says:


  54. Hi Orel,

    Thanks so much for visiting me and liking “The Right Path.” Your blog sounds wonderful and I love your choice in public libraries! I’m going to follow you so I can keep up with your journey. I hope you’ll visit me again, too! :)

  55. Dilip says:

    Orel beautiful pics and inspiring writings! I love to read the adventures and aspirations of young folk. Thank you I just subscribed to your blog :)

  56. Gaby says:

    Hello Orel! Very beautiful your picture above!
    Thanks you for visiting my blog.
    It’s nice to know someone who studied law, if the university library is your favorite place,
    I do not doubt that you will achieve the best!.
    One secret to success is to be updated, the studies never ends, and
    if you like your career besides the books, you will have a complete success!!
    Greetings from Venezuela!

    • Orel Engel says:

      Hey Gaby! THanks for your kind words. I was kidding with the lib being my favorite place, but I spend a lot of time in it though :D
      Your blog is cool and it can gives plenty of ideas for a future home, even if I’m far from being able to afford it!

  57. Hi! Your posts about the scottish mountains have made me home sick!!!!!

  58. rkotay says:

    Nice pics. Dude, be careful climbing around on those rocks! My wife and I take pics of mountains; we don’t climb ’em. Best wishes on your future law career.

  59. thandiwe says:


    Your photos are incredible! Thanks for sharing your adventures.

  60. Thanks for visiting our blog! I love your Scottish hill photos — I used to walk about in the mountains of Scotland once upon a time, and this brings back memories…

    • Orel Engel says:

      I’m glad to hear that Vladimir. It brings back memories to me too since I don’t live there anymore. I love your photos! That must be awesome to go kayaking around Manhattan!!

  61. aj vosse says:

    Thanks for stopping by… I like the look of your blog, I’m thinking of redoing my blogroll… could I place your link on the new roll?
    Enjoy all your outdoors… we’ve never been to Scotland… your pictures are inviting… ;-)

  62. SL Schildan says:

    Thank you for “liking” my backyard photos. What a difference a day makes, heavy rains and strong winds left out colorful and tranquil back yard angry, cold, grey, and the trees nearly bare.

    I can relate to late nights and early mornings. I was so glad to read a medical report that says the optimum sleep requirement for women is 5 1/2 hrs a night. If I could install a light switch in my brain that flips off when I hit the bed and flips on when it’s time to get up, all would be well.

    I’m looking forward to seeing your photographs.

    Shez at Totally Random Shez

    • Orel Engel says:

      Your photos are great. I had never seen a backyard as a place where actually so many things are happening. Blogging made me discover that small spaces can be full of secrets.
      5 1/2 a night? It doesn’t seem to be a lot to me. I’d need more like twice that amount :D

  63. What amazing pics you take. Makes me want to pack up the backpack and hit the beaten track. Can’t wait to follow where you go next via your blog.

    • Orel Engel says:

      Hey! You’re fondue post keeps me very hungry of cheese! Ahah. The posts on my blog are a compilation of my experiences so it’s not in a chronological order. The 3 days trek was in September 2010 (something like from the 24th to the 27th).

  64. Alex Autin says:

    Wow! Great blog. Your photos make me want to go there, and your writing takes me there! Awesome!

  65. love the photo’s, and reading your adventure’s! thanks for liking my post and hence I found your’s! Keep up the great photography and writing, Lizzi

  66. joybound says:

    Following your blog now and including it in my blogroll… Simply beautiful pictures. I’m looking forward to reading and seeing your next travels.

  67. Thanks for stopping by my photo blog and liking it. I am planning a trip hiking across Scotland next fall so I feel it was fate somehow that I was led back to your blog and your most recent posts about hiking Scotland. The photos are beautiful. Looking forward to my trip even more having looked at them! I will not however take the route you just finished. LOL.

  68. WhelanTrek says:

    I dropped by here after you dropped by my blog. I am going to follow you it is such a nice space and interesting as well!

  69. Harini Riana says:

    Hi! Awesome journal you have going on here! And thanks for liking my Fall Colors article :)

  70. starbear says:

    Thank you for visiting my world and kind words.

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