About Me

“I have hope that inside is not a heart but a kaleidoscope” –Sara Bareilles



I’m a California girl who can still (barely) fall into the “twenty-something” category, and I’m on a mission to soak up as much adventure out of life as possible. I believe in taking advantage of the opportunities that surround us and experiencing life in all ways daring, bold, wild, and wonderful. In the process, though, I tend to find myself in bizarre situations which later turn into hilarious stories.

I currently live in South Korea, where I teach English to middle school students and am slowly acquiring an appreciation for kimchi.


What is this blog about?

They say you’re supposed to find your “niche” as a blogger, but I can’t seem to limit myself to only travel stories or only information about Korea. I write because I’m compelled to, and on this blog you’ll find things like stories of my travels, musings on life in Korea, confessions about my absurd dating life, my failed attempts at losing weight, tales of my strange and ridiculous experiences, and whatever else strikes my fancy at the moment. Life Kaleena’s Kaleidoscope is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get!


Overall, Kaleena’s Kaleidoscope documents the less than average journey of a girl who wants to see the world, find her place within it, and make it a little bit better along the way (and also find the secret to eating all the ice cream without gaining weight).



Here, you’ll find a refreshing blend of honesty, humor, and reflection.

Knapps Castle, Santa Barbara

Some “fun facts” about me:

I’m an adrenaline junkie, and I’ve scuba dived, sky dived, ziplined, rapelled down cliffs, climbed up waterfalls, sandboarded, and done a number of other things that make my parents nervous.

I would eat ice cream every day, if only my metabolism allowed it.

I’m an aerial dancer (like Cirque du Soleil style).

Before I lived in South Korea I worked for 5 years at a non-profit that provides travel for people with disabilities, and spent my weekends checking items off my  Santa Barbara Bucket List.

I’ve traveled throughout 26 countries and much of the USA.

I played in the National Kickball Championships in Las Vegas. This included shotgunning beers at 8am as a grown woman.

I have climbed the Eiffel Tower with a chest cold, been in a sailing fiasco in Buenos Aires, hiked through the jungles of Panama, evaded pirates in Borneo, been stranded on a deserted island in the Philippines, and nearly been arrested on the Bolivian border. My life isn’t entirely normal.


Sound good so far? I hope you’ll follow along with my journey to live a nonconventional life and be inspired to go adventuring, yourself! 



Hill of Seven Colors in Purmamarca, Argentina



  • Jessica Simon

    So glad to see this up & running! It looks beautiful – I can’t wait to read more.
    PS – Totally had a quarter-life crisis. Those are some of the ones that bring you the greatest adventures. 😉

    • kaleenamq

      Thanks sweetie! It’s definitely a work in progress, but I’m excited to finally be getting it going. Maybe I’ll have to do some posts about aerial. 😉 Thanks for stopping in! 🙂

  • Hi, love your about page! And loved visiting your blog. Cheers to life!

    • kaleenamq

      Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

  • You really live a colorful live, like a kaleidoscope.
    Wish you have more beautiful trips!
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    • kaleenamq

      Thank you!

  • John

    Kaleena its good to here that you having a good time in koria,i just wish I was travling wit you tha is one place I would like to see Have A Great Day……………….John.brisbane Australia.

  • John

    Kaleena I wish I was traveling with you just as a partner and having a good time and talking about your countru and you talking about mu country.Have A Great Day………..John.

  • Dima Haddad

    I want to swim with whale sharks too … I love your blog please keep em coming …

    • KaleenasKaleidoscope

      Thanks, glad you enjoy it! Swimming with whale sharks was totally incredible, I hope you get the chance to do it some time! 🙂

  • Hi Kaleena — what a fun blog you have, so full of colorful photos and great humor! And as a UCSB alum, I enjoyed your Bucket List. I’m glad to have found my way here today, and have added Kaleena’s Kaleidoscope (awesome title!) to a list of positive blogs I keep on my own site. 🙂

    • KaleenasKaleidoscope

      Hi Meg, thanks so much for saying hello! Working on that bucket list sure was fun, I think I’ll have to redo a few of the items when I’m visiting SB in a couple months. 😉 Cheers!

  • I love it Kaleena!! So excited for you and your continued adventure!

  • Hi Kaleena, my sister told me about your blog! I love it! I like your humor and your adventurous spirit! I’m planning a long trip to central and South America this summer. Excited to follow along and see what you do in those countries.

    • KaleenasKaleidoscope

      Hi Heather! Thanks so much and I’m glad you enjoy the blog! 🙂 I’ve been to both Central and South America, you are going to LOVE it! What countries are you going to? I’ve been to Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Panama, and a few others. 😉 Let me know if you need any suggestions!