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Mariah Nogueira

Mariah Meaalii Nogueira is half Samoan and half Brazilian, and was born in Huntington Beach, CA. She graduated from Stanford University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and is currently a professional soccer player in the National Women's Soccer League.

Why We Travel: A Type of Therapy

I have always traveled through soccer. My weekends were spent traveling for tournaments — first to different parts of California, then, as I got older, to other parts of the nation and, eventually, the...

TBLI Round V: Final Reflections

https://player.vimeo.com/video/122466340 Life after Samoa reverted very quickly to reality: I’m back in Seattle, getting ready for the next National Women’s Soccer League season. My trip still feels very surreal. With the abrupt reintegration into normal life,...

TBLI Round V, Part 7: An (Almost) Perfect Ending

https://player.vimeo.com/video/121763676 The last day of my trip had come. I couldn’t believe how fast the time went, and I was excited for some of the final things we had in store. We started with a trip...

TBLI Round V, Part 6: Expect the Unexpected

https://player.vimeo.com/video/121556572 With only two days left, I wanted to make sure I saw as much as I could of the larger Samoan Island of Upolu. We started in the main city of Apia. I always try...

TBLI Round V, Part 5: I Can Feel You, Mom

https://player.vimeo.com/video/121322317 This trip is flying by. My time has been jam-packed, just how I like it to be. I can’t believe there are only a few days left. One of the things that I wanted to...

TBLI Round V, Part 4: Putting Soccer on the Map

https://player.vimeo.com/video/121117753 I met a lot of people on the sixth day of my journey. After my radio interview, things kind of blew up. WiFi has been pretty nonexistent in Samoa, but I try to sneak over to...

TBLI Round V, Part 3: “If I See One More Mosquito…”

https://vimeo.com/120892549 I woke up to the luckiest twelve mosquitos on the island; somehow they had found their way inside the net that covered my bed. Tisa had warned us the night before to keep the net tucked...

TBLI Round V, Part 2: No Short Shorts

https://vimeo.com/120892549 I spent my second night in Samoa in a treehouse. All of my childhood dreams and sketches could never have come close to dreaming up something as awesome as that place. It was called Lupe...
Mariah Nogueira TBLI Samoa trip waterfall jumping

TBLI Round V, Part 1: Hitting the Ground Jumping

https://vimeo.com/120696381 My travel day to Samoa started as so many trips seem to go: with a cancelled flight. With each minute that my rescheduled aircraft was delayed, I could feel dread creeping from my stomach to my...


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