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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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