Why (and How) Travelers Should Support Refugees

on March 22, 2017
Why (and How) Travelers Should Support Refugees

I am of the opinion that as people who like to travel, as people who enjoy culture (of any kind), we have a duty to protect refugees. We are the people who have seen the world. Who have seen the art in Russia and tasted the street food in China and drank in the pubs in Scotland. We know that the world is full of people who are DIFFERENT than us, and more importantly, we value this: we take their art home, we wander their museums, we recreate their recipes, we fill scrapbooks with bits of their culture. Is it not our duty to protect these people of different cultures when they need us?

Since I originally started drafting this post, there have been two iterations of the US proposed Muslim Ban, both denied by federal judges, and my fervor has only gotten more intense. This post is a long time coming, but I’m very excited to share with you my views (and some advice) on why travelers should support refugees. Continue reading

Upcoming Travels: I’m Headed South!

on March 15, 2017

I’ve gotten into this great & lazy habit of sucking out all the information I can from my blog readers about things to do when I travel! Before I went to Norway and Prague, I asked y’all for your advice and you did not disappoint, so here I am… being lazy and doing it again 😉 Continue reading

An Expat Chat

on March 8, 2017

I’ve been reflecting on expat life quite a bit lately. Fellow blogger Rachel from A Nesting Nomad is about to start her expat journey (from the UK to Australia!) and I recently answered some questions for her about expat life that got me into this little reflective mode. So when I stumbled across a list of Expat questions from Sandra, a Swiss expat in Boston, I thought I would give it a go! I realized that I don’t actually write about “expat life” in particular very much on here, even though it’s really underlying every experience I have in this country. So… maybe you will learn something new about me, and what it’s like to be an expat! Continue reading

February 2017 | Recap

on March 3, 2017

My whole entire childhood I despised Februaries. It was the month when the Michigan snow turned to permanent brown slush. The temperature would plummet lower and lower, as my skin got paler and my hair got more static-y. This was my third February in England, though, and I think I’m coming to terms with my old foe! It was a surprisingly warm/sunny month, and I emerged (briefly) from my shell in the library to actually enjoy this month! Continue reading

How to Find the Secret Mews of London

on March 1, 2017

I’m so excited to share with you the finest hidden gems ever – the secret mews of London!

When I found out this month’s travel linkup theme was “hidden gems,” I was on a Megabus back from London. Crammed between a boisterous 5 year old and my smuggled McDonald’s french fries (who decided french fries aren’t allowed on buses anymore??). Despite that, I had one of those light bulb/angel choir singing in the background moments. Because there’s nothing, I repeat nothing, more “hidden gem” than these quiet and quaint rows of houses, miraculously peaceful in one of the world’s largest cities. Continue reading

The It’s-Going-To-Be-Okay Poem

on February 25, 2017

Lately, my brain resembles the fuzzy pile you compile from your dryer’s lint-screen. Or, possibly more accurately: the ensuing fiery explosion that occurs when you don’t clean your lint-screen every 24 hours (according to my landlord, at least). Which is to say, I’ve been a bit frazzled. Continue reading

The City Un-Guide to London

on February 22, 2017

I wanted to tell you all about my trip to London this past weekend – but I didn’t know how. After all, it’s not like it was my first trip to London (see here, here, here, here etc…) so how do I put a spin on it? (That’s what you’re supposed to do on a blog, right?) So here’s what I do have… My city UN-GUIDE to London.  Continue reading

The Best Pizza Chain in Southwest England

on February 18, 2017

…And it’s gluten free!

But seriously, it’s high time that I pay tribute to southwest England’s greatest masterpiece (forget Agatha Christie, Tom Daley, JK Rowling, Sherlock Holmes etc.) – it’s The Stable!  As you all know by now, my favorite part of traveling is undoubtedly eating. And my favorite part about eating is pizza. Although I recently decided to move away from listicle type posts and give you all some more heartfelt and *deep* words….sometimes I just need to write about PIZZA! (And you’ll soon see that, to me, The Stable means a bit more than just pizza). Continue reading

Exploring Karlin District, Prague

on February 11, 2017

I can’t quite make up my mind whether, as a traveler, I’m a spreadsheet-loving organization-aholic, or an I’m-a-free-bird burn-all-the-maps kind of wanderer. Leading up to our Prague trip, I was honestly just too busy to plan… and I felt the aftershocks of lack of planning in the various disasters I encountered over the weekend.

However, one of the best parts of our lack of organization was our morning exploring the Karlin district of Prague! Karlin is a bit off the beaten path, and seen as a more hipster (and a bit gentrified), residential neighborhood. Unlike the touristy Prague 1, in Karlin you can relax and just… wander.

That’s exactly what we did, at least, and in the end our lack of planning led to some wonderful surprises! Continue reading

Pilgrimage, Politics, & Prague

on February 8, 2017
Why (and How) Travelers Should Support Refugees

The separation of church and state….and blog? This is the rule we live by. If you’d like to see me break it, read on…

I was in Prague the same weekend as my country’s immigration ban exploded across the world news scene. I’d like to share a little story with you about that weekend… Continue reading