Upcoming Travel Plans

on April 16, 2018

Hey there y’all – I’m here this week with one of my favorite kind of posts, and that’s an update on my upcoming travel plans! I think as I’ve gotten older I’ve started getting more and more enjoyment just out of the travel planning and booking process. Anyone else? Continue reading

Transitioning to Real Life with Old English Co | Competition

on April 4, 2018

Rain is streaking the kitchen windows and I’m surrounded by the rumbling of an early April thunderstorm. I’m writing this as I eat a salad pieced together from leftovers – a late dinner because I went for my training run after work. The dog snores at my feet. Various to-do lists lay crumpled on the counter. These moments are mundane, normal, domestic, and…sweet.

I now live a life with a job, to-do lists, a kitchen table, a dog to walk, and a car to pay for (as of last week!). But these moments also feel bizarre, when I think back on where I’ve been. Four months ago I was driving out into the wilderness of Iceland with a guy I’d just met that morning. And before that there were the refugee camps, my graduation, countless flights and cross-country buses. Life was wild and anything but normal. When I moved back to the United States and gave up my expat and nomadic traveler titles, I thought I’d be giving up my freedom. I wasn’t thinking about what I would gain: A home base, a routine, a schedule, an income, and more. Continue reading

2018 UK Summer Bucket List

on April 1, 2018

When I read that the April travel link up topic was “places you can’t get out of your head,” well I knew there was one special place I had to write about! The United Kingdom, of course. I lived in southwest England for 3.5 years, and my heart does a little twinge at that past tense. I was so sad to leave the UK when my visa expired, but like I mentioned when I left the country nearly four months ago, I know my story with the UK isn’t over yet. Continue reading

March Coffee Date & SPECIAL Giveaway!

on March 28, 2018

It’s been a while since we talked. I mean, really talked. So this month, let’s have a coffee date (and a giveaway, because, why not).

I mixed up my monthly recap last month, and thought I’d try a new style again for March, in the style of Carolann’s monthly coffee dates. As a treat for you all, I also have a giveaway at the bottom of this post! I’m giving away a piece of handmade (by me!) pottery, as well as 10 free subscriptions to the popular GPS My City app. Just scroll to the bottom to see the details. Otherwise, sit down and have a coffee with me 🙂 Continue reading

Travel Impressions | Vero Beach is…

on March 17, 2018

Sometimes when you travel, you’re not interested in the top ten sights or the best restaurants or Doing Every Possible Thing. Yes, this even happens to travel bloggers 😉 I’ve found myself increasingly craving this kind of travel: travel where I can soak everything up, take a moment to breathe, and not worry about seeing all the sights. I think this is partially because of my health issues lately, that when I travel I want to have the most relaxing experience possible and not further aggravate any of my symptoms. Also, the two trips I’ve taken so far in 2018 (Florida & NYC) were to places I’ve been many times, so I don’t feel that pressure to see the top sights because, well, I already have. Continue reading

A Cuban Exile’s Return to Havana: What We Learn from Visiting Cuba

on March 14, 2018

Today I want to share with you an important and exciting guest post written by my friend Celine, on her return to Havana. Celine and I met in college, and even did the same study abroad program in England together. In 2015, I got to go to the southernmost point in the US with her – the closest she had ever been to Cuba, since her family’s exile {scroll to the bottom to see that photo!}. Well, a few weeks ago Celine finally made it to Cuba. I asked her to write this blog post about her return to Havana. It is really special, and I hope you enjoy it. Without further ado, here’s Celine…

 

Havana is like no other place. So I was told by countless Cubans during my visit a few weeks ago. So I was told by my father who can barely remember the city where he was born, for he has not been back since. And so I was told by a culture that seesaws on its feelings for this strange, wonderful land. Continue reading

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY | Help me Help Refugee Women!

on March 7, 2018

It’s March which means Women’s History month and International Women’s Day (Thursday March 8!) – AKA girl power month. It also means I have an announcement!

On Earth Day (April 22) I will be running 13.1 miles in an all-women half marathon, in support of my beloved Refugee Women’s Center. I have run races before (only one half marathon!) but I have NEVER done a fundraiser. Why am I doing my first one now? Well, I found the charity that deserves it. Continue reading

February 2018 | Recap

on March 4, 2018

Usually I write my monthly recaps gradually throughout the month. They’re the blog posts that I pretend-write in my head on long runs, or quickly jot sentences down in my phone for.  So it’s unusual that it’s taken me this long to sit down and write my monthly recap for February. That’s why I’ve decided to go with a different format for this month’s review – I’ve used the same basic format for the last two years so this will be refreshing!

Thanks Ellie for inspiring me to write this post, and PipHeidi Apples for inspiring Ellie! Without further ado… Continue reading

Wellbeing Habits Lately | 1

on February 25, 2018

So recently I came out to y’all about some of my health problems, and that I plan to bring increased wellness content to le blog! Yay! I’m really excited about this – I hope you are, too! A combo of wellness and travel content was actually my goal when I originally created this website, but well, as you can see travel took over. As I’m working on getting healthy and bringing some balance into my life, I’ll also be bringing some balance to this blog. Which brings me to… Continue reading

What I’m Loving About Repatriating to the USA

on February 22, 2018

One thing I’ve noticed about repatriating to the USA is that people are always asking me, “Are you okay?” Like they are so concerned about me, like they assume I hate being back in the USA. I do appreciate the concern – it was difficult to leave England, and I would rather have some acknowledge culture shock than ignore it! But on the other hand, it was my decision to move back to the USA. I wanted to come back for multiple reasons, and it’s definitely been the right decision for me.  Continue reading