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St Ives Day Trip: Photo Journal

on June 11, 2017
The best city in Cornwall for a day trip: you must take a St Ives day trip. Enjoy my photo journal, hotel, and food advice for the best St Ives day trip!

You know soul mates?

Screw ’em. Let’s talk about soul places.

To me, St Ives is one of those places. The first time I took a St Ives day trip, I meandered with friends through the low-tide harbor. I ate gluten free crepes, clambered on rocks, wrapped up in a warm blanket under a heat lamp at the Porthminster Beach Cafe with a bottle of wine and the sound of night-time waves just a few meters away. Continue reading

When a Place Becomes a Home: Exeter

on May 31, 2017

Soon, I will be bidding farewell to my home of Exeter, England. I read once that we can never return “home” because places will never be the same as when we left them. We change, they change, the people in them change.

I haven’t lived in Exeter for a while, but I still consider it a home. It’s a bit ironic, really. When I studied abroad at Exeter, I did a poetry dissertation which focused on the complexities of defining “home” – it was my first time living in the same country that my maternal grandmother came from, my first time living abroad, and I spent a lot of time pondering what home means. It was one point in my seemingly lifelong mission to understand what home is. Four years later, Exeter is a place I consider home. Continue reading

Gluten Free Girona, Spain: Restaurants, Shops & Tapas

on May 9, 2017
L'exquisit Girona L'exquisit is an adorable little cafe overlooking the River Onyar, the perfect place for a gluten free Girona brunch! They carry gluten free bread, so I had traditional Catalan sandwiches with jamon, tomatoes and cheese each morning (yes, sandwiches for breakfast is a thing). They also offer gluten free cookies! The coffee is also amazing and we ended up here almost every morning of our trip!

If you are looking for gluten free Girona advice… you have come to the right place!

As you know by now, my carefree foodie-traveling lifestyle is slightly hampered by the fact I am gluten free. Never fear in Girona, though: I ate ’til my heart’s content! Of course, this came with the help of my Girona-resident friends Alexia and Angela, who were perfect tour guides, translators, and gluten free Girona connoisseurs. Continue reading

10 Free Things to Do in Girona, Spain

on May 3, 2017

Everyone loves a freebie, so I’m kicking off my posts on my recent travels with the top 10 free things to do in Girona, Spain!

I recently spent about a week in Girona, enjoying a mini reunion of my international student friends from last year. Two of these lovely ladies go to university in Girona. Alexia also happens to have lived in Girona her whole life so I’m not short of expert opinion when it comes to this list of free things to do in Girona. To even further boost the reliability of this post, I’ll also mention that my friends both study Tourism… making them the ideal hosts and ultimate sources of information on 1) tourist-worthy and 2) free things to do in Girona ;P Continue reading

Bristol March for Science

on April 26, 2017
Bristol Science March - Endless Distances

This was my first week back in the UK after a brief time off traveling. I got straight back into it, though, starting a new job the morning after my return, and then traveling to Bristol this past weekend for the March for Science! I love Bristol and got to see a lot more of it this time around than my last 16 hour stint in October. I’m sure I’ll post more details on all the adventures (read: FOOD) the weekend included, but today, in the after glow of Earth Day and my *first ever* march, I want to talk about the March for Science! Continue reading

Hello, Reverse Culture Shock.

on April 19, 2017
I sit on the back porch with my Grandfather, drinking lemonade. It's the same porch from my childhood, but I'm different. And I have reverse culture shock.

I sit on the back porch with my Grandfather, drinking lemonade. The ice clinks in the same striped plastic cups I’ve drunk out of since I was five years old (and, presumably, the years before then, too, but those memories are less reliable, more a mish-mash of family lore). Continue reading

Art & Aupairing in New Zealand

on April 12, 2017
A Michigander artist takes you through her journey as an expat aupair in New Zealand...

**Note from Sarah: I’m still off on my travels, so I’ve asked my childhood friend Stephanie to write a guest post for me this week! Y’all are very lucky – Steph is such an interesting lady, who is currently living in New Zealand! We grew up in Michigan together, and for as long as I have known her (probably… close to 20 years now?!) Stephanie has been artistic, creative, and surprising! I’ll let Steph take it away…

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