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An Honest Reflection on Belgium

on August 19, 2017

I’m currently flying above a hazy navy sky, and beneath that, the faint outline of patchwork farmland. As I tap this out on my iPhone, miles below Belgium fades smaller and smaller in the distance. Continue reading

My Gluten Free Afternoon Tea London Bucket List

on August 16, 2017

Today, I’m excited to share my highly researched gluten free afternoon tea London bucket list! (And, as I learned from the lovely Eppie, just in time for Afternoon Tea Week!). As y’all know, I am an afternoon tea fiend.  I have to say, I’ve done pretty well on the gluten free scone front down here in Devon, the home of scones (and the best clotted cream, ever!). However, there isn’t anything quite like a real, London, afternoon tea experience – complete with the little finger sandwiches and cakes. Continue reading

Cuddling Mini Pigs in England: Pennywell Farm

on August 9, 2017

I’ve had a rather odd item on my bucket list for a while now: cuddling mini pigs in England.

I’m not sure how I first heard of Pennywell Farm, but it’s been on my radar ever since I lived in Exeter almost four years ago. As I approach the end of my time living in the Southwest, I’ve been trying to tick my Devon and Cornwall bucket list items. Cuddling mini pigs in England had finally made it to the top of that list! Continue reading

St Ives Gluten Free Guide

on June 28, 2017

I’m so excited today to be letting out the secrets to my St Ives gluten free guide!

I’ve made it pretty clear in the past that I love St Ives, but we all know that the way to my heart is through my stomach, so let’s get down to the truth: St Ives is a gluten free mecca! Continue reading

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