The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is a luxurious Victorian-era hotel that hosts the world’s longest front porch. It is verging on legendary in Michigan. I think every little Michigander grows up dreaming of one day staying at the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island.
When I was in college, one of my friends described my aesthetic as ‘just-finished-teaching-a-yoga-class-chic.’ Well, the ‘chic’ may have been debatable. But for as long as I’ve been dressing myself, I’ve focused on versatile clothes. Yes, something I can wear to teach a yoga class. But I want to also wear it to lunch afterwards, maybe a poetry reading, a flight across the country, a panel on women saving the world, and a buffet-style dinner date. Girl’s gotta eat…#notimefortightwaistbands. Does it sound like I’m describing the best travel pants ever?
Words are how I remember. Photos are beautiful reminders, but how did it smell? Taste? Feel? These are the impressions that really send me back. When I take a trip that is particularly meaningful, I like to take a small moment to jot down those memories. Maybe in a month or more, I’ll read back and suddenly feel myself return to the place… In this case, that place is a tiny car-less island in Northern Michigan, on a few stunningly blue August weekdays with my mom.
For the past few months, those big brother Facebook ads have been serving me up with adverts for a company called ‘Sprinly.’ Curious, I looked them up. Well, props to big brother, Sprinly was right up my alley: A gluten free meal delivery service in the Midwest! (In addition, they are also 100% organic and plant based).
For a long time, I’ve been considering the pros and cons of a travel filter water bottle. Now, I’m not really a spontaneous person when it comes to spending my money on physical products… ask me to zipline across the alps or swim with manatees and I’m your person! But if I’m spending my hard-earned cash on an actual, physical item? I want to make sure it is worth it. A couple months ago I decided I’d done enough research, and bought a travel filter water bottle. After looking through lots of sites, weighing the benefits of each brand, I decided to test out Berkey Sport Water Bottle.
I have been thinking a lot about this lately, and have decided to share some thoughts on how to make an international long distance relationship work. I was staying at a hostel in Portugal with my boyfriend recently, and everyone we met was so confused when he said he was from England, and then I would say I’m from Michigan. At first people would nod and smile, but you could see the confusion in their eyes. People we hardly knew asked us ‘wait, are you guys together?,’ and one guy from our surfing trip said ‘I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little confused here. What’s your situation? Are you actually dating?’
I’ve definitely been experiencing the post-travel blues since I returned from my big European trip. I think this is in large part because it was my first time back in the UK since I moved away, and because I miss Dan. However it was sweet to return home and reunite with my puppies and my family and the heat of Michigan summer! Here’s what I got up to in July!
I’ve had a few USA friends travel to London lately and ask me for tips on this city I love so dearly. I have been to London countless times since the first time I moved to England five years ago. I think that is the true sign of getting to know a place… it becomes more a city you love than a city you can count your travels to. Which is why I would love to be your London tour guide too, and share all my London tips and secrets!
People flock to Stratford, Ontario throughout the summer and autumn for the annual Stratford Theater Festival. And well they should, for this world-famous theater festival has starred the likes of Maggie Smith and the current season’s Martha Henry. The Stratford Festival is unparalleled when it comes to artistic vision. Even so, though… there are so many more things to do in Stratford Ontario Canada than just the festival! My recent trip to Stratford was my fourth, yet it was the first that I actually experienced Stratford to its full extent.