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The Beauty of Paris and Travel

The Beauty of Paris and Travel

When Chris and I first started dating Paris was the first place we discussed visiting together. He had been during his backpacking trip years ago and always talked about taking me there (a helpless romantic) 🙂 Here we were, two years and 17 countries later, standing at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in a truly surreal moment. Over a year of planning and ten months of running from one country to another slowed down into
Dogs, Cats, Plants, Beaches and Fulfilling a Childhood Dream

Dogs, Cats, Plants, Beaches and Fulfilling a Childhood Dream

Portugal has always been on my list of countries to visit. One of my closest childhood friends, Andrea, is Portuguese American and I’ll never forget sitting in our Elementary school class eating the cookies she brought back from Portugal after visiting family abroad. It was my first encounter with a world outside of the United States and her stories amazed me. My curiosity only grew as one of my closest adulthood friends, Ellie, traveled to Portugal
Oh, Morocco!

Oh, Morocco!

We set off for Africa after leaving southern Spain Morocco’s a place not easy to explain Jon Pace came to visit, he’s our first and our last The two weeks together went by way too fast After arriving in Tangier we killed time on the beach Marrakech to be the next destination to reach We took an overnight train which was really relaxing And arrived the next morning to a town far more taxing Monkeys, snake
Italy is Just So… Italy!

Italy is Just So… Italy!

I said it and I meant it. “Italy is just so… Italy” Probably not my most scholarly choice of words in describing the country, but when we got off the plane in Rome, it was the first thing that came to mind. I felt like an extra in a romantic Italian film. I had no expectations for the country, and yet it was exactly as I expected; the small white tables lining the streets where, at
The Ideal Getaway on the Island of Santorini

The Ideal Getaway on the Island of Santorini

August 27th was a special day on the trip that didn’t get much love. It was the two year mark from our first date (first successful date, anyway) and we spent it sanding over-sized doors and learning how to make tzatziki at our Greece Helpx. Neither of us were complaining but being just a short ferry ride away from one of the prime romantic locations in the world, it seemed criminal not to indulge. Our Helpx
Hampi and a Fantastic Fu Manchu

Hampi and a Fantastic Fu Manchu

When we left the states in January, we had little idea of where we would end up. We planned the first month of travel, but flexibility and last minute decision making has rendered us our most cherished experiences. India was just one of those experiences. We ended up in India after clicking with a wonderful couple whom we dove with on the Great Barrier Reef in February. Four days out at sea can really solidify new
A ‘Mother-Approved’ Vegetarian Cooking Class

A ‘Mother-Approved’ Vegetarian Cooking Class

After ten days of silent equanimity in Phitsanulok, Thailand, it was time to enter back into the hustle and bustle of travel reality. We boarded yet another bus (thankfully not a 26 hour bus…) and made our way to Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai (not to be confused with Chiang Rai which I can imagine has happened more often than people admit) is an ancient Buddhist city in the northern region of Thailand that rests amidst beautiful
May All Beings Be Happy- 10 Days of Silence, a Lifetime of Happiness

May All Beings Be Happy- 10 Days of Silence, a Lifetime of Happiness

On a beach in Koh Tao one hot April afternoon, Chris turned to me and asked if I’d be interested in doing a 10-day silent meditation retreat. Honestly, it sounded too long-haired hippie for my liking and while I’d heard 80% of successful people meditate regularly (thank you Tim Ferriss), I didn’t know how or why people did it. And then Chris told me it was free. What? Ten days of no spending and complete budget
Dogs Dogs Dogs- This Post was Bound to Happen Eventually

Dogs Dogs Dogs- This Post was Bound to Happen Eventually

I’ve spent a good twenty-six years of my life obsessed with dogs (or wanting to be a dog) and this trip has bid me the opportunity to meet some really great canines. And so this post just had to happen. The Dog Post. One of the biggest struggles of going rogue for ten months is being away from my four legged buddy, Bubba. He comes up in conversation more than any other member of family and
Firefly- Why Can’t Life Always Be Like This??

Firefly- Why Can’t Life Always Be Like This??

In the planning process of our “round the world” trip, there was one main question that we kept coming back to; what about Firefly? For those of you who aren’t aware, the Firefly Music Festival is held each summer in the fields near Dover, DE, hosting over a hundred thousand attendees who enjoy hundreds of musical acts over a (magical) 4-day weekend.  We have attended the past two years and had such mind-blowingly amazing experiences that
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