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Embracing the Happy Accidents

Embracing the Happy Accidents

“I’m a big believer in winging it. I’m a big believer that you’re never going to find perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation […]

Finding My Place in Mexico

Finding My Place in Mexico

I turned 40 this year, and my position at work was eliminated. To say this has been a soul-searching year is an understatement. Driftless is perhaps a better word to describe how I’ve felt since last May when the provost told me that my position […]

Summer 2018: Going in Different Directions

Summer 2018: Going in Different Directions

We rang in the New Year in Paris and spent the first eight days of 2018 in Italy, so we got a good start to the 2018 year, but it’s the summer trips that I’m most excited about. Emma had expressed wanting to go on […]

Even With the Crowds, Italy Still Inspires

Even With the Crowds, Italy Still Inspires

Italy: the land of pasta and immense beauty–the people, the language, and the landscape.  It’s no wonder the country is overrun by tourists. From the shimmering canals of Venice and the rolling amber hills of Tuscany, to the rugged cliffs of Positano and the picturesque […]

Reflections on Traveling Solo

Reflections on Traveling Solo

I’ve been on so many solo trips that I forget it’s not something that everyone feels comfortable doing. I find comfort in being on my own, allowed to experience a new place in any way that makes sense to me. It’s invigorating and freeing. But […]

Running the Streets of Siem Reap

Running the Streets of Siem Reap

I packed my running clothes, hoping I could run on my trip. I wasn’t entirely sure it’d be safe, and I didn’t know if I could bear the heat even if it was safe, but when  I got to Cambodia, I learned that my friend, […]

Steps to Simplify Your Life

Steps to Simplify Your Life

My brother-in-law jokes that he could pack up my entire home in a matter of hours. I think this is an exaggeration, but it’s not too far off. I used to have more stuff–boxes from college full of Mardi Gras beads, closets full of shoes […]

How to Expose Your Kids to Different Cultures Without Leaving The Country

How to Expose Your Kids to Different Cultures Without Leaving The Country

We could hear the beat of the music as soon as we stepped out of our car. We grabbed our things and joined the line of people making their way toward the music. I could sense my son’s apprehension—he kept his head down, watching his […]

My Christmas Surprise for My Kids: We’re Going to Europe

My Christmas Surprise for My Kids: We’re Going to Europe

Last year I struggled to come up with Christmas gifts for my kids. They didn’t need anything, and we’re not a family who buys things just for the sake of buying them. I ended up buying a ukulele for Emma and a box full of […]

My Initial Love-Hate Relationship With India

My Initial Love-Hate Relationship With India

India is one of those polarizing destinations–people either love it or hate it. It’s raw and gritty, and I feel you have to be there awhile before you start to see the beauty of the place. Even then, it’s a love-hate relationship. Nothing is easy. […]