2013 Travel Recap

Each year I try to recap the places I've been. I didn't start my blog until 2009 (years prior to 2009 involved lots of travel so I don't know how I would have recapped all of that!) and the trips have been reasonable--both domestic and international, and some not so far from home. Although I …

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Wedding Planning: Choosing a Honeymoon Destination(s)

Planning our honeymoon has been the most exciting and terrifying part of the wedding planning so far. I want the trip to be brilliant, and I really want the fiance to have a great time because he has traveled less, at least in Europe, and so has fewer expectations, which he tells me is a …

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Top Tens of Travel

When I was in grade school, I remember making top ten lists with my friends. Top ten boys, top ten songs, top ten movies, etc. The order was susceptible to change at any moment, but the idea was popular for years. I still find myself making similar lists today--facebook asks for my favorite movies/books/etc., my significant …

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Travel Tips: Safety (In Numbers)

I took my first international trip completely by myself. I left to study abroad without any international travel experience, without any friends along for support, and without a good understanding of how I would communicate with my family and friends back home given the more than 3,000 miles between us. I'm sure my parents had …

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Rainy Day with Joni Mitchell

When it's rainy out like it's been this week-- not billowing and thrashing thunderstorm rainy, but dreary and gray rainy-- I love listening to certain cds, most notably Simon and Garfunkle's Greatest Hits and Joni Mitchell's Blue. I just close my eyes and let Joni tell me a story about somewhere she's been. Sometimes it's …

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