Oregon . . . Brought to You by . . . Oregon

Oregon . . . Brought to You by . . . Oregon

It’s one of those places that could follow you around forever.   There’s something sort-of poetic about Oregon. It’s where the grey sky has a purple hue that contrasts perfectly against the black soil covered by green forestry. It’s cities filled with drifters and the open-minded; it’s strange little coffee shops and intellectuals. It’s an […]

Thai Town: Ditching the L.A. Tourist Scene

Thai Town: Ditching the L.A. Tourist Scene

Disclaimer: I will never be an L.A. kind of girl. I’m not even much of a (dare I say it?) beach kind of person. Que the Crickets. Recently I’ve expanded my horizons. I’ve permanently relocated to Colorado and as consequence I’m on a new.found.mission to explore the West. Needless to say when round trip airfare to […]

I Love Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia! Where Are They Again?

I Love Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia! Where Are They Again?

Sometimes I write about my adventures so that others may follow in my footsteps, tweek what I did and make their own adventures better. If only one person gets inspired from my shares, it’s totally worth it. Realistically speaking this is not one of those times. This is totally different. You can take my advice […]

10 Reasons to Hush and Visit Russia

10 Reasons to Hush and Visit Russia

Birds are singing. Architecture from centuries past brightly reflects in the green tinted street puddles. Cars rev and whiz by, then I turn the corner into a quiet, undiscovered square and marvel at its grandeur. It’s quiet. Grandmothers in headscarves scramble past. High-heeled young women walk the uneven streets with the confidence of supermodels. I […]

Every Square Inch

Every Square Inch

                                       I’m sitting on top of a mountain, miles away from anyone– and I realize that all that really matters– are relationships with other people, and our own limited perspective of the world around us. And all […]

My Experience at Auschwitz Concentration Camp: An Evil Like No Other

My Experience at Auschwitz Concentration Camp: An Evil Like No Other

To be honest, I had initial hesitancy about publishing this post. This experience haunted me–so much so– that I was hesitant to even publish an online article about my experience. How could words even begin to express such atrocity, such evil, such hate? How could I ever verbalize my disgust and astonishment about what I […]

At the Top of the World Without A Plan: Hunting the Northern Lights

At the Top of the World Without A Plan: Hunting the Northern Lights

Her tattooed fingers with black nail polish clipped away at the keyboard. The Norsk receptionist looked up and greeted us with a warm smile as we whisked into the hotel lobby out of the frigid arctic blast. I let out a breath of relief; we’d made it– 218 miles north of the Arctic Circle– to […]

Reality Check in Krakow Poland

Reality Check in Krakow Poland

It all began last year when my husband and I became obsessed with trying to figure out a way to get to Prague. All year we’ve watched flight prices rise and fall; we knew that if we could get to the continent of Europe that we could train it to the golden city. Needless to […]

Colors of Colorado—It’s Where you Want to Be.

Colors of Colorado—It’s Where you Want to Be.

Happy. That’s what I remember feeling looking west when leaving the Denver airport. Here lies the first glimpse of the mountain chain that I’ve grown the most  familiar with. Colorado—It’s Where you Want to Be. I’m capitalizing that word, Be, because it’s so much more than simply existing, & it’s much more than only surviving. […]

An Ostrich’s Quest for Culture

An Ostrich’s Quest for Culture

You can come out now. That’s my message to this little ostrich (however not so little she may be!). Why the crazy ostrich? Well, I hate to break it to you but– you see– we/us/you and I . . . I think we have a natural predisposition to be like ostriches. However fierce and and […]

Building the American Dream Part 1: Why I Loved BOSTON

Building the American Dream Part 1: Why I Loved BOSTON

Ah, Boston. The rebel born child of independence. The strong firstborn that once raised it’s fist to it’s hated colonialist parents. It’s the city that wore a scowling “screw you” on it’s face while it turned it’s back on everything safe and familiar that it once knew. It’s a place built on leadership; a place […]

A Local’s Guide to a “Whole Differnent World” in New Orleans

A Local’s Guide to a “Whole Differnent World” in New Orleans

NOLA -What the locals call New Orleans. Short for the abbreviated, New Orleans. –Louisiana. New Orleans- pronounced Or-lenz. There is no lean in Orleans.  Sometimes called Nawlins.  🙂 This has been a blog post several years in the making. Louisiana will always have a special place in my heart. It’s where I started out on my […]

Making Adventure a Priority — The Unconventional “How To”:  Travel on a Tiny Budget

Making Adventure a Priority — The Unconventional “How To”: Travel on a Tiny Budget

Been in a slump? The perfect thing to give you some lustrous perspective—GET OUT of here, mojo—take a trip. Make yourself a priority; make adventure a priority. Go see, do, hear, taste something out of the ordinary. But how? Vacations are pricey. Somewhere along our journeys we’ve conceived this notion that traveling is this luxurious […]

An Escalante Adventure

An Escalante Adventure

Names like The Devil’s Backbone and The Devil’s Garden are not especially welcoming and they are not places that are easy to find on a map; but they are pretty great places for a heart-pounding adventure. I’ll admit it, I wasn’t particularly excited to spend countless hours off-roading in the middle of the hellish Utah desert. After all, […]