Una Settimana Italiana | My Italian Week at Home ?>

Una Settimana Italiana | My Italian Week at Home

A full decade ago (ahh!),¬†I was in Italy for a total of four full days, two in Rome and two in Venice. We saw the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museum, the Roman Forum, rode a gondola, and gazed at the mosaics in the Basilica of San Marco all in that amount of time. It was probably too much, but at the time I thought that I might not ever have another opportunity to travel back to Europe and I wanted…

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The 2-Year Nomad | On the Move in 2016 ?>

The 2-Year Nomad | On the Move in 2016

Two years ago, we had an epic year. I wrote this post to explain that we were going on a camping trip of Gaspesie, going to explore the great state of Wisconsin for one month, go on my South Dakota safari at Jordan’s parents’ place, “move” to northern Argentina for three months and use it as a base for exploration, and finally move to Vancouver¬†(the post in which a person told me that blind dates aren’t scary, but my style…

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Mount Tacoma | 2 Days in Mount Rainier National Park ?>

Mount Tacoma | 2 Days in Mount Rainier National Park

Just looking through the photos for this post is making me want to go back pretty badly. The worst part? I know that we have a busy summer ahead of us and probably won’t make this happen. I feel I need to admit to myself that Mount Tacoma (Mt. Rainier) and I were just a summer fling. There could have been something great between us, but we both knew we were moving in different directions (okay, Mount Tacoma isn’t exactly…

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Camping the Oregon Coast Part | Sand Dunes, Rolling Waves, and Lots of Seafood ?>

Camping the Oregon Coast Part | Sand Dunes, Rolling Waves, and Lots of Seafood

Sometimes I’m still awed at how new places can still feel so wonderful and make me feel so small, particularly after I have researched the places I am visiting in depth during the planning stages. I love poring over photos; planning is fun, and neither of these take the wonder out of the actual travel for me. Ahh, vacation, I miss you. I loved our time in Portland, Hood River, and Bend. But because of forest fires, voracious hunger interest…

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Biscuits, Breeze, and Brews | A Trip to Portland, Hood River, and Bend ?>

Biscuits, Breeze, and Brews | A Trip to Portland, Hood River, and Bend

For months I was certain I was going to stop blogging. I was planning to just let it disappear into the web oblivion. My computer had crashed, and I thought I’d–at least temporarily–lost my motivation for blogging. I wasn’t really sure why I was doing it. Sure, I like to have a webspace to track my learning, but I could do that off-blog too. Then a friend asked me about Sevilla and I was able to easily look up our…

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Looking Back at 2015 Resolutions and Setting My 2016 Learning Resolutions ?>

Looking Back at 2015 Resolutions and Setting My 2016 Learning Resolutions

Looking Back at 2015 Sometimes, you have to agree with your reader comments. Sometimes, you need to admit that you maybe overstretched a bit. I had the best of intentions for 2015 and I detailed all of them in my 11 Month of Focused Learning plan. In general, I fell short, ha. But as I always like to remind people, setting a goal and making any sort of progress toward it is its own sort of success. It’s progress that…

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Two Days in the North Cascades | Weekend Camping and Hiking Trip ?>

Two Days in the North Cascades | Weekend Camping and Hiking Trip

Before we packed our rental car full of cut-rate camping gear, we read that people referred to the North Cascades National Park as the “Alps of North America”. Oh, I had a laugh. First of all, I was skeptical, because any place/thing that has to use another to explain itself always seems to be grasping. Then we went. And it does have those turquoise lakes that so enchanted me as a study-abroad-Euro-trip-kid. And it has those valleys filled with waterfalls….

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