Staying Put by Moving Out

The last few weeks have been a little nuts. The presidential election took an unexpected turn; my parents were out of town leaving us in charge of their animals and house; I had to go to Dallas with a coworker for a conference; our small family company was hiring… again; we’ve AirBNB’d our house three…

#TBT That time we lost my brother in Venice

I’m sure there’s some writing advice out there that says not to give away the punchline in the title but alas. Rules were made to be broken, dammit! My brother and I had an incredible childhood, for which we both are eternally grateful; our parents worked hard to give us everything they didn’t have, to…

How Rent and Hamilton Both Inspire Me to Travel More

Two nights ago, we went with friends to see the 20th anniversary tour of one of my favorite musicals of all time: Rent. Rent is an imperfect play. Its creator died before the first preview of the off-Broadway production so the version we see today would most likely not be the final version of the…

40 Before 40

One of our friends took up a 30 Before 30 challenge during the last year of her twenties. She gave herself a year to accomplish 30 things she’d always wanted to do before turning 30, such as getting lost on purpose, seeing her favorite artist in concert, going on a cruise. I decided to adapt…

Eurotrip Adventure 2016 Wrap Up

In case you missed any of our blog posts during our awesome six week Eurotrip adventure, you can catch up with this handy list! 🙂

Post Home Exchange Interview

Here are some final thoughts on our month-long home exchange from my husband and Cora, one of our home swapping partners.

Three Dutch Cities, Three Faces of the Netherlands

During our month in the Hague, we took a few side day trips to other Dutch cities: Groningen, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The Netherlands is a small country. Slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey. So, to us, taking a day to visit each of these places was a no-brainer. Rotterdam is a 20…

Guest Post: Our Home Swap Partners Share Their Southern Experience

For four weeks, we swapped homes with Cora and Hans, a sweet and fun-loving couple from the Hague. We got to experience city life in the Netherlands (bikes, history, gin and very tall people), and they got to try on Southern living for a minute (heat, churches, music and hospitality). They wrote up a few…

The Hague, den Haag, Helluva Town

How do you sum up a city? How do you convey the sense of an entire place, made up of so many people and buildings and cultures? How do you explain how this places makes you feel without veering into cliché territory? Photos won’t do it justice. Words only capture opinion. If we could bottle…

#BathroomsOfTheWorld: Dutch Toilets and the Poop Shelf

Upon arriving at our home exchange in den Haag, I noticed something odd about two of the three toilets in the house: instead of a bowl full of water, they contained a shelf. After the first couple uses, this shelf became baffling. What the hell was the point of it?! Why would you not want…

Budapest In Pictures

(To view any of the photo thumbnails larger, just click on them to load in a lightbox viewer.) Budapest is made up of two cities – the hilly, quieter Buda and the lively Pest. Originally, Buda was where the royalty lived and Pest was for all 99%. They merged in the 1870s, with the beautiful…