Keep Your Gin Up: Things I learned at a History of Gin tasting by Fords Gin

“According to scientists gin IS a solution” – Anonymous

The first thing I learned upon arrival to England is that the Brits sure do love their gin. As I am typically a whiskey girl, I don’t know anything about gin so I thought the best way to learn is at a gin tasting. I mean getting drunk while learning is clearly my form of education! Continue reading “Keep Your Gin Up: Things I learned at a History of Gin tasting by Fords Gin”

Mostar: My Unexpected Summer Home

“I am not the same having seen the moon on the other side of the world” – Mary Anne Radmacher

As I sit at the bus station waiting for another much-hated night bus, I can’t help but think about how hard I’m finding leaving this place. It’s been home for almost two-and-a-half months.  I’ve lived other places for much longer than this and yet it’s Mostar, this small city I hadn’t even heard of until I found myself in Eastern Europe, that has me wishing I had one more day, or week, to stay and say goodbye. Continue reading “Mostar: My Unexpected Summer Home”

My Birthday Abroad

“A Birthday is just the first day in another 365 day journey around the sun, so enjoy the trip!”

I turned 28 while drinking a bottle of wine, eating a baguette with cheese & chocolate under the Eiffel Tower while it twinkled under the night sky. I couldn’t have asked for a more picture perfect night. Continue reading “My Birthday Abroad”

How to Make the Most Out of the Typical Corporate 10 Vacation Days

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

I don’t think it is a secret that I would rather be traveling the world, but for now I am still in the corporate work world. I work the typical 9 to 5 in a cubicle and I often find myself staring at a wall dreaming of all the places I want to travel to. The issue is that I am confined to only getting a certain number of paid vacation days. A problem that majority of us face, but there are ways to take multiple grand vacations in the course of the year. Continue reading “How to Make the Most Out of the Typical Corporate 10 Vacation Days”

Sweet on Paris – An Ode to the Boulangerie

“I’m not a vegetarian! I’m a dessertarian!” – Bill Waterson, Calvin & Hobbes

I’ll admit it. I have a sweet tooth. If you ask any of my friends and family, they would probably say that a sweet tooth is putting it lightly. A sweet addiction maybe. I can’t help it! Desserts are these magical things that look too beautiful to eat and are like pure heaven in your mouth once you do. Continue reading “Sweet on Paris – An Ode to the Boulangerie”

The Daunting Depression of Finding a Way…

“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed is you.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Well it feels like a lifetime ago that I was on the boat in Croatia. The tan lines have faded and it seems more like a dream I keep chasing to relive, but the memories are mine for a lifetime. The experience did change me and I knew coming home something would have to be different.

Since coming home my life feels like it has been on an emotional roller coaster. Continue reading “The Daunting Depression of Finding a Way…”

Moving to Paris

“I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.” – Bill Bryson

Bonjour from Paris!

Home of the Eiffel Tower, delicious pastries, fashionable women and, as of last week, ME! I can’t believe that I’ll be calling this city home for the next year. I’ve spent the past seven days wandering the beautiful Paris streets feeling like I’m in a dream.  As I sit here writing, Continue reading “Moving to Paris”