ma’am, would you like to check your knife?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

In the Spring of 2004 I spent a really long Spring break trekking around Europe with Lisa. From Ireland we went to Brussels to Amsterdam to Paris to Rome, which included a quick visit to Florence, and then headed back to Ireland to take our final exams, after which, we would fly off to London […]


Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

This is Mike and I in Rome. He studied abroad there while I was in Ireland. He doesn’t look like a caveman have a beard anymore, that was just a Roman experiment.

do something every day that scares you. every. single. day.

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

I stole that from one of my favorite bloggers- Franki Durbin of life in a venti cup. Once a year she commits to a life tune-up because she “genuinely believes you have to design the life you want.” Think about that for a second…so simple, but so true. In a recent post, she invited her […]

when music takes you places

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Every single time I hear Mr. Jones by the Counting Crows, I am back in Ireland– in a pub. The same goes for Hey Ya by Outkast and Shut up by the Black Eyed Peas. Those three songs were quite popular there back in 2004. When I hear Skylarking by Mic Christopher, I am sitting […]

martha’s vineyard

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Martha’s Vineyard is an island off the coast of Massachusetts, south of Cape Cod to be exact. It is most commonly known to be a place where affluent individuals and families “summer,” and I do mean that as a verb. Despite the yuppie stigma, it is definitely a place for anyone to enjoy- even if […]

do you ever have fun with statues?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

When traveling for extended periods of time, ambitiously equipped with maps marked with places you wish to see, crossing off those places one at a time with a strong sense of accomplishment, you can accidentally turn enjoyment and exploration into a task – like when you are at work and you have a to do […]

the grand tour

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

When I graduated from college I had no idea what I was going to do. After settling into my 2nd (not including my time as “undecided”) and final major – English – I had finally found what I liked to study, but when asked what I had planned to do with that major my answer […]

brussels and beer

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

I’m not gonna lie – I always thought of myself as a beer snob. But when I saw that Marie Claire’s Travel Blog listed the best beers to try abroad the other day, I can’t say that I can comment on many of them. I have tried a bunch of Belgian beers though and I […]