Travel: International

Thirsty Thursday: A Lesson in Travel Budgeting

Thirsty Thursday: A Lesson in Travel Budgeting

My husband and I are often asked how we can afford to travel. We’re usually asked if we’re independently wealthy (haha, nope) or if our families help fund our trips (no). The easy answer is that we’ve made traveling a priority, so we don’t stop […]

Childhood – The Universal Language

Childhood – The Universal Language

My husband and I are rebels. Ok, not really, but sometimes it feels like it. I mean, despite everyone’s wisdom about waiting to travel until kids are bit older, we packed our bags and took our 3 year old to Italy. We flew planes, rode […]

The Naked German: Adventures in International Hosteling

The Naked German: Adventures in International Hosteling

“That’s the trouble with you American girls,” said the naked man standing two feet away from me. “You’re all so prude.” I nervously peered toward the door, silently begging my husband to hurry up and come back into the room. “It’s ok, it’s ok.  It’s […]

Taking Tea: What I Learned About Irish Culture and Customs

Taking Tea: What I Learned About Irish Culture and Customs

The Irish take their tea very seriously. They are one of the world’s largest tea consumers, with the average person consuming 5-6 cups a day.  That’s on average.  That is a LOT of tea. Tea is Tea One of the first things you notice upon […]

Itineraries are Overrated

Itineraries are Overrated

There are many things I admire about my husband. Most of them I knew before we were married. His brilliance. Kindness. Integrity. His sense of humor. His dance moves and bartending skills. There were some traits that surprised me after we were married, like his innate […]

Host Your Very Own Aperitivo Party!

Host Your Very Own Aperitivo Party!

When I was in Milan, Italy for the first time, I discovered a fantastic ritual called Aperitivo.  Similar to our American “happy hour” in that it’s a way for friends to gather, have a drink, and nibble on some food.  That’s where the similarities end. […]