USA

Relaxing in Puerto Rico

I’ve just returned from Puerto Rico, where I spent five glorious days doing absolutely nothing. Once we arrived at the hotel, we only left the property three times – once to pick up rations and twice to eat at an Italian restaurant. We toyed with the idea of a day trip to snorkel or see Puerto Rico’s famed luminescent water, but both would have required long taxi rides and planning, towards which neither of us were particularly inclined. In my defense, would you want to leave this place?Our room had one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen. It seemed…
Read more

Last Minute Trip to Puerto Rico

Earlier this summer, my mom threw me a curveball, “would you want to go to the Caribbean with me.” Answer: Yes, Yes I would. Like with most things, getting this trip off the ground was nowhere near as easy as that. The last few years have been rough for my mom, medically speaking, and even in the final stretch of her recovery there are good days and not-so-good days. Sometimes she’d be super enthusiastic about the thought of warm water, and other days sitting would be too painful to even contemplate a flight. With the holidays coming and busy schedules…
Read more

Homecoming Tailgate – WVU vs OSU

I never really had the college experience. Yes, I have two degrees from accredited institutions, but the American college experience so often depicted in movies was incredibly different from my reality. Other than a misspent semester in Florida, I lived at home or in my own apartment well off campus, never attended a sporting event, and spent many more lazy nights in with friends than wild nights out. Given that I’m a sports lover filled with boundless enthusiasm for themed things, I’m not opposed to partying and sports at all, which is why I was so excited to head to…
Read more

Dining in Frederick, MD

Once I’ve decided where I’m going on a trip, one of the first things I do is figure out where to eat. Sometimes I’m trying to make sure everyone’s dietary needs and wants are being met, sometimes I want to try regional specialties or famous restaurants, and sometimes I just want to make sure we can avoid tourist traps at meal time. Overall, I’m motivated by my deep love of food and desire to eat things representative of where I am. I spent part of yesterday looking at places to eat in Paris, and found myself overwhelmed. Most of the…
Read more

Yoga – A Changing Perspective

I did yoga for the first time about a decade ago. My mom took out a video from the library, and I attempted the poses with her in our basement. I didn’t make it ten minutes before I was laughing. I was unable to take the meditative aspects seriously, let alone focus when the poses were named after animals. In fairness, I never really took to any athletic activity. Many years later when I was living in New York, I decided I needed to take up something that would (1) break up all the sitting at work, in class, on…
Read more

The Night My Hotel Was On Fire

By the time this post is live, I’ll be at Nationals Park enjoying a Taylor Swift concert with my sister. While I’ll be sure to post about the concert later in the week, I figured now was a good time to write about the last time I stayed in a hotel in Washington, DC. I have a very close friend from high school who now lives in Massachusetts. Last August, Alison excitedly told me she had to attend a work conference in DC, and we made plans for me to head into the city for a night while she was…
Read more

Live Music & Late Night Tours in Nashville

Nashville may be the most underrated place I’ve been to.   My friend Kate traveled a lot for work and built up enough travel rewards to book 3 of us flights and a hotel for a girls’ weekend trip to Nashville. We are so lucky she was kind enough to gift her travel rewards to us!         Liking country music isn’t a prerequisite for a good time in Nashville, but liking music is. Every bar and restaurant is bursting with live music at nearly every hour of the day.  There’s a distinct energy from the musicians here…
Read more