I Finally Have a Base Tan – August 2015

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Hello, fellow travelers!

Laine’s August Recap:

After a summer spent preparing for weddings, spending time with family, and going to concerts, things have finally settled down for me. So much so, that I was able to lay by the pool last weekend long enough to darken from “milk white” to “very milky tea”. My biggest accomplishment was signing up for language classes, though I’ve been terrible about studying French since completing the test. What is it about accomplishment that makes me so lazy?

I’ve finished quite a few books this month, including “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss which was AMAZING. I might blog about it soon, but it was so unbelievably good that I need to recommend it immediately. Next month I’ve got a few books lined up that will continue on my Paris nostalgia trend, which I’ll probably read out on the balcony with a good bottle of wine as the nights get cooler here.

Language Progress: I signed up for classes. In spite of having at least two very good reasons not to (emotional exhaustion from spending so much time in transit and panic from it being so expensive), it was the right decision and I can’t wait to get started in September.

 

Grace’s August Recap:raccoon

Without Laine’s pool luxury I’ve stayed a consistent level of lightly toasted bread. In Spain last month I managed to get an impressive sandal tan, which has now almost completely faded, a bitter reminder that my holiday is indeed over.

Laine and I booked a December trip to Ireland, but I was still struggling to find peace waiting that long and staunching my itchy feet syndrome. Thus enter my fairly last minute booking to Peru. My friend and I entered a trip give-away from Nomadic Matt’s website (you can enter here!), and then started talking about places we wanted to visit. One thing led to another and now we’re headed to Peru in October. I’ve never been to South America, so I’m buzzing!

Our boss has started trapping the raccoons that come into his garage and then bringing them into the office. This means that I’ve now become the person that drives them to a bit of woods to set them free. Not something I envisioned doing at a software company, but they’re cute buggers.

espressoRaccoon fun aside, the best thing about most days continues to be the newly acquired espresso machine in the office.

My commute to work is roughly 45-50 minutes. I’d hoped to spend a lot of this time listening to Spanish learning tapes. Sadly, I do need to stay awake during this time so I’ve reverted back to listening to music. My current fave is the band The Young Folk who I saw live in Galway last month. Sadly, this means I The Young Folkhaven’t been spending that time improving my Spanish like I’d planned. I also lost my streak on Duolingo and once it breaks I lose all motivation. I’m trying to refocus and get back into gear, especially since my Peru trip will be a good chance to practice.

Around the Web:

Buzzfeed has been on point lately with its “reasons to never visit” photo series. The photos of Portugal and France hit us both pretty hard.

Intrepid travel has been offering some travel giveaways, which are always worth entering

Taylor Swift continued to confuse us by bringing celebrities on stage ranging from the amazing duet with Lisa Kudrow, to the completely confusing appearance of Julie Roberts.

 

In essence we’re still summed up by this:

“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer

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