COMING 2016…

It’s been almost 2 years since I last posted, and I’m excited to get this blog started again!  A lot has changed since I was last on here – I’ve transitioned from full-time traveling au pair to part-time traveling landscape architect.  I’ve been to many new countries since my Iceland post including Turkey, Romania, Bosnia, Cuba,…

Northern Lights in Iceland

My final post from Iceland highlights one of my favorite experiences from the trip – seeing the Northern Lights.  Like 99% of the other visitors to Iceland in winter, my main goal of the trip was to see the Aurora for the first time in my life.  After a lot of research and advice from locals,…

Hiking in Reykjavik

Solitude.  That is the feeling I get when I look at this scene I captured of a deserted seaside shack along the Icelandic Coast.  On the previous day’s trip to the Blue Lagoon, we passed through the never ending lava fields that cover the land between Reykjavik and Keflavik Airport.  Finding this landscape interesting and new…

Reykjavik – The City You’ve Probably Never Been To

While mostly known for it’s breath-taking landscapes, geothermal pools, and numerous glaciers, Iceland also has a capital city that is worth spending some time in.  Reykjavik, a surprisingly large and lively city located on the southwestern tip of the country, contains beautiful nordic architecture, delicious food, and an impressively vibrant nightlife for its location near the…

Iceland: Another Planet

Many times while in Iceland I had to remind myself that I was still on this planet.  Having never been somewhere so far off of the grid before, I hadn’t been exposed to the raw nature that a country like Iceland contains, with it being more likely that one sees a chunk of ice or…

Amsterdam

The focus of this post isn’t an amazing landscape or a beautiful castle, but a quaint city located in the Netherlands.  This was my second time in Amsterdam, and I had forgotten how scenic it actually is.  When thinking of Amsterdam, some things that might come to mind are the “coffee shops” and Red Light…

Snowboarding the Austrian Alps

That feeling of being on top of the world…it’s amazing, and you can certainly feel it when you are in the Alps.  Between Christmas and New Years, I planned an amazing trip to the Tyrol Region of Austria that included snowboarding, hiking, and a day trip to Innsbruck.  Last year, I was able to snowboard…

Belgium

When my host family asked me on a Wednesday if I wanted a free ride to Belgium for the weekend, of course I said yes.  After some quick planning and the help of the dirt cheap Belgian railway system, I was able to come up with an itinerary that started from Liege (where I was…

Paddleboating in Prague

Ah Prague.  This was my study abroad city, my introduction to Europe, and still what I consider my European home.   After living there for 4 months, I know where all my favorite restaurants are and what dish I will order, what days my favorite bars have their beer specials, and what time of the…

Paris

I had made a promise to myself that I would never go to Paris.  As crazy as that sounds now, I am glad I broke that promise.  Fancying myself as a traveler to smaller and more off-the-grid destinations, the third most traveled-to city in the world (according to Forbes) did not appeal to me.  I…