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The Moments In-Between

The first half of this year was such an exhausting whirlwind. I was all over the planet, and didn’t really stop to take a breath until September hit. Autumn, for me, was a chance to appreciate the monotony and stability that come with routine — things I typically take for granted. I cooked more, I spent […]

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Ireland

Before this year, I’d never revisited any of the countries I’d travelled to. As the list of places I want to go gets longer and sometimes stranger (I won’t lie — Iran is pretty high on my list right now), it’s hard to justify going to a place you’ve already been. Thailand was the first place […]

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Europe

I lasted two months in the US before I boarded a plane to fly across the ocean again. This time, I wasn’t alone, and this time it was easier to say “goodbye” as my sister, Erin, and I would be away for just one month. We had a family trip to Ireland planned for early […]

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Good Living Tour 2016

This year’s Good Living Tour storytelling trip in June left me tired and sunburned and just about satisfied my road trip quota for the summer. It was also a reminder of how beautiful my home state is, which was especially nice after being away for most of this year. Our time spent driving through cornfields and down small […]

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Japan

After almost three months of sweltering heat, suffocating smog, humans on humans, motorbikes, rooster crows, and the all-around chaos that is Southeast Asia, I flew to Japan for some (relative) peace and quiet to end my travels. Initially, I was planning to stop in Japan on my way home to break up the painfully long travel […]

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Vietnam Part 3: The North

Part 1, featuring south Vietnam, is here and part 2, featuring central Vietnam, is here. Northern Vietnam is the supposed to be the pinnacle of the Vietnam backpacking experience. Most everyone who travels from south to north hightails it to Hanoi, and plans overnight tours to Sapa or Ha Long Bay or — if you’ve got the time […]

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Vietnam Part 2: Central Vietnam

Part 1, featuring south Vietnam, is here. If there’s something pretty much everyone who travels through Vietnam can agree on, it’s that Hoi An is wonderful and that you’ll stay there longer than you plan to. Johanna and I immediately fell in love with Hoi An on our first day there. It’s a quaint town with an endless […]

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Vietnam Part 1: The South

I’ll admit that although I didn’t know much about Vietnam before I went, I was relieved when I finally made it to Ho Chi Minh City. My week in Cambodia was less than stellar for a variety of reasons, and the promise of cooler temperatures in the north, and eating noodle soup for all of […]

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Siem Reap and Angkor

Somehow, after what seemed like ten very short days together in Thailand, Alex and I found ourselves on a plane to Siem Reap, Cambodia, ready to finish our time together by exploring the ancient temples of Angkor. I was excited for Angkor, and I was really excited for Cambodia after hearing so many wonderful things […]

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Thailand Part 2: The South

Part 1, featuring northern Thailand, is here. On this trip, I really wanted to visit one of Thailand’s three ancient capitals, and I set my sights on Sukhothai, arguably the most impressive of the three capitals, and smack dab between Chiang Mai and Bangkok. When I left Chiang Mai, I had three days to reach Bangkok […]

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