Europe

How to Eat in Barcelona

  Nothing about the way that people eat in Barcelona feels natural to me. Nothing.     In Barcelona locals wake late and nibble on pastries and coffee at streetside cafes. I typically wake early and have a superfood green smoothie… after yoga of course.     In...

Into the Wild

  It had been nearly four months since I had seen Sorrel when we reunited in Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca. That day coincided with the Spring Equinox, the New Moon, and the Solar Eclipse. It was undoubtedly a day for new beginnings.     I met Sorrel this past fall...

What I Learned From Enduring Winter in Europe

  When I headed to the North Pole in the dead of winter, I didn’t really know what I was doing.     I didn’t know the landscape, the history, the language, or the culture. In fact, I didn’t even really want to go.     And I imagine many of you were probably wondering,...

A Cuckoo Clock Town on the Back Side of the Moon

  Murren is one of those places where when you’re there, you can’t imagine a world beyond it. Yet once you leave, you wonder if it actually existed. You wonder if maybe you dreamed it or entered some pocket in the atmosphere that launched you into the twilight zone.  ...

Livin La Bella Vita

  Beneath the watchful eyes of the Brenta Dolomites     I found myself in Madonna di Campiglio living the beautiful life.     Up in the mountains with warm inviting weather     skiing in the sunshine there’s no greater pleasure.     With long and mellow blues fun...

Returning to the Source in South Tyrol

  For centuries royalty have been coming to South Tyrol for wellness. Long before the five star hotels and spas, the saunas and the thermal baths, they came for the clean air, the mild temperature, and three hundred days per year of sunshine.     The Austrian empress...

The Heart of Tyrol

  Across the mountains over the river and through the city walls     lives the heart and soul of Alpine tradition in the center of Tyrol.     Where once upon a time royalty lived and Emperors ruled     all travelers to the Alps absolutely had to pass through.     So...

How to Survive Winter in Lapland

  I may be the girl who worships the sun     who walks barefoot in the jungle and lives like a beach bum.     But seeking something different I went for winter in Lapland     where the sun barely rises and it’s impossible to get tan.     In minus thirty degrees I...

I Died and Went to St Anton

  When the train pulled in and the snowy mountains appeared     I wondered if my fate had been what I feared.     How could it be that I was still alive     with this snowy heaven right before my eyes?     I guess I died and went to St Anton.     You may have heard of...

I Burned My Sins at Carnival

  The train doors opened and an explosion of color hit me like a confetti bomb. I turned towards the quiet, gray cabin where I had just spent the last five hours sleeping. The doors closed abruptly. No way to move but forward. I hoisted my backpack on my shoulder and...

Badass Berlin

  Be careful what you wear to a club in Berlin     ‘Cuz if you’re dressed too fancy they won’t let you in.     If you own a building good luck keeping it clean     graffiti is so prevalent even the cops look the other way.     Berlin could care less about authority...

Where Have All the Shamans Gone?

  “You sit over there, ya, next to him. He’s your husband now,” the guide said, deadpan, as he shuffled me into the Lappish hut, the fire blazing so intensely it lit the entire room.   I peeled off my thermal suit, the one that made me look like the Michelin Man, and...

Fifty Shades of White

  I never knew that white could come in so many colors.     It’s one of the many things I’m learning in Lapland surrounded by snow.     I’ve observed that late in the morning fluffy white mounds turn lavender under orange sunrises.     That sheets of white ice absorb...

The Hike to the Holy Hill

  “Why do they call this the Holy Hill?” I asked as we reached the base of the trail, nothing around us but pine trees and the heavy quiet of snow. I stepped forward, sinking slightly into the deep white, my snowshoes keeping me afloat.   “For the Sami people this...

Hel-la-hip-sinki

  The bus always comes on time in Helsinki.     Businesses open when they say they will.     Pedestrians wait patiently to cross the street.     Life seems… predictable.     But dig a little deeper and you’ll see that Helsinki is so much more than it appears to be.  ...

If the World Were Like Tallinn

  If the world were like Tallinn you could see it all on foot     shuffling down cobblestone paths or overlooking a vista.     Barriers would look like castle walls perhaps a bit daunting to begin with     made of rough and weathered stone but with plenty of openings...

So, Now What?

  The more I develop my intuition, the more I notice myself relying on it to feel like I’m in control.   “Yep, I knew that was going to happen. “ “I dreamed about this already, no surprise there.” “This is just that vision I had in meditation coming true.” “My...

A Perfect Day in Lisbon

  The tropical rainstorm ensues and bugs the size of pets come inside for respite. Coconuts fall hard on the roof. My lungs contract with each humidity inflicted cough. I resist the overwhelming urge to scratch my many, many, many insect bites.   Sometimes, we need...

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How to Eat in Barcelona

  Nothing about the way that people eat in Barcelona feels natural to me. Nothing.     In Barcelona locals wake late and nibble on pastries and coffee at streetside cafes. I typically wake early and have a superfood green smoothie… after yoga of course.     In...

Into the Wild

  It had been nearly four months since I had seen Sorrel when we reunited in Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca. That day coincided with the Spring Equinox, the New Moon, and the Solar Eclipse. It was undoubtedly a day for new beginnings.     I met Sorrel this past fall...

What I Learned From Enduring Winter in Europe

  When I headed to the North Pole in the dead of winter, I didn’t really know what I was doing.     I didn’t know the landscape, the history, the language, or the culture. In fact, I didn’t even really want to go.     And I imagine many of you were probably wondering,...

A Cuckoo Clock Town on the Back Side of the Moon

  Murren is one of those places where when you’re there, you can’t imagine a world beyond it. Yet once you leave, you wonder if it actually existed. You wonder if maybe you dreamed it or entered some pocket in the atmosphere that launched you into the twilight zone.  ...

Livin La Bella Vita

  Beneath the watchful eyes of the Brenta Dolomites     I found myself in Madonna di Campiglio living the beautiful life.     Up in the mountains with warm inviting weather     skiing in the sunshine there’s no greater pleasure.     With long and mellow blues fun...

Returning to the Source in South Tyrol

  For centuries royalty have been coming to South Tyrol for wellness. Long before the five star hotels and spas, the saunas and the thermal baths, they came for the clean air, the mild temperature, and three hundred days per year of sunshine.     The Austrian empress...

The Heart of Tyrol

  Across the mountains over the river and through the city walls     lives the heart and soul of Alpine tradition in the center of Tyrol.     Where once upon a time royalty lived and Emperors ruled     all travelers to the Alps absolutely had to pass through.     So...

How to Survive Winter in Lapland

  I may be the girl who worships the sun     who walks barefoot in the jungle and lives like a beach bum.     But seeking something different I went for winter in Lapland     where the sun barely rises and it’s impossible to get tan.     In minus thirty degrees I...

I Died and Went to St Anton

  When the train pulled in and the snowy mountains appeared     I wondered if my fate had been what I feared.     How could it be that I was still alive     with this snowy heaven right before my eyes?     I guess I died and went to St Anton.     You may have heard of...

I Burned My Sins at Carnival

  The train doors opened and an explosion of color hit me like a confetti bomb. I turned towards the quiet, gray cabin where I had just spent the last five hours sleeping. The doors closed abruptly. No way to move but forward. I hoisted my backpack on my shoulder and...

Badass Berlin

  Be careful what you wear to a club in Berlin     ‘Cuz if you’re dressed too fancy they won’t let you in.     If you own a building good luck keeping it clean     graffiti is so prevalent even the cops look the other way.     Berlin could care less about authority...

Where Have All the Shamans Gone?

  “You sit over there, ya, next to him. He’s your husband now,” the guide said, deadpan, as he shuffled me into the Lappish hut, the fire blazing so intensely it lit the entire room.   I peeled off my thermal suit, the one that made me look like the Michelin Man, and...

Fifty Shades of White

  I never knew that white could come in so many colors.     It’s one of the many things I’m learning in Lapland surrounded by snow.     I’ve observed that late in the morning fluffy white mounds turn lavender under orange sunrises.     That sheets of white ice absorb...

The Hike to the Holy Hill

  “Why do they call this the Holy Hill?” I asked as we reached the base of the trail, nothing around us but pine trees and the heavy quiet of snow. I stepped forward, sinking slightly into the deep white, my snowshoes keeping me afloat.   “For the Sami people this...

Hel-la-hip-sinki

  The bus always comes on time in Helsinki.     Businesses open when they say they will.     Pedestrians wait patiently to cross the street.     Life seems… predictable.     But dig a little deeper and you’ll see that Helsinki is so much more than it appears to be.  ...

If the World Were Like Tallinn

  If the world were like Tallinn you could see it all on foot     shuffling down cobblestone paths or overlooking a vista.     Barriers would look like castle walls perhaps a bit daunting to begin with     made of rough and weathered stone but with plenty of openings...

So, Now What?

  The more I develop my intuition, the more I notice myself relying on it to feel like I’m in control.   “Yep, I knew that was going to happen. “ “I dreamed about this already, no surprise there.” “This is just that vision I had in meditation coming true.” “My...

A Perfect Day in Lisbon

  The tropical rainstorm ensues and bugs the size of pets come inside for respite. Coconuts fall hard on the roof. My lungs contract with each humidity inflicted cough. I resist the overwhelming urge to scratch my many, many, many insect bites.   Sometimes, we need...

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