Camino: Pamplona

Day 3 We walked over 20 miles on our second day to get to Pamplona so that we would have a rest day in the Hemingway-made-famous city. We were so excited to get out and explore, the weather was beautiful and every person we talked to was incredibly kind and helpful. It was a great day of relaxing and exploring. Although we weren’t there for any special holiday (Like the famous running of the bulls), it was a beautiful city with interesting shops, delicious food (You must eat the pinchos here!) and awesome sites, like the wall that still surrounds […]

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Camino Day 1 & 2

Day 1 We made it to St. Jean Pied de Port at 10pm the previous night. Upon arriving at our first Albergue, the host advised us to run to the Pilgrim office and get our Pilgrim Passport, for a couple of reasons: 1. We could get our first stamp for that Albergue, and 2. We wouldn’t have to stand in line and delay our journey the next day. I’m so glad we took his advice because the first day was tough! (We needed all the extra time we could get!) The start: that morning we woke up at 6:30 to […]

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First time in Asheville

If there is one place that I could pick-up and impulsively move to, it would be: Asheville, NC. Drew and I went there this weekend after our trip to Atlanta to see his cousin marry her beau in the sweetest ceremony/reception. It was lovely, but I realized that I did not take one picture in Atlanta. Not one. Part of that had to do with the fact that we stayed in Downtown which is sort of like Las Vegas (hear me out) in the sense that the only thing there is major chains and party-goers. Restaurant choices involved Hard Rock […]

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Going Native

First, this is not a sponsored post. I love AirBnB. And Homeaway. And whatever other vacation rental site I haven’t yet heard of or used. There is something exciting and thrilling to travel somewhere and stay in a cool neighborhood like a local, experiencing things that most tourists aren’t going to. And whenever I say that, I think about my college Anthropology class where the professor described the term “Going Native” a common experience for anthropologists who are studying cultures and getting lost in them. That’s exactly what I like to do when I travel, get lost in the local […]

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LA Guide – According to a Local!

Andrew Fromer is a friend of mine that I met in an acting class in Los Angeles. Andrew hosts a weekly podcast, blogs AND acts for film, television, and commercials. A native of LA, he shares his favorite food stops, scenic drives, nights out and getaways — where the locals go! I can’t tell you how strange it is, the looks I get when I tell people I’m from LA. “No, where are you from before LA?” “No no,” I say. “I was born in Santa Monica, hung out at the old Sherman Oaks Galleria, the one from Fast Times. […]

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Cat on a Plane

Traveling has never really been stressful for me. We traveled A LOT growing up, and my dad was always so unbelievably excited that I think I can’t imagine traveling any other way other than being very excited all the time. Especially when it comes to flying. My favorite! Moving Jax (the cat) has been a process. Drew and I were both concerned about how he would do in the car, with the UHaul for over 12 hours and therefore, we felt it would be better if I flew with the cat. In theory, flying with a cat seems ridiculous. He’s […]

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Dear Tourist: Tips for visiting Paris

Hey there, fellow tourist! While we were traveling around Paris, there were some things that the guidebook and French translator didn’t tell us. I thought I would share those things with you here. Water It is OK to drink the water in Paris.  You can definitely ask for free tap water at a restaurant rather than paying too much for the fancy bottled water. And they will try to up-sell you for not knowing what you’re asking for. Or if you wait, it seems to be a custom that they bring you water when you eat, just not necessarily right […]

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Day Trip: Le Marais

One of the days we were in Paris, we visited Le Marais in the 3rd arrondissement. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Paris, maintaining it’s 13th century charm with narrow and winding streets. Originally, Le Marais was built to accommodate royalty. You can see the remains of aristocracy in the hidden courtyards and extravagant buildings. Throughout history, it has been home to many groups and somehow it has survived all of Paris’ wars. At the turn of the century it was the center of the Jewish community. Unfortunately, with the Nazi occupation of Paris, the neighborhood was left nearly […]

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Selfie Sundays: 3 years in California

I can’t believe it has been three years since we moved to Sunny SoCal. A lot has happened in that time; some major life-changes as well as some self-discoveries (However, that might just come with getting older). I was in my early twenties when I moved here, pretty much straight out of college, with not a penny on me, and dreams that seemed sort of washed up from the beginning. I thought for sure, all the answers were in the sunbeams that lit up Los Angeles, and once I got here my life would fall into a sequential list of […]

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Mondays

Beginning this Monday off right, a little painting I did to help keep a positive outlook on the week ahead.   Keep looking for it.  And it will find you. Acrylic on paper 8.5×11  

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