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“one cannot help but be in awe when contemplating the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. it is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of the mystery every day. the important thing is not to stop questioning; never lose a holy curiosity.” -albert einstein other worldly. tell me this doesn’t resemble a nasa or the hubble telescope image of a nebula or the swirls on jupiter. einstein’s words kept repeating in my head while in paradise cave. the first time i entered into the depths of a cave was in puerto rico with @amethysk on an all day caving adventure. i was absolutely hooked. we did another caving adventure together in belize. paradise cave in phong nha is indescribable. no joke, i took nearly a thousand pictures in the cave. the tour guide gave us 75 minutes to look around. at first, i thought it was too much time. the last one out, i used every minute. paradise cave is a must when in vietnam. now i just need my caving partner @amethysk to join me so we can do the full day 7 km trek inside. #paradisecave #paradisecavevietnam #phongnha #phongnhakebang #vietnam #visitvietnam #cave #addicted #explore #adventure #ilovecaves #otherworldly #space #mystery #mysteryoflife #space #curiosity #einstein #earth #blueplanet #underworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #sosodamnlucky
three cave visit: 1) paradise cave - holy wowzers. i love caves and this did not disappoint. i could stayed for hours in here. absolute must see. 2) eight ladies cave - sorry, i forgot why they called it eight ladies cave. eight people died inside of it and five outside after a u.s. bomb hit it closing the entrance. but it was called eight ladies for another reason. and entrance into the cave was prohibited. 3) hang tra ang cave. we trekked in the muddy, slippery jungle to arrive at base camp to eat lunch. while li-li was showing the group how to roll fresh spring rolls i had gulped down two — i was hungry! after lunch, we had to swim/cross a strong creek to get to the mouth of the cave, scamper over lots of sharp large rock to swim inside the cave. it rained most of the evening before, overnight, and during the day so the water was high inside the cave. after about 200 meters of swimming, our guide stopped us as it wasn’t safe to continue. we retreated swimming back out of the cave. i was rather thankful as the water was pretty chilly. it drizzled and showered off and on most of the day. but i didn’t mind the misty mountain backdrop. not one bit. it was a good day. #paradise #paradisecave #phongnha #phongnhakebang #vietnam #visitvietnam #nationalpark #wow #cave #ilovecaves #adventure #todaywasagoodday #jungleboss #jungle #bbq #springrolls #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #seetheworld #travel #sosodamnlucky
keeping my promise to @leo.phongnha from greenfield ecostay, these are a few photos i took of his lodge in phong nha. i could have stayed in town. i could have stayed at another homestay or hotel for a few dollars less. but i choose greenfield. the property is green and surrounded by rice fields. at night all you can hear are crickets, frogs, and toads, and the occasional cow or dog. i had my dinners on the property served family style. the delectable dishes are made with super fresh ingredients - mostly from their garden. leo and his wife are tremendously kind and thoughtful. while there, it was leo’s birthday so he invited me, lexi and michelle, two other guests, to join in his barbecue celebration. tam and hyun, the staff, are hilarious and sweet. to get my attention, they shouted, “you!” i started responding so it worked. i tried to help them with the english names of vegetables. greenfield mama is an amazing chef. she had me roll eggrolls for another guests’s dinner. little did she know, i have mad eggrolling skills so i might have impressed her a bit. if she knew my mother, she would understand how i got my skills. thanks, leo, for your hospitality and welcoming me to the greenfield family! #greenfield #ecostay #greenfieldecostay #green #ricefield #organic #homecooking #phongnha #phongnhakebang #vietnam #visitvietnam #ilovevietnam #ethicaltravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletraveler #solotravel #sosodamnlucky #begoodtooneanother
hue, the imperial city of vietnam. well, it was up until about half a century ago. i think. i’m getting all my numbers and historical dates mixed up. my first full day in hue was a fast and furious tourist day visiting the imperial city, four pagodas, and a hundred and thirty year old home, watching a kungfu performance, and rather unsuccessfully trying to hand-roll incense. unfortunately, much of the imperial city and the forbidden city was destroyed during the war but strangely the pagodas remained intact. my second day was spent wandering the city, seeing and smelling the fresh produce at the dong ba market, wandering some more, and getting caught in the rain. and no, i don’t like piña coladas. #hue #huevietnam #hueimperialcity #imperialcityhue #imperialcity #vietnam #visitvietnam #dongba #farmersmarket #riverboat #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #slowtravel #ethicaltravel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #sosodamnlucky
how i tricked myself into leaving hoi an? a motorbike ride. despite the overcast clouds and occasional showers, we rode from hoi an to hue making the routine stops along the way. the driver might have been a little disappointed that i didn’t get to experience the ride and sights on a sunny day but i was happy regardless. i love the clouds resting on mountains. it was a wonderful trip but these knees were a little sore after eight hours. and yes, those are my three bags strapped onto the motorbike. hey, it’s really not that bad if you consider i’ve been traveling for twelve months and counting! #hoivanpass #hoiantohue #motorbike #ride #roadtrip #vietnam #visitvietnam #ilovevietnam #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #seetheworld #travel #slowtravel #ethicaltravel #ineedtolearnhowtodriveamotorbike #baglady #wannaberider #sosodamnlucky
latest blog post: your things will be ready on tuesday. today marks a year since i finished one chapter of my life to follow my dreams. the post is a rambling reflection of moments of heartbreak but also moments of happiness over the last twelve months. enjoy! link to peregrineponderings.wordpress.com in bio. #shamelessselfpromo #shameless #notreally #notgreatatselfpromo #peregrineponderings #wordpress #blog #haivanpass #motorbikeroadtrip #hoiantohue #vietnam #visitvietnam #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
latest blog post: your things will be ready on tuesday. today marks a year since i finished one chapter of my life to follow my dreams. the post is a rambling reflection of moments of heartbreak but also moments of happiness over the last twelve months. enjoy! link to peregrineponderings.wordpress.com in bio. #shamelessselfpromo #shameless #notreally #notgreatatselfpromo #peregrineponderings #wordpress #blog #marblemountains #danang #motorbikeroadtrip #hoiantohue #vietnam #visitvietnam #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
on a meandering bicycle ride with no destination in mind, a spur of the moment turn down a dirt path landed me at this jungle gym — pun intended. anyone wanna spot me while i lift these weights amongst palm and coconut trees? anyone? bueller? bueller? bueller? 🤣😂💪🏽 #girlswhobike #girlswholift #nonotreally #idontlift #weights #kungfu #village #villagelife #junglegym #gym #organic #offthebeatenpath #bueller #bicycleride #hoian #hoiancity #getoutofthecity #vietnam #visitvietnam #girlswhotravel #womenwhotravel #solotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #slowtravel #introvert #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
and just ‘cause, a few more of picturesque hoi an: 1) the front of an art gallery. loved this statue hanging out on the fence. 2) ancient city promenade. it’s almost a ghost town during the day since it’s too hot to be outside. 3) old buildings and lanterns. everything in the ancient town looks good during the day and at night. 4) dock by the boat-making and wood carving area of hoi an. smoke and setting sun lighting always make good photos. 5) driver of boat that took four bicycles and four people across the river. he was looking towards the giant fishing net in the back. #hoian #hoianoldtown #hoianancienttown #cityoflanterns #lanterns #photogenic #vietnam #visitvietnam #walkingaroundthecity #bicycletouring #getoutofthecity #wander #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #slowtravel #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #smallthingsinlife #happiness #sosodamnlucky
hoi an is that person who always looks good in a photo and is also super annoyingly nice. what a photogenic and pretty city. it’s very touristy but so sweet — almost innocent. when the sun is about to set and the temperature cools down, the ancient city comes alive. the lanterns and lights are turned on and violin, piano, and flute sonatas gently play through speakers. tourists flock to the water and bridges to take copious selfies and photos while street vendors hawk tchotchkes or sell boat rides. but like that photogenic, nice person, it’s a little obnoxious yet you can’t help but like it. as touristy as it is, yes, i really like hoi an. however, my favorite has been going on a bicycle tour around the rural area: crossing a long bumpy, narrow metal bridge, cycling through rice paddies with water buffaloes and one of the guides asking if the rice paddies in your country look similar, smiling at a grandmother squatting in front of her home and receiving a wide, toothless grin in return, passing elementary school girls running laps during gym time yet still waving and yelling “hello!”, and loading an old boat with four bicycles to cross the river back to the ancient town. the tour guides are university students who do these tours for free in exchange for the opportunity to practice their english. they are extra courteous, intelligent, and funny. these are the things that make my day, that make me smile, that chip away at my jaded heart. #hoian #hoianoldtown #hoianancienttown #cityoflanterns #lanterns #photogenic #vietnam #visitvietnam #walkingaroundthecity #bicycletouring #getoutofthecity #wander #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #slowtravel #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #smallthingsinlife #happiness #sosodamnlucky
greece? italy? france? spain? somewhere in europe? nope. this was at a rest stop somewhere between dalat and nha trang. this rest stop was the nicest and cleanest one i’ve been to - ever, even in the u.s. i mean they were grilling food and making bahn mi sandwiches here! #statue #greekstatues #khanhhoa #vietnam #visitvietnam #vietnamtravel #reststop #bus #busstop #strangerthings #khanhhoaprovince #publictransport #dontaskmewhy #iloveit #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #travel #slowtravel #introvert #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
stopover, it was supposed to be an overnight visit between dalat and hoi an. the dalat airbnb host warned the bus ride from dalat to hoi an would take seventeen hours and recommended i stop in nha trang. he suggested taking a bus from dalat to nha trang, spend a night in nha trang to see it, and the next day either take the bus or night train to hoi an. he had me at night train. • well, i ended up spending two nights in nha trang. the airbnb host’s wife forgot to return my passport before they went out of town and i forgot to ask for it back so i had to wait for them to send my passport to nha trang. • nha trang was strange. despite spending two full days there, i couldn’t shake the feeling i was in another country. almost like a viet-town in moscow or something like that. so yep... i saw it! • this boat was anchored by itself nearby the bridge while all the other boats were close to shore. symbolic to me trying to hold on to the reality that yes, i was still truly in vietnam. #nhatrang #vietnam #fishingboat #boat #bridge #wtf #whereami #southchinasea #stopover #strangerthings #anchor #realitycheck #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #travel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
of course, i took the, um, other path to the top of lang biang mountain. the diversion to the radio tower just added a few thousand extra steps to my step counter. no worries, i eventually found my way to the correct mountain top, passing and summiting before some young men. yea, i’m throwing that detail in. the last 900 meters to the top was a sloppy, muddy mess with the remaining 360 meters of it being a steep climb up wet, high uneven ‘stairs.’ but waiting for me at the top was the leftover half eaten bahn mi i bought earlier that morning. incentives. the views from the top are always worth the mental and physical exertion. always. you’ll have to hike it to see it as iphone pictures don’t do them any justice. just do it. #ilovehiking #hiking #womenwhohike #mountains #nature #natureheals #andatonceiknewiwasnotmagnificent #icouldseeformilesandmilesandmiles #justdoit #brokeinmyairjordans #langbiang #langbiangmountain #dalat #vietnam #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #travel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
mui ne. i loved my time here. seaside, beaches, fishing boats, and old buildings which makes for marvelous sunrises and sunsets. but honestly, it was the people i met here that made it extra special. the first day, i walked to the “other” beach. it was off season so i pretty much had the whole mile long beach to myself. it was heaven for this introvert. the second day, i spent the day with new, fun, and funny friends: fellow travelers, kendra and scott, and lodge owner-partner, joe. we motorbiked to the white sand dunes and made many stops along the way to and fro. that night, we hung out with the fantastic staff at the source after they finished work and had a blast. i didn’t do much of the touristy must see and do’s but i’m learning i’m okay with that. i’d rather stroll along the beach and take pictures of the sea life that washes up. i’d rather stop at a local village seaside restaurant to enjoy a beer. i’d rather sit alone in the evening on the terrace with my eyes closed, smell the salty air, and feel the breeze on my skin and through my hair. this is what makes me happy. this is how i am defining travel for me. #muine #muinevietnam #vietnam #sunsets #sunrises #seaside #beach #beachfinds #slowtravel #travel #seetheworld #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletravel #ethicaltravel #definingwhattravelmeanstome #myhappiness #mononoaware #sosodamnlucky
during my walk back from the beach, i watched this guy painstakingly paint each side of each bar of the expanding grate to the entrance of this shop. it was only a measly 95 degrees with 75% humidity for a heat index of hot as hell. i admired his determination and focus. side note: also during my walk back to the lodge, i kept screeching in the tone of the wicked witch of the east, over and over in my mind, “i’m melting! melting!” but melting due to my own sweat not because someone threw water on me - which i would have welcomed that afternoon. #muine #muinevietnam #vietnam #dailylife #observations #everydaylife #streetdocumentation #streetcapture #painting #painter #paintingoftheday #thatssomededication #hothothot #toohot #immelting #melting #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #slowtravel #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #sosodamnlucky
handmade rice noodles. two guys steam cook the 80% rice, 20% tapioca mixture. the man with his back to me scoops the mixture and pours it on the cloth stretched over a pot. using the bottom of the scoop, he spreads the mixture around and around to ensure the sheet is the same thickness all around. after it is cooked the other guy uses a round wicker-type bat to remove the round sheet by gently but quickly rolling it so the sheet sticks on the bat. he then transfers the sheet to drying racks. after the rice sheets dry, they have a thick leathery feel to it, the sheets are fed through a cutting machine to slice the sheets into noodle strips. also, they started using rice husk and strips of cotton to keep the fire going. wood has gotten expensive so they found other ways. four people work from 3 am til the afternoon producing 300 kilos of noodles a day. simply astounding. #pho #pholife #phonoodles #handmade #cantho #mekong #mekongdelta #vietnam #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #ethicaltravel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
cai rang, the largest floating wholesale market on the mekong delta. it could have been the day, it could have been the autumnal and off-tourism season - they have two tourist seasons: vietnamese tourist season and western-tourist season, it could have been the end of the harvest, but the market was smaller and quieter than i expected. i watched as the smaller boats selling food and beverages swarm the tourist boats. a few transactions between wholesaler and retailer happened while my boat weaved back and forth between the larger vendor boats. but the frenzy was the tourist boats. almost reading my mind, my tour guide tells me not as many people shop the water market anymore as people start moving to land markets. the government has given incentives, i.e., tax exemptions, to the boat owners and vendors hoping to keep the tradition alive. to myself, i wondered if they were worried about tourism or about the vendors. i enjoyed very much my cai rang trip. traveling solo and being the only one at my guesthouse touring that day, i had the boat and guide to myself. we quietly glided through a canal. we visited a shop that handmade rice noodles the traditional way. we biked along the mekong river which allowed me to see the local’s homes and livelihoods. and of course, i got to eat some delicious food. #cairang #cairangfloatingmarket #floating #market #mekong #mekongdelta #cantho #vietnam #ethicaltravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #slowtravel #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletravel #sosodamnlucky
for two days, i walked around ho chi minh in a daze. three reasons: first, what an extraordinary city buzzing with energy and activity. being here, it’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that forty-five years ago, the twenty year vietnam war ended. having grown up in the u.s. i only knew of the vietnam war from the u.s.’s perspective. learning and understanding the war from vietnam’s perspective was enlightening to say the very least. this is why i travel. • second, jet lag hit me extra hard. i was well aware of the twelve hour time difference but my sleep schedule is way off. • lastly, it is extra hot here. the moment i step outside, i take a breath and exhale sweat out of every pore. the locals drive around on motorbikes and walk around in jeans, a shirt, sweatshirt, and a hat. my motorbike tour guide said they don’t want to get tan as vietnamese prize light colored skin. dazed, i tell ya, dazed. #saigon #hochiminh #hochiminhcity #vietnam #saigonskydeck #bitexco #dazed #perspective #knowledge #whyitravel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletraveler #travel #seetheworld #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #ethicaltravel #sosodamnlucky
and just like that i’m dropped into a new city, marveling at the strangeness of things so different yet so similar. this disorientation of being somewhere far, far away doesn’t get old. ho chi minh city. my goodness it is hot and humid here. wearing jeans, a shirt, and often a jacket or sweater, the locals don’t even break a sweat in the 102 heat index temperature with 74% humidity. in my knee length dress, i am a leaky fire hydrant. the culture park was built by the french during their colonization of vietnam. the trees here are grand and beautiful. people gather for tai-chi, stretch, socialize, or rest on a bench in the shade. there is also a bird cafe here. locals bring their birds, in their birdcages, on their motorbikes, to socialize and learn how to sing from each other’s birds while the locals sit, drink coffee, tea and socialize. so cool. #hochiminhcity #hochiminh #saigon #vietnam #culturepark #taodan #taodanpark #greenspace #birdcafe #birdcage #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletraveler #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
haven’t hidden well how much i love paris. there is this feeling, this energy, this atmosphere, this je ne sais pas, this je ne sais quoi... i only know i want to be here wandering, roaming, pondering, marveling. paris has taken me. #placedelarepublique #republique #paris #parisjetaime #iloveparis #france #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #slowtravel #introverttravel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #adventure #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
oui, toujours, paris, mon amour, toujours. smitten. every chance, i return to this city. every step, my feet return to this place. every time my eyes see the city below, my heart trips, i fall head over heels all over again. sometimes you just know, even when it’s blind. you choose and want to remain foolishly and blindly in love. #thisishowifallinlove #blindlove #foolishlove #youhadmeathello #paris #justcantgetenough #smitten #parisjetaime #bonsoir #parisnight #france #ouiouiparis #jetaime #montmartre #montmartreparis #montmartreaddict #sacrécœur #sacrecoeur #montmartrestairs #myhappyplace #myhappiness #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #introvert #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #travel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
french standards, german portions. well, that’s what the walking tour guide said about alsacian food. strasbourg had been tapping on my right shoulder. first, this is where anthony bourdain died. i admired him. a lot. he was not afraid to be himself on screen. he was honest, awkward, and compassionate. he was a reader, writer, a feminist, and an introvert. as a reflective introvert, i recognized the subtle moments and in his commentary when he was uncomfortable, conflicted, annoyed, forced, angry, and happy. but this isn’t a total homage to him, and i didn’t visit strasbourg for this sole purpose. second, i met several people who said go to strasbourg: history, geography, architecture, and food. third, i’d been to brussels and luxembourg city, the two other cities the european union headquarters are located. might as well go to all three cities that house the EU, right? strasbourg didn’t disappoint. full of tourists - yes, but its history and culture win over the touristy aspects. to get out of the touristy areas, i rented a velhop bicycle and cycled around strasbourg, to deutschland, aka germany, and along the gorgeous canal de la marne au rhine. so i can now say, “i biked from france to germany!” strasbourg is definitely worth a visit. while you’re there, do the happy free walking tour and eat a flamme keuche, aka, tarte flambée at binchstub broglie at 28 impasse de l'ecrevisse. i had the traditionelle but there are other varieties. you’re welcome. #strasbourg #alsace #france #petitefrance #bridges #ibikedfromfrancetogermany #girlswhobike #velhop #bikesharing #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #girlswhotravel #girlswhotravelsolo #womenwhotravel #travel #slowtravel #introvert #introverttravel #seetheworld #explore #adventure #toska #sosodamnlucky
i thought: eh, what could be so special about this cathedral? i’d been to milan, venice, florence, and paris. well, the cathédrale notre dame de strasbourg is gorgeous. i walked by but avoided it earlier that first afternoon due to the hordes of tourists. as i wandered around later that evening, not knowing where i was, a side glance of the impressive building stopped me in my tracks. ok, you win, notre dame de strasbourg, you win. also equally impressive is the clock, seasons, and astronomy tower inside the church. it was covered in scaffolding when i was there but still impressive and beautiful. more strasbourg pictures to come. #alsace #strasbourg #cathedral #notredame #notredamedestrasbourg #night #lookup #france #ilovefrance #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #girlsthatwander #sosodamnlucky
throw back to this two-room lodge, ali adi, in sigiriya. the guy, who owned and managed it, told us he was building these guesthouses cement block after cement block with the funds he received from guests. in january 2018, the kitchen walls were starting to rise halfway but he needed more finances. after finding out i’ve been traveling for ten months, people often ask which country has been my favorite. my answer: sri lanka. why? insanely gorgeous mountains, valleys, tea plantations, and beaches. the food is damn good — just wait ‘til you have a sri lankan breakfast. sri lankans are incredibly kind and hospitable. i also met super cool foreigners (meaning non-sri lankans) here. as with any country, sri lanka has a complex depth of cultural and religious history. in february, i had left already, there was some discontent and disorder in kandy. i heard different reports on the severity of the issues - it depends on whose and what media you’re watching. nonetheless, having a “favorite” country is a difficult question. my experience and relationship with each country i’ve visited so far has been different. maybe the question should be which countries i would return to if i won ten thousand dollars to spend on travel for four months. lastly, i’ve struggled with the impact of tourism and travel on countries and communities. i’ll write more about each country on my blog and post excerpts on both my personal and travel instagram accounts. to be continued... #peregrineponderings #tobecontinued #sigiriya #aliadilodge #tuktuk #srilanka #ilovesrilanka #myhappiness #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #ethicaltravel #introverttravel #slowtravel #travelwriting #hazards #authenticity #seetheworld #adventure #adventureisoutthere #pursuitofhappiness #ecolinguistics #onceyouknow #itsalljoanncavallarosfault #sosodamnlucky
spent an entire afternoon at the cimetière du père lachaise. didn’t think i would spend that much time there having been to the montparnasse and twice to the montmartre cemeteries. well, i could have spent two days at père lachaise. what an incredible space. in addition to the famous buried here, there were memorials and monuments to victims of genocide and to soldiers and the heroes of liberty and freedom. go. just go. #pèrelachaise #perelachaise #cimetiere #cemetery #necropolis #paris #jetaime #jetaimeparis #france #lifeisbeautiful #peaceful #lifeisshort #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #explore #travel #sosodamnlucky #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel
during a stroll along the trou aux biches and mont choisy beaches, the setting sun’s illumination of the clouds and sky made my head spin. or maybe i was spinning trying to take it all in. #trouauxbiches #montchoisy #beach #mauritius #paradise #paradiseisland #sunset #heartbreakinglybeautiful #nofilter #happiness #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #introvert #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #explore #sosodamnlucky #mononoaware #toska
view from my spot on our day bed at one of the most beautiful airbnbs. we spent every morning on the day bed, watching the sun rise, chatting about life, and enjoying our coffee. the neighbors to this home were the most incredibly generous people. they took us to lunch on a small island and then further invited us to their home inland for the most delectable seven course meal. i ate an uncomfortable, painful amount of josette’s cooking. it was that good. anwar and josette kept feeding me champagne too. we miss this magnificent place in belle mare. #airbnb #mauritius #bellemare #flacq #paradise #paradiseisland #beach #sosodamnlucky #wandering #wanderer #wanderingsoul #wanderlust #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #travel #slowtravel #happiness
i’m more of a realistic rather than an optimistic or pessimistic person. but this rainbow in the midst of the strong sea and incoming rain was a lovely sight. #palmarbeach #palmar #troudeaudouce #flaqc #bellemare #mauritius #mauritiusisland #paradise #rainbow #somewhereovertherainbow #indianocean #paradiseisland #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travelling #traveler #travel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
he said, “i want somewhere i haven’t been, but an island, exotic, and beaches.” i said, “ummm... how about mauritius?” and he says, “yes. that checks off africa for me. let’s go.” little did i know it’s wintertime here. oh well. when your bestie wants to spoil and celebrate you and share some very good news with you, you just have to say “okay!” last two photos are credited to @vevanbui #lemorne #lagaulette #baiedecap #bellemare #quatrecocos #flacq #mauritius #mauritiusisland #paradiseisland #getaway #africa #bestfriends #thethingsmybestiesdoforme #ihavethemostamazingfriends #rideordie #ionlyhaveahandful #butiwouldratherhaveafewtrueonesthantenorhundredsofflakefriends #genuinepeoplearehardtocomeby #notallthatglittersisgold #loyaltyloyaltyloyalty #ilovemyvevanbui #myoneandonlydancingpartner #sosodamnlucky #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #adventure #adventureisoutthere #prettymuchtheonlyamericansontheisland
view from ilot mangenie. we barged into our neighbor’s patio asking for lunch recommendations. anwar said, “there’s a restaurant down the street but i’ll take you somewhere else. we’ll need to take a boat there.” so we finished our beers, anwar and josette drove us somewhere, and we hopped on a speed boat to ilot mangenie. before we left our bungalow, anwar said, “better empty yourself before we get on the island.” not only was there no bathroom, electricity, and running water in that area, but there was also no menu. we sat down, ordered beer, poured our champagne and a plate of food was brought out to us. the grilled fish, chicken thigh, chicken sausage, and slaw was so good. we also drank the local rum made out of sugar cane. let’s just say having started drinking at 11 am on a fairly empty stomach, i was a little tipsy after the meal and drinks and might have taken a long nap after we got back. eat the food, drink the spirits, engage with the company, enjoy the singing performer... it felt surreal. how did this all happen so fast? is this really happening? and why me? it was another anthony bourdain moment where he’s sitting there and you can tell he’s content yet not really sure it’s there, but he seems happy. #mauritius #mauritiusisland #ilotmangenie #paradise #paradiseisland #mauritianhospitality #kindnessofstrangers #partsunknown #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #sosodamnlucky #happiness #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #eatthefood #drinkthedrinks #enjoythelittlethings
sorry, all i have to share are beach pictures so i’ll just post one from baie du cap. why? i biked more or less thirty miles roundtrip from la gaulette to bel ombre detouring through le morne brabant. the B9 runs along the ocean so those are the only pictures i took. it was such a beautiful ride. it took a lot of will power not to stop every hundred meters to snap pictures. #baieducap #mauritius #paradise #island #paradiseisland #indianocean #coastline #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #womenwhobike #solotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #slowtravel #sosodamnlucky
spent too much time in the grocery store to watch the setting sun. i did see how it pastel colored the sky and clouds as i walked back to the studio with my bag of snacks, jug of water, and bottle of rosé. however, from the balcony, i caught this guy paddling to his boat in the dusk. i will never get sick of watching the sun rise or set. ever. i could be social but with this view, i don’t want to be. #sunset #dusk #mauritius #mauritiusisland #lagaulette #paradise #paradiseisland #africa #nofilter #sogahdamnlucky #sosodamnlucky #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #slowtravel #travel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletravel #happiness #icouldbesocial #illbeanintrovertinstead #introvert #introvertproblems
“don’t turn around / i’m not the one for you / don’t turn around / i keep my heart aching, why? / don’t have the guts to break it... / so i dance but i don’t feel it / darlin’, i was only lyin’ when i looked in your eyes... / and it’s so sad so sexy” • “i'm just a bad woman, i know / i understand if you leave, just go / just don't go before / i show you what's behind all of my sorrow / what's inside all of the bullets i throw” • **if you’re not listening to lykke li’s album “so sexy so sad,” you should be. i mean, c’mon with lyrics like this?! how can you not love her?!** #lykkeli #sosadsosexy #badwoman #hardrain #betteralone #sexmoneyfeelingsdie #utopia #lykkeliismyspiritanimal #welloneofthem #musicismyboyfriend #musicismyconstantcompanion #musicislife #alwaysasongplayinginmyhead #sosodamnlucky #sospoiled #sunsets #paradise #somewhereinafrica #paradiseisland #africa #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #introvert #introverttravel #introvertproblems #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #waitingformyvevanbui
having whined and complained, like the spoiled brat i am, i finally took a morning to just lay in bed ‘til ten am — that is after i woke up at six am, ate breakfast, and returned to my bed. i did go for a seven mile run, oh fine it was more like a fast-ish jog, after my lazy morning indulgence. i cannot thank my friends, jean-francois and his wife, catherine, enough for inviting me to stay with them in belgium. it was heavenly to stay in one place and have my own space. to have time to relax, breathe, be by myself, relax, read, write, and, oh i might have forgotten to mention: to relax, it was what this exhausted traveling soul needed. they gave me everlasting essential oil which healed my right foot. within a few days, i was able to walk without pain and soon i went on several jog/runs. and jean-francois had me watching football with him. it’s the most sports i’ve ever watched in my whole life, and the most tv i’ve watched in nearly a year. it felt good to do “normal” things. catherine tried to help me speak french and i tried to help her improve her english. we both agreed we need more time together. merci beacoup, jean-francois and catherine. vous êtes trop généreux et gentil. je suis tellement chanceux de vous avoir comme amis. #travelingsohardiforgothowtorelax #entireapartmenttomyself #sosodamnlucky #friends #lazymorning #morningsun #skylight #happiness #ididgoforarunafterward #ipromise #enghien #petitenghien #edingen #somewheresouthofbrussels #belgium #ilovebelgium #iwastoldtheweatherisusuallynotthissunnyandwarm #womenwhotravel #wanderingsoul #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #theshowgoeson
enghien to luxembourg city: 3:45 hours on the sncb website. well, it ended up a five hour train ride. the first hour and half i was surrounded by boys, ages seven to nine, on a school trip. i wouldn't have minded their loud talking and wrestling if they shared their potato chips with me. finally arriving after 1 pm, having left at 6:45 am to catch the 7 am train, only consuming a croissant and half a cup of coffee, i was hangry. to make things worst, since i was in a different country, my belgian sim didn’t work. thanks to maps.me, i found lunch. with only three hours left i walk to le chemine de la corniche and down to this super charming neighborhood by the alzette river. the visit was short and sweet and i’ll probably be back one day but i had to catch the 5 pm train ride back, which was another four hours. so nine hours on the train and four hours in luxembourg city? yea, that seems like a balanced ratio for a day trip. it’s a good thing i like trains. #luxembourgcity #luxembourg #alzette #alzetteriver #lechemindelacorniche #chemindelacorniche #daytrips #trainrides #nexttimeshareyourchipswithmeifyouregoingtobeloud #wandering #wanderer #wanderingsoul #wanderlust #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #sosodamnlucky
antwerp. antwerpen. anvers. three names. two days. one magnificent city. i loved antwerp so much i returned the next day. pictures: 1) built in 1480, the wooden building is the oldest in antwerp. and yes, the wood is the original. 2) this courtyard was the original market where vendors would come sell their goods from their ships. 3) a street showing the many facets and characters of antwerp. 4) a little hard to tell but the buildings are slightly askew. a few buildings lean back while a few lean forward. i love it. 5) gorgeous building across the street from minerva statue and scheldt river. 6) museum aan de stroom. super modern building in the antwerp port with a rooftop that provides 360 view of antwerp. 7) view of the second largest port in europe from the mas rooftop. the first day, i did a walking tour. the second day, per usual, i wandered. if you can it’s always a good idea to step outside the super touristy area to see the neighborhoods. it’s amazing to observe how these cities are integrating old versus new building and development. some do it better than others, and i think antwerp is one of the better cities. but i’m a little biased because i fell in love with it. #antwerp #antwerpen #anvers #belgium #gobelgium #wearebelgium #iloveantwerp #slowtravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #traveler #womenwhotravel #sosodamnlucky
i enjoyed antwerp so much i visited twice. my first visit, i had to get back before eight pm to watch the belgium versus japan football game with my adopted family. didn’t you know i’m belgian now? go belgium!! this statue of minerva, aka athena, goddess of wisdom and warfare, was a nice break from all the male and madonna and child statues around antwerp. although i really had to catch my train that second evening, for some reason couldn’t leave. crossing the street, walking up the bridge and seeing this silhouetted statue, i knew why. the first day, i went on a walking tour, lunched with two uber cool people from the tour. one was working on his phd on sustainability, and the other was a strategy manager for the austrian railways. she and i bonded over our enthusiasm for trains and public transportation. the second day, looking for a toilet, i wandered into some street where the bigwigs of international diamond associations and organizations stared me down. i sang the sesame street song “one of these things is not like the other” in my head. guess who that might have been? i also had the best bowl of pho in antwerp. i had to sell one of my diamonds to pay for it but it was the best restaurant pho ever. i love antwerp. #antwerp #antwerpen #cityofdiamonds #diamondcapital #belgium #minerva #statue #goddess #iloveantwerp #canthelpit #ilovediamonds #bougie #iaintashamed #womenwhotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #oneofthesethingsisnotliketheother #theshowgoeson #sosodamnlucky
the gorgeous antwerp train station. i wanted to take more photos but had to be on time for my walking tour. having grown up in minnesota, i didn’t get the fascination with trains; until a few years ago, buses were the only means of public transportation. however, when in chicago, i utilized their metro and loved their train system. last year, i took the train from frankfurt to munich. to see a proper train station and ride a long distance train, wowzers, i was completely smitten. since then, i’ve taken the metros and/or trains in canada, india, sri lanka, italy, france, hungary, and belgium. i love taking trains, especially when the train starts or stops at these jaw dropping train stations. i love public transportation. coming soon: pics of antwerp. #antwerp #antwerpen #antwerpencentraal #belgium #gobelgium #trainstation #trains #ilovetrains #trainspotting #womenwhotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderer #seetheworld #slowtravel #sosodamnlucky
ghent is alive and breathing with people living, working, and studying there. yes, there are tourists but it doesn’t solely operate for tourists. side note: did you know there are industrial sized street vacuum cleaners? so that’s how they keep the streets so darn clean... there truly is a first for everything. but seriously, ghent has personality and i prefer cities that way instead of tooth-achingly sweet, artificial picture perfectness. you can find the touristy ghent city photos on my travel instagram. also, psa: whatever you do, DO NOT call frites “french fries” in belgium like i did a few days ago. belgians get really, really upset — like my walking tour guide. apparently they blame the americans for the misnomer. but don’t worry, i gave him a good tip so all was forgiven, he even shook my hand. who says money can’t buy happiness? kidding!! then i had the small order of frites, larger than the size of my lap, for dinner; although the frites at maison antoine in brussels were better. #gent #ghent #gand #belgium #streetart #graffiti #graffitistraatje #personality #personalityalwayswins #readmymiddlefinger #saysoapagain #womenwhotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #theshowgoeson #sosodamnlucky
i really, really liked ghent - in flemish, or gand in french. i wasn’t sure what to expect as most tour companies combined brugge and ghent into one-day-trip visits, appropriating more time in brugge. lucky for me, i choose to tackle the cities separately on my own and on different days. i’m a damn lucky, spoiled brat, i know. a few photos: 1) view from sint-michelsbrug 2) canal view towards sint michielskerk 3) gravensteen - my first real castle with a moat 4) canal view of the ‘t galgenhuisje (i think) there are tourists but it felt more balanced with ghent citizens. i went on a free walking tour of the city center, then alone wandered the streets, ate frites along the canal, wandered some more and then finally left late that evening. it was a good day. if i only had one day and had to choose which city to revisit, hands down, i would choose ghent. #ghent #gent #gand #belgium #personalityalwayswin #atleastinmybook #visitghent #pleasedontcallfritesfrenchfriesinbelgium #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #wanderingsoul #womenwhotravel #slowtravel #travelling #traveler #travel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
Coopers first ever school portfolio showing. He was so excited and proud of his beautiful work. Well done little man ❤️👊🏻 #cooperjames #maylandspeninsulaprimaryschool #preprimary2018 #justturnedfiveyearsold #absolutechampionofachild #sosodamnlucky
oh you know, just enjoying a glass of rosé whilst waiting for my bone marrow appetizer followed by mussels cooked in butter. i did not feel like i was going to have a heart attack after this super indulgent and rich lunch. nope, not at all. and yes, i ate most of the bread. a side note: i love these centuries old european cities but holy shit the damn cobblestones are doing on number on my right foot. i self-diagnosed it as gout and then it stopped hurting as much afterwards. 🤷🏻‍♀️ it’s probably a sprain or stress fracture that might have started back in sri lanka when i missed a step and fell, when i went for a run on pebbly roads in morocco, or when i slipped in the shower in italy, who knows. all i know is cobblestones do not help. i’m told this is what happens when you get old and that i need shoes which provide good support. yay. i can’t keep eating like this if i can’t walk or jog off the delicious calories. you win some you lose some. #brussels #bruxelles #belgium #rosé #gluttony #gourmand #icanthelpit #ihavexpensivetaste #sospoiled #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #alwayssomewhatlost #seetheworld #slowtravel #travelling #traveller #womenwhotravel #theshowgoeson #ivehadaglassofwineeverysingledayivebeeninbelgium #notanalcoholic #ipromise #ionlyrunsoicaneat #itsallfunandgames #untilmyclothesdontfit #gottagetbeachbodyready #stupidcobblestones #oldpeopleproblems #iwanttobeforeveryoung #sosodamnlucky
brugge is annoyingly cute. the city at times felt staged, almost fake, kind of like being in disney world. not a damn thing felt out of place. according to my calculations, it felt as if there were approximately 85% tourists, 8% employees, and 2% residents. regardless, the medieval buildings, streets, and canals are worth a day’s visit. also per the boat tour guide, the pictured bridge is the oldest one in brugge. and, i don’t know what that orange inflatable thing is on the canal. #brugge #belgium #bruggebelgium #annoyinglycute #medieval #town #medievaltown #veniceofthenorth #europe #womenwhotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderingsoul #wanderlust #seetheworld #travelling #traveler #travel #slowtravel #sosodamnlucky #alwayssomewhatlost
did you know belgium had a seaside coast? i didn’t. i could have sworn the bicycle tour guide, the other day, even said belgium was landlocked. oh well, you learn something new everyday. we lucked out as the day started out cloudy and cool but as the afternoon progressed the clouds cleared up and it was blue sky and sunshine for the rest of the day. and the beach had nice soft sand. sorry nice, however this beach front has this over your too rocky and pebbly beaches; but you have better weather. also, did you know belgium has three official languages? french, flemish, and german. by the coast and northern belgium, most signs are only in flemish, while the signs in rest of the country are both in french and flemish. i’m going to take a wild guess the signs are in german and french the closer you get to the german border. my fingers are crossed. #nieuwpoort #flemish #seaside #beach #coast #pier #marina #belgium #daytrip #didyouknow #learnsomethingneweveryday #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #wanderingsoul #womenwhotravel #introvert #slowtravel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky #sosodamnspoiled
side view of the maison du roi dans le grand place. the thirty-nine (if i remember correctly from the bicycle tour) buildings that form this square are so shiny and fancy. my friend, jean-francois said, “you know the difference between the french and the belgian? both the french and belgian open their arms to others, but the belgian close their arms behind their guests.” there might be a little bias there yet i haven’t come across any belgian who has contradicted the statement. also, apparently i am now a football - soccer for the americans - fan cheering for the belgium team. i even wore a red, gold, and black viking hat to watch the game on a large screen and drank belgian beer. they won 5-2 against tunisia. their next game is on wednesday. go belgium!! #brussels #bruxelles #belgium #maisonduroi #grandplace #grandplacebrussels #iamnotahugesportsspectator #but #wheninbelgium #gobelgium #fifaworldcup #bandwagoner #iveneverwatchedsomuchfootballinmylife #wandering #wanderer #wanderingsoul #wanderlust #slowtravel #sosodamnlucky
this enchanting summer home deep in the woods somewhere between szeged and baja had that old central european aura. i even thought we should have thrown breadcrumbs on the long, lone dirt road through the woods. the isolated home was surrounded by apricot, cherry, plum, and apple trees. there are also strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and blueberry bushes. the owners, family friends of my hosts, invited me in for dinner and fed me traditional hungarian dishes: chicken paprika, pasta, cucumber salad, potatoes, grilled chicken and pork. oh and the palinka, always with palinka, and a glass of champagne too. interior designers have tried and will continue to try to replicate the look and feel of this home yet they have and will continue to fall short. also, there was a light fixture over the dining table i wanted to steal, it was “very, very old” and from transylvania; not posting that picture in case anyone tries to hijack it before me. sitting at the dining table felt surreal. eat the food, drink the spirits, enjoy the conversations. it was definitely an anthony bourdain moment. #assotthalom #ruzsa #hungary #somewherebetweenszegedandbaja #szeged #baja #hungariancountryside #partsunknown #hadanotheranthonybourdainmoment #agoodonethistime #palinka #womenwhotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #slowtravel #eatthefood #drinkthedrink #cantmakethisup #sosodamnlucky #simplehappiness #design #simplicityisbeauty #ihaveathingwithlightfixtures #cantreplicatethiseveniftheytried #peregrineponderings
hotel tisza, the oldest hotel in szolnok, is a beautiful building with an attached spa next to the tisza river. also, there is a fountain that provides free healing and high mineral thermal water attached to the hotel. szolnok is famous in hungary for the natural thermal water. the citizens line up to bottle the hot water and drink it every day. i went with my friend attila’s sister, ildiko, to help bottle the water for their mother, magdolna. it was the least i could do as magdolna made me the most amazing homemade hungarian food every day i was in szolnok while staying with ildiko and robbie. ildiko and robbie took me on a walking tour of the szolnok city center and also drove me around szolnok to show me the different neighborhoods. i had deep, wonderful conversations with ildiko’s two super intelligent young adult children, fanni and attila. those two are going places and will probably change the world for the better. hungarians are some of the most humble, giving and unassuming people i’ve met. i cannot thank my friend attila enough for bringing my jacket back from sri lanka, hosting and feeding me in budapest, and hooking me up with his friends and family while i was in hungary. i’m not sure how or why i got so damn lucky in life but i promise never to take these rare genuine people i come across for granted. #szolnok #hungary #hoteltisza #rivertisza #tisza #hungariancountryside #sosodamnlucky #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #partsunknown #genuinenessishardtofind #genuinepeople #womenwhotravel #solowomantraveler #solotravel #slowtravel #smallthings #sosodamnlucky #seetheworld
szent borbála by popovics lörinc. yet another beautiful statue that captured my attention while wandering around. the expression, sense of movement, but that drip... i love it. #szeged #hungary #szentborbála #szentborbala #statue #popovicslorinc #iloveart #art #littledetails #perfectimperfection #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #slowtravel #travelling #traveler #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
on my way up to the liberty statue and gellert hill, i made a wrong turn onto one of the many walking trails and ended up at the cave church entrance. i did not go inside but very much enjoyed this view. #budapest #buda #pest #danube #danuberiver #hungary #libertybridge #bridges #bridgesofbudapest #cavechurch #gellertcavechurch #slowtravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travelling #traveler #seetheworld #theshowgoeson #womenwhotravel #solowomantraveler #introvertlife #sosodamnlucky
the view of buda from pest the other evening. late that afternoon, i was about to leave the city center but a waterfall surrounded by greenery and curved stairs interrupted me, inviting me on a walk up gellert hill. the view of budapest and the danube from gellert hill convinced me to skip dinner to watch the setting sun paint the sky, illuminate the clouds, and ease the hot summer day into cool twilight. the day started out emotionally rough but ended very well. heart and soul content and happy on so many levels. so thankful for good friends, especially ones who host and feed you amazing homemade hungarian food. #budapest #buda #pest #hungary #beautifulbudapest #danube #danuberiver #sunset #twilight #naturelovers #natureheals #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travelling #traveler #slowtravel #womenwhotravel #solowomantraveler #theshowgoeson #lifeisbeautiful #sosodamnlucky
ah, paris... [long extended sigh while staring into the gray sky]. to say i love paris would be an understatement. i fell hard. like on my face and knocked out all my front teeth hard — but still grinning because i’m so foolishly in love. i wandered the streets, marveling at the architecture, the public spaces, the city planning, and the infrastructure. i imagined whose footsteps i was following, imagined an era of drapey flapper dresses and dapper three piece suits, corsets and riding jackets, or muddy horse drawn carriages pulled over cobblestone streets... oh the romanticizations of this city are endless. i now understand why so many artists and writers found much inspiration here. i absorbed its energy and attempted to learn its metro system as well as memorize its streets. i also observed the tension between old versus new: buildings, neighborhoods, and people, in a world that’s changing so quickly. i did however turn my nose up and away to the persistent smell of urine in the streets. gotta live and act like a parisienne, right? paris was a hard city to photograph, especially with an iphone, so i didn’t take too many. how does one capture its magnificence? however, this was one of my favorites among the few i took. i mean seriously, this picture could have been taken any time in the last century. i wish i was a time traveler with two hearts. where is my tardis? #paris #jetaime #parisjetaime #ouioui #france #jetaimeparis #headoverheels #foolishlyinlove #8tharrondissement #quartierdeleurope #garesaintlazare #saintlazare #parismetro #trains #trainstation #trainspotting #alwayssomewhatlost #womenwhotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #timetraveler #tardis #biggerontheinside #seetheworld #theshowgoeson #sosodamnlucky
have to admit, the musée d’orsay delivered. big time. it was less crowded than le louvre with a little more variety of artwork and subject matter. plus the views from the building were fantastic. you can’t really tell but the sacre couer is in the distance behind the clock. the van gough self-portrait truly is a master piece. had it not been for the crowd, i could have stared at it for hours. however, gustave caillebotte’s “rabotuers de parquet” stole the show for me that day. go see for yourself why. #museedorsay #paris #jetaime #museums #musee #jetaimeparis #france #iloveart #clock #orsay #clockwork #womenwhotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #seetheworld #happiness #simplepleasures #theshowgoeson #sosodamnlucky
taken from inside the train so no idea where this is but wow is it ever gorgeous. side note: i had a terrible love affair with italy, especially with tuscany. i didn’t want the whole “under the tuscan sun” bullshit but i fell hard for tuscany. i spent some much needed quiet time in arezzo and san miniato: long walks in the country side, reading, writing, dreaming, contemplating, laughing, dancing... you know, all the stuff introverts do when they finally get some quality time to themselves. - #zoagli #liguria #italy #iloveitaly #ilovetuscany #train #trainride #trenitalia #trainspotting #wanderlust #wandering #wanderer #alwayssomewhatlost #introvert #introvertproblems #slowtravel #womenwhotravel #solofemaletravel #sosodamnlucky #loveaffairwithitaly #ispendalotoftimeinmymind #theshowgoeson #youngforever #foreveryoung
don’t get me wrong, i love the city and seeing all the ancient, historical, and grand buildings of rome, amalfi, catania, ortigia, noto, milan, venice, florence, etc, etc, etc. but damn. having hopped off a bus in some village north of arezzo feels like i stepped into a disney movie where all the animals around start singing and dancing as you’re walking the half mile to your airbnb. you can’t help but be happy, laugh, and sing along. #thehillsarealive #somewherenorthofarezzo #airbnb #tregozzano #arezzo #tuscany #italy #escapetothecountry #sosodamnlucky #happiness
i still have no idea where i am and i don’t even care. the bus driver nodded at me in the rearview mirror indicating this is where i had to get off. grabbing my two ever growing, heavy bags - i bought some stuff in marrakech and milan, okay? - i hopped off and the bus drove away. as i walked in the direction of my airbnb, the grass, trees, plants, birds, and the fresh, pine and floral infused air welcomed me to their world. i laughed hysterically, almost maniacally, out loud for a good thirty seconds. i am one damn lucky-ass bitch. also a rather significant event happened today so i’m a little happy. just a little. #iwanttotwirlaroundandsingthehillsarealive #ihavenocluewhereiam #andiamokaywiththat #alwayssomewhatlost #sosodamnlucky #somewhereintuscany #arezzo #tuscany #italy #womenwhotravel #yesterdayiwasntsurewhereiwouldbe #figureshitout #everydaywelit #foreveryoung #happyhappyhappy
astounding: the buildings, statues, bridges, art, streets, canals, gondolas, boats, food, shops... a feast for all the senses. also very touristy and pricey but venice is so worth the visit. #venice #veniceitaly #venezia #italy #venicecanals #sansimeonepiccolo #supportlorenzoquinn #grandcanal #gondola #ilovethefoodinitaly #sosodamnlucky
the titanic this ferry was not but i hoped to at least walk a plank onto the boat. yes, i’ve been on a ferry before but i can still hope, right? plus the other ferry didn’t have a helipad. this ferry took us from salerno to palermo, sicily, and it took ten hours. i wandered around and took two long naps. we purchased bread, cheeses, meats and wine to bring on board. it was so delicious we ate most of it for lunch forgetting we need to save some for dinner. whoops. #ilovetoeat #ferryride #grimaldilines #helipad #salernotopalermo #sicily #safetyfirst #italy #tyrrheniansea #noiceberginsight #womenwhotravel #sosodamnlucky
trying to stay active can be challenging when you are constantly on the move from one place to the next so i relish every hike, trek, bike ride, run, and extended walk i can get. the path of the gods from agerola to positano was magnificent. we also sang at the top of our lungs on the mountain side here too. our singing wasn’t pretty but so much fun. #pathofthegods #agerola #positano #amalficoast #italy #foreveryoung #iwanttobeforeveryoung #twofortwohitchhikingthisday #sosodamnlucky
amalfi is such a pretty, pretty city. it has the cozy, small town feeling, where all the residents know one another and almost everyone who lives there was born there. my phone escaped from my sweater pocket onto the road about two kilometers away. we called my phone and had our friend, sal, speak to the person who answered. the guy who picked up my phone turns out to be a good friend of sal’s and he dropped off my cracked phone. what are the chances, right? i was also thrilled to see the many shades of clear, blue ocean water again. • • #amalfi #amalficoast #italy #simplepleasures #spectacularviews #sosodamnlucky
i didn’t expect to like rome so much given comments made to me and reviews i read online. i however loved the fast and furious forty-eight hours we were there. the architecture, the history, and the food blew me over. more rome pics to come. • • #lastminuteplannedtriptorome #rome #wheninrome #romeifyouwantto #romearoundtheworld #italy #castelsantangelo #roma #iloverome #ilovethefoodinitaly #eatingmywaythroughitaly #womenwhotravel #figuringshitout #sosodamnlucky
what does it say about me that my first thought was “the scarlet letter” when i saw this gate? it only dawned on me a few days later the A might have stood for amalfi, you know, because that’s the name of the city. oh well, freudian slip? and the answer is: i love to read - okay?!? #thescarletletter #aforamalfi #amalfi #amalficoast #italy #havingaloveaffairwithitaly #scarlettA #aforadulteress #sowhat #ilovetoread #ilovetoeat #alwaysthinkingaboutmynextmealwhileeatingthecurrentmeal #appetitefortheforbidden #sosodamnlucky #womenwhotravel #eatingmywaythroughitaly #everydaywelit #upnextforeveryoung #foreveryoung
nice job romulus and remus, rome is spectacular. all my senses were overwhelmingly happy as i couldn’t stop smiling — i haven’t been this happy in a while. and the food in italy... mmmmm... #rome #italy #pantheon #incrediblearchitecture #romeifyouwantto #romearoundtheworld #alwaysasongplayinginmyhead #unplannedvisittorome #sohappytobeinitaly #iloveitaly #ilovethefoodinitalyevenmore #goodfoodmakesmehappy #gourmand #cappucinoeverymorning #sosodamnlucky #womenwhotravel #thankstomywifeyfolifey #grandtourhoneymoon
a leisurely hike in the rif mountains while in tétouan. our guide, also the riad owner, brought produce and utensils to make us mint tea and chicken kebabs for lunch. so damn lucky and spoiled. #tétouan #tetouan #rifmountains #morocco #hiking #ilovetohike #moroccoroadtrip #moroccanminttea #sosodamnlucky #sospoiled