I'm a 37-year old Seattle girl who was bitten by the travel bug on my first tour of Europe in 2004. This personal blog follows my attempts to visit as many countries as I can, as often as my budget will allow. Since starting this blog in 2007, I've also worked as a freelance copywriter for an online travel publication. This only served to add even more must-see locations to my already extended list.
Follow me as I try to balance "real life" with exploring the world, all while trying to conquer a wickedly ironic case of homesickness.


Meriton Kent Street

We think we've found our Sydney home-away-from-home: the Meriton Kent Street serviced apartments. Seeing as how there are three of us - including one married couple - we thought an apartment would suit us better than a standard hotel room. And seeing as how these are far more affordable, rated higher on TripAdvisor and have far more square footage, they are now at the top of our list.


One & Other

On 6 July, London began One & Other atop Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. (You know, the one that has most recently had that terribly awkward armless, pregnant lady? Yeah, that one.) The premise is pretty simple: for 100 days - nonstop - it is being used as a platform for a very simple contemporary art subject: the people of the United Kingdom. A new person every hour, doing...whatever. A true snapshot of the "real" UK for all the world to peek in on.

And for Anglophiles like me, it's complete crack. Just like the lovely Jenn who brought it to my attention, I can't seem to stop watching. UGH...I MISS LONDON!!!

To watch the mania, click here.


No photography allowed

I hate this sign. I'm not much for t-shirts, postcards, snowglobes and chotchkies. I prefer my travel souvenirs to be more useful items, and I highly value my personal photos. And though I understand why some of these places choose not to allow cameras, I can't help but feel a tiny bit jipped.

Some of my favorite spots I've visited but don't have any first-hand reminders of are the following (yes, all three photos were shamelessly stolen from Google images):

The Royal Chapel at Hampton Court Palace:

The Vatican Museum Hall of Maps:

And, of course, the Sistine Chapel:

What are some of your favorite no-photography spots?


UNESCO World Heritage List

As an architecture enthusiast, man-made structures dictate many of my travels. For that reason, I greatly appreciate UNESCO and their work on preservation and restoration of these gently crumbling giants. However, I realized this morning that I've barely scratched the complete World Heritage list. I also found it ironic that I can't scratch off The Olympic National Park, about an hour from my home, but I managed over half the list for Austria in a mere four days.

To keep track of my progress, I've posted my UNESCO list to the right, including trips we have planned within the next year.

How about you? How many have you visited?


Laundering travels

I found this article to be delightful; though I'll admit I don't quite have quite as much passion for laundry as the author. Last time my travel partner broke out the detergent in the bathroom sink, I sat there and watched lazily while my dirty laundry remained crumpled at the bottom of my suitcase. However, I can completely understand the sentiment that "the presence of hanging laundry, just about anywhere in the world, signals that you've left the manicured tourist zone and entered 'real life'."

I also love, "You know you're really traveling when you run out of underwear." Now that one I relate to completely!
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