Not every foreign grocery store stocks whole turkeys, and green bean casserole tastes different outside of the States. I’ve celebrated this holiday in several places, never with the same menu, but always with the same tradition of joining loved ones in a shared meal. This year, instead of holding one [...]
Mon, Nov 24, 2014
Gone Workabout Category: GONE WORKABOUT
I wasn’t prepared for the humidity, or for the sudden cloud bursts that, though brief, kept us perpetually damp. I definitely wasn’t prepared for the sections of swamp that bisected the trail. I say trail, but what I mean is the very narrow path hacked into the forest by two [...]
Sun, Nov 23, 2014
Uncharted Territory Category: UNCHARTED TERRITORY
You know that movie, Stranger than Fiction with Emma Thompson, Will Ferrel, and Dustin Hoffman? Here’s a quick trailer if you don’t. It’s a playful look at the relationship between writers and their characters. It’s about (as Faulkner advised) killing your darlings. It’s a playful farce that experiments with tense [...]
Sun, Nov 23, 2014
WanderLit Category: WANDERLIT
It is that time of the year again!Holiday season is almost here and joyful cheer is definitely in the air. Gingerbread latte is back on the menu at Starbucks, Christmas tree decorations are taking center stage at every store, fall colors are at their most vibrant as daysget colder and [...]
Sun, Nov 23, 2014
TrailBound Category: TRAILBOUND
Thanksgiving is officially less than a week away and though I’m sure you have everything organized and planned out because you’re all spectacular planners…on the off chance you are scrambling for ideas, here’s a list of somefun Thanksgiving turkey recipes. Happy cooking! Pear-Thyme Brined Turkey I was struck immediately by the title [...]
Sat, Nov 22, 2014
WanderFood Category: WANDERFOOD
Let’s face it: the airport can be a really stressful place. Whether you are late for a flight or have a 6 hour layover with absolutely nothing to do, the more options at an airport, the easier and more relaxing your journey will be. One way to spend your time and [...]
Fri, Nov 21, 2014
Spa Hopper Category: SPA HOPPER
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, there’s one particular place on the mind of many Americans: that inimitable site of the first Thanksgiving. Despite how tragically quick Native American and European relations ultimately deteriorated, at least the country has a single holiday devoted to communion and cooperation between cultures, and [...]
Fri, Nov 21, 2014
Weird Wanderings Category: WEIRD WANDERINGS
When I was in college, I had a bunch of fitness DVDs. I had everything from yoga (taught by Lori from The Real World: Back to New York, no less) to Pilates to Tae Bo with Billy Blanks. I actually still have these DVDs, but I no longer have any [...]
Fri, Nov 21, 2014
Global Zen Category: GLOBAL ZEN
Las Vegas never really held an appeal for me because I have no desire to gamble. I had no idea the city is full of art and artists! I spent three nights there and didn’t gamble until the midnight hour, just 12 hours before departure. I lost 90% of what I [...]
Fri, Nov 21, 2014
Wandering Artist Category: WANDERING ARTIST
This blog is dedicated to my husband. We thank thee…For swift and gallant horses…For song and kindly voices… – A Cotswold Prayer . As my husband and I walked through a quintessential field in the Cotswolds filled with green grass, flowering trees that I have never seen anywhere else, and rolling hills in [...]
Fri, Nov 21, 2014
I’m headed back to Italy to live and work in about ten days—time for a new adventure! One of the things that potential expats have asked me in the past is how do I know what to bring when I’m going to be gone for an extended period of time. [...]
Fri, Nov 21, 2014
Gen Y Wanderer Category: GEN Y WANDERER
After wrapping up a conference with coworkers in San Francisco, Kelsey, Dani and I decided to take a day off to go wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma. While we didn’t set out with a budget in mind we found ways to have a great time without breaking the bank. [...]
Fri, Nov 21, 2014
Checking In Category: CHECKING IN
The Fugoo Sport Speaker is a top-shelf outdoor speaker, and the price tag shows it. But if you are an adventurer/music aficionado, these might just be worthit. Weighing in at just 1.1 pounds, these speakers offer incredible sound. They have six custom-designed acoustic drivers, which all project musicin different directions [...]
Thu, Nov 20, 2014
WanderSpokes Category: WANDERSPOKES
Haircut #4. Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids. Little Bird’s last haircut was ten months ago. It was time. The before picture Remind you of a certain former U.S. professional tennis player? Off we went on our Grand Slam adventure to a new salon. Bunny got a piggyback. This [...]
Thu, Nov 20, 2014
Pampers & Pakhlava Category: PAMPERS AND PAKHLAVA
My hands get cold long before any other part of my body. Even on the hottest of days when riding a motorcycle, I need gloves because the wind on my hands just chills me to the bone. For this reason, I knew that in preparing for the Snowman Trek I’d need [...]
Wed, Nov 19, 2014
Wanderluster Category: WANDERLUSTER
Being a Supertaster* of and therefor, long time hater of chlorine, I was thrilled to get a Camelbak Relay to try out. Sure there have been other filter pitcher options out there for a while, but for various reasons, none quite appealed to me. The Relay on the other hand, [...]
Wed, Nov 19, 2014
WanderDudes Category: WANDERDUDES
It’s easy when you’re out of your home country for a while to lose touch with the inner workings of your friends’ and family’s lives. Imagine how much easier still it is to lose touch with things like pop culture (music, film, TV, books, apparel, apps) if you aren’t really [...]
Tue, Nov 18, 2014
Expat Village Category: EXPAT VILLAGE
First there was polypropylene. Then, merino wool. Now… it’sbamboo. Advances in technology allow use to continually improve our clothing and its’ uses in our active endeavors. In the case of bamboo, the inner “pilth” of this hard wooden plant is mixed with a variety of other materials, such as organic cotton [...]
Sat, Nov 15, 2014
Lady Sherpa Category: LADY SHERPA
She came. She spoke. She dazzled. Oprah stopped by Seattlelast weekend, nearing the final leg of her “Life You Want Weekend Tour.” Hermessage? “I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to live it.” After a previous day of torrential rain, the Friday kick-off [...]
Fri, Nov 14, 2014
WanderBoomer Category: WANDERBOOMER
Stowe Mountain: a resort most know it for it’s Front Four, a quad-podof formidable trail steepness comprised of National, Lift Line, Starr and Goat. Stowe Mountain Resort shares its name withthe quaint town off the scenicRoute 100, where the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum lies. As resorts start to open their [...]
Fri, Nov 14, 2014
Ski Gypsy Category: SKI GYPSY
I’ve always been a fan of getting away for the holidays. After spending an amazing Christmas with my family on the beach last year, I knew there would be more holiday travel in my future. This awesome deal from Mexico’s Velas Resorts caught my attention recently. Mexico will just be entering [...]
Wed, Nov 12, 2014
Luxury Nomad Category: LUXURY NOMAD
Creative composition in photography Break the rules and let your creativity take over to tell a story with your photography. There are many rules when it comes to composition in photography, symmetry, and the rule of thirds are just a couple. Being self-taught, I like to just go with what I [...]
Sun, Nov 09, 2014
Global Snapshots Category: GLOBAL SNAPSHOTS
Sure, in the United States, Halloween gets all of the attention. But south of the border, the big celebration occurs two days later, on November 2. El Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is an important holiday in Mexican culture. It’s a day for honoring and [...]
Sun, Nov 02, 2014
Wanderlush Diary Category: WANDERLUSH DIARY
To begin this story I have to first share a slightly embarrassing fact about myself. I am in my late twenties and I still love the Spice Girls. Not ‘I think about them occasionally, mostly reminiscing’, love but ‘true, 2014, still obsessed’ love. When I went to their reunion concert [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Short Stops Category: SHORT STOPS
“Change starts with your underwear” according to PACT Apparel, a company that offers fair trade, organic cotton socks and underthings. One evening last summer, I Googled”fair trade underwear” and found PACT. I’d readVincent Miller’s “Slavery and Commodity Chains”about what he calls the “commodity veil.” Basically, Miller points out that we know [...]
Thu, Oct 09, 2014
WanderChic Category: WANDERCHIC
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