Moving to Alaska (home) and Leaving the Expat Life

Moving to Alaska (home) and Leaving the Expat Life

I’m completely exhausted yet cannot sleep, just waiting for the noisy little grunts and groans just one room away to let me know that it’s time to eat. I don’t mind. I’ve actually started to really enjoy our little nighttime cuddles. Funny how quickly something so small can completely change your world.

That’s not the only reason I’m up. Aside from my night owl internal clock, we just made a life changing decision.

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My new favorite European retreat - Lake Como and the lakes region (in photos)

My new favorite European retreat - Lake Como and the lakes region (in photos)

We visited Lake Como last year in April and loved it so much we went back again in the fall. If you're not familiar with the area, northern Italy is an incredibly beautiful place and quite special to me. I studied abroad in Turin, Italy and have always had a love for Italy and Italian culture.

When I first visited Lake Garda I knew I would be back to that area again. Why? Because it's incredibly stunning. Pictures truly cannot do this place justice, and I am astounded every time we go. I love the drive from Stuttgart; we head south from Germany, down through the Alpine regions in Austria or Switzerland, and descend into a mediterranean climate with palm trees and a completely different scenery.

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Photo Tour of Lake Como - Italy

Photo Tour of Lake Como - Italy

A Weekend Trip to Menaggio, Bellagio, and Varenna

Lake Como is worth the hype. George Clooney, I get it. I would happily live in one of those villas for the rest of my life. I don't know why I go to cities when amazing places like this exist. Combined with the beautiful Italian architecture and with the Mediterranean feel it just doesn't get any better. We drove south from Stuttgart, Germany and drove right through Switzerland and into Italy. It's amazing how much the scenery changes. Going from farmlands and an Alpine type of climate to a more humid and warmer climate with palm trees and completely different landscaping. It's surreal. 

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6 Great Reasons to Visit Florence

6 Great Reasons to Visit Florence

Firenze. It just rolls off the tongue. And what a beautiful city to visit. Churches, art, statues and beautiful facades at every corner. The old town is huge with winding streets and narrow cobblestone alleys unfit for cars.

I love this place. I visited back in 2006 when I studied abroad but don't remember it being so beautiful. Maybe it was because I had been living in Italy for so long at that point that I was immune to the beauty. 

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49 Amazing Photos of Iceland to Inspire Your Next Trip!

49 Amazing Photos of Iceland to Inspire Your Next Trip!

JURASSIC. PREHISTORIC. SERENE. WILD.

Iceland should be on everyone's bucket list. Even if you only go once, it's just so different from any place I've traveled. 

This is a beast of a post. If you're wondering if there's anything for you here is the gist: Golden Circle, Gullfoss, Thingvellir, Strokkir Geysir, Reykjavik, whale watching, horseback riding, Vik and the Black Beach, Kerið Crater, almost a glacier, Seljalandsfoss, and Skogafoss

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Where to go for Carnival this year? Celebrate in Lucerne!

Where to go for Carnival this year? Celebrate in Lucerne!

Big bands competing to attract crowds. Costumes galore, and not just any costumes but highly organized and decorative and expensive costumes. Costumes that make Americans Halloween costumes look like they were pulled out of a trash bin (but hey maybe they were). People partying in the streets. Partying in bars. Really, this is one. BIG. party!

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