L.M. MongomeryAnne of Green Gables
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
J.R.R. TolkienThe Hobbit
“A story must be told or there'll be no story, yet it is the untold stories that are most moving.”
Virginia WoolfA Room of One’s Own
"No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself."
Julia ChildMy Life in Paris
“People who love to eat are always the best kind of people.”
Lewis CarrollAlice's Adventures in Wonderland
“Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said. 'One can't believe impossible things.' 'I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Jane AustenPride & Prejudice
“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre
"What fresh hell is this?"
Margaret MeadGrowing Up in New Guinea
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
After a charming night of Pictionary, pints, and pub fare, my lovely friends and I didn’t have any predetermined agenda to begin our day, except coffee, and maybe a chocolate stuffed pastry. So it was a fortunate stroke of happenstance when the neighbourhood café was not only open, but filled with genial locals willing to share some unconventional “must-sees” in London. We were in luck!
“Saturday’s Portobello Market in Notting Hill is a proper market, but it being Wednesday, you must see Camden Market… Go there famished,” said a particularly chatty bloke.
Stumbling upon Notting Hill is what I imagine falling through the rabbit hole into Wonderland might be like– one part whimsy, and two parts curious charm, this town is filled with a topsy-turvy cast of characters that somehow makes complete sense. Looking around for the Cheshire Cat to lead us through, I thought of Alice…
One of the more charismatic places I’ve visited, Portland appeals to anyone with a pulse, but particularly houses and caters to creative writers, classic and kitchy art, literature lovers, food aficionados, outdoor enthusiasts, cold-roasted coffee drinkers, donut eaters, and of course, craft beer drinkers. In a nutshell, this city is a culinary Wonderland for the senses.
Denver to JFK, JFK to Paris De Gaulle, Paris De Gaulle to Munich, Munich to Nuremburg, 90 minutes of driving east to the town of Grafenwöhr, and we had made it. In just under twenty-two hours, we had officially travelled halfway across the world to the middle of nowhere. And it was breathtaking!
Nothing cures a cross-continental travel hangover faster than driving on the other side of the car on the opposite side of the road. One punctured tire and more than a couple hairpin turns later, my husband and I had successfully maneuvered our first road trip from County Galway to County Tipperary, Ireland.
It was 3:30 on a Monday afternoon, and after a brief flight delay from Denver to Dallas, I made it to the French Quarter with time to spare for some late afternoon exploring. With only 48 hours and a program to co-facilitate with our clients VP, I was on a mission to see all I could of the cultural hodgepodge that makes New Orleans so unique. And, of course, there is always the food – Cajun and French fare infused with a classic southern twist was a cuisine I had yet to try outside of my lame attempt at a bland SuperBowl gumbo one year. Cajun spice is as common in landlocked Colorado as fresh seafood, so there was a very good possibility that its shelf life had expired years ago. Not that I’m pointing fingers…
One giant hop, a quick skip, and short puddle jump later, and we had landed on the island of Maui from DIA airport. I’m not sure if it was breathing 10 hours of recycled cabin air, Maui itself, or a combo of both, but I wished I could bottle those first few breaths – An intoxicating mixture of hibiscus, plumeria, orchids and sea breeze. Little did I realize that those first few breaths were just the start of my week long sensory experience – Between the bountiful landscapes, ever-present Polynesian influence, fresh and vibrant local food, plush flora + fauna, and adrenaline boosting outdoor adventures, exploring Maui was like a 24/7 buzz.
It’s 8:04 am in Seward, Alaska. Walking toward the docks, the last of the fisherman are tying off their boats, ready to sort this morning’s catch. Some have already started, tossing their loot from boat to bin like a well-practiced shot-put. Silver salmon, halibut, and yellowed rockfish of all sizes soar through the air and quickly disappear into the bins with a heavy ‘thunk’.