Voyages: The French Quarter [@NewOrleansLA]

This was an adventure literally 5 years in the making. Since we met, my best friend Robin and I have been wanting to go down to New Orleans, Louisiana. Last weekend we finally made the jump and road tripped from my newfound home in North Carolina to spend a few days in the French Quarter. 10+ hours, each way. 700+ miles, each way. Too many mixed CDs to actually count, each way. And quite a lot of new experiences in between. Enjoy!

Real Moments: From Gardening to Glasgow to Graduation!

I’m well aware that there has been a lull in posts for the last few weeks – but that’s not for lack of things to say, trust me! An explanation by means of a life update felt in order. Apparently the letter ‘G’ has been the flavor of the past few weeks for me. What feltContinue reading “Real Moments: From Gardening to Glasgow to Graduation!”

Inch by Inch, Row by Row: Life Lessons from the Garden

Almost 2 months ago when I told my family I would be leaving to go work outside on an estate in Ireland for a little while, they were incredulous. To them, and friends, and many others, it didn’t fit their image of me. They couldn’t see why I felt a need to do this. But toContinue reading “Inch by Inch, Row by Row: Life Lessons from the Garden”

Books I Brought Abroad [@WestCorkIRL]

Packing to go anywhere is a struggle for me, as it is for most others as well. Some agonize over shoes, some over makeup, some over sweatshirts. I happen to agonize most extremely over books. Depending on how far out from the trip I am, I can spend weeks planning what reads to take with me.Continue reading “Books I Brought Abroad [@WestCorkIRL]”

Voyages: Welcome to Inish Beg! – Part II [@WestCorkIRL]

The local West Corkonians joke about how everyone is always ready to talk about the weather here, but I love it and I feel like I fit right in with it so – allow me to tell you (mostly via showing you) about the beautiful Sunday afternoon I had wandering around the estate a fewContinue reading “Voyages: Welcome to Inish Beg! – Part II [@WestCorkIRL]”

Voyages: Skibbereen & Baltimore [@WestCorkIRL]

Note: Remember back in the good old days when you’d have to avoid a lot of images on a web page because loading them with dial-up was a nightmare? I wanted to warn you just in case you’re not all initiated into decent wi-fi / 4s / 1080p horsepower or whatever the heck the good internet is theseContinue reading “Voyages: Skibbereen & Baltimore [@WestCorkIRL]”

A List of Cooking Tips For A Novice Like Me [@WestCorkIRL]

Go ahead and ask anyone who knows me and they’ll happily laugh in your face if you ask them about my past baking escapades. Nutella chocolate chip cookies? Apparently adding a whole jar of Nutella to the regular recipe is not how you do it. My misfortune extends into general cooking as well – IContinue reading “A List of Cooking Tips For A Novice Like Me [@WestCorkIRL]”

Voyages: Welcome to Inish Beg! – Part I [@WestCorkIRL]

With a little less than a week gone by since I left the States, being at Inish Beg has already made me realize that it’s not so much the time to be alive as it is the place to be living. I absolutely adore this new short-term home of mine and I’ve been receiving many impatient inquiriesContinue reading “Voyages: Welcome to Inish Beg! – Part I [@WestCorkIRL]”

Real Moments: Shipping Up to… Ireland!

“What are your plans for after graduation?” Drinking game to how many times college seniors get asked that question in their final semester. A few months back, I shrugged my shoulders and avoided talking about it. My career plans were set almost a year ago: I’ll be moving to North Carolina in July. But as for theContinue reading “Real Moments: Shipping Up to… Ireland!”

Voyages: Kancamagus Highway [@NewHampshire]

It was Christmas Day. 2006. I unwrapped a gift from a dear aunt of mine and found a framed picture of a sign for a highway called Kancamagus. My fascination with this mountainous region of New Hampshire developed a few months prior, when I forced her to take the very picture I held in myContinue reading “Voyages: Kancamagus Highway [@NewHampshire]”