Trolltunga, one of the best hikes in the world!

It’s hard to express how special the entire country of Norway is without actually being there. Sure, it’s rainy, but it’s also insanely green. Yes, it’s hard to navigate, but they’ve built the most impressive roadway I’ve ever seen! Tunnels stretch for miles and miles through the mountains–big enough to have multiple traffic circles within.…

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Bergen?

Norway is a beautiful beast of a country. These Nordic lands are perhaps most known for their unique fjords, which make up the majority of its coastline. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, following Oslo, with a population of just over 280,000 people. City Center, also called Byfjorden, which translates to “the city fjord,”…

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Shoes Fit for a Trek Across Norway

I’m a big believer in ALWAYS packing in a carryon. Yes, that can be extremely tricky when you’re going somewhere for over a week–but it’s absolutely doable. For my Norwegian adventures, I decided I would bring two pairs of shoes. Both Nikes as you might have guessed–my sweet classic highs and these beauties: The matte…

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Every Town Should Have an Honorary Dog Mayor

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to visit Happy Acre Farm in Sunol, California. Sunol is a teeny tiny town with a population just under 1,000 people. Back in the early 1980s, Bosco Ramos, a black Labrador and Rottweiler mix, beat out two (human) candidates in the mayoral election. Bosco ended up serving…

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Carhartt x Nike (when your favorite brands collaborate and you’re in Amsterdam)

Just before the holidays, Carhartt WIP and Nike came out with a beeeaaaauuutiful line of sneakers. (Yes, I’m very behind in posting.) As you probably guessed, it was a men’s line, but that would never deter me. I got a pair of the Air Force 1 07s. These little babes are covered in Dearborn Canvas,…

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Switzerland is One Part Fairy Tale, One Part Inspiration for Artists

The Rhine River, originating in the Swiss Alps, flows through Germany and the Netherlands, emptying into the North Sea. Along the way, you’ll find Rhine Falls. Located on the boarder of Schaffhausen and Zürich, it is the largest waterfall in all of Europe. In the photo below you can see two separate falls, divided by a rock…

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Every City Should Have a Riverwalk

In the early to mid 1900s, a series of fatal floods convinced the people of San Antonio that something had to be done to protect the city from the raging river waters. Funded by Works Progress Administration, the agency established by Franklin Roosevelt to boost the economy and carry out public works, dams and gates were…

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Lausanne, Switzerland

As I mentioned in the previous post, Eamon and I flew early morning from Paris to Geneva, then immediately took a train to Lausanne, spent a few hours wandering around there, hopped back on the train to Geneva, walked around there for a few hours, and then boarded a late flight back to Paris that…

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Snow Day in Kansas City, MO

It recently poured snow in Kansas City a few days ago, giving me my first opportunity to see this little town blanketed in winter goodness. The streets were pretty empty, leaving the snow basically pristine (a sight I rarely ever saw in Chicago). We celebrated the snow-weekend like a couple of no good millennials who pay…

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checkin’ a few more items off the good ole gotta-do-this-before-I-die list (2018 edition)

It’s that time of year again–when we take stock of big events and personal hurdles. I find it encouraging and exciting to go back through the last 365 days come the first of every January. If you couldn’t already tell, my current pass times of choice are travel, art, music, as well as good food…

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