Street Art in Phoenix

During my traveling years, I’ve never spent time in Phoenix (other than making connections in their airport). It’s quite a colorful city. Maybe the next time you have a connection there, book yourself a little extra time so you can spend a few hours exploreing. Here are a few things you can do to pass…

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Set Sail From Stavanger, Norway

As I’ve mentioned in my previous Norwegian posts, the fjords are a unique part of Scandinavian topography. What’s a fjord? I had the same question before I set foot in these parts. Most of the Norwegian coast is made up of jagged, narrow inlets to the sea, with steep and rather spectacular cliffs. You can…

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Never heard of Stavanger, Noway? Read this and you’ll want to go there.

Welcome to Stavanger, 3rd largest city in Noway. I imagine locals would tell you not to waste your time here, but I really enjoyed wandering this sweet, colorful little city. Its official founding dates back to 1125. But more recently, it has become the Oil Capital of Noway. It’s an expensive place to spend time,…

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Flåm: A Once in A Lifetime Norwegian Transportation Experience

When the sun’s not shining in Norway (which is most of the time), it’s a moody country. Clouds roll in over the fjords and the lighting is absolute glory. Boating is a great way to see all that Norway has to offer, (which you’ll soon see as you scroll through the pictures below), but it…

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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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Exploring Napa

After a quick weekend in Napa, I am blown away by the beauty that big ol’ plot of land has to offer. It reminded me very much of the soft, sloping hills of the European countryside. Here’s a list of what we did while we were there: stayed at Napa Valley Marriott went hiking in…

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Happy Opening Day (from a person who knows basically nothing about baseball)!

To celebrate Opening Day, I thought I’d share photos from a Cubs themed weekend getaway in Chicago. Hotel Zachary, right across Clark St. from Wrigley Field, has some of the best views of the stadium. Before the Zachary was built just a few years ago, only a handful of people had the pleasure of seeing…

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