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What to Expect From Your Working Holiday Visa

First, a caveat: I make no promises. Everyone’s experience with a working holiday visa will be different. It depends on you, of course. This post was born because I’m in a pensive mood; Facebook informed me today that Lateral Movements is now 4 years old. (Fun fact: it was born as Blogabout Europe in 2008 […]

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Learning to Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

Toward the end of sixth grade I transitioned from my cat phase and stumbled awkwardly into adolescence. I started to care what I looked like, and spent too long in front of the mirror shellacking down every last strand of frizz. Frizz maintenance required constant trips to the bathroom, including an obligatory stop right after […]

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What to Do When You Don’t Have a Dream

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.” It’s sort of assumed that we all have dreams. Big Dreams. Lofty Dreams. Impossible Dreams. But we’re supposed to dream them anyway. Shed those conventions! Trounce on those naysayers! After all, the future belongs to those of us […]

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Truffle pasta Rovinj Croatia

Truffle Pasta in Rovinj, Croatia

Jared and I drove to Croatia on a whim. Once we decided to go to Piran, Internet research led us to a little spot known as the Istrian peninsula, a place I had been unaware of until now. If Istria was located in Indiana, everyone would know about it. But because it’s north of Croatia’s […]

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Piran: Yes, Slovenia has a Coastline

On a clear day, they say you can see Venice from Piran. I don’t know if that’s true (can’t seem to track down the famous ‘they’) but if you were in Piran I don’t know why you’d waste time trying to get a distant glimpse of Venice when Piran itself is ridiculously good looking. Slovenia’s coastline is […]

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Predjama Castle with a Side of Trieste

The best thing we did while planning this trip was to rent a car. We booked online and picked it up from the Ljubljana airport, and it allowed us the freedom to play it by ear when it came to where we’d go next. After Bled, we drove to Piran, loosely intending to stop in one […]

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Bled Castle Bouquet

A Wedding in Bled Castle

  The Slovenia of my imagination came with blue skies, sunshine, and fat white clouds. Real Slovenia was not like that. In real Slovenia it rained, a lot, and I spent most of the time with soggy shoes and wet jeans. If ever I return to Europe in the fall I will not arrive without […]

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Slovenian Waterfalls Lateral Movements

The Slaps of Slovenia

Europe has my heart; it always will. That’s why I felt so betrayed when I got sick in the Zurich airport. After a very brief overnight layover where our hostel accommodation cost three times that of our boutique hotel in Bangkok, I woke with an unpleasant sensation in my stomach. I will spare you the […]

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Bangkok with Lateral Movements

Bangkok: Two One-Night Stands

They say that the beginning is a very good place to start, so although I want to BOMBARD you with pictures from the entire Thai-European adventure, I will try to go slow. In order to go slow, I will go sort-of-chronologically, which is to say that I’m going to start with Bangkok. Before this trip […]

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