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Slowing Down Time

  “When we go to the same places and do the same things, we don’t make distinct memories and time seems to fly by.” This. Oh my god, this. It came from an article I read about why time seems to go faster as we get older, and it really punched me in the gut. […]

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Egypt holidays

Diving in the Red Sea: No Experience Necessary

Diving is one of those activities where it’s really better if you know what you’re doing. There are any number of things that could go wrong, including: Running out of air Surfacing too quickly Panicking Man-eating sharks (Which I still firmly believe should not be culled. I’m talking to you, WA.) Before we went to […]

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Varanasi, India

Lessons About Love From India

Last week I had an idea. I would write a post called “What Travel Taught Me About Love.” Not just romantic love, but all kinds of love. It would be enlightening and speak to everyone’s soul (including yours). Then I sat down to write it, and I couldn’t come up with anything. The more I […]

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Wachau Valley, Vienna

4 Under-Rated Activities in Vienna

The first time I went to Vienna, it rained. I didn’t have an umbrella so I spent a lot of time hiding under shop eaves and stripping Jared of his not-so-waterproof-but-better-than-nothing jacket, leaving him to get wet. I didn’t really know what I was supposed to do in Vienna, so I wasn’t sure what I […]

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Blackbutt Reserve

The Blackbutt Reserve: Free Fun in Newcastle, Australia

Sometimes, I forget that I live in Australia. It’s not dramatically different from the United States: people speak English, follow road rules, and shop at giant grocery stores. But there are times when I see something very Australian and do a double take. A passionfruit husk on the road. Aloe vera plants growing nonchalantly in […]

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Dumbo in Disney World

Remembering Vacations

I’m not sure when the word ‘vacation’ was replaced by ‘travel,’ or why it needed to be. Because for 21 years, I took vacations, and they were awesome. Exhibit A, “Vacation”: Exhibit B, “Travel”: Most summers we loaded up the van the night before, anticipating a four AM start to the vacation. “I’m going to […]

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