I've travelled alone before, but I always met people to spend time with. This trip to Hilton Head is my first vacation where I will be all by myself with no plans. I AM SO EXCITED. I originally was going to have some company, but when that fell through I debated whether or not to still make the trip. It's a really long drive plus...would it be any fun? I decided that spending some relaxing time alone might be just with I need to round out this summer. I could read, lay in the pool, do yoga, . . .
Dublin is one of my favorite places in the whole world. I'm lucky enough to have visited seven times, one of which included going to school at University College Dublin for four months. I actually just got back from my most recent trip a few weeks ago! (Recaps here and here.) I have especially loved getting to experience the city with my Godparents and friends that live there, allowing me to get to know some off-the-tourist-track spots. If you're visiting Dublin soon, first time or not, I am . . .
Ireland temperatures in the summer are not like the midwest in the summer! The country is pretty far north and so stays cooler, but the North Atlantic Drift keeps the temperatures pretty moderate. Never too cold, never too hot. My #1 advice is to pack layers!! It could be nice in just a t-shirt during the day, but you could want a sweater and jacket if it's windy or rainy (which happen quite often.) Check the weather ahead of time to see if you're experiencing a rare warm period where you . . .
Oh hello, there! I had great plans to blog every day of my trip to Ireland, and then my computer died and my charger wouldn't work. I tried two different adapters, both of which would charge my cell phone but wouldn't work with my macbook charger. So that was a slight bummer, but I took it as a sign to step away from the computer for a week. I did plenty of Instagramming to make up for it. Dinner + Bulmer's Cider at The Auld Dubliner in Temple Bar I already told you about my first day . . .
Hello from Dublin!! The most exciting part of the flight is when you are finally close, descending in, and you drop below the clouds low enough to see the green patchwork. The flight was painless. I "slept" for most of the way, but couldn't ever really get comfortable. I had the most interesting and sweet 90-year-old woman next to me that talked to me all about her life and her travels for the beginning and end of the flight. The gluten free breakfast served was a rice cake and a . . .
Oh hey strangers! Long time to talk. I had a crazzzzy few weeks at the end of school, but the good news is I'm now officially finished with my first year of medical school!! Such a good feeling, and so looking forward to the next 8 weeks off. I know it'll fly so I am going to do my best to make the most of it! Right after my final I went to the airport for a 5 day trip to LA! I had been to the city before (one when I stayed with a friend in Redondo Beach for an IIN conference and once just . . .
Summer is SO CLOSE. This is my last summer break (how fun that I get to say that again - I thought I'd given up summer breaks long ago!) and I cannot wait for 9 weeks of no studying. Plans have finally come together for both work and play, and it is going to be AMAZING. I somehow workout my ideal situation -- part time research, time to work on my own stuff (aka blog), yoga teacher training, and some travel. Here's the plan: Moving. I'll move in early June into a house with two of my . . .
San Francisco // Napa Day 1 Our second day in Napa was wine tasting day! It was Sunday, and we had booked a driver to drive us around in our rental van for the day. We were up early, scrambled around for coffee and breakfast, and then packed into our mom-van. Meet Manny. A friend had used him before, and he was a hilarious ball of energy all day! He had recommendations and "ins" and was a perfect host for Napa. Here's his website. Our first stop was Alpha . . .
(San Francisco Recap) Saturday morning was one of the funniest I've had in a long time. We were all a little slap happy from little sleep and a late night dancing, but had to get up and moving to drive our two rental cars from San Francisco to Napa. We decided we wanted to drive over the Golden Gate bridge since we hadn't made it there the day before, but between the two cars we couldn't seem to get the same GPS directions. We were driving through an unknown traffic-y city, not really . . .
I've driven a LOT in the past year. I drove to Charlottesville, then back and forth to Louisville to visit JC, and now back and forth to St. Louis, Cincy, and Indianapolis. Thank goodness I have my hybrid with great gas mileage! Books on tape don't work for me - I get bored and fall asleep - but podcasts are GREAT. I think I like that there are episodes, so they make the time pass quickly but you get breaks when each episode ends. Here are my favorites! 5 Best Podcasts For Car . . .