solo travel · Uncategorized

5 Reasons to Travel Solo

  This post got me a spot on a local news channel! See the interview here: Tips for Traveling Solo in 2016! I don’t mind striking out on my own anywhere in the world. Notice I said “on my own” and not “alone.” No one is ever truly alone when they travel, even traveling solo. If… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Travel Solo

Eat Asia · Japan

What to Eat in Osaka

Originally published on 1 June 2006. This post is part of a series of e-mails I sent home about my first ever trip abroad–solo to Japan! It’s What I Ate Wednesday, and today I have a very special edition as part of my Japan series: What I Ate in Osaka! I seem to get the… Continue reading What to Eat in Osaka

Japan · Uncategorized

Naiku Shrine

Originally published on 22 May 2006. This is part of a series of posts from my time living and working in Japan in 2006. Boy, do I have things to tell y’all! I’ve really missed being able to go to church while I’m here, but I know God’s with me all the time, and He provided a… Continue reading Naiku Shrine

Thanksgiving · Uncategorized

Intrepid Travelers: The Pilgrims

Today, Americans throughout the United States will be stuffing themselves with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese (a favorite at my childhood home), and pies of all sorts. Why do we do that? To remember the intrepid travelers who almost didn’t make it. They had to do what travelers all over the world still… Continue reading Intrepid Travelers: The Pilgrims

Lithuania · Uncategorized

Valiant Vilnius

Do you dream of a castle on a hillside? Elaborate buildings that are truly works of art? Old world charm? Little churches on every corner? Then you’ve been dreaming of Vilnius, Lithuania. It’s not a fairytale land, it’s real! Arriving at the Vilnius airport was easy. Since we had a layover in Frankfurt and entered… Continue reading Valiant Vilnius

norway · Uncategorized

Screaming through Oslo

Originally published on 30 May 2014. Sunday in Oslo dawned earlier than we did (per usual when the sun comes up at 4:20am!), but we were ready to take it on! Steve went for a run while I continued to catch up on some sleep time, and when we got to breakfast, it was slightly… Continue reading Screaming through Oslo

Sydney · Uncategorized

Dreams Come True!

Originally published 12 August 2013. G’Day, mates! Today’s adventures had Steve and me high on life and lookin’ fancy! This was so close to a perfect day, I think I could relive it over and over and never tire of it. First stop, Sydney Tower! Of all the places I’ve been to the top of—Washington… Continue reading Dreams Come True!

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Blarney or Baloney?

Originally published 16 November 2012. The adventure continues! First of all, I have to tell you that Noreen O’Mahoney, the owner of Mystical Rose B&B, is lovely, kind, and so much fun! When she greeted us last night, she was happy to see us—she said she’d thought we weren’t coming since we didn’t get there… Continue reading Blarney or Baloney?


Running Around Prague: Boys vs. Girls

And now comes race day for the boys! We had decided to meet in the lobby and leave by 8:30. The race started at 9:00, and we wanted to see the boys off. We got breakfast upstairs in the executive lounge (I have swanky friends!) as we got up and moving around—and I don’t just… Continue reading Running Around Prague: Boys vs. Girls


Day Trip to Devin Castle

Originally published 14 May 2012. Time to figure out the Bratislavan public transportation systems! Now, where’s that bus station? Today’s mission: Devin Castle ruins, about 20 minutes from the city center. I was really confused about the buses at first, and I don’t think I did everything right as far as my tickets were concerned, but… Continue reading Day Trip to Devin Castle