DC Local Guides · Uncategorized · Washington DC

Religious Sites in D.C.

Let’s be serious… D.C. is not the first city I think of when I think of religious places. However, Washington, D.C., is home to some important religious sites that might interest you. Here is a quick run-down of the top religious sites in D.C. Washington National Cathedral Location: 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW; Washington, D.C. Hours:… Continue reading Religious Sites in D.C.

Turkey · Uncategorized

10 Reasons to Visit Istanbul

It’s Faraway Friday, and this week we’re jetting off to exotic Istanbul! If you’ve talked to me about my most and least favorite places I’ve visited, Istanbul does not make the most favorite list. Turkey was an amazing country to visit, however, and Istanbul did have some high notes. If you find yourself in Istanbul,… Continue reading 10 Reasons to Visit Istanbul

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10 Reasons to Visit Ephesus, Turkey

If you follow my blog or social media at all, you know I am a sucker for history. And there’s nothing more historical than ruins! This Faraway Friday, we’re heading to Ephesus and its beautiful neighbor, Izmir, Turkey! 10. The Ephesus Museum Ephesus should certainly be an all-day stop on your list, but this museum… Continue reading 10 Reasons to Visit Ephesus, Turkey

Shop · Travel Lists · Uncategorized

Travel Inspired: 2017 Summer Reading List

This Motivation Monday, I’m letting you all in on some of my favorite books to inspire travel! Summer is here, and I don’t know about you, but I love a good beachside, poolside, bedside, or plane-side book to grab my attention and whisk me away from any stressors in real life. Here’s a suggested summer reading… Continue reading Travel Inspired: 2017 Summer Reading List

Japan · Uncategorized

Off Day Escapades

Originally published on 14 June 2006. This post is part of a series of “e-mails to home” from my first every trip abroad to Japan. So, I woke up to overcast skies on my day off on Monday, but I’d prayed it wouldn’t rain because I’ve really REALLY wanted to go back to Naiku (the Inner Shrine). After catching… Continue reading Off Day Escapades

Japan · Uncategorized · World Foods

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

Cambodia · Uncategorized

Adventures in Angkor

What’s the most impressive place you’ve ever been? The pyramids of Egypt? The Na Pali Coast on Kauai? For me, it is the temples of Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The massive scale and incredibly detailed stonework from 1000 years ago were truly amazing! Take a look: I’ve been excited about this trip for months… Continue reading Adventures in Angkor

Slovakia · Uncategorized

Bratislava’s 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 Bratislava’s Devin Castle