Travel Throwback: Germany

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This is a travel throwback photo of myself from when I was on a family vacation from Italy to Germany for a skiing holiday in Germany.  I had been allowed to bring one of my school friends for me and we were both excited to get on the slopes.  My favourite part about going was the journey.  The drive up through Northern Italia is beautiful and once you get to where the snow covers everything it becomes just magical.  I loved keeping a journal and writing about our day.  It is one reason that places like Germany, Austria, and Switzerland still hold a place in my heart.  All those wonderful travel memories through out the seasons through out the years growing up.  What I wonder what my younger self would think if I were to tell her I continued to travel and become an expat.

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and my pick for Travel Tuesday from last week! Check it out!

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Ready to link up? As always my co-hosts KaeleneSammy, and Van are along in this travel Tuesday adventure and this link up shows up on their blog today too! Show them so love and check out what travel posts they have on store today! 

1. SHARE a post about travel! From road trips to trips abroad and from past travels to dream vacations. You can write about travel tips and tricks, favorite places to stay, or anything in between! Just make it about traveling somewhere!

2. GRAB the lovely button above. If you run into trouble, just make sure to mention Bonnie, Van, Sammy, and Kaelene in a link! 3. LINKUP goes live every Tuesday at 0800 GMT. Make sure to comment here, on the cohosts blogs, and visit around!

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2. The last Tuesday of every month will be a themed prompt if you want to join in!

3. HOP around and meet new travel loving bloggers! Check back to visit some of the newer travel posts!

 



Travel Style from my Dad

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Today is Travel Tuesday and one of our Themed Travel Prompts! For Travel Style I have to say the whole reason I travel at all is because of my dad.  He is the man behind why I was born overseas, how I got ot grow up bouncing around military bases in Europe, and why I wanted to continue living abroad.  He spent his childhood growing up in New Jersey but left at seventeen to become an officer in the USAF. He started journey of moving and traveling abroad with the military that expanded over his 30 plus years in service and in the years that followed after his retirement before his death in 2008. I would have loved to continue traveling with him now as an adult and it is my one regret from life being cut too short.

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While I did meet up with my dad in Disneyland and saw him briefly at the airport in Cambodia, my very last trip with my dad while he was alive was in Malibu, California.  A pretty stunning and posh place to go see. My sister had the opportunity to live there while she studied at Pepperdine University which holds annual lectures on campus. My dad took myself and my son there one year while we were living in Monterey, California.  We decided to go camping in Malibu and forgo staying at a hotel.  Having fond memories of camping in Germany with my dad I was really excited to give Ronan his first camping adventure.  He was around a year old at the time and we had a blast. Which became my proven point that you can never be too young to go camping. We just stuck his pack and play inside the tent and made sure to get his bottles prepared before we tucked in for the evening.  We also got to spend time at Newport beach and let Ronan experience the sand between his toes.

While I’ve been to many countries with my dad and roughed it a bit more than Malibu, California (where we did run into hollywood stars), it was just fun to travel in the style of my dad and just take every opportunity to enjoy and experience life.


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Do you love Turkey and food? I do and this is a must read post!


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Ready to link up? As always my co-hosts KaeleneSammy, and Van are along in this travel Tuesday adventure and this link up shows up on their blog today too! Show them so love and check out what travel posts they have on store today! 

1. SHARE a post about travel! From road trips to trips abroad and from past travels to dream vacations. You can write about travel tips and tricks, favorite places to stay, or anything in between! Just make it about traveling somewhere!

2. GRAB the lovely button above. If you run into trouble, just make sure to mention Bonnie, Van, Sammy, and Kaelene in a link! 3. LINKUP goes live every Tuesday at 0800 GMT. Make sure to comment here, on the cohosts blogs, and visit around!

TIPS:

1. Please only one linked up post per blogger. Save other posts for future linkups!

2. The last Tuesday of every month will be a themed prompt if you want to join in!

3. HOP around and meet new travel loving bloggers! Check back to visit some of the newer travel posts!

 

 



Top Destinations from the UK

TopDestinationsfromUK Over the past three years during my work as a hair stylist in England (in Brighton and now Bath) I have heard a lot about vacations and travel from the clients in my chair.  While the first conversation with clients stems from my ‘american’ accent and my original whearabouts, the second being about the weather, travel has become the main third topic in client-stylist conversation.  While the weather in England has been stereotyped as rainy and cold with little to no sun, it makes perfect sense why people look forward to their yearly vacations.

How do people travel?
I have noticed that there are a huge amount of my clients who are drawn to those packaged Continue reading

Will Travel for Gelato

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 The last couple of days at work have reminded me of two cold hard facts.
One: I really need to keep working on my Italian.
It has become embarrassing how much I have forgotten
when trying to converse with Italian clients.

Two: I am in severe need of Gelato.

There is something so wonderful about Gelato.
First the fact that just saying Gelateria is so much fun.
Second, that gelato is so satisfying.
I just love that it is truly acceptable to have gelato a few times a day.
It comes in small servings with a cute little spoon.
You can try so many flavours that vary from gelateria to gelateria.
My favourites from growing up in Napoli, Italia were:
Tiramisu, Hazelnut, Pistachio, and Banana.

However my last trip to Italy I became partial to Yoghurt.

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Shout out to Camila for her post the End of Africa where she proved you do not need a lengthy post to capture our hearts with wanderlust.  Have now added the tip of Africa as one of the places I must travel to and see for myself.  P.S. I love the traveling minion! Anyone else photobomb their travel photos with a traveling companion?

 

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Ready to link up? As always my co-hosts KaeleneSammy, and Van are along in this travel Tuesday adventure and this link up shows up on their blog today too! Show them so love and check out what travel posts they have on store today! 

1. SHARE a post about travel! From road trips to trips abroad and from past travels to dream vacations. You can write about travel tips and tricks, favorite places to stay, or anything in between! Just make it about traveling somewhere!

2. GRAB the lovely button above. If you run into trouble, just make sure to mention Bonnie, Van, Sammy, and Kaelene in a link! 3. LINKUP goes live every Tuesday at 0800 GMT. Make sure to comment here, on the cohosts blogs, and visit around!

TIPS: 1. Please only one linked up post per blogger. Save other posts for future linkups! 2. The last Tuesday of every month will be a themed prompt if you want to join in! 3. HOP around and meet new travel loving bloggers! Check back to visit some of the newer travel posts!



An American conversing in England

lostintranslation_mericaengland I begin this post by saying I love living in England, so take what I say lightheartedly. I still enjoy my seventy minute walk from home to work, fawning over the beautiful Bath architecture and picturesque countryside. I just remember what it was like being stateside and wish I was here and now…here I am.  It is a beautiful thing to be content and happy in life.

I remember the problems of being a ‘hidden foreigner’ in America when it came to conversations with those who had never left the US of A.  I have left those behind me and after three years in England realise I still run into a problem with the American part of me here in England. I overshare. It is not so much that I overshare in a bad way, but that I love to talk and can open up to almost anyone quite easily.  It is a quality of being a Third Culture Kid (TCK) that you can find something to relate to anyone you meet and do not feel shy to start talking to someone you do not know.  I am constantly trying to reign myself in and give people the ‘cliff notes’ version in conversations. The trouble I find is that when I feel most comfortable and let my guard down, that I share and talk the most without realising it. Continue reading

Travel Throwback: Cairns, Australia

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I have not done a Travel Throwback post in a while and wanted to start doing them again so for today that is what I decided to share for Travel Tuesday. Normally these would appear on the blog on Thursday and is my avenue for sharing beloved travel photos that have gotten forgotten about in shoeboxes of photographs or in digital storage.

This is from my Australia adventure in the summer of 2002.  I had been wanting to go to Australia for so many years and finally got the chance the summer after my freshman year at Uni.  I went with a group with my school for the inital six weeks were we spent half our time in Sydney and half in Brisbane.  I then stayed longer for additional weeks to travel alone and made my way from Sydney all the way up to Port Douglas and Cairns and then made my way back down.  It was an amazing time and I saw so much that it just made me want to return.

I of course did a lot of the cheese-y tourist-y things like get your photo taken at the museum with the aboriginal tribe members. But it was so much fun and I honestly am so glad I chose to stay for the extra three weeks of travel. Sometimes you have to just get out there and travel alone. It is quite the experience and I am glad I got to do it before I got married and had kids.  Oh yeah and I was blocking blonde hair back then.

Ready to link up? As always my co-hosts KaeleneSammy, and Van are along in this travel tuesday adventure and this link up shows up on their blog today too! Show them so love and check out what travel posts they have on store today! 

1. SHARE a post about travel! From road trips to trips abroad and from past travels to dream vacations. You can write about travel tips and tricks, favorite places to stay, or anything in between! Just make it about traveling somewhere!

2. GRAB the lovely button above. If you run into trouble, just make sure to mention Bonnie, Van, Sammy, and Kaelene in a link!
3. LINKUP goes live every Tuesday at 0800 GMT. Make sure to comment here, on the cohosts blogs, and visit around!

TIPS:
1. Please only one linked up post per blogger. Save other posts for future linkups!
2. The last Tuesday of every month will be a themed prompt if you want to join in!
3. HOP around and meet new travel loving bloggers! Check back to visit some of the newer travel posts!



Lost in Translation: Accents

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Today is our monthly themed prompt for Travel Tuesday, as it is the last Tuesday of the month, and my cohost Van chose ‘languages’.  I really did not know where to go with this one, not for not being a great prompt, but my mind was just racing in so many directions.  So many stories of not having the right words in other countries, of being lost in translation, and language mishaps.

I decided to share with you the irony of the fact that I live in a country that speaks English, as a dual citizen, and yet it makes me feel like English is not my first language.  I already had some British English words, phrases, and spellings engraved into my vocabualary from having lived here as a young girl.  I thought I might be picking up few new things here and there and letting my own American accent soften nicely back into my English accent from before.  Not quite the case. Continue reading