Experiencing the Tölt in Iceland

Despite the sweeping natural beauty, fascinating history, and cool music scene, Iceland made it onto my childhood “Places I Want to Visit as of 2007” list for one reason only: horses. My great and unashamed love for my equine friends has been well-documented on this blog, so it should come as no surprise that even as…

California Dreaming (on a Long Layover’s Day)

Blame it on being an East Coast girl, but California has always possessed a certain mythic quality to me. The soaring redwood trees, the rocky cliffs, the glitzy Hollywood, and the scorching deserts seem to belong in the pages of an adventure novel rather than a real place. I spent two weeks in southern California…

Paradise Found

Each morning here begins the same. I wake to sunlight streaming through my bedroom window and to roosters crowing in a yard down the road. After a quick trip to the kitchen to brew a pot of instant coffee, I settle into the hammock outside and watch the dhow boats sail across the shimmering Maputo…

Staycation, All I Ever Wanted

🎶 Staycation, couldn’t get away 🎶 While I wish I could jet off every other weekend to some exciting new locale, more often than not I find myself stuck right here at home. There are a million reasons why one wouldn’t be able to take a vacation – little money, no time off from work, a fear…

Dear Diary… A Case for Journaling

Whether you’re just starting off your jet-setting or you’re a veteran globetrotter, you’ve probably heard this advice before: You should keep a journal!  The idea of a travel journal sounds rather nice, doesn’t it? It invokes a sort of Hemingway-ian feel and before you know it, you’re envisioning yourself sitting at a quaint café, furiously scribbling…

Lisboa: pura poesia

Lisbon seems to move to the unhurried melody of a jazz song, one with a steady rhythm and a lazy bass. You almost want to imagine everything in black and white with its old trolley cars and tiny cafés; but then you’d miss all the colors of Lisbon – yellow and gold, aqua, teal, pastel pink, and lilac.

Diego, Diego, & the Stallion

I love horses. As a child, I was a classic “horse” girl, subscribing to all those magazines like Young Rider and Horse Illustrated; going to horse camp in the summer; browsing different halters at Pet Smart and assuring the sales clerk that, as a 12 year old living in the suburbs, a pony was “definitely in my near…

Finally Spring

In the words of the great poet and my good friend, Antonio Machado: “La primavera ha venido/ Nadie sabe cómo lo ha sido.” The spring time is finally here and, like the trees and flowers around me, I have emerged from a long creative hiatus. Just because I haven’t been writing about them, the adventures…

A Guide to Getting Your Nom On in Córdoba

Happy New Year! What’s better to start of 2017 then with some food? 😉 One of the (many) wonderful things about southern Spain is the cheap food! If you’re anything like me, then you love to eat and drink and be where the people are, particularly on a sunny terraza. Eating is one of the…

A Stranger in Galway

The day was chilly and dark, the rain misting down without any real conviction. I had just eaten a hearty plate of fish and chips and I was feeling a little… under the weather. It was the land of Guinness, after all. Galway, Ireland was exactly what you imagine Ireland should look like. It was…