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Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Blog, Change |

jacksonville (a poem)

jacksonville (a poem)

I wrote this poem in 2008 while living in Jacksonville, Florida and waiting to move to Northern Ireland. Five years later, I am about to make my next move and felt it appropriate to revisit this poem.   this city is a holding cell neither point A or B just somewhere along the line   this city is white noise I am in an extended layover waiting for the next...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Blog, Travel |

Smitten with the Mitten: Highlights from Northern Michigan

Smitten with the Mitten: Highlights from Northern Michigan

After eight weeks in Northern Michigan, I too am ‘smitten with the mitten’! What’s not to love about fresh-picked cherries, wooded trails, and stunning sunsets over Lake Michigan? I went to Harbor Springs for work but found a few adventures along the way. I’ll tell you where Harbor Springs is. Take your right hand and turn it towards you so your palm is facing you. Your hand makes the shape of lower Michigan. Harbor Springs is located at the top of your ring finger. Yeah, it’s up there. “What the water wants is hurricanes and sailboats to ride on it’s back.” ~Sufjan Stevens Life in Harbor Springs is shaped by Lake Michigan. Sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing! Speaking of fish… I wrangled in a 25 lb King Salmon. I cooked it in lemon, butter and pepper and served it with fresh broccoli from my host’s garden. Talk about eating local! Every Wednesday and Saturday I looked forward to the farmer’s market in Harbor Springs. With a scone from My...

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Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Blog, Travel, Travel Planning |

Day Trips from New York City: 3 Hudson Valley Travel Itineraries

Day Trips from New York City: 3 Hudson Valley Travel Itineraries

  Most people come to New York and spend all their time beneath the skyscrapers of Manhattan without realizing that magnificent outdoor scenes and vibrant towns lie just north of “the City” (a New Yorkers shorthand for “New York City”). Check out these three day trips in the Hudson Valley for a dose of fresh mountain air, trails, waterfalls, rivers, and local food, wine and cocktails. Day Trip from New York City: The Wine & Whiskey Trail Historic Gristmill & Restaurant Micro-batch distillery Two locally-owned wineries with mountain and farm views Dinner in town owned by New York City Chefs See more of the Wine & Whiskey Trail Travel Itinerary. Day Trip from New York City: Heights of the Hudson Valley (Bridges & Ridges) Secluded mountaintop resort in a Victorian Castle style The longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world Sky Top Tower with a view of 6 US States Farm to Table Food See more of the Heights of the Hudson Valley: Bridges & Ridges Travel Itinerary.  Day...

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Posted by on Dec 24, 2012 in Blog |

Lessons Learned in 2012

Lessons Learned in 2012

2012 was a big year for me on every front. Here is a brief recap. I quit my steady job as a Study Abroad Advisor, Supporting students to study abroad gave me a great deal of satisfaction but it was time for a change.  I could not accomplish my larger goals in the margins of my free time. I have learned how to honor my intuition when it tells me to leave my comfort zone–even when it means stepping into the unknown. I have not spent a single second of 2012 regretting my decision to trade in stability for the vision taking shape on the foundations of all of my travels, studies, research, and work. …lived in South America for three months, I spent three months in Medellín, Colombia learning Spanish at a university and being a student of the road again. Even though I have trained hundreds of students on how to adjust to a new culture, I was reminded of the fact that this did not mean...

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