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Here you can find everything about my travels! Recounts of my adventures, thoughts on my European destinations, and poems inspired by the scenery and my experiences are all articulated in the posts below.

Purge

There is something stopping me. A cork lodged sideways in Sauvignon, I feel like I am eighteen again, prying that pressed bark from dark glass with a fork. Using every object but the real thing to remove the blockage. Like my young hands leveraging the fork, I try to find substitutes. Yoga in the morning, … Continue reading Purge

Chambery Charm

Though my reason for this morning trip to Chambery is far from ideal, as I sip my Cafe Glace, I can feel my bones loosen as the city’s charm works its magic on me. So much empty space reaches its body from market to market, from boutique to cafe. Ancient cobblestone polished by the tracks … Continue reading Chambery Charm

Château de Menthon St. Bernard

Green- it’s everywhere, surrounding the harsh stone cliffs and lapping at the castle’s feet. Red roofed towers point their sharp skulls through the fog and break the rolling air, cascading across rocked edges.  It is easy to see why this Chateau was the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Red paneled windows and painted roofs send … Continue reading Château de Menthon St. Bernard

For the Love of Annecy

Welcome to Annecy, a village as tranquil as its name.  With an abundance of natural beauty paired with an overwhelming share of local history, Annecy stands as the perfect embodiment of French serenity.  The leaves whisper age-old secrets under the shade of the Chapeau de Napoleon mountain as a collection of boats draw arrows across … Continue reading For the Love of Annecy

Viennese Fashion Week

Let’s start with a bit of honesty. Vienna is not my favorite.  The streets are beautiful but slow and quiet, where I am fast and loud. Too American, not out of pride but of speed, finding the fastest route through the crowd and passing pedestrians with each stride. I hover my two suitcases a few … Continue reading Viennese Fashion Week

Austrian First Impressions

The new apartment has a bath. This detail initially shrugged off, has become a luxury. And I am grateful for the simple pleasure of a steaming tub. Perched in the attic of a red-toned apartment building, my white windows stick their noses to the street. The sill- wide enough to hold my body- does, as … Continue reading Austrian First Impressions

Breaking In Berlin

Clubbing in Berlin, a notorious night out.  Black is Berlin’s heaviest color, draping over the scraped sky and open on bright thighs. This contrast the color code for an open door.  Police of fashion, attitude, and attraction guard the thumping black behind them. A quick blink and you’ve been checked out, faster than gum at … Continue reading Breaking In Berlin

Garmisch’s Fest!

Oktoberfest! Germany’s international trademark and treasure.  Let me stop you before you remind me it’s only August. Something as small as the month doesn’t stop the Germans.  As the Summer circles into Autumn, each Bavarian town hosts its own fest. The tradition a traveling prelude to Oktober’s main event in Munich and Germany’s larger cities. … Continue reading Garmisch’s Fest!

Escape to Eibsee

In that sweet space, those first inches warmed by the sun’s stare, I float.  Back flat against the cooler depths and the fish that dart below. Head amid my own flourish of sunlight, I close my eyes and listen. Much like my afternoon at Starnberger See, my ears cling to the flutter of birds and … Continue reading Escape to Eibsee

Iced Coffee Escapades pt. 1

Einen Icekaffee bitte? *insert a poorly mimed pouring motion* Eight times out of ten, this question is met with a sharp “nein” and a sympathetically confused smile. As for the other two, the answer is, “ja! Ice cappuccino?”  As a barista (in America at least), ordering an iced cappuccino proves you know nothing about coffee. … Continue reading Iced Coffee Escapades pt. 1

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