Fall Fun in Charlottesville, VA

For the past three years, I’ve spent the weekend of fall break in Charlottesville with some of my best friends. There’s no shortage of fall activities to do there! Not having a fall break anymore didn’t stop me from keeping up with tradition this year. Neither of us went to UVA, but Helen and I…

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Odds & Ends – August/September 2017

In the words of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne Shirley (of Green Gables), “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Mother nature helped us usher in October this weekend with absolutely perfect flannel-and-boots weather. Helen and I took full advantage and road tripped to Charlottesville for some fall fun, which I’m excited…

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It’s Okay to (Drink) White After Labor Day: Bluemont Vineyard

Raise your glass if you’re ready for riding boots, flannels, and apple pie everything! Now that I’m not in school anymore, there’s nothing stopping me from willing summer to end so I can frolic in crunchy leaves and trade my iced coffee for pumpkin spice lattes. We caught a whiff of fall in the air…

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Quick Seattle Getaway: Saturday Morning on Bainbridge Island

When planning my trip to Seattle, I initially wanted to do a day trip to hike at Mt. Rainier. Unfortunately the trails were still too snowy (yes, in early July)! It all worked out though, because Joyce and I got to go on a ferryboat adventure to one of the neighboring islands of the Puget…

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Odds & Ends – June/July 2017

I spent all of June willing the month to go faster, because I was so excited for my trip. After two weeks in the Canadian Rockies (three posts!) and Seattle (coming soon), I felt like July was dragging its feet. There were a lot of unknowns about my move and starting my new job; finally…

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5 Days in the Canadian Rockies (Part 2): Lake Louise & Moraine Lake

Remember the cup song that Anna Kendrick sings for her audition in Pitch Perfect? I’ve decided that the “ticket for the long way round / the one with the prettiest of views” must be about Banff National Park because “It’s got mountains, it’s got rivers, it’s got sights to give you shivers” – and the sight…

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5 Days in the Canadian Rockies (Part I): Banff

This year is Canada’s 150th anniversary, and its gift to the world was free admission to all Canadian National Parks in 2017 with the Discovery Pass. I’m sure the country’s tourism revenue has skyrocketed – and for good reason. I’m thoroughly convinced that Banff, Alberta is one of the world’s most underrated destinations! It’s easy for…

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Summer in Geneva: 10 Things to Do

One of my biggest regrets in life is not keeping up with blogging while I was abroad. I’m working on backing up photos to clean up my laptop, and I wanted to dust off some photos from the archives. I realize this is a little late for those of you who asked me for post-grad Euro trip…

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Carolina in My Mind

On my way to the dentist’s office this week, I got in the elevator with a guy who saw my National Championship t-shirt. “Do you go to Carolina?” he asked. Without thinking twice, I smiled and said yes. (We wear Carolina gear around campus and think nothing of it, but outside of the Tar Heel state,…

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Favorite Places to Eat in Chapel Hill

Throughout the whirlwind of graduation, packing up my apartment, and saying goodbyes, I’ve struggled to figure out exactly what words could even come close to conveying how much I will miss Chapel Hill. My conclusion is that I can’t, yet. I think I need to give myself a little more time to process before I…

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Odds & Ends – April 2017

  How did this happen?! It literally feels like yesterday that I posted last month’s Odds & Ends. April always whizzes by because of Nationals, Easter, and semester-end projects, but this one takes the cake for being the fastest month of my life. Today is already May 1st, which means: my e-mail was flooded with birthday…

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