New Orleans Weekend + a little Mardi party

I’ve said before that the greatest part of solo travel is the freedom of doing whatever I want, when I want to.  But traveling with Maleah is even better, because we are pretty much always on the same page about what we do – and we can share allllll the food. We’ve figured out a…

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SXSW 2019 – Austin, TX

I have distinct memories of kicking off the year in Chapel Hill each August by closing down South Road closed for Fall Fest. In preparation for UNC’s annual activities fair, an EMS station was set up right in the middle for students who inevitably passed out or got trampled in the thick North Carolina heat….

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I think I’ll go to Boston

*cue Augustana song* If I could average Boston and Austin, I’d get my ideal city: Southern-nice and laid-back vibes in Austin,  the Boston waterfront and architecture, spectacular culinary scenes from both, perfect Boston summers, and bearable Austin winters. That said, there’s something about Boston’s cute cobblestone streets even in winter that make me think twice about…

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El Chalten – Argentina’s Trekking Capital

I am fairly certain that the idea of going to Patagonia was planted in my head by some travel blogger’s Instagram story of sunrise on Mt. Fitz Roy,  its face glowing orange as the first rays of alpenglow came up over the horizon. I went down a rabbit hole doing research on Patagonia for days….

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El Calafate, Argentina – Los Glaciares National Park

When people ask what the best part of my Argentina trip was, I always say there is my favorite part, and then the most awesome part. And I mean awesome in the “awe-inspiring” sense of the word. My personal favorite was seeing the wild penguins in Ushuaia, while ice trekking on the Perito Moreno glacier was…

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Ushuaia, Argentina – The End of the World

I didn’t mean to end up at the end of the world when I started planning my Patagonia trip. I fully intended to see the largest colony of Magellanic Penguins in world, which is in Punto Tombo on the Atlantic Coast of Argentine Patagonia. By the time I got around to booking domestic flights, however,…

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

A few weeks ago, I finally checked my fourth continent off the bucket list. Argentina was not only my first trip to South America, but also my first “solo” trip. When I returned, everyone wanted to know how I liked traveling by myself. The truth is, I wasn’t really alone the whole time. I met…

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Odds & Ends – June/July 2018

Cheers to the return of patio dining and rooftop bars! I heard on the radio that this has been DC’s rainiest July since 1945, so this past weekend of sunshine has been a (warm) welcome to August. People are starting to talk about summer being over, but as I mentioned in my post about summer…

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Protein-Packed Chocolate Banana Kodiak Cake Muffins

If turning protein pancake mix into chocolate cake is wrong, I don’t want to be right! Kodiak Cake mix is my secret weapon (well, not so secret anymore) shortcut to taking care of overripe bananas and breakfast for the week, all in one go. Just like you can make cookies or brownies out of cake…

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Austin Travel Diary

My friends are all probably sick of hearing me talk about Austin by now. As I alluded to in my last Odds & Ends post, the Texas state capitol never used to be on my radar as a city I wanted to visit, much less live in. I never had family or friends in Texas…

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Like Father, Like Daughter

Father’s Day is tough for me. I usually just avoid social media, because it’s human nature to hurt when you see that others have something you don’t. It’s why people get so worked up about celebrating certain holidays that don’t fit into everyone’s lives. Don’t say “Merry Christmas”, because some people don’t believe in Christ….

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