My body is a champ

About a year and a half ago, we were in the emergency room waiting for me to be seen by fatigued late-night hospital staff. My body had shown signs of infection and needed immediate treatment. I was ordered to be on IV antibiotics (so it could reach me faster and in stronger doses) and told …

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The story of our festive tree

It was going to be different this Christmas, because I would be apart from family. It was something I had vowed never to do again, years ago, when I cried vigorously into my pillow, miles and miles away as my family tore open their presents. Yet here I was, repeating myself regretfully. Before you take …

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Porto, Portugal: Scenic Segways and seafood memories

This was it. It was our final country, second to last city on our Europe portion of the trip. And it was Porto, Portugal, because again, we had gotten rave recommendations from people we talked to about visiting Portugal. Portugal is a hidden gem in Western Europe, commonly overlooked, in my opinion, in favor of …

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Marrakesh, Morocco: Getting our adventure on–my first time quad biking

I hadn't thought about doing tours in Marrakesh. Honestly, I was only there to see the markets. My husband was not as excited about markets as I was. The tours, however, were some of his favorite of our whole trip. The second tallest waterfall in Africa: Ouzoud Falls Our friend, Tom, had suggested we join …

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Ta Van and Sa Pa, Vietnam: Homestay with a Hmong family

Windy roads and scenic views Through a series of events and mutual friends, we found ourselves making our way to Sa Pa from Hanoi. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. We just went with it. We took a five-hour sleeper bus--in essence, a bus fitted with bed-like seats, not actual mattresses, …

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Things that could have gone better on my birthday

I like writing reflective entries every year around my birthday (see my 30th). This year, however, it seemed like the universe decided that the theme for my birthday was "Murphy's Law"--a rather creative and unconventional theme, if you ask me--deeming it difficult to look past numerous incidents for me to write something pensive about growing a year …

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