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september 2014

After close to a year of inconsistent (read: nonexistent) blogging, I'm back from my European adventures and finding myself at a loss for words. I don't know where to start or how to summarize anything, but hopefully this blogging thing will come back to me and this space will feel like mine again. 

Perhaps I'll start with the cliff notes! Here's where I went:

Dubrovnik > Kotor > Mali Ston > Split/Vis > Plitvicka > Zagreb > Ljubljana > Venice > Florence > Vinci > Prague

I climbed ancient fortresses and I floated in deserted coves. I pinched pennies and I ate like a queen. I met up with old friends and I was lucky enough to meet new ones; though for the majority of this trip, I was alone.

It was wonderful, terrifying, and necessary. Now, where to begin?

the pacific northwest

pnw road trip

We're closing in on the last few days of our road trip but I wanted to share a few of my favorite instagrams from the trip so far.

The Pacific Northwest is beautiful. This isn't our first trip up (and certainly not to Portland) but being here during the summer is something else. The mornings are misty and cool but by midday the sun is out and all you want to do is lay in the park with fried handmade pies and sweet tea. Or bike around the sea wall. Or swim in a lake during golden hour.

Our stops so far have been Portland, Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland again before we head home. Everything feels right: the air, the trees, the food, the everything. I like walking everywhere and remembering days by the meals we've shared. I can't get enough.

 

italia

firenze & orvieto instagrams

I almost can't believe I'm back.

I've been working in Florence for the past couple of days and am so happy, so lucky, so blessed to call this city one of my homes. The best part? Already knowing the streets. Or visiting my favorite gelateria every day for the past three days (whoops). Or speaking (broken) Italian. Or having dinner with my host parents. Or showing David my favorites spots. Or introducing David to my host parents.

Everything is the best part.

sally loo's

sally loos

Our weekend in San Luis Obispo was the kind where you forget to take your camera out (or even bring it) because you're busy riding a pedicab at midnight or wandering around Captain Nemo's or swimming/racquetballing or listening to the best cover of "Say It Ain't So" you've ever heard. Sally Loo's was one of the great unfortunate mornings where it was great because everything is so wonderful but unfortunate because I forgot to bring my camera along for brunch. I don't remember the last time I saw a menu where I wanted to try every single thing.

Delicious brunch, uniquely decorated, and filled with light-- a fantastic way to begin a Sunday.