Through the Lens: Vienna, Austria

The first thing you need to know about my most recent trip to Austria: I kind of fell in love. This country is rich with history and filled with beautiful architecture. I loved the city and I loved the mountains. There is so much to see and learn and experience. Also, there is much too much to […]

2015 Resolutions: The Reckoning

At the beginning of the year, like a lot of other people, I had a few goals for 2015. Taking a look back at these, some went pretty well, a few I pushed to complete, and a couple, I just forget about. Which I don’t like, but hope to learn from that and move forward into this next year. […]

Looking Back on 2015

It’s been a sweet year. Full of the absolutely, completely, unexpected. I wrote, I traveled, I worked, and looking back on all of it is leaving me amazed and truly grateful. Here’s a look back at the writing, travel, and a little life that occurred throughout 2015. January// The first full month of writing this blog! I […]

The Art of Travel

If we find poetry in the service station and the motel, if we are drawn to the airport or the train carriage, it is perhaps because, despite their architectural compromises and discomforts, despite their garish and harsh lighting, we implicitly feel that these isolated places offer us a material setting for an alternative to the […]

Through the Lens: Almudena Cathedral

After heading to tour the Palacio Real de Madrid only to find that it was being used as a palace and no tours were running, we wandered into the cathedral next door. Certainly one of the newer cathedrals in Europe, with construction only being completed in 1993. But I think this place is worth the visit if […]

Through the Lens: Palacio Real de Madrid

After a delicious Spanish lunch near Sol we took a short metro ride to the Opera stop to see the palace. Later in the week we came back in hopes of taking a tour, but unfortunately, officials were in residence and the palace was in use. We explored and enjoyed the architecture and air conditioning […]

Through the Lens: Bedouin Tents in the Crystal Palace

Day one in Madrid is a bit of a hazy, jet legged memory. We touched down in Madrid at 8:00 AM which meant we hit the ground running. We went all over Madrid and ate delicious food and laughed and it was beautiful. I’ll be doing a few posts with pictures and bits about day one. […]

Dreaming Big and What’s Next

Have you ever been bogged down by your dreams? It sounds so contrary to all the motivational quotes and the whimsicality that goes with the term dream, but I think it can happen. Moments where you want so badly to pursue that thing, but being frustrated in knowing that it’s just not time yet. It can be […]