How did we get here?

A friend told me that once I become a mother I will see the world for the disgusting, dangerous place it is. We were joking about hand sanitizer, but that phrase continues to resonate with me as I delve deeper into parenthood. I didn’t simply read about this week’s tragedy and shake my head. I […]

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Ski season in the Alps: Where to go

When you live in a country that is synonymous with skiing, you are bound to get a lot of questions about where to find the best slopes. I’ve sent so many emails to friends detailing how to check “ski the Alps” off of their travel bucket lists, that I’m finally writing a post I can […]

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The makings of a bébé-friendly vacation

There is a sigh I’ve been known to breathe upon entering our apartment after a long trip. A sigh that says “Finally! I can relax!” A sigh that means it’s time to take off my shoes and hang up my coat. This sigh has only become louder and longer after becoming a parent. Maybe you […]

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Where to find the best tacos in Europe

When you imagine visiting Paris I’m guessing images of baguettes and croissants come to mind, right? When you’re an expat living across the street from a French boulangerie you dream of visiting Paris and eating more exotic cuisine than what’s in your neighborhood. Lamb curry. Tuna sashimi. Carnitas tacos. Tacos, tacos, tacos. I have found myself Googling […]

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On a new year

Last year was one for the books. Not necessarily travel-wise, but a big year for our family with the arrival of our son. As a result, I wrote much less than I have in years past. I’m sorry! I could make the excuse that I’m busy being a parent because I am; but, it would […]

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Bako, my beloved

I’m in Bakersfield this week and being here always gets me thinking about how much my hometown defines who I am — wherever I’m living. These thoughts are especially on my mind now that I’m raising a baby in Switzerland; a place that feels somehow more foreign as I wonder how it is shaping who he will be in the future. A […]

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A traveler’s guide to gifts

This morning I awoke to snow falling and children singing French Christmas carols on the playground outside my bedroom window. It was as if the world was saying “It’s December!” through a megaphone, but all I could think of is the holiday shopping I still have to complete. If you are in a similar predicament, […]

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Five things to love about Vienna

Since becoming a parent it feels as though time is zooming by — whoosh — it’s almost Christmas and we have a crawling eight-month-old. These days it feels as though he’s determined to find every sharp, dirty, electrified thing within reach. Parenting has become a full-body workout. With my time and energy at a premium, I’m […]

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A Modern Wonderland in Old Vienna: Hotel Topazz

You know how people love to joke “I need a vacation from my vacation”? It’s not actually funny if it happens to you. I think post-vacation fatigue is most likely to occur when you travel to big, foreign cities — ones that are filled with loud noises. Crowded restaurants. Strange languages. Unfamiliar beds. About 48 hours […]

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How a $99 flight to Europe becomes $500

Maybe you’ve heard the news that the Icelandic company WOW Air is once again offering $99 one-way flights to Europe beginning in 2018. I think it’s a wonderful idea to make international travel affordable — similar to what IKEA has done with furniture — but like IKEA, you should understand exactly what you are getting […]

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