Archive for the travel Category
This amazing travel we have been able to experience while living abroad has given me a whole new appreciation for food. Every country (and sometimes city) has their own special meals and particular ways to prepare them. I find it fascinating. At first, I just liked to try a few restaurants and street food while visiting new places, and then I started buying exotic spices to take home in attempts to recreate what I had tasted. These days, I have big plans to take cooking classes everywhere I go to truly learn what’s behind the cuisine. I don’t love museums, but I do love learning about food in relation to culture, so why not spend my travel time wisely?
My trip to Istanbul has been over a year in the making. My girlfriends and I had a week long trip planned along the Turkish coast last summer, but we changed it last minute due to the political unrest. Our replacement trip to Croatia more than sufficed, but I still had a flight voucher to Istanbul and an itch to check out the city.
I’m home from being home. When I was leaving for California, I told everyone I was going home, yet when I was on my way back to Switzerland, I again told everyone I was going home. I guess I now have two “homes” and I’m perfectly ok with that. As I mentioned before, I had a pretty packed schedule while I was in the states. Luckily that packed schedule involved getting to see almost all my family and friends in one trip, even if it did involve re-packing my bag eight times and never knowing where I was when I woke up the morning.
For our few years abroad, creating a travel list was a must. The problem is, the more we travel, the longer the list gets. We cross one place off and hear about three more places to go. For a while, we had planned to save a portion of the list for three-day weekend trips. But let’s face it, there aren’t enough three-day weekends in the calendar year and our time here is passing quickly by. We decided to give up our three-day weekend wishes, and just start going. First up: Venice, Italy.
This time last week, I have to say I was proud to be an American. The Boston Marathon was an incredible experience. It was amazing to be around so many people that came out to support their town, their runners, and stand up against last year’s tragedy. My brother, the runner of the Dunn fam, qualified for Boston in late 2012 and our family decided to make a trip out of it. We wanted to cheer him on as he ran a ridiculous amount of miles (26.2) along side a ridiculous amount of people (35,000 to be exact). We made a pretty good looking cheer squad don’t you think?
I know it’s already 2014 and all, but I still want to talk about 2013 because it was an amazing whirlwind of a year and I’m not sure how 2014 will measure up.
I started out the year as a newly engaged woman who was trying to plan a wedding and sell her first home as a real estate agent. All the while, we were packing up our San Francisco apartment for a transatlantic move to Switzerland for my fiancé’s job. Jon left for Switzerland at the end of February and I continued wedding planning and working. I joined him at the end of March and was immediately thrown into a ‘real’ winter. This California girl was not prepared.
Christmas in Europe is pretty magical. I guess when you combine a ton of beautiful lights with a cold Swiss winter; the result is a wonderful Christmas feeling that I have never experienced. On top of the pretty lights, there is glühwein to be drunk (a warm mulled wine), a nightly singing Christmas tree, chestnuts roasting on an open fire (who knew that actually happened?), Saint Nicholas roaming the streets passing out fruits and candies, and Christmas markets that sell anything from ornaments to artisanal soap.