Heading South

In hopes that the predicted winter storm isn’t as bad as expected, I’m flying away tomorrow! If my flight is cancelled, I will die. Seriously. But I try to be a glass half full kind of lady, so with that, I’m going to share a little warmer weather playlist with you. Imagine this: yours truly posted up pool or beach-side (location TBD…you know, an in the moment kind of decision) with a drink in my hand and a book in the other. I know, I’d be jealous too. Below you’ll find the tunes I’ll most likely be jamming to when intense sunning is mandatory.

Windsor for the Derby-Melody of A Fallen Tree

In the Valley Below-Peaches

Dr Dog-The Breeze

Haim-Don’t Save Me

Lana Del Rey-Young & Beautiful 

Buena Vista Social Club-Chan Chan

Solange-Losing You

Belle & Sebastian-If She Wants Me

Crystal Fighters-At Home

Steely Dan-Deacon Blues

Devendra Banhart-Mi Negrita

Cotton Jones-Blood Red Sentimental Blues

Looking Glass-Brandy

Coconut Records-West Coast

Two Man Gentleman Band-The Leisure Class

Hugh Masekela-Grazing In The Grass

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See y’all on the flip.


OXFORD

I love England…I think I’ve made that pretty clear with past posts. I’m so happy that Kaitlyn and I got to stop in Oxford for a night. We definitely wanted to make a stop here as it’s home to the one and only Oxford University plus, the city is rich in history and architecture. We wandered around this bike filled town and instantly fell in love. We immediately regretted our decision to study in Kentucky…oh well. Oxford makes you feel cultured and worldly…it’s like stepping back in time. It’s lovely.

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This was our AirBnB…our host, Liz, was lovely.

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Oxford rooftops…reminded me of Mary Poppins

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Lunch in a greenhouse…casual

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Oxford is a hipster’s dream

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Balliol College courtyard

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Balliol Dormitory

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Balliol Dining hall…kinda like Hogwarts

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Radcliffe Camera

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One of the oldest bars in Oxford…it’s hidden and hard to find. Well worth the effort.

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If you ever find yourself remotely close to this little city, you must stop by for a night…you’ll love it. I promise.


Stonehaven: Heaven On Earth

Stonehaven, Scotland is one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever been to. Nestled along the coast of the North Sea, this tiny fishing village is home of the most delicious ice cream, fish n chips + awe-inspiring views of cliffs and castles. Out of every city we visited in Scotland this one is how I envisioned the country. I’ve never felt so small or appreciated that feeling until hiking this coastal terrain. This is the place I constantly dream of and looking through the pictures below, I can’t believe I was actually there…it was magnificent, to say the very least. With the wind raging through our hair, we climbed the hills until we reached Dunnottar Castle. This Castle is nestled on a cliff over the North Sea, you must hike down and then back up to reach it’s impressive facade. If you’re ever in this part of Scotland, Stonehaven is a must see, take my word for it.

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Wanderlust Wednesday

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Back by no demand at all, I have another Wanderlust Wednesday post for you. This week, we’re heading to Glasgow, Scotland. It was only three weeks ago today, that I was there and it was such a snazzy little city…I only wish we had more time there. However, I’ll give you a little insight into our night there…it was a really fun one!

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Kaitlyn and I headed north on the train from Oxford to Glasgow and took in breathtaking scenery, enjoyed some great beer along the ride and met some nice gentlemen from Scotland. I think we look pretty good considering we hadn’t slept much at this point.

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When we arrived in Glasgow, the city was decked in holiday cheer…it was a lovely welcoming. Definitely a plus to traveling around the holidays!

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We met up with our college roommate here and went to see Trampled by Turtles…it was a fun evening to say the least. After the show, we headed to Westbeer, where we enjoyed some nice locally brewed beers ( I recommend the Munich Red!) and got to really interact with the locals and the lovely people we were staying with…from all over the United Kingdom. It was a nice introductory night into Scotland and perhaps one of my favorite nights of our trip.

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The next day, we packed ourselves into a tiny car and headed east for Edinburgh…stay tuned. There are rainbows everywhere in Scotland, by the way. Quite magical.

Have you ever been to Glasgow? I loved it…I only wish we got to spend more time here. Guess we’ll just have to go back : )

#HappyHumpDay


Wanderlust Wednesday

Let’s switch gears this week and put the spotlight on foggy London town. As luck may have it, I’m actually headed to London tomorrow with my bestie and we cannot wait. Months of planning have gone into our little United Kingdom getaway…we’re starting in London and working up all the way to Aberdeen, with a stop in Germany. Plus, we’re meeting up with one of our dearest and closest friends along the way! I honestly haven’t been this excited for a trip, maybe ever. I actually don’t really want to go tomorrow because I already don’t want it to end…but that just means we’ll have to come back a little more quickly next time around. I’m thinking Paris this fall…sounds lovely right? But don’t let me get carried away…here are some lovely pictures of London. I started following  London on Instagram and I can’t stop looking at all of the wonderful photos. There’s so much to see and so little time!

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Have you ever been to London…any good tips?

Let me know in the comments below : )

See ya in a few weeks!


Wanderlust Wednesday’s

Let’s bring the focus back to the ole U.S. of A. There’s plenty to see and explore throughout this great nation and I’ve still got a lot to see…Chicago is the furthest west I’ve ever been. Time to get going, I know! My mind’s been focusing on the west…places like Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. Wouldn’t it be life’s greatest adventure to get out in the mountains and ride that horse into the sunset? It would be a dream come true. Wind River Range may be one of the most beautiful places (definitely click on that hyper-link!) I’ve ever discovered on Google maps. Bonus: it’s right in our backyard! This is one of those places that truly takes your breath away and I can’t even fathom how small you would feel in this spot. It would be incredible.

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Doesn’t it make you want to get out there and start living the simple mountain life? It definitely has that affect on me. I have a friend out there who keeps asking us to come visit…I’m thinking we’ll take the plunge this spring.

Have you been out west…where’s your favorite destination?


Wanderlust Wednesday’s – 180 Degrees South

So the last couple of weeks, we’ve been playing in the eastern hemisphere…I think today we should head south, 180° south that is. A couple of years ago, I came across a documentary on Netflix that really changed my perspective on things, such as how we live, how each of us make an impact on the environment and how hard it really is to actually simplify your life and live within your means. 180° South is an adventure into the unknown, discovering some of the worlds most hidden treasures throughout South America. This crew goes from Mexico, Easter Island, Columbia, Peru and finally Patagonia where they attempt to climb Mt. Fitzroy, located on the border of Argentina and Chile. One of my closest friends (hey Marty!) took the opportunity to visit some of these wild places in 2013…the trip of a lifetime if you ask me. I’ve never been more jealous in my life…her pictures are unbelievable, I cannot imagine seeing these places in real life. The film also spreads light Conservacion Patagonica, a community dedicated to Patagonia by creating a national park and preserving the wild. There’s a lot of land to be saved across the world and this tiny part of South America is trying to make a difference and they’re doing a fabulous job. So my choice for this Wanderlust Wednesday is a wild one and one worth seeing!

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“Fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all.”

Get out there.


Wanderlust Wednesday’s

In our second installment of Wanderlust Wednesday’s I’m taking you a little further east…a meeting place of east and west, if you will. Enter, Istanbul. The biggest city in Turkey and one of the loveliest places I’ve ever had the pleasure on visiting, via the internet (gotcha!). A city center with wonderful history and an even bigger impact, having served as the capital of four empires (Roman, Byzantine, Latin & Ottoman). It seems as if Istanbul is kind of a big deal, if you ask me. Just think…four empires, one city?! That’s a tough one to beat. It’s in the center of the east and west, making it a major gateway to both sides, “straddling the Bosphorus—one of the world’s busiest waterways—in northwestern Turkey, between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies in Europe, while a third of its population lives in Asia.” That’s a lot of ground to cover, Turkey, way to go! And there’s so much to see in just one city (bonus!)! The Blue Mosque is one of the city’s top attractions and is a must-see. It is nick-named the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles that adorn it’s interior, a showstopper or so I’ve heard. There is also plenty of shopping and eating to be done as well. While you’re there, check out the Grand Bazaar, the Basilica Cistern and 10 free things to do, here. Take a gander at the photos below and then tell me, when are you planning your trip? Also, can I come with you?!

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Looks heavenly, doesn’t it?!

Check out this video of some happenings in Istanbul..I want all of those drinks and that food!

*Sources: Lonely Planet & Wikipedia

*Pictures: Tumblr & Google 


Wanderlust Wednesday’s

Welcome to a new series I’m creating: Wanderlust Wednesday’s. It’s no secret that traveling the world never leaves my mind…so I thought I’d start sharing travel ideas and glimpses into different parts of the world. Hopefully you’ll become passionate about it as well. Traveling is the most rewarding experience and it’s something everyone can do..even if it’s just an hour down the road. Google maps is one of my “most visited” tabs online, I’m constantly zooming and marking places that are a must-see for me…and I love to read about every location. Today I came across the Faroe Islands  and it was love at first sight. Located exactly halfway between Iceland and Norway, these tiny eighteen islands are home to sheep (which outnumber people 2-1) and the most adorable puffins. The Faroe Islands are a nation within the Kingdom of Denmark where the climate remains cool throughout the year and the northern lights are not hard to find (what a sight that would be). History is forever safe here and preserved as it only has about 50,000 residents. Take a look at some of the pictures below…wouldn’t you love to go hiking here and breath in that pure mountain air…what an experience. Breathtaking, I’d say.

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Don’t you want to make a pit-stop here on your way to Norway? I sure do.

Sources: The Lonely Planet & Wikipedia