My 10-Hour Munich Layover

My 10-Hour Munich Layover

My 10-hour Munich layover followed a 7 1/2 hour flight from Toronto where I had My 12-Hour Toronto Layover. Planning for my 10-hour layover in Munich was more difficult because I had no idea what my energy level would be. Would I sleep on the airplane? Would my feet be dead from the previous day? After exploring Toronto, I boarded the airplane ready to sleep. And I did sleep. Kind of. My 10-Hour Munich Layover So I, of course, still...
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My 12-Hour Toronto Layover

My 12-Hour Toronto Layover

I gotta be honest. When I realized that my flights had been changed to include a 12-hour layover in Toronto alongside a 10-hour layover in Munich, I groaned. And complained. And moaned. Until a wise guy said, “Ooo! What a cool adventure.” With that my perspective shifted: click. He was right. This was an opportunity for more adventure on top of an already exciting destination to be reunited with a dear friend. How To Plan For A 12-Hour Layover Research...
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Partner in Crime: Traveling Companions

Partner in Crime: Traveling Companions

Nothing sets your ideal partner in crime a part from the crowd when you become traveling companions. Traveling tests your plans and spontaneity. And, if you’ve done any type of traveling, you quickly figure out who you like to travel with and who you’d literally run away from if they said, “So I was wondering…” *you run away* And when I say traveling, it absolutely includes road trips, train trips, walking trips, and plane trips. If your body is moving,...
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welcome sadness

welcome sadness

Sadness is an uncomfortable guest. When you see sadness coming, reach out to her, hands cradling her chin and kiss her hair. She needs to be invited in, welcomed and given space at your table and your bookshelf. To ignore sadness is like ignoring a broken bone that needs attention, to be realigned and bandaged, and bone healing takes time and it hurts. welcome sadness. I remember this one day where I woke up sad. Ridiculously and mopey sad. Blue bled...
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Why Small Talk Is Important

Why Small Talk Is Important

I’m not good at small talk. In fact, I think small talk is a huge hassle and a waste of time. And this reasoning solidifies that I’ve never been particularly good at small talk. I want to get to the nitty gritty. I want to know what makes you tick. Good or bad! I want to know why you think breaking up with God is a good idea. And this is my struggle with human interaction. This is my struggle when...
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20-Something and Grieving Process

20-something and grieving

To be 20-something and grieving is hard.   20-Something and Grieving Some don’t experience grief, sadness, or loss until later in life while others face this emptying too early. Sorrow is the part of life that doesn’t usually show up on Instagram or Facebook. After all, those platforms are for contrived and perfect photos. Good vibes only. And if someone does post their difficulties, there will always be at least one comment (and a hundred others thinking), “Is Facebook (or other...
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12 Stages of Book-Lovers Grief

12 Stages of Book-Lovers Grief

Readers know it. If you read an amazing book or series, when it’s finished, you feel like the richness of life has drained away…full out grief. What. Is. Life. And suddenly I’m grappling with the twelve stages of grief. What? It’s only five? Well, it sure as heck it feels like TWELVE. Book-lovers grief is no joke. denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance? HA.   12 Stages of Book-Lovers Grief 1. Reading slower because you can feel that the pages are becoming...
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Book Recommendation: 6 Books on Writing

The life of a writer is lonely. I’ve heard it said by so many people and even written by other authors. I used to believe it. Sure, writing is something that you have to do alone, and yes, you often rewrite and edit alone, too. But I’ve learned that my writing improves when I release it to my community for their opinions and skilled edits. They challenge me to take my writing through another edit when I’m ready to be done...
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7 Souvenirs for Souvenir-Haters

I’m against souvenirs. They’re usually cheaply made items that tourists will throw away after the first showing to all their friends and family at Christmas. If it’s not the stress of buying a souvenir for everyone, it’s the frustration of trinkets upon trinkets. Will it fit into the suitcase? Does it fit in the budget? Will the receiver like it? When I first began traveling, I bought souvenirs for everyone. It seemed like the thing to do. But then, my dad didn’t...
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Why I’ll Never Be A T-Shirt Tourist Again

T-shirts are almost the equivalent of the American flag. I grew up with a closet bursting with t-shirts and tennis shoes. When my family went on vacation, we had our matching t-shirts. Some days we wore tie-dye t-shirts and other days we wore our Veggie Tale t-shirts. (I wore Bob the Tomato.) The matching t-shirt thing was a way to keep track of our family. T-shirts are almost the equivalent of the American flag. Click To Tweet   While I...
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