Marrakech Morocco Herb Spice Market

I Felt The Rains Down in Africa (Days 1-2)

Earlier this week on Pairs Well With… I shared my day three through five experiences in Marrakech, most of which were quite enjoyable.  It was the first couple days that hit the hardest. Maybe it was the intense culture shock, extreme heat, or maybe I was all in my head.  Regardless, things did not jive….

I Felt The Rains Down In Africa (Days 3 & 4)

As I mentioned in the first part of this story, I decided to write it backward for a number of different reasons, the most important being that I left Marrakech on so much more of a positive note than when I arrived. The middle few days in Africa yielded laughs, adventure and new friends and brought…

Ready For Takeoff: One Year Abroad

Pairs Well With… “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister   Sometimes we need to hit reboot, even in our lives.  Change not only keeps things fresh but keeps us alert, so we’re not allowing life to pass us by.  There’s nothing less satisfying than finding yourself riding in the passenger’s seat of your own life and dictated…

From Ireland to Italy (Part 2: The Italy Part)

  This is one of those vacation stories that you just can’t make up, and honestly, the pictures speak for themselves.  Pour yourself a glass of wine and settle in for this one. In 2013, one random weekday afternoon, my sister, Sarah, and I exchanged a couple of emails and two hours later we were booked…

From Ireland to Italy (Part 1: The Ireland Part)

Pairs Well With… “Galway Girl” by Steve Earle There’s something I love about travel.  Actually, I love everything about travel: the anticipation of the trip, the adventure that awaits, conversations with locals, the beauty you can only experience when you’re across the globe, and the eye-opening takeaways, mostly good and at other times very eye opening….

I Go To Rio (Rio de Janeiro)

As 2015 slowly comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting where, and how, my year started.  This year’s travels began with a trip to Rio de Janerio, Brazil, for Carnival – with approximately 2 million other people.  I’m slowly learning that I am so not a fan of crowds. Carnival is the largest celebration in…