the mystical beauty of northern ireland

the mystical beauty of northern ireland

With St. Paddy’s Day just around the corner, there’s been lots of chatter about Ireland. I first traveled to the Republic 3 years ago when I went to Dublin to celebrate the aforementioned holiday. I loved the city, and my experience there inspired my return in 2011. However while on that first trip, I discovered more than … Continue reading

be your own brazilian bartender

be your own brazilian bartender

It’s cold outside. Despite what Mr. Groundhog said about spring being in the air, it seems that winter continues to grip Washington, DC with its cold, cruel fingers. Been absolutely frigid lately. The kind of cold that presses against your head until even your brain feels frost-bitten. I was outside on a tour all day yesterday, … Continue reading

camino: how much does it cost?

camino: how much does it cost?

There are so many beautiful things about life on the Camino. The community, conversations, and culture. The scenery, self-reflection, and spirituality. The opportunity to play lots of words games incorporating alliteration. But what else did I love about my pilgrimage to Santiago? The price. Walking the Camino de Santiago is incredibly economical; one is able … Continue reading

6 things to know before traveling to brazil

6 things to know before traveling to brazil

After my recent 2.5 months in Brazil, I can now proudly say that it is my FAVORITE country of those I’ve visited thus far — a title I don’t easily dole out, especially considering my love affair with Italy. However, Brazil isn’t always easy. It’s not like traveling through Europe where people generally speak English, … Continue reading

camino: when to go?

camino: when to go?

There are two major factors to consider when choosing which time of year to walk (or bike or horseback ride) the Camino: 1.  What type of weather do you want to walk in? 2. How crowded do you want the trail to be? There are advantages and disadvantages to every time of the year, but … Continue reading