For your Wanderlust…

As expert travelers, we all know that there is no cure for our wanderlust until the next adventure, but I’ve found that these travel & lifestyle blogs can really help:

Each blog has a unique take on the different facets of travel. The Culture-ist has some great think pieces and photo essays, Thrillist is known for their love of adventure and crazy attractions, Tuula Vintage and The Love Assembly combine fashion and travel in a flawless manner, and my new favorite, A Modern Wayfarer, has great personal posts in addition to interviews with other rad globetrotters!

Check them out and let me know what you think! Also, if you have any other recommendations leave them in the comments below! I don’t think you can ever follow too many good blogs! 🙂

A Weekend in Detroit

As a Metro Detroit native, it’s really a shame that I don’t get down to Detroit more often. Every time that I do visit, however, I’m reminded of just how powerful the city is. Although there is a lot of work that still needs to be done, the city is booming and the people are proud. What I like most about Downtown is that it has a character all its own. There isn’t a city like Detroit out there and our spirit emanates from every corner. My cousins and I had quite the weekend in the city:

  • Driving around Downtown: Side streets, The Riverfront, Heidelberg project, etc.
  • Breaking into Abandoned Buildings: Detroit has over 78,000 of them and as long as they are not schools or buildings that are being restored it is OK to trespass. We ventured inside of a church and a 15-story apartment building.
  • Visiting The Henry Ford Museum: This museum is like stepping inside of a time machine! It’s super interactive which makes it impossible to not have a good time. There are all sorts of relics that showcase just how innovative the American people are.
  • Attending a Tigers Baseball Game at Comerica Park: Great food, great beer, great company. The atmosphere inside of the stadium is amazing.

La Dolce Vita

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La Dolce Vita, a new series by photographer Gray Malin, captures some of the most amazing beaches in Italy. The vintage inspired set is a result of a 2,000 mile coastal road trip from Cinque Terre to Capri and everywhere in between.

The Window Seat.

I was scrolling through my Instagram feed earlier and saw this amazing picture:

Take off just after sunrise… ☺️💛⛅️

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There is truly nothing better than a window seat when flying and I think that this photo captures the beauty of the experience perfectly.

Let the Countdown Begin!

Only 4 days until I fly to sunny San Francisco! I’ve been putting together my to-do (to-see) list for a while now, and I wanted to share it with all of you!

  • Bay Bridge (Grand lighting ceremony March 5th)
  • Original Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory
  • Alcatraz (Which I still need to buy tickets for! I hear they sell out a week in advance! Hope I’m not too late!)
  • SF MoMa (AKA The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)
  • Full House houses (do these have a formal name??)
  • Bibliohead bookstore
  • Nob Hill Tower
  • Presidio of San Francisco
  • Vista Tower
  • Mile Rock Beach
  • China Town
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Union Square
  • An “Off the Grid” food event (at the Fort Mason Center)
  • Ferry Building (Go Saturday morning/ early afternoon for the Farmer’s Market)
  • IN N’ OUT BURGER
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Make sure to go to these Ice-Cream parlors: Bi Rite Creamery, Humphrey Slocombe, & Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous
  • Make sure to go to these Coffee shops: Four Barrel, Sightglass, Philz, Blue Bottle, & Ritual.

Do you think I can do all of that in a week? My cousin also just told me she has a ton of other things for us to see as well. Do you have any suggestions on anything else I can’t miss? Please comment below!

PS- Thank you to Nellie  for the awesome food suggestions, make sure to check out her page!

Chicago!

Just returned home from a [quick] trip to Chicago!

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My friend Brittany and I went to the city on Wednesday to go see Swedish House Mafia perform. The group is currently on their last tour because they are all going to venture out as individual artists. I have always loved electronic dance music and SHM is one of my all-time favorite groups. Their music puts me in such an amazing trance and just makes me so happy. Even though the show was during the week, and I had to miss some classes, I couldn’t not see them.

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The show was unbelievable and I am so happy I decided to go.

 

Thursday, Brittany and I just explored the city. We’ve both been to Chicago enough times that we’ve done most of the “touristy” things, which means we didn’t really have an agenda. It was so nice to just walk around and explore. I think that’s when you see the most, when you’re not really looking for something in particular, or trying to get somewhere in a hurry. We ended up getting a bit lost but it was great because we saw some wonderful new areas we’d never been to before.

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As with any trip, food is most important, here are some snapshots of some of the eating I did while there:

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While in Chicago, I also got to meet up with one of my friends from Luleå, Sweden. It’s been 5 years since the last time we saw each other! She’s studying at the university in Chicago now, so we’ll definitely be seeing more of each other. I missed her so so much.

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Overall, the trip was great. Chicago is always a pleasure to visit and I cannot wait until my next trip back!

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Throwback Thursday

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This photo was taken of me while on my study abroad trip to Santander, Spain. I spent two months in Santander learning and exploring. Santander will always have a special place in my heart, I consider it a second home.