Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace–Better than Topkapi??

Merve took off work one day while I was staying with her so she could show me a little bit more of her awesome city, which was super nice of her. (Among everything else she did for me while I was there.) She was pretty intent on showing me Dolmabahce, her favorite palace! I had definitely never considered Dolmabahce Palace slash had never even heard of it. It’s pretty overlooked by tourists in favor of the more popular Topkapi Palace. I didn’t go to Topkapi, but I did get in line for a ticket so that I could get away from a Turkish…

On a Budget: Romantic Chipotle Dinner

Since my only income is coming from those who take pity on me (this could be YOU–message me for details), I have had to get a little crafty with my food budget. A few weeks ago, there was a special at Chipotle (omg I live somewhere that has a Chipotle finally but it’s like, the worst option in this delicious food Mecca) where, if you bought a sofritas burrito/bowl/tacos/salad on this particular day, you could bring your receipt back in and get a free burrito/bowl/taco/salad of your choice. The catch is that sofritas is made from gross tofu, and I…

2015 Chinese New Year Resolutions

I made it back to Chinatown yesterday as the sun was blazing, so I was able to capture a much nicer photo to celebrate the Chinese New Year that occurs tomorrow. Happy Year of the Goat, everyone! Or, as was brought to my attention, the Year of the Sheep! Your preference, I guess. I choose goat because I raised a herd of pygmies briefly (like, I might’ve milked one once in an effort to save a newborn), but look at me with this adorable baby sheep (that’s a “lamb” for all you city kids)! I do challenge you not to…

Reflecting on the Year of the Horse

It’s that time of year again, folks! The Chinese New Year is upon us. The Year of the Goat begins Thursday, the 19th, so I thought I would take this time to reflect on the past year and see where I fell with 2014’s Chinese New Year Resolutions. The Year of the Horse. If you recall, I’m a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to setting New Years Resolutions. (Well, I’m a procrastinator when it comes to all things, and in my unemployment, I’ve been reminded that you have to turn those negatives into a positive, so you should know…

Roadtripping Iowa to Oregon: By the Numbers

Happy Friday…TGIF, amiright? Just kidding, I feel like I’m on vacation everyday since I don’t have a job. A vacation where I don’t leave the house because I’m too afraid to spend money. I thought I’d give some #funfacts about my trip thus far. Well, it was a trip. Now it’s just life. Days in Portland: 8 Miles traveled: 1,945 Hours from departure to arrival: 44 hours Hours into the trip my phone died and I didn’t have a phone charger: 4 Number of times my mom told me I use too much data: a bajillion Age I should’ve gotten off…

I moved!

Guys. Hi. Big shit poppin’, little shit stoppin’. I have been gone so long, I had a slew of plugins to update and I don’t even know what any of them do (not that I did in the first place.) If you follow me on any social media platform, and I know you do because only my friends and family read this, you’ll know I’ve left the farm for greener pastures. It’s hard to find a place greener than Iowa (except right now with all your snow, suckasssssss), but Oregon could very well be the place. And that’s where I…

Istanbul’s Sultanahmet District

Hey guys, Hope you didn’t think I got taken as an ISIS bride. (Too soon?) I’ve been back for…some time now…but I’m ready to tell you all about my trip to Turkey and Romania! If you follow me on any form of social media, you’ll have seen some teasers that you’ve probably long since forgotten about (booby lather, anyone?) and I apologize for not pulling through on those stories sooner. You know how much I hate apologizing. To kick off my tour of Istanbul, allow me to introduce you to the Sultanahmet District, an absolutely unavoidable part of the city…

Next stop: Istanbul

Me again. I’m a couple of hours away from embarking on my fourth, and final (?), journey of 2014, just as soon as I decide to get out of bed. My official vacation photographer, Spencer, has requested daily posts about my trip since he can’t be there, and I will do my best to oblige since he let me borrow his backpack and is cat sitting for me. I’m mostly packed and ready to rock almost 24 hours of travel on my way to Istanbul! I will have a tiny copilot with me this time, and Sir Victor is nestled…

Cannon Beach: Rocks ‘N Crepes

While I would’ve been content to wander around Portland everyday during my week in Oregon, we took a day to cruise out to the coast. The drive to Cannon Beach was gorgeous…lush forest on both sides of me that I would’ve probably enjoyed more, but my chauffeur wasn’t a proponent of in-car air conditioning quite like I am, and he wasn’t catching on to my passive-aggressive, heavy, sweaty sighs of discomfort. I was told this drive was 40 minutes, but an hour and a half in, I was beginning to think I had been lied to and dying to get my suffocating ass…

Skydiving Swakop

When we went punting in Cambridge, I took special note that our guide’s name was Derrick, as I’d had another guide by the same name on a previous trip. OG Derrick was my jumping buddy when I went skydiving in Namibia, which remains number one in the top three most exciting near death experiences of my life. 1. Skydiving with Derrick in Namibia 2. Taking a “wrong exit” and “turning around” behind an old Wal*Mart after bar close in Atlanta with a bunch of Brazilian men we’d just met that invited us to another club that was open til 6am 3. That time…