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I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list

– Susan Sontag    

Fernweh (n). an ache for distant places; the craving for travel

one’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things

                                                – Henry Miller

never stop exploring

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the most important trip you'll ever take – coming home

Why coming home will always be the most important journey you take:  It will make you wonder why you ever left and remind you exactly why you did. Something I’ve learned from uprooting my life every few years is that home is not a place. It’s an idea. It’s a feeling....

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JUST fly – almost misadventures on the blue ridge parkway

No matter where we go or what the plan is trips with my sister are always an adventure. We did a road trip from Washington to Crater Lake in Oregon a few years ago. We made a pit stop in the land of the Goonies along the way and it was awesome! So when the opportunity...

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golden skies and a SECOND sunrise

The allure of the mountains of NC is boundless. My first visit mere weeks ago left me captivated, so much so that I ventured once again to this illustrious landscape. If you happen to find yourself drawn to these mountains as I have, do yourself a favor and find a...

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JUST turn right- a little Buffalove

Buffalo, NY is well known for snow and chicken wings, for good reason. We have buckets of snow falling almost any time of the year and the chicken wings, well you can’t get anything like them anywhere else! In case you were wondering, there is a lot more to Buffalo! I...

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a SECOND room to stay: unexpected brussels

Chocolate and waffles, chocolate waffles! That was the extent of my understanding and expectations for Brussels. How could a city disappoint with such simple standards! Well it did, at least for the first 24hrs. But don’t dismay Belgian enthusiasts; it had a quick...

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you don't have to leave home

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things – Henry Miller Travel is not something that just takes you to a different country. While that is a very exciting experience and something most of us spend our lives dreaming...

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bear-ly SECONDs away: blue ridge escape

  “A taste for the beautiful is most cultivated out of doors” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden SECONDs of silence: mountainous voids was my why, now here is the adventure that came of that. If you haven’t gone for a country drive in a...

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SECONDs of silence: mountainous voids

“I am convinced, both by faith and experience, that to maintain one's self on this earth is not a hardship but a pastime, if we live simply and wisely” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden   I like silence. Not the silences muddled by the buzz...

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luca lives on the SECOND floor

Same trip, different cold. What better way to follow a freezing Copenhagen than with a frozen Stockholm? A five hour train ride later and that's where we landed. By time we would have waited through security lines and boarded a flight that...

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bring a SECOND pair of shoes

  Travel to a cold country, lesson number one: bring a SECOND pair of shoes, or maybe just one pair of really warm ones! Exploring Copenhagen on foot over Christmas is magical. It is also extremely cold. While you traipse around slushy...

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not enough SECONDs on that fancy swiss watch

Since there isn’t a lot of time in a day then there’s not nearly enough time in a weekend! Two day weekends are what we consider “short”. From 5pm on a Friday to 630am on a Monday doesn’t seem like enough time to traverse the continent and...

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SECOND star to the right

...and straight on 'til morning The second star to the right Shines in the night for you To tell you that the dreams you plan Really can come true The second star to the right Shines with a light so rare And if it's Never Land you need It's...

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two SECONDs on Photography

That's too much. That's not enough. What was she thinking?! And it's ruined. That is a stream of thoughts that have rushed through my head and I'm sure those of other critics when a) looking at other people's work b) looking at my work...

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a SECOND in Scotland

If you haven't been to Scotland, GO! Every inch of that country is perfection. You know those trips where you just can't help but ask "are we there yet?", well the there is everywhere. Even being confined to a tiny mousey engined automobile...

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not just SECOND best

Second. We strive to be first. Being number one is synonymous with being the best. Whatever the race is, whatever the prize, we want to be first. What about the second guy? What if you aren’t number one? 2nd is a wondrous place to be!...

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