Sightseeing Central Europe, Part III: Hungary & Austria

The next capital city we would meet on our tour of Central Europe was Budapest, Hungary. One of the first things we learned about the city was its proper Hungarian pronunciation, "Boo-da-PESHT."  Heroes' Square. Regarded as the "Queen of the Danube," for the formidable waterway that divides it, Budapest has two distinctly unique sides to… Continue reading Sightseeing Central Europe, Part III: Hungary & Austria

Sightseeing Central Europe, Part II: Auschwitz-Birkenau

***Content Warning— this post contains sensitive content that may be disturbing and unsettling to some readers.*** Though we had only visited two of its cities, it was clear that these days Poland has a lot to offer visitors; beautiful streets with shops and cafes, friendly people, royal palaces, extravagant churches, peaceful green parks, and museums… Continue reading Sightseeing Central Europe, Part II: Auschwitz-Birkenau

Sightseeing Central Europe: Part I, Poland

Over ten days we visited five amazing countries: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and Czech Republic (technically renamed Czechia in 2006). Over my next few posts I'll be covering our Central European excursion and first up is Poland!

Hitched Up: Southern Utah and Northern Arizona

I just returned from a wonderful tour of Central Europe with my mom and have already started writing about our experience. But, before I share all about that adventure I figure I should catch up on an older one- the quick trip to southern Utah and northern Arizona Mitchell, Gaius, and I made in March.… Continue reading Hitched Up: Southern Utah and Northern Arizona

Volunteering: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Out in southern Utah, nestled in a serene desert canyon exists a vast and magical safe haven for animals big, small, healthy, or unwell. Literally described by some as "heaven on earth," Best Friends Animal Sanctuary provides care to over 1,600 abandoned and rescued animals with the help of their animal-loving staff and eager volunteers.… Continue reading Volunteering: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

China Explored, Part III: Lakes, Lanterns, and the Lights of Shanghai

I woke up for day 7 of our adventure in China feeling pretty crummy. The air pollution got to me and it hit hard. You probably noticed that in many of our photos from the first 6 days we are wearing face masks. Reason being, China has some of the most polluted air in the… Continue reading China Explored, Part III: Lakes, Lanterns, and the Lights of Shanghai

China Explored, Part II: Great Wall, Gorgeous Garden, and Grand Buddha

I was pretty excited about day 4 of our itinerary when we would visit the Great Wall of China. Unlike the optional excursion we booked on our free day in Beijing that took us to the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City, the activities on day 4 were included as part of the… Continue reading China Explored, Part II: Great Wall, Gorgeous Garden, and Grand Buddha