Hideaway in Heidelberg

This post is long overdue. But I got so used to being on vacation and doing absolutely no work that I just couldn’t bring myself to type, even though I am so excited to relive every minute of my vacation! About a week ago, we got back from my first ever trip to Europe. It was UH-maze-ing! Our first stop was in Heidelberg, Germany, since hubs had a conference there. A friend who grew up with me in Jamaica met up with us, so I was able to be in full-on vacation mode while poor hubs was nerding it out at the conference. We got there on a super humid day, and it was clear that it had been raining since the Neckar River was brown and flooding a little. While exploring the sights, we actually passed by a sizable flock of really old, frail looking people trying to get off a riverboat. They had to add a makeshift ramp to the existing ramp to extend over the flooded area, and […]

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Europe Planning

It’s officially less than a week until our summer vacation to Europe, and I can’t wait!!! I’m the type of person who enjoys the planning and anticipation of the event almost as much as the actual thing, so I’ve been reading other travel blogs and doing my research for months now. I’ve learned a lot, and created this massive spreadsheet with a ton of information (I know, I’m slightly touched in the head). The last stop on our itinerary is a week in Paris, the city of lights. I’m currently reading a book by David Lebovitz, an American chef living in Paris, called The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious – and Perplexing – City. I must say, the book has been making me chuckle heartily and looking forward to interacting with Parisians and eating French foods, but it also has made me very wary of the thought of being completely surrounded by Parisians. I will plan to be on my very best behavior and say […]

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Lovely Little Lititz, PA

I had always loved the idea of visiting Lancaster County, PA, otherwise known as “Dutch Country” or “Amish Country”. It just seemed like it would be such a delightful, laid back and beautiful place where things happened at a slower, happier pace. So when hubs and I headed out for a weekend getaway to Lititz, PA one February, I was stoked (despite the fact that I usually try to find more tropical escapes in the dead of winter). I was excited for the peacefully rolling hills covered in snow, the horse-and-buggies, the backyards with frozen laundry hanging on a line, and the wolves. Yep, the wolves. We stayed at a lovely mansion bed and breakfast called the Speedwell Forge B&B that actually had a wolf sanctuary on the property, and we got to roam around outside the wolf enclosures as part of our stay. I think there were over 40 wolves there when we went, from pure timberwolves (which were giant!) to more of a wolf-husky mix. They were all separated […]

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