Make Love Not War

Today is January 11, 2017. Day 11 of my self-inflicted 31 days of posting in January. Today we attempted again to go to the candy cane cake building aka the National Library, but none of the doors were open. I...

The Long Road to Sarajevo

Today is January 7th 2017 (not really, it's the morning of the 8th, but...) day 7 of my self-inflicted 31 days of posts in January. We left Zagreb by bus at 12:30 and mentally prepared for our 9 hour bus ride ...

A Snow Day in the Balkans

Today is  January 3rd, 2017. Day 3 of my self-inflicted 31 days of posting in January. Today we slept in. It's what I like to call A Snow Day in the Balkans. I didn't even think about getting up before 10am, a...

Flash Memoir: Conversations with Rocks

There is a desired solitude one can find up on the mountain side. A place for contemplation, reflection, and... "OH, COME ON!  YOU. ASS. HOLE!" Thud... Thud... Thud.  The rock eventually stopped rollin...

A Portland Staycation: River’s Edge Hotel and Spa

For those of us who call Portland home, we can sometimes take for granted the bounty which is available in our own backyard. We can forget the reasons why so many people visit the city over and over again. It's...

The 13 Days of Yule Lads: the super late addition

Ok folks, let's not beat around the bush. I totally wet the bed on my grand idea of introducing a Yule Lad on the 13 days leading up to Christmas. {I did introduce the first two Yule Lads here and here, so don'...

The 13 Days of Yule Lads: Giljagaur

Welcome to day two of the 13 days of Yule Lads! Things are just heating up in here and the Yule Lads only get creepier as the days pass. If you missed yesterday's Yule Lad, makes sure to get caught up with the ...

The 13 days of Yule Lads: Stekkjarstaur

Happy holidays dear readers! What ever your persuasion this time of year, I think we can all agree that reading yet another blog post about holiday shopping guides is just out of the question. Give us substanc...