Rick Steves

munich, germany

munich, germany

Over Christmas and New Year's, we took two weeks off to travel around Europe, visiting some cities and countries we'd never been to before.  We started by flying into Munich around dinnertime on Friday, December 22nd (we had school that morning!), taking the Lufthansa bus to the city center (I found that buying round-trip tickets for the bus was cheaper than taking the S-Bahn), checking into our hotel, bundling up, and heading straight for the Christmas markets.

ten things i always travel with

ten things i always travel with

Not all trips are created equal, that much is definitely true, but whether we're going somewhere for two weeks or two nights, or we're travelling by car, plane, or train, I've figured out that there's a few things I always pack.  Now, I'm not just talking about my toothbrush, clean underwear, and a comb...those are always coming, yes.  But I'm guessing most people pack those things when leaving the house overnight.  I'm talking about things that Danny might not pack or you might not pack or whoever.  These are ten things that I don't necessarily check off like, "Oh it's time to pack!  I need to get my ten essentials!" but rather I've found over time that each and every time I go somewhere, they come along too.  

the road to skye

the road to skye

I've managed to put off this post for quite a while, because I knew it would take such a long time to put together.  However, no more.  The four days that we took off from our time WorkAway-ing in Scotland to drive to the Isle of Skye via the Highlands were probably my favorite four days we spent in Scotland, if not my favorite four days we spent abroad over the past 7.5 months, and well-deserving of a post.  So, procrastination be gone!

st andrews, scotland

st andrews, scotland

We took our first weekend trip in Scotland just a short ways away from the farm to the charming town of St Andrews.  After about an hour of driving (and a quick stop to look at some very cute sheep and lambs!), we arrived and parked along The Scores.  It's a street that's along the coast and that has free parking - if you're driving I'd recommend looking for a spot here as we found spots here both days (just make sure you can parallel park!).  

venice, italy

venice, italy

It feels like it was almost another lifetime ago, but a month ago we were in Venice.  In my mind, I tried to set very low expectations for the city, as I feel like it's a place that's fairly hyped up and iconic.  I feel like I'm almost always disappointed when I have high expectations, so I kept them low, and despite the freezing cold temperatures, Venice was amazing.