Laugavegur Trail, Iceland

I don’t know when I first heard about Iceland’s most popular hiking trail, but it had been on my travel wish list for some time. It’s just under 51 miles long, and the FI (Ferðafélag Íslands, or the Iceland Touring Foundation) maintains five huts conveniently located within 7-9 miles of each other along the way. There […]

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Czech Republic

It’s time for the latest installment of: We’ve Got a Week Off Where Should We Go? We debated between hiking in Colorado, volcanoes in Hawaii, and whatever-city-in-Europe-has-the-most-business-class-seats-available. Hello, Prague! Well, hello Amsterdam, then hello Prague.

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Iceland on a Budget!

Hahaha just kidding. Iceland is not a budget destination, so just put that out of your head now. It’s ironic, you can fly on WOW air from the States for $99 each way, but you’ll pay $150/night for a private room at the City Hostel. Groceries and restaurants are half again, if not double, what you’d […]

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Finnish Lapland

I just get so tired. Lord knows I love a good nap, but I just can’t seem to wake up here. Gregory, who rarely naps at home, has been joining me for three, four, six hour naps here in Finland. Our first night in Lapland we laid down at 6:00p, got up at 9:00p, stayed […]

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Hitchin’ a ride, hitchin’ a ride

Kristina and Mike told us about a great area in the far, snowy (but not the farthest, snowiest) north of Finland called Saariselka and the hotel where they used to work outside of Finland’s second largest national park- Urho Kekkonen National Park, or Urho Kekkonen kansallispuisto if you will. A snowy paradise with cabins and […]

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Snowman World

When I first messaged my friend Kristina (the only Finn I’ve ever met) for recommendations on traveling to Finland to meet Santa Claus, I was pleased as punch to hear she not only knew all about Santa, but that she was actually working at Snowman World in Santa Claus Village. I nearly passed out from […]

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Santa Claus Village

Last Friday I got to experience one of my husband’s life dreams come true. I got to witness Gregory meeting Santa Claus for the first time. A day he described as “the best day ever, after August 10, 2013” (our wedding day). Don’t believe all those stories, movies, songs, etc. Santa Claus does not live at […]

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Rovaniemi

What better way to fend off jet lag than to sleep eleven hours, then walk around all day? A cup of Finnish coffee and some McDonald’s, maybe. We set out to explore our new sister city on a gorgeous, sunny (albeit short-lived) day. This is the furthest north I’ve ever been so I’m not used […]

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A Finnish Christmas

For those of you that don’t know, I’m married to a five year old Buddy the Elf. Greg is always fun, he’s always happy, and he LOVES Christmas. Carols around our house start in October, though he was a little late this year and didn’t subject me until harvest was over in early November. But […]

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