3 Countries in 9 days

Back from my solo traveling adventure over in Ireland, Scotland and Portugal (3 countries in 9 days), I find myself trying not to let those memories fade away so quickly. So, I shall keep them fresh by sharing my experience with you. I will start with the skeleton of my trip design so to speak.

I designed the trip or my holiday by spending three days in each location or city which means I tried to pack as much sightseeing and activities as I could, however I gave myself down time between each country to regroup. For me, balance is key. Also would like to mention that I walked almost 10 miles each day because of my large consumption of croissants and yummy food. Below is a formula that worked best for me:

DAY 1 Arrive from the airport and checked in at my Airbnb. On this day, I explore around the city and observe. Got a map at the tourist office and made a rough plan on some places I wanted to visit. This is my go with the flow day. It’s important because you really give yourself time to adjust to a foreign environment. I try to pick local restaurants and cafes for food all the time.

DAY 2 On this day, I plan an excursion and that might be going on a group tour exploring another city, doing something adventurous like hiking, or standup paddle boarding (SUP). This is the day where I learn a lot from a local guide and a great opportunity to meet new people from all over the world. I met so many wonderful people traveling alone!! It’s also the day that will set a tone for the next day! Whatever tips I learn today, I will use to explore tomorrow. In terms of food, use this day to explore your palette and remain open minded not only about food, but about everything.

DAY 3 If day two wasn’t available to do something active, I use day 3 instead. On this day, I aim to still explore but relax more. That still means walking around for almost 10 miles but at my own pace. I use my experience of the two days and I most likely visit museums. If I meet someone and they suggest something, I take their suggestion.

I treated this trip as an experiment and I learned that no matter what situation comes my way my attitude remains surprisingly positive. Nothing bothers me. If I miss a bus (I did), it’s okay because there are other opportunities to explore. I see mistakes as opportunities.

This was a core frame of my holiday (let’s be real “holiday” sounds better than “vacation”.) On my next blog post, I’ll talk about Ireland! Stay tuned…


Why we buy certain things

Four years ago, I walked into Barnes & Noble with no intention to buy things. As a matter of fact I think I went in there to get a hot chocolate from Starbucks. My fav! Well since I was there…(here we go).. I went into the travel section, naturally, and walked down the aisle browsed about and a book really captured my interest. Here it is – Castles of Britain and Ireland.

I thought to myself, “hmm, I wanna go here someday. I do love castles.” I flipped through the book for 5 minutes and I decided to buy it walking out of there with a hot chocolate and a book. The thought process was very simple. I made an emotional connection to that book – inspirational because I love castles, traveling and Ireland/Scotland have been so interesting to me.

Placement of interesting object
Having no book shelf, I set it on my coffee table for awhile. My eyes would glance at the cover every time I sat down on the couch or when I’d pass by it. Around 2 years ago I decided it would look nice on my dresser in my bedroom. I wonder why I did that. Maybe subconsciously at that time I wanted to be closer to the idea of being on that front cover watching that view. As I’d get ready for the day, my eyes would peek at the book. Perhaps twice a day or three. During this time, I had developed a routine without even knowing it. All of a sudden I found myself researching castles, watching Outlander, The Crown, Leap Year. I was mentally preparing for something…

Placing objects in your intimate space such as your home or office have to be thought out. Everything around you is carefully designed and you make a choice, consciously or subconsciously, to buy something because you instill an emotional connection to a book, a plant, artwork or whatever that may be. Therefore YOU have the power to design your own space and YOU have the power to the emotional effect it may have upon you. Deep, I know.

Last December, I made the leap and in January I “booked” my trip to see a few of the castles. Next week, I begin my journey. I can’t wait to write about it when I return and share with you how this trip grew into something bigger than I had planned.

Art, Travel

Wine & Art Exhibit: Seascape

Join us for a fun seascape summer afternoon of wine and art!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6, 2017 | 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Max Fish, Glastonbury, CT

I will be exhibiting my latest collection of artwork inspired by the ocean and recent travel adventures. As you all know I've been painting so much for the past 6 months and I'm thrilled to show you all of my work. Don't miss out on this lovely event as space is limited. Register today!

Event ticket ($25 per guest) includes:
· Fabulous wine and fancy appetizers
· Automatic entrance to win a signed 8" x 10" print of your choice
· Prints available for sale
· Meet and chat with me :)