“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
Thinking about hearing back to Brugge for the beer festival next month! Have any of you been previously? I’d love to hear what you thought about it! Over 70 breweries will be there and visitors will have the opportunity to taste 300 beers 😱😂. Sounds like Derik’s dream come true! If you missed it, check out my latest post on the blog: all about our weekend in Brugge back in September! Link in profile.
“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.“ – Anthony Bourdain
“Travel is more than seeing something new, it’s also about leaving behind something that’s old. Whether that be your past, your misconceptions, your comfort level or your anxieties, the next time you head down a new path, realize that there’s no better time to be the new you.” — Charles Kosman @thebarefootnomad New post on Brugge in profile!
Today is the first day of the new year, and we were all given the blessing to be able to watch the sun rise on 2018. I pray we can live more deliberately, passionately, and lovingly this year. We can’t heal the entire world of pain, bitterness, and sorrow, but we can do our part individually to touch as many lives as we can with kindness.
I remember the first time I saw a nutcracker - I was probably about six years old. My family and I went over to my Aunt and Uncle’s house for Christmas and my cousin had a really beautiful one. I asked her if it was some sort of strange doll, and she proceeded to show me how it cracked nuts to eat. Around the same time I saw a recording of Nutcracker on Ice, and proceeded to watch it 1000x over and over again. I was obsessed with all the costumes, skating, and lights. Memories. I’ve never owned a nutcracker myself, nor have I seen the Nutcracker on Ice in person. Major goals while I’m here in Europe! 💕
That Christmas tree, my friends, is actually a carnival ride. 😩👌🙌 #Europewinschristmas
“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not either, deep roots are not reached by the frost.” — J.R.R. Tolkien Craving Pierogi right now and going through my Krakow pictures again. What a quick but wonderful trip that was!
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill
Favorite human, favorite season! Another Christmas market in the books - Trying to make this an every week thing until Christmas 💁🏼♀️😍.
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Germany has already proven itself to be one of the most Christmas-friendly countries I’ve ever lived in! Went to my first “Weihnachtsmarkt” yesterday - and so began my collection of holiday glühwein mugs!
“Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” - Yogi Bhajan
“Travel is about scraping together enough pennies to make a dream trip a reality. Never will a traveler look back and wish they hadn’t wandered somewhere new. We crave new sights and memories that cannot be priced by humanity.” -Anna Anderson
The Wieliczka Salt Mine blew my mind. Funny how the things you find last minute turn out to be some of the most incredible memories! The salt mine itself has an extremely old history, dating back to the 13th century 😳 and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Fun fact: During our 4 days (technically 2 and a half if you take out travel time) in Krakow, we walked 25 miles. Thus the reason I’m wearing uninstagram-worthy tennis shoes in this photo. 😂 (I’ll never be a fashion blogger) Even with supportive shoes, my feet were very, very tired every night! Fun fact #2: I have a travel guide up on the blog on what we saw, where we ate, and where we slept! Go read it (link in profile).
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” - George Santayana I was not prepared for Auschwitz. Can anyone ever be? No amount of knowledge or history can brace you for the cold hard truth of this location where 1.3million men, women, and children faced cruelty and torture, and 1.1 million lost their lives. The shoes in this picture belonged to children that were killed via gas chamber most likely the very first day due to not being old enough to work or strong enough to survive.
When stories in history books become realities. 🕰📜 I swear there is nothing better in life.
🐉🌊☀️There’s nothing more magical than watching a week of sunrises on a sailboat. 😍⛵️ Take me back to Greece with @medsailors! #medsailors Also, meet Peggy: a very large and in charge inflatable Pegasus who unofficially became our boat’s mascot. 😂
Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrate it for everything it is. - Mandy Hale INTRODUCTIONS: I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve introduced myself on here, and I know a few of you are new around here so... Hi! I’m Amanda, married to a wonderful man named Derik (you can follow his account @x_journeyman). ▪️We started our overseas adventure in February 2012 after being married for a year right out of college, and working 50+ hour work weeks not really getting anywhere both physically and financially. Derik and I sold everything and moved to South Korea to teach English (I taught little kiddos, D taught at a corporate level), and traveled around Asia every chance we got. ▪️We moved to New Zealand in 2014 to travel and work for a year, fell head over heels in love with the country, and were heartbroken when we had to leave due to our visa expiring (we will be back NZ I promise.) ▪️Now we’re in Germany working and traveling as much as our jobs allow! ▪️My ultimate bucket list adventure would be: riding in a hot air ballon in Cappadocia ▪️Derik’s ultimate bucket list adventure would be: swimming with humpback wales 👀😮 I mean, I’d be down for that too - could you imagine?! 🐋🐋🐋 If you’ve somehow made it through all of this, I’d love to hear YOUR ultimate bucket list adventure! ⏬⏬⏬
Drinks by the sea. Also, I had four people come up and ask me what this drink was: it’s a gin and strawberry purée based cocktail with a coconut rim. SO GOOD.
Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once.