“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.
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
When the moon is so bright it looks like the sun under long exposure. 📸🌝
I’ve been trying my hand at photography now for a good 8 years and have discovered I know very little. Photography, just like any art form is something a person consistently has to work on. Between the lighting, location, colors, composition, and post- editing there’s a lot that goes into a good photo. During our trip to Greece I tried to challenge myself to take more than just ‘snapshots.’ I took this picture between slots in a blue fence and loved the way the fence ended up framing the photo 😍.
“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere” — Isabelle Eberhardt
@amaraliving set us up with the most amazing sailing accessories! I wasn't sure about circle towels, but after a week with this one, I'm obsessed.
That is why we need to travel. If we don't offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder. Our eyes don't lift to the horizon; our ears don't hear the sounds around us. The edge is both comfortable and limiting. We wake up one day and find that we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days. Don't let yourself become one of these people. The fear of the unknown and lure of the comfortable will conspire to keep you from taking the chances the traveler has to take. But if you take them, you will never regret your choice. - Kent Nerburn
“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” – Lewis Carroll
Ugh Mykonos. I love the white and blue, but white and grey? Killin' me. Does anyone else have a favorite color combo? I'm doing my best to try and come up with pops of color in our house here and Germany, but I'm finding myself reverting back to my old grey and white ways 🙊🙊.
I travel not to cross countries off a list, but to ignite passionate affairs with destinations.” – Nyssa P. Chopra
Apparently Super Paradise Beach is where all the celebs go, so we thought we would swing by and see who we might happen upon. The drinks were spendy, and the beach chairs even more so – which meant after twenty minutes we decided to ditch. Also, not a single famous person was to be found. 🤷🏼♀️😎😎😂😎🤷🏻♂️
Had the most amazing stay at @hotelandronikos. Not sponsored - we wanted to go somewhere to relax, celebrate my birthday, and not work. I've never been more impressed with the politeness of the staff, the cleanliness of the resort, and all the amenities they offer! Would definitely recommend and wish them all the best during their time off and into 2018!
Every year I become more and more thankful for the special people who continue to invest in my life. I know it's hard, especially with all the changes and places we've lived over the years, and if all that has taught me anything, it's that real friendships are rare and if you can find someone that sticks with you through all your crazy moments, then you've found an absolute gem. I am thankful to have several of these friends - Some far and some near. To be able to celebrate my birthday (and get absolutely spoiled) with friends is by far a priceless and unforgettable experience for me. Thank you so much Chris and @alittleadriftt for the wonderful dinner and spending some of your vacation time with us to celebrate in Mykonos! 💕💕 you all are the best. Thank you to my husband for taking me to the most beautiful island and resort to bring in year 29! Also being patient with all my picture taking. I love you.
What's your cocktail of choice? I'm a plain Jane gin and tonic girl myself. 😂😶🍸
Sailing Greece this past week has been a dream! I've been MIA I know, but we only visited one port that had electricity so I've been saving my battery the best I can. :) I look forward to sharing my pics and videos from the last week, but in the meantime, keep up with us on Snapchat! 👻:inanotherlangua