Streets in Edinburgh are just TOO photogenic, really. How are you supposed to save any memory space when you have to take a photo every two steps? I often find that I get stuck behind my camera when exploring, and while photographing new places is one of my favorite things to do, I definitely sometimes feel like it's the ONLY thing I do. I can't help but wonder if I'm missing out on things because I hide behind a lens. Does anyone have any tips on how to get me out from behind the camera and start really experiencing new places?
Can you believe that THIS is the view that JK Rowling had while she was writing some of the Harry Potter books? Honestly, if I lived nearby a cafe with a view of Edinburgh Castle, I would be there every day, so it's no wonder that the Elephant House became her go-to writing spot in Edinburgh. I want to make it mine!⠀
Anyone else out there straight up OBSESSED with Harry Potter? ⚡️Oh who am I kidding, literally everyone is obsessed with Harry Potter (and if you're not, what are you doing following me?). Well let me let you in on a tip-top secret: Edinburgh is a HAVEN for Harry Potter lovers. It's JK Rowling's home and therefore had a huge impact on the books themselves. You can even find places that inspired her just by walking around town! This is Victoria Street, which is said to have inspired Diagon Alley. Can you see the similarities? If you want even more Harry Potter locations in Edinburgh, be sure to check out my story ASAP (it's also in my featured stories on my profile if you're late to the game)!
“Adventure, yeah. I guess that’s what you call it when everybody comes back alive.” – Mercedes Lackey Pro tip: don't try to do more than one thing in a day when you're in Central America. Especially if those two things are both hikes. The heat is too much and you WILL forget to put on bug spray the second time around. 🙈 What's your biggest travel fail? Pls one up me so I feel better about myself thx
If I could eat fresh ground chocolate a choco-LOT I totally would. Hands up ✋✋✋if you would do the same
Fun fact: Daniel's family low-key loves me (it's how I managed to get a free ride to Costa Rica!) Of course, most of them are scared of heights, so when his mom & I wanted to go on the hanging bridges tour we were left... hanging. 😂Oh well, we went on our own and jokes on them because we had a way better time without them anyway 👍 Side note: I am LIVING for this kid in the background. He's just HANGING out 😉
I just really like cool looking trees, okay??? And tbh Costa Rica is a pretty good place to find really good trees! You know, in addition to all of the beautiful birds, lazy sloths, and all that other crazy stuff. tl;dr get yo self to Costa Rica 🇨🇷
I need to get better at remembering how to relax. I’m a person who’s always on the go, and even when I travel it’s a constant race against time to see as much as I can. Being in Costa Rica was a practice in slowing down, appreciating not loving life according to a clock, and relishing the moments where I had nothing in particular to do. And I’m not going to lie, it gave me a lot of anxiety. But as with all things, practice makes perfect. So I guess I just need to practice relaxing more often! What could you get better at? ⠀⠀ Pictured here: Daniel, who is much better at relaxing than I am. ⠀⠀ P.S. if you want to hear more about my time in Costa Rica be sure to check out my latest blog post (link in bio)!
You know how you read about oasis’s that are literally in the middle of nowhere? Well that’s what Don Pedro’s is: a little haven of coffee and fried plantains accessed by raft along the Rio Peñas Blancas. ⠀⠀ Don Pedro lived to be 102 and now the place is run by two of his daughters. We stopped there in the middle of our wildlife rafting safari in Costa Rica and it was quite possibly one of the coolest (and most surreal) experiences of my life. ⠀⠀ Oh, and there was a nativity scene there left over from Christmas with literally 1,000 sheep. I’m not even kidding. 🐑🐑🐑 ⠀⠀ To hear more about the sheep, Don Pedro’s, and all the other cool stuff I did in La Fortuna, be sure to check out my latest post! The link is in my bio 😊
I have a confession to make: I LOVE coffee 😍☕ I literally spend so much time at my favorite coffee shop that the baristas know my order—which is why going to Costa Rica, where coffee is a specialty, was a serious treat for me. Even the coffee at the hotel breakfast buffets was top notch. How can you beat that???⠀ ⠀ Anyone else as obsessed with coffee as I am?
Don't forget to turn around when you're looking at the most amazing parts of the world. You might be met with something even more amazing.⠀ ⠀ This sunset was honestly SUCH a good reminder of that. Although Arenal Volcano is absolutely stunning, this sunset was even more so, and I caught sight of it just by turning around. The setting sun's rays played off of Lake Arenal and created the most beautiful cacophony of pinks, purples, and blues I have ever seen.⠀ ⠀ What's the best thing you've ever seen while looking away from the main sights? This sunset is definitely a contender for me!!!
I literally cannot explain how grateful I am for a guy who supports me in everything I do—even taking a million self-timed photos of us and the most beautiful sunset ever. 💕💕💕 ⠀ ⠀ P.S. I know this is the grossest couple post literally of all time but indulge me, ok????
Just hangin’ out 🙊
I tried to pull off a messy bun but it just didn’t roll with me 🥐
Wow, what a week it has been. Last Friday, I got back from my time with Daniel’s family in Costa Rica. I got food poisoning from a burrito I ate in the airport. I went to the DMV twice and failed to get my license renewed both times.⠀ ⠀ On Tuesday, my dad got his stress test results back. He’s been diagnosed with angina and has to go back next week to figure out if he needs bypass surgery or not. I don’t think I’ve ever been more nervous in my life, and that’s coming from someone who has pretty crippling anxiety.⠀ ⠀ To top it all off, my dog is sick and his coughs sound like some sort of dinosaur. Today we got a call from the vet saying it’s either a fungal infection or lung cancer. I’m praying for a fungal infection.⠀ ⠀ Now, I’m sitting in the Dallas airport waiting for my flight back to school and wishing, quite possibly for the first time ever, that I could just go back home.⠀ ⠀ Anyone have any tips for conquering homesickness?
Just gonna stare at this photo of me staring out at Lake Arenal and pretend I’m back in Costa Rica 🌊🌋
Catch me outside drinking this coconut 🥥🌴
The rare travel blogger spotted during a serene moment...⠀ ⠀ lol jk I made Daniel take this picture of me and he was not pleased.⠀ ⠀ It's literally just a wall, he said.⠀ ⠀ Yes, but it's an INSTAGRAM wall, I retorted.
Triana, you are everything. Honestly. I am so obsessed with you.⠀ ⠀ If you ever find yourself in Seville, be sure to head across the bridge to the neighborhood of Triana. You know those colorful houses are calling to you.
I think my dreams of becoming a Dornish Sandsnake are finally coming true. 🐍🐍🐍⠀ ⠀ At least, I could pretend they were when we were at the Alcazar in Seville, where the majority of scenes in Dorne were filmed! In real life I am still very much an anthropology student with wild dreams of seeing the world.⠀ ⠀ P.S. If you haven't read my latest blog post on the Alcazar yet, go check it out! Link in my bio 😊
Sunset on the Guadalquivir River is everything you could ever want from a sunset. ☀️⠀ ⠀ Gorgeous hues on the houses of Triana, light bouncing off the water, and couples on their phones serving as perfect silhouettes. I think I'm in love 😍
Sometimes Daniel really lucks out and takes a bomb a** picture like this one. 😎⠀ ⠀ In the past two and a half years, he’s put up with a lot from me — mostly related to teaching him how to take pictures. I’ve taught him how to focus, how to hold the camera and not move it from how I’ve set the shot up, AND how to pose so I can set everything up just right before handing him the camera and stepping into frame. And I have to say, I think he’s becoming quite the photographer!⠀ ⠀ Next, I’m teaching him about the rule of thirds 😂
One time, Daniel and I pretended to be Sandsnakes in the Real Alcazar - aka the filming location for Dorne in Game of Thrones. 🐍 And let me tell you, Dorne is even more beautiful in real life than on TV.⠀ ⠀ That's why I dedicated an entire post just to the Alcazar. Because it's just that amazing. Be sure to check it out! The link is in my bio 😊
When there's a -20°F windchill and a severe weather warning, the clear course of action is to make a mug of hot chocolate and then go outside for a mini photoshoot because the snow is just too beautiful. ❄️🎅🏻❄️⠀ ⠀ We're ringing in the new year here in smalltown Illinois with one of the coldest winters I can remember. Thankfully, I'm off to Costa Rica very, very soon. 🙌🙌🙌⠀ ⠀ How are you ringing in the New Year? Do you have any exciting travel plans for 2018? Tell me all about them!
Seville definitely loves its tiles. They are ALL over the place, especially on the Plaza de España, which is basically totally covered in them. The walls enclosing the plaza are lined with tile murals dedicated to each region of Spain, and the rest is outlined in gorgeous blues, whites, and yellows like these. The detail is impressive, to say the least!
Speaking of Triana: this is the view from the Triana Bridge (back of my head not included). The fact that not literally every tourist makes the walk over this bridge is baffling to me. Be sure to go for sunset. The golden hour views on the Guadalquivir are like nothing you've ever seen before.⠀ ⠀ P.S. I finally made it back home to small town Illinois safe and sound after more than 24 hours of travel. Time for a few weeks of doing absolutely nothing. If I didn't already think I was missing Seville, this would have done it for me!⠀
It’s times like these, where I’m stuck in an airport hotel because I missed my connecting flight thanks to delays and all I want to do is make it home for the holidays that I think about happier travel times. Although it might not be a filming location for a major franchise (see: Game of Thrones, Star Wars filming locations in Seville from my previous posts), Triana is the prettiest little neighborhood in Seville. Trimmed with tiles made in-house, it's a photographer's dream—and it's a great place to get a taste of local life. Located just over the bridge, not many tourists make the trek (even though it's only a 15 minute walk from the old town). Don't wait too long to make your trip though, Triana is definitely gaining ground!
The sunset at the Plaza de España is out. of. this. world. Literally if you remember that it was the filming location for Naboo in Attack of the Clones. How cool is that???⠀ ⠀ The real history behind the Plaza de España is cool too—it was originally built for the 1929 World's Fair!
Oh hey, Sevilla. How you doin'???⠀ Honestly though, you are absolutely beautiful. You blew my mind time and time again. So much so that I wrote a love letter to you for my latest blog post. From the arches of the Alcazar to the views from the Metropol Parasol (like this one), I just can’t get over Seville. I’m pretty much 💯% sure I’ll be back again soon. Be sure to check out my love letter to Seville. The link is in my bio!
This is Daniel's please stop taking pictures of me pose. It's usually around the time I tell him hey, this is what you get for dating a hobby photographer.⠀