Bucket List Adventurers | #2 Japanese Tea Ceremony

As a child, I grew up watching ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ and dreaming about life in Japan. As I created my bucket list, one of the first ideas was being part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. In Japan, the ‘way of tea’ is a ceremony that involves making, presenting, and enjoying Matcha green tea. This tradition has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. When we visited Kyoto for our honeymoon, I…

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24 Hour Travel | Kyoto Travel Guide (Part 1)

We had only 24 hours to explore the historic city of Kyoto as part of our honeymoon. We set out to make the most of our limited time. Coming from the hustle & bustle of Tokyo, Kyoto was a nice escape to relax. It was peaceful with ancient temples & shrines. It was also the perfect place to experience traditional culture and cuisine. We arrived late to the Suiran Luxury Collection Hotel (part of the…

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Building a Wardrobe: 9 Essentials

I used struggle to put together a cohesive wardrobe. The thought of building my wardrobe and having essential clothing items was beyond foreign. I would go to the store, try on a ton of items and buy whatever I liked. This left me with a ton of items in my closet that didn’t really go together. When I started traveling more frequently and for longer periods of time, this had to change. My suitcase would…

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24 hour travel | Wine sipping in Napa

We had only 24 hours to explore all the beauty that was Napa wineries. It was a short drive from San Francisco which made it the perfect day trip and escape from the city. We set out to explore 3 Napa wine houses in order to make the most of the short time we had – Castello di Amorosa Winery, Mumm Napa Sparkling Wine House, & Del Dotto Winery & Caves. It was a sunny day. Luckily, the weather…

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Visiting the Cincinnati Zoo

The cold months typically deter me from adventuring about, but with Fiona the hippo turning 2 years old last month, a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo seemed like the perfect idea (if you are not familiar, Fiona is the hippo that captured international attention when she was born 6 weeks premature making her the smallest hippo ever)! So I rolled out one of my warmest wool coats and went off to explore … The J.…

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