8 days, 4 cities, 3 pals, 1 car, and the whole country of Costa Rica.Read More
This past week I took a little roadtrip adventure to Nashville, Tennessee with my pal, Hunter. I went under the excuse of having a couple of interviews and wanting to scout out if Nashville was going to be my next big move, but really I just wanted to go. I had been twice before with my mama while on college tours, but never really got to in depth explore the city.Read More
This past Saturday I got to go on the sweetest little adventure with an even sweeter friend. I'm reminded that amidst all of the craziness of life adventure doesn't have to be a grand expedition, in fact sometime's adventures can be as small as grabbing coffee with someone new, or in our case, walking through some sketchy streets to stumble upon a new restaurant. All that you really need to make an adventure happen is to say "yes," it's as simple as that.
So this weekend when I got off of work and called my friend Elizabeth to see if she wanted to grab a sandwhich and she immediately said "yes" I knew we were in for some kind of fun. We originally had just planned on going to a local bakery to grab a quick dinner, but as soon as we got there we both decided we wanted something more. Thanks to the power of technology a restaurant popped up on my maps app and we went. After a couple of sketchy blocks we stumbled onto this...
A modest white exterior building with a chain link fence that opens into a beautiful, mod bar and restaurant. Ogie's left us with our jaws dropped. Between the fun atmosphere, delicous food, and great cocktails we were both two happy campers.
So here's just a simple reminder that adventures don't have to include plane tickets. Take time for yourself and your friends. Go explore your neighborhood. Treat yo' self to a two hour dinner. Enjoy it. Take pictures. Let me know what you find.
Hi, sweet ya'll! Here's a little video I made to sum up just a few of the adventures and friends that have made up my past five months in South America. I hope you enjoy it!
PS: This song is courtesy of the very talented, Andrew Bird. He's a professional singer, whistler, and violinist. Crazy, right? Check him out.
This past week I had the opportunity to take a trip with my study abroad program to the cities of Salta and Jujuy, Argentina. These five days were PACKED with activities, adventures, and friends. There's a lot I could write about, but I think more of a picture post would be better capture this incredible trip!
Here is a little view of the first city we hit, Salta. Immediately this city reminded me of my sweet Savannah, GA! From the palm trees to the cobblestone streets to the large fountains gracing each square - very Savannah. We took a short tour around the main square and then a gondola ride to an overlook point on a mountain. The overlook point introduced me to just how large this city is, not the small town I thought it was. After the overlook we went to the MAAM, a museum that speaks the hard truth of Incan culture, specifically the live burial of thousands of children as a sacrifice. We then finished off out time with dinner at La Casona del Molino and a nice stay at Hotel Salta.
The next day we took a short four hour bus ride to Tilcara where we ate lunch at Los Puestos and checked into our sweet little hotel, Patio Alto. We took time today to visit Pucará de Tilcara (the Incan ruins), shop at the local market, and then eat dinner at La Picadita.
Friday was the day everyone was waiting for: walking with llamas!! We got to sleep in a little bit and then headed out to meet the llamas which we then got to walk all around the town! I named mine Mr. Meseeks. I hope you're reading this, boys of Davis 603. If you ever want to make a group of twenty year olds happy, just give them llamas.
After the "Caravana de Llamas" we lunched at the dreamy Solar del Tropico in Huacalera. This sweet bed and breakfast is nestled in lush gardens and owned by a talented local artist. We ate the yummiest home cooked lunch and got to hear about the owner's work and inspiration. We then headed off to an easy hike, La Gargantuan del Diablo. We finished off the day with another yummy meal at Arumi.
The next day we headed out to the crown jewel, las Salinas Grandes. By going with my program we were granted special access to the flats and were able to drive out into the heart of it. It was incredible. I'm a big fan of feeling small, and usually that feeling comes from mountains or the ocean, but these salt flats gave me a different perspective. They made me feel small, yes, but they reminded me how vast this world is and how vast this love our Creator has for us. What a sweet reminder. After taking countless pictures we then got to eat lunch right on the salt flats and meet a salt miner who works on the flats. I'm a huge fan of stories, and this man had just that. He told us the incredible amounts of work and intricacy that go in to mining his 99% pure salt and the little return he gets for it - 250 pesos (roughly $15 US dollars) per 3 tons of salt. He told us folklore about the fresh water springs that break surface on the salt flats and why they are so sacred. It was humbling
We then journeyed on to the town of Purmamarca where we hiked in the "Paseo de Los Colorados." These mountains are shaded in seven different colors and some of the most beautiful I have ever gotten to walk upon! Living the dream. We then finished our time shopping for llama sweaters at the local market and eating merienda (Argentina tea-time) in the town square.
Our last day we spent in Humahuaca with the Hornaditas family who led us on a hike to see ancient Incan petroglyphics carved onto the sides of the mountains nearby. We then went and baked bread and ate lunch with the family. This family was so warm and inviting and I met the loveliest little, Carolína, who made me giggle hard and played a mean pan flute. Fun fact: you can actually stay and volunteer with this family through wwoof.com.
For our last stop we continued into Humahuaca to meet with the head of the local community center and shared merienda at La Casa del Tantanakuy while listening to traditional Andes music and dance. Let me just say, they had the absolute best banana and quinoa bread!
And as all good things have to end, from there we departed for the airport and flew back to Buenos Aires. The end.
YA'LL! I am writing this while sitting at my gate in Dallas getting ready to board my flight to freaking BUENOS AIRES!! AHH!! Guys, I cannot believe this happening. I have waited my whole life for this adventure and it's only an 11 hour plane flight away!!
I spent the morning before my flights brunching and shopping with my sweet mama in Alexandria. What a way to start an adventure.
First off, this plane ride so far. Let me tell you. My bag weighed 49lbs. even, PRAISE. Until I found out that American Airlines allows 70lbs. or 2 free checked bags. So pocket that little tidbit of info! Secondly, I'm carrying two huge carry on bags which are crushing me + a big jacket + a big scarf and I have never sweat more in my life. So imagine me being the absolute last person to board my flight with no more overhead room. It came down to basically me crying in the aisle to the flight attendant about how I'm moving to Argentina and can't check my duffle because I have a connecting flight. After that little melt down though and a sweet woman offering to carry my bags from one end of the plane to the gate for me. People rock. Then I got to sit next to two pilot dads who told me dad jokes and taught me a lot about aviation. I'm kind of thinking I would be an awesome pilot now. Maybe? Maybe not?
From Buenos Aires I will be adventuring into the sweet mountains of Patagonia where I will be hiking (both mountains and glaciers), hanging with some National Geographic photographers + taking a workshop class with them, horseback riding, tangoing the night away, and so much more!! So for the next couple of weeks I invite you to tag along virtually because I love ya'll a lot.
Over these next few months I hope to update my blog at least once a week, maybe twice if you all ask nicely. Also, I would love to be pen pals with you all and send you some sweet Argentinian post cards. I'll get you that mailing address as soon as I have it! Until then, keep on checking here and all of my other social media which you can find linked at the bottom of this page! Until then, hasta la vista!
PS: What hashtag do we like better: #LivingLikeKerry or #KerryFlysSouth...or do you have an idea for an awesome hashtag? If so let me know in the comments below and if I use it I may just snag you a sweet pair of alpaca socks.
As promised, here is the beginning of series of posts to help you plan and successfully go on a great adventure!
So you want to travel, but where do you begin? I think a lot of people have this idea that you have to begin with price and what you can or cannot afford; while this is important, it's so not true. I like to begin with where I want to go and work from there.
This is my theory, go where you are able to go now. Yes, Europe is freakin' rad, but you can go there at anytime. When you are 80 years old Europe will still be an option, but ice fishing in Wisconsin, going on a safari in Africa or hiking South America? Probably not. So start searching high and low until you find an exciting place that suits your fancy.
I have found places that I want to go to through Netflix documentaries, travel tour sights, books, people, TV, and just randomly on the internet.
Some sights I like to use to find neat places include:
Now that you have some ideas of adventures you'd like to have you can start creating a list of places you want to go to and start reading up on them a little bit. What is that place known for? What do you have to do there? Start figuring that out and check back in a little bit and we will start planning your trip!!
Found some places you really want to travel to? Let me know about them down in the comments below!
Friends! Hello, how are you all? Good? Hanging in there? I hope so.
Guys, can I just take a moment to tell you how freakin' cool it is to go back to a school? Most of you probably already knew that, but it took me three years!! So that's where we are at.
This week has been great. From being reunited with old and new friends to getting back to sailing to sweet adventures, it's been good to be back.
Labor Day was the best. One of my favorite things in the world is just to drive aimlessly with the windows down and good music playing, and that's just what my roommates and I did! We ended up in North Kingstown, Rhode Island which is SO cute. If Wilmington, NC and New England had a baby it would be North Kingstown. It was the best. Ya'll. We walked into my roommate's backyard and I felt like I was in The Secret Garden. There were hidden staircases, an old tennis court, tire swing, gardens, and it was perfectly overgrown. I couldn't stop running around and exploring it! I've already called dibs on getting married there, it's beautiful! I wish I had pictures that did it justice, until my wedding day just this will have to suffice! This little adventure was exactly what I needed.
I hope you all get the chance soon to drive aimlessly with the windows down, it really is good for the soul. And when that time comes I want you to be prepared, so here are a couple songs that were made for this occasion. Enjoy!
- Woodland - The Paper Kites
- Believe - Mumford and Sons
- Stressed Out - Twenty One Pilots
- Beetle - Run River North (preferably the Demo version)
- Hold On - Rivvrs
- Running For Cover - Ivan & Alyosha
So if there is one thing I love, it's flowers. My roommate will tell you that almost every day this past spring semester I would come back to our dorm with arms full of flowers that I had picked all over campus. Picking flowers kind of makes me feel like a Disney princess, to be honest. So when my dear friend, Heather, told me about this sunflower farm in Haymarket, VA I knew I had to get there. So the other night I told my sweet mama about it and she was even more excited than me!! She loves flowers too. Saturday morning we hopped in the car and drove out to Burnside Farms and had the dreamiest day. It is $4 to get in or $6 for an all season pass (guess what we got), once you're in the farm there are field of daisies (.50), gladiolas ($1), and of course, sunflowers ($1.50)! It's breathtaking! I highly suggest wearing comfy clothes, hat, and good shoes (cough chacos cough), unless you're a girl taking senior pictures - then heels are totally acceptable. I totally recommend this for a fun girl's day or even a cute date if you are so fortunate! Get over there before they close in late August!
PS: You'll probably be hungry after, eat here, trust me.
On Tuesday, my best friend and I took a drive up to D.C.'s National Building Museum to go swimming at "the beach."
When I first saw an article about The Beach I called up my best friend, Staci, as soon as I could. The Beach is a 10,000 square foot ball put designed to make you feel like you are at the beach -- minus the sharks. The astro turf has all of the feeling of sand without the less pleasent qualities while the sound of the balls echo the crashing of waves at the ocean. The nostalgia of the whole thing brought everyone so much joy. I felt like I was a four year old again playing in a cleaner, prettier, and much larger McDonald's ball pit without a care in the world. Here are some of my favorite pictures from my time there!
If you are near D.C. anytime before September, definitely get yourself over to The Beach! Also, if you can, try and go on a weekday - the lines to get in are about 45 minutes compared to 4 hours on the weekends!!
PS: All of that swimming will probably make you hungry, go here (I street location) after your dip in the ocean.