Six Years Later: How Blogging Changed My Life

Six years ago, on a warm October night, I lay in my bed in a century-old house, tossing and turning. Work, my 30th birthday trip to Croatia and my cloudy future in Atlanta all jockeyed for space in my mind. Yet, the only thing which kept repeating were the words “fumbling, stumbling, mumbling …” asContinue reading “Six Years Later: How Blogging Changed My Life”

What is Home?

Home, by definition, is the “place where one lives.” As a former corporate-world-woman, long-term traveler, and now a serial expat, home has been many places and continues to morph into new and different places where I wake up. It was where I grew up, with my family, in the middle-class suburbs of Washington, DC. ItContinue reading “What is Home?”

Why I Hate Travel Quotes

Here’s the deal: I like pretty photos with inspirational photos as much as the next person. Hell, I’ve got a Pinterest board that focuses on nothing but those little gems. But — and this is a big but — those inspirational travel quotes that are circulating nonstop? Can they just stop? Before you roll yourContinue reading “Why I Hate Travel Quotes”

How I Got Fired by My Big Time New York City Book Agent

“Hi Diana,” the e-mail titled with the subject “book” read. “My name is Big Time New York City Book Agent [ed. note: obviously, this is not the person’s real name] and I am the Big Time Person at the Big Time Literary Agency [ed. note: again, obviously changing]. I love your site and believe it couldContinue reading “How I Got Fired by My Big Time New York City Book Agent”

The Best Place to Watch the Sunset in Madrid

Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year, in terms of sunlight, and also the first day of summer. I’ve never celebrated it before, because, really, it’s just never been important to me. But, I wake up Sunday morning and feel empty. It’s one of the side effects of starting a new life and just getting going.Continue reading “The Best Place to Watch the Sunset in Madrid”

Reawakening in Spain

“Tonight, can you please take me on a tour of my new barrio?” I ask my friend, Tobi, who has been my unofficial tour guide of all things awesome in Madrid since the second week I moved here. “Yes,” she promises. And then, we’re off. It’s early evening (by Spanish standards) and the sun stillContinue reading “Reawakening in Spain”

Adventures in Biking from Santa Monica to Venice Beach

It’s a little green monster, that bike in front of me. “Where’s the brake?” I ask, scanning the handlebars for the metal clutch to prevent me from bashing into people, or giving me the ability to slow down. “You back pedal,” the man says, tossing me a look of ‘you’ve got to be kidding me,Continue reading “Adventures in Biking from Santa Monica to Venice Beach”

Cinque Terre by water ferry

The older woman with silver cropped hair’s shoes click-clack on the concrete pier as she heads from the water towards the innards of Vernazza. She looks regal, clad in slacks and a blazer. Then, her shoulders lurch forward. Her hand comes up to her mouth as her cheeks puff out. The tanned skin of herContinue reading “Cinque Terre by water ferry”

Hiking in Cinque Terre

Perhaps the one thing Cinque Terre is most known for — other than the pesto, glorious wines and tiny towns — are the paths tying the five Italian villages together. Varying in difficulty and length,  visitors come from the world over, clad in their best gear to experience these world-renowned trails and relish the spectacularContinue reading “Hiking in Cinque Terre”