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Searching for Happiness- PT5: Evolving your Environment

You made it! This is the final part in my latest Searching for Happiness series. Searching for Happiness – PT 1: Body Gentleness Searching for Happiness – PT 2: Nourishing your Mind Searching for Happiness – Part 3: Healthy Relationships Searching for Happiness – PT4: Supporting your Spirit I truly believe with the help of these 5 posts you can start transforming your life into a more content and real manifestation of what you want, or at the very least stop and think about a few small changes you might want to start making. I would like to finish this off by talking about…

3 Museums you Should Visit in Amsterdam

I am a museum kind of gal. I love the romance and admiration that washes over me when standing in the presence of an ancient art piece. There is something so awe-inspiring about the enthusiasm and dedication in which artists, royalty, and religion had in regards to documenting the myths, legends and everyday experiences of society throughout the ages. I think the thing that impresses me more than the actual art or artifacts themselves is the shared respect that each culture has in preserving history. It is a beautiful act that makes us human. There are so many lessons…

3 Ghent Highlights you Need to Explore

An ancient hidden gem left much unnoticed in the European tourism ads. Ghent is a city that is so rich in history, art, culture and preserved medieval and modern architecture that it can be a little hard to understand why it is not as popular as places like Bruges as a place to visit. (Check out my 10 Things to do in Bruges post here.)  While in the research phase of our European trip planning it was difficult to decide where to set up a home base. We both agreed we wanted to stay in Belgium for a full week…

11 Reasons to Travel Right Now!

  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain   The first time you find yourself in a foreign country you are probably hit hard with the realization that you were living in a bubble. No amount of reading, education or knowledge about the big bad world could have prepared me for that feeling. A feeling that I had a birthright to…

Exploring Belgium

One small country with one enormous story. A history steeped in red, bearing witness to war throughout the centuries. Somewhat frozen in medieval time, reminding the world of days that helped build our modern doorsteps. For the current world, Belgium has brought us such cultural delights as the Belgian waffle, Belgian beer and my personal favorite Belgian chocolate. I am excited to announce that I will be adventuring to Belgium in May of this year. Belgium holds a personal connection of its own to my country and province, being a place where grandfathers have perished and battled not so long…

Miami, USA

Located on the southeastern coast of America in the state of Florida is the richest city in America, according to a study done in 2009 by USB. It is also a city considered a major leader in commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade.  At its best, it offers a rare multicultural experience, with Latin and Caribbean tongues, international cuisines and cultural events all against a beautiful beach backdrop. But what else does this major American city have to offer besides, fashion, beaches, entertainment, and culture? Well, what more could you really want? And what exactly would it…

Travel Romania

Oh, Romania! Setting for Bram Stockers majestically famous Dracula. The archetypal vampire Count Dracula, created by Bram Stoker, was inspired by the Romanian prince Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler because he was rather fond of impaling his enemies and standing them along the roads. Sounds like a swell guy! But there is so much more to Romania than Vlad Tepes and spooky vampire castles. Brascov the capital of Romania is also home to  The Black Church which has the largest organ in Europe, with 4000 tubes. You can also find in Brascov the largest Gothic church between…

Spain – Pobra do Caraminal

Spain, a dream travel destination for me.The culture, food, people and history of Spain has always illuminated my mind. It fascinates me, swallows me up and takes my imagination for a prisoner. One day I wish to discover this culturally rich countries secrets for myself. To walk its colorful streets, lounge on the sandy beaches and dip my feet into the Mediterranean sea. I wish to see the passion unfold as people dance flamenco, I wish to taste the spices of the country. What a wonderful place to visit.   Spain is a place bountiful with culture and history…

3 Reasons to Visit, Notre Dame, Paris

Before traveling to Paris I had a list of many majestic and exciting places that I wished to visit, and Notre Dame was patiently waiting on the top of that list. When I finally found myself climbing out of the underground train station into the hustle and bustle of a Sunday morning in the heart of Paris, many feelings began to wash over me. My head was in a whirl, unable to consume all of the new sights, sounds, and smells. I wanted to plant my feet right there on the cobblestone street and attempt to let everything soak in…