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What Did I Eat

What Did I Eat

Confession: I really went to Paris for the food. Sure, I couldn’t wait to see the crooked streets and tourist attractions and hear the French accents, but really, the croissants and baguettes drew me the most. I sometimes ponder why people who don’t care about food even bother to travel, seeing as trying new cuisine is one of the greatest simple pleasures of life. So, the food in Paris… I kept a list of (nearly) all the food I ate…

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Favorite Moments in Paris

Favorite Moments in Paris

I have found a new favorite travel activity. While in Paris, I stole Lyn’s idea and created several running lists of memories. Feelings evoked, food we ate, extra pleasant people, that kind of thing. Even just a few short weeks later, I look back on it and realize I would have forgotten a lot of them if I hadn’t take time to jot them down. Would you like to explore several of my favorite moments with me? Picnicking at night…

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How To Take a Secret Trip to Paris

How To Take a Secret Trip to Paris

One. Sit at your desk day after day bellyaching to travel to Europe. Put it on all your bucket lists and pin pictures on Pinterest of what you want to see. Decide to do it before turning thirty but doubt that it’ll actually happen. Eventually feel like you’re going to burst at the seams if you don’t go right now, but know that there isn’t really anyone to go with you just now, so resign yourself to a few more years before…

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Packing for a Week In Paris

Packing for a Week In Paris

When I lived back in the mountains of Honduras without a vehicle, and took the bus everywhere I went, I learned to pack nothing more than the bare essentials. After all, nobody wants to lug pounds of hairspray and extra towels through crowded bus terminals and for miles down the road on your back. I got quite good at packing light, and upon returning to the States I gaped in honest amazement at the amount of things girls would take…

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We Woke Up In Paris

We Woke Up In Paris

Hello Pineapple Readers, It is Thursday, which means I would generally have a post for you, full of sunshine or sarcasm or grainy photos. But today, you’re just going to have to wait. Here’s why… I’m just spending a week in Paris right now, no big deal. Actually, it is totally a big deal. I’ve loved Paris since I was a little girl, but I’ve never been even close to it. I pretend to be a world traveler, but in…

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Savannah Part 2, The Riverfront and Parks, and Tips for Your Trip

Savannah Part 2, The Riverfront and Parks, and Tips for Your Trip

When you talk about Savannah or Charleston, people tend to have strong preferences for one or the other, although the cities are somewhat similar. Although I loved Charleston like french fries, I think Savannah takes the cake in my opinion, largely because of the diversity available. It feels like several cities in one, which makes touring it twice as fun. The Parks I mentioned all the squares of green dotting the city in my last post, and while they’re amazing,…

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Savannah Part 1, or, Baby Taco Baby

Savannah Part 1, or, Baby Taco Baby

“Write about Savannah,” says my brain. “It’ll be fun!’ says my brain. But I try and try, and I just can’t put into words the glow of the weekend, because I am not an L. M. Montgomery who can wend words into a description that makes a simple cherry tree sound like the most glorious thing you’ve ever seen. So please forgive me if the post and pictures seem inglorious, and believe me when I say that you absolutely should visit…

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Day 22: Countries Quiz

Day 22: Countries Quiz

Question: are you any good at geography? A friend introduced me to this countries quiz some time ago, and the first time I took it, I did horribly. Embarrassingly, dreadfully awful. Determination set in, and I retook it over and over, dozens of times over the course of weeks, until I finally managed a perfect score, albeit untimed. Who knew I was so woefully ignorant about the countries of the world! Regardless of my ignorance, I find doing this quiz…

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Day 17: A Saturday in Erandique

Day 17: A Saturday in Erandique

The air is on the verge of nippy, but the end of the porch is bathed in golden sunlight, warm to the touch. I sit on the steps with my cup of freshly brewed coffee and a few gingersnaps- the kind that you age in a stone crock- and the sun beats on my head, seeping into my sleepy bones and waking me up slowly. The turkey buzzards perch on our roof, warming their hideous wrinkly heads and inky feathers…

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Out With the Old, In With the New

Out With the Old, In With the New

It’s that time again- time to look back at the past year and remember what happened, and to make resolutions and plans for the upcoming year. I love remembering the previous year, and making lists of the good that happened, don’t you? Let me start with the very beginning of 2017… It started with a wonderful New Year’s Eve party with our youth group. It’s tradition for us to always get together and ring in the new year, dressed in…

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The Care and Feeding of Missionaries

The Care and Feeding of Missionaries

A while ago I wrote a post about some of the annoying things people say to returned missionaries, which you can find here if you didn’t read it. I got responses from fellow TCKs and missionaries who knew just what I meant, but I also had people asking what things should be said. It’s a hard question to answer. You know, ranting is a lot easier than guiding people along the paths of righteousness and good etiquette. 🙂 That’s why my blog…

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A New York City Christmas

A New York City Christmas

New York City is a bit of a difficult place for me to write about. It managed to get its clutches in me when I first went years ago, and every time I go back I love it just a little more. It’s a mad, swirling mess of humanity packed into too small of a space, but somehow, that’s part of its magic. From the crowds overrunning Fifth Avenue to see the lights, to the homeless people huddled in the…

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