The Spartan Proposal

Smoke sputters out of the taxi into the darkness. It’s quiet and the air is humid against my skin as I step out of the cab, somewhere in the middle of this labyrinth that is Athens. I feel like I’m in the middle of nowhere. It doesn’t feel like Athens here.

Blurring Athens at Night, photo by Flickr user alexcoitus

My dad is nervous to let “his little girl” go. I can see it in his worried dark blue gaze. He shoves extra green bills my way and gives me a big hug as his eyes get glossy. They are off to the airport, back home, back to America.

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Weekend Wisdom: If We Wait Until We’re Ready


Great inspiration to keep you moving towards your dreams. We all get scared sometimes, and that is precisely when we need to face our fear and keep taking those baby steps forward. Cheers!

Originally posted on Life Out of the Box:

LOOTB inspiring quotes: if we wait until we are ready we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.

Photo location: In the air flying from Oaxaca, Mexico back to California

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Why Take an American Road Trip?

driving queenON THE ROAD, USA–

I have to admit that I’ve been a snob. I didn’t grow up traveling in the U.S. and I was proud of it. The majority of my travels had always been international. From North Carolina, it was strictly limited to short drives to South Carolina, Tennessee, and the yearly flights out to Southern California to visit family friends. I’ve spent far more time traveling in the Caribbean, Europe, and South America than in my own country.

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Spanish for a night in Atlanta

Evening in Atlanta, photo by Amy Fullam
Evening in Atlanta, photo by Amy Fullam

Atlanta, GEORGIA—

Growing up three hours away, I never gave it much credit, but Atlanta is really stepping it up. It has managed to hang on to its sweet southern tones, and mix in some authentic international influence.

Tonight we head to Eclipse de Luna, an out of the way Spanish restaurant that is hidden behind of a long string of home décor shops. All the shops are now closed for the day, and we are driving through the dark for several minutes.

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