SPIRIT

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July 31, 2018

REDONDO

As I write this post, I’m looking out onto Redondo Beach and feeling at home again. The ocean breeze, blue waters, and muted sun that is so familiar to me from my years living here are all so welcoming after being away for a year. I am so thankful and fortunate that I’m getting closer - Read More -

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July 31, 2018

BOSTON

Soooo, while in Lisbon, I decided to travel to Boston to surprise my niece for her 17th birthday! She was at Harvard this summer to take classes (yes, she’s brilliant!) and my sister/brother-in-law traveled down to kindly take her and some of her friends to dinner. Under the rouse of arranging dessert for the dinner, - Read More -

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July 31, 2018

AZORES

Before traveling back to the USA, I stopped over for a couple of days in the Azores Islands…on the island of Terceira. It was a beautiful place, with lovely landscapes and a very small town feel. The island was neat and clean with the cutest houses! It was all very quaint…and the owners of the - Read More -

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July 29, 2018

BACK TO PONTA DO SOL

After a full trip to Praia, Senegal, and The Gambia, returning to my island was so beautiful! Though I was challenged again with food options, it was such a restful and beautiful time. I’m so thankful to have found the beautiful city of Ponta do Sol…and I’ll forever be thankful to the beautiful people of - Read More -

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July 29, 2018

THE GAMBIA

Similar to “The Bahamas,” I learned that Gambia is, in fact, correctly called “The Gambia.” It is a tiny sliver of a country that’s actually within Senegal geographically. While Senegal was colonized by France, The Gambia was colonized by Britain. As a result, the language there is English. However, the natives communicated in a version of Wolof that - Read More -

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July 29, 2018

SOUTHERN SENEGAL

After several busy days in Senegal, Joli and I stayed for one night at a resort in Somone, Senegal. It was a beautiful town and reminded me of the beauty of Africa that so often does not get captured by the media. There are endless beaches and beautiful nature throughout the continent! Somone is also - Read More -

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July 29, 2018

DAKAR

Traveling to Dakar, Senegal from Praia was only about a one hour flight. However, to prepare for the trip, Joli and I had to get Yellow Fever shots (though our Yellow Fever card was never checked…coming or going!), and we had to take malaria pills. Somehow, we managed to do both before the trip. I - Read More -

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July 29, 2018

PRAIA

My visit to Praia (on the main island of Santiago) was all about PEOPLE! Well, and food haha! It was so wonderful to be with my incredible friends and recharge on good food and frequent visits to my favorite gym there! it was the first time in a long time that I felt full. I mean - Read More -

April 19, 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!

Today is my beautiful mother’s birthday, so I decided she should have her own post! That’s the wonderful thing about running your own website…you do what you want ;) And really my incredible mother deserves more than just a day of celebration, but we have to start somewhere, right? ;) To say that I love my - Read More -

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April 18, 2018

SLOW DOWN

I’ll start with a disclaimer…most of what I write, I write for myself haha! I’m terrible about slowing down. I always want to get things done quickly…and I also want things done perfectly. It’s contradictory, I know…but it’s my real life haha When I look back on situations I rushed through, I realize that I - Read More -

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