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ASHES TO ASHES

by Carmel August 25, 2014

A year ago we gave my brother’s ashes back to the earth from which he came. On that day, I wrote him a letter about it. August 25, 2013 Dear PJ, Today we spread the last physical form we had of you. Mom was determined to do it today, despite the pieces not falling into […]

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WELCOME HOME

by Carmel August 5, 2014

Waiting for us as we arrived to my mom’s house I’m unbelievably behind on everything blog and travel-life related work. We’ve been back in Seattle for a week now. A week! I’ve barely read any of my favorite blogs. I’ve done just enough to keep up our Facebook page, but beyond that, it’s like our […]

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ZARAGOZA: CITY OF ART, CULTURE AND TAPAS I COULDN’T EAT

by Carmel July 28, 2014

When people ask us what our favorite places to visit in Spain were (we did spend 11 weeks there and visited 8 different cities), Shawn is quick to name Zaragoza as one of them. Me? Eh, not so much. Nothing against Zaragoza, I just had a rough start there, so most of my memories of […]

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I COULD SEE MYSELF HERE

by Carmel July 24, 2014

We ended up in Pamplona mostly due to laziness. I had looked up different options for exploring the north of Spain and although there were many great options, Pamplona was on the way to Barcelona – our only committed stop due to the blogging workshop I’d be attending in May. Basically, we couldn’t be bothered […]

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WHEREVER I’M WITH YOU

by Carmel July 21, 2014

Six years ago for Easter, my family and I rented (what we didn’t know when renting it) a double-wide trailer on the Washington coast. It rained almost non-stop, so we spent a lot of time inside – snacking, drinking, and playing board games. Years later, we still joke about the double-wide Easter – it was […]

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ADJUSTMENT TIME

by Carmel July 14, 2014

The past few weeks, I’ve been working on a major photo project – condensing our 11,000+ photos into a more palatable 841-photo slideshow of our round-the-world travels. Starting in the airport in Seattle on September 16, 2013, ending with our last photo in Lisbon, Portugal, just last week. We just returned back to the U.S. […]

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REJUVENATION

by Carmel July 10, 2014

We’ve mentioned it in passing on our Paris posts that during our visit, I was sick with bronchitis. After a week of trying to fit in recovery time between sightseeing in Paris, I was barely starting to get better. It was worth it to fight through the coughing fits, the asthma attacks, the fever, and […]

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FOR THE LIVING

by Shawn July 7, 2014

Fun fact #13: I love cemeteries. I grew up near a gorgeous sprawling one and it became one of the backdrops of my childhood. My brother and I spent much of our summers riding our bikes along the narrow gravel roads, checking out the more elaborate tombstones, daring each other to peer into the family […]

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VOUS ÊTES ICI

by Carmel July 3, 2014

This post is dedicated to my little buddy Alejandro who was learning about the Catacombs in school at the time we visited. Sorry it took me so long to send you more pictures. Hope I can make it up to you with this post! This was Shawn’s first visit to Paris – actually, this was […]

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IT’S GOOD TO BE WRONG

by Shawn June 30, 2014

Arriving to Paris, I was ready for a fight. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to visit Paris. However, that unsavory stereotype of the Parisian rang loudly in my head, like a cathedral bell. During our time in Southeast Asia, we encountered more than a few French tourists who painfully reenforced some of those stereotypes: […]

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