Wales: Not ugly. * * *
I’ve been traveling around Europe for the past couple of weeks. Something that I’ve wanted to do for exactly... forever. And here I am. Hej! Hallo! Hola! Guten tag! Hi! Cheers! I’ve spent more time behind the computer than planned, but I also didn’t really have a plan to begin with. So, 🤷🏻♀️ Anyway. Sometimes, it feels like my permanent state of being is “stressed.” I am always running through a long list of “shoulds” and “should haves.” Nature is powerfully calming. There is indeed something extraordinary about taking a minute to get some fresh air and truly reset. It feels good to work hard, to breathe cold, crisp air, to think about your footing because a misstep could mean you slide down the ice and into a river. And there’s something even better about sharing that with humans you love (looking at you, @libbywatkins and @joshuamcgee0325!). Wales is a good place to be. Especially when you arrive late at night and are surprised by the view in the morning. I was not expecting mountains this tall or skies so blue or a trail that’s basically half luge course (read: icy AF). 💯
Is it spring yet? Too cold! ❄️What are your plans for spring 2018?
It’s so beautiful out there, but i think I’ll stay inside for a bit. ☃️ @sunriverresort is like it’s own little town at 3,300 acres, with general stores, horses, and a herd of elk that’s been spotted every other day or so hanging out on the golf course. Also, Will Ferrell’s stayed here, and if this place is good enough for him, it’s damn sure good enough for me.
So much joy and hope the sunshine brings. Although it’s cold outside but I can already feel the spring in the air ✨
Florida in February has me 😍
The saga of the holy bees, part the second: At Bilbilla Giyorgis and Bilbilla Chirkos, the bees are considered holy because they started hives inside the churches of their own accord. When we went to Bilbilla Chirkos, its setting and beauty made it an instant favorite. We took our shoes off at the entrance (required at Ethiopian churches) and the priest generously showed just the three of us around, even though he declined to bring out the church’s holy relics. I was gawping at the surroundings and not watching my barefoot step—until I felt a sharp, hot pain in my foot. (What kind of lazy bee, holy or otherwise, is just chilling out in the carpet?) Being allergic enough to certain stinging insects that I have to carry an epipen, this quickly escalated to me having a sobbing, sniveling, I’m-going-to-die-in-the-Ethiopian-countryside meltdown. The priest and another man who happened to be there examined my foot and pulled out the stinger—all while laughing their asses off—as Cory and Carol tried to calm me down. The priest stepped away and went behind the curtain that covers the holy of holies, and returned with a large bundle wrapped in cloth. He sat down between us and unbound the fabric to reveal a thick book—an illuminated Ge’ez bible, 800 years old. He flipped through the goatskin pages, turning to images of angels, saints and the virgin and child. So, the lesson here is: step on a bee, throw a desperate fit and the priest might just bring out ancient treasures to calm you the hell down. #traveldeeper#passionpassport#ethiopia#tlpicks
The Cholla Cactus - also called the Teddybear Cactus, is so beautiful but one of the most painful cactuses in the dessert. ⚠️