Month: September 2015

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A Tour of our Montemartre AirBnb [Design Inspiration]

Truth be told, after our harrowing first 48 hours, few flats would have disappointed us. However, the beautiful space we found ourselves in in Montemartre was truly stunning even on the easiest of days.

After climbing the borderline treacherous stairs to the fifth floor walk up, we opened the door to find an apartment so cozy, so beautiful, so perfectly Parisian, that I was finally able to come back into my body and be present. We made it to Paris! Despite a missed flight, a striking taxi system and closed metro–we actually made it! Kevin, being the hero that he is, set out to buy us some wine while I opened the ridiculously gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows, showered, and settled in with some positively luxurious WIFI to check in with friends and family. After he returned, we popped open a bottle and put on Amelie because sometimes there is comfort in being totally predictable.

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On Missing Flights, Rogue Luggage, and the Paris Taxi Strike—Or, Why You Need a TEP

As someone who has yearned to travel her entire life, I would admittedly get a bit annoyed whenever I heard someone complaining about the stress of traveling. For years, I felt like I’d never get a chance to go anywhere. Save for a study abroad in Buenos Aires (which was incredible, but let’s be honest—it was half work), I felt like I hadn’t seen the world. And I didn’t just want to, in many ways I felt like I needed to.

I’ve had more than one debate with friends about why travel is something that I consider important to me rather than just fun. I want perspective, unique experiences, immersing myself in different cultures. I don’t want to exist only in my cozy US bubble. I want to collect data about the world, and I want to let that data change the way I think and feel. I want to use to get to know myself and get to know the Pale Blue Dot we’re appended to.

“If I could find the means to see the world, I’d never complain,” I would think, “How could someone who has the luxury of traveling extensively dare complain about a delayed flight or some jet lag?”

Well, friends. I think I get it now.

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