Home, and a Few Other Places

While I usually try to focus on one topic in these posts, this one will instead be broken out into smaller sections—little snippets, findings if you will, that I’ve unearthed along the way. Because that’s the way it has come to me. In snapshots. In little pockets of clarity.

In other words, this post is a bit of a mosaic, because that’s the way travel seems to work. That’s the way growing and learning seem to work. Piecemeal collections of moments and ideas and ponderings that you stitch together along the way. 

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7 Reasons Why Iceland is the Next Big Travel Destination

In case you haven’t heard, Iceland is sort of becoming a thing. In recent years, the country has amped up its tourism efforts—especially in the states—and as a result, everyone and their mom is heading to the Nordic island. If you’re thinking about taking a trip this year, Iceland should be at the top of your list. So, here are the top 7 reasons why you should take a trip to Iceland... 

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Morocco: A Night Camping in the Sahara Desert and a Few Other Gems

As I write this, I'm sitting here in my apartment in Madrid with sand from the Sahara still in my Converse sneakers. When I scrunch up my toes, I can still feel bunches of sand that have become successful little continent-crossing stowaways under my sock. It seems surreal, even now, to think that just a few days ago I was in Morocco, trekking across the Sahara Desert on a camel. 

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Top 9 Things to Do in Granada, Spain

Located in the south of Spain in the region of Andalusia, the city of Granada has become an icon of Spanish culture. Due to its sunny weather, open plazas, and "traditionally Spanish" ambiance, it has become a favorite for many traveling through Europe. If this isn't reason enough to peak your curiosity, here are the top 9 things to do when in Granada that may have you researching flights (or trains) sooner than you thought.

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7 Life Lessons I Learned from Doing an Ironman

2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. It goes without saying that an Ironman is not for the faint of heart. But in spite of the daunting numbers, I decided to give it a shot anyways. After eight months and roughly 500 hours of training, over 300,000 yards of swimming, almost 4,000 miles of biking, and over 1,000 miles of running, it goes without saying that I had a lot of time to think. And while in the process I learned a lot about myself physically, I also took away some valuable life lessons, as well. Here are the top nuggets of wisdom I took away from the months leading up to the race.

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8 Reasons Why Traveling Through Eastern Europe Should Be on Your Bucketlist (Winter Edition)

Skiing in the Swiss Alps. A snowy holiday in London. Eating a Nutella crepe under the Eiffel Tower. As the colder months approach, we begin to see more of these classic winter holidays pop up in travel magazines and online travel sites. While a winter getaway in western Europe may sound like the ideal vacation, it’s neighbor to the east may hold some of the best hidden gems when it comes to a winter travel destination. Here are eight reasons why.

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Why I Travel: A Few Thoughts on Recent World Events (or, Love from Andalucia)

Last weekend, a few friends and I traveled to the south of Spain where five days were spent falling in love with the city of Seville and then Córdoba. Both cities are located in Andalucia, a region just north of Africa, giving it a heavy Moroccan influence in the local art, food, and architecture. Needless to say, the place is a beautiful hodge-podge of culture that gives it a certain life and energy unlike any other in Europe. 

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Calling All Multipotentialites: Why the “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up” Question Is Nonsense

I came across this TED Talk via Facebook with the caption “Why some of us don’t have one true calling” above the link. It piqued my curiosity, considering I’m someone who has struggled (and still does) with the whole “What do you want to be when you grow up?” question. Some people are blessed with the beautiful peace of mind at a young age of knowing exactly what they want to be when they grow up. Whether it is a teacher, a doctor, a firefighter, these individuals know precisely what they are passionate about and the steps that they need to take in order to get to their end destination.

Other people, like myself, have a more “colorful” path. Rather than finding ourselves on just one track, we find ourselves on multiple, sometimes at the same time. We are the kind of people who are attracted to many activities and have multiple interests and don’t want to settle on just one. 

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From Island Girl to City Girl: The Art of Going Outside My Comfort Zone

Every once in a while, I think it’s beneficial to throw ourselves into something that is so out-of-the-ordinary for us. To push ourselves, to do something that scares us (obviously within reason). Because the thing is, it’s always at the edge of our comfort zone that we begin to define, to mold ourselves into who we are. How would we ever grow if we stuck with what we were comfortable with? 

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One for the Record Books: From the Spanish Mainland to Croatia

There are certain trips that go down in the memory bank as “that one trip.” The kind that when you hear a particular song or catch a smell or taste something vaguely familiar, the memories come rolling out of you like a wave, an echo of images and thoughts and feelings reincarnated from another place and time. Where moments come pouring out of you in one long string of images, as if they were sewn together, washing you in all of those good memories.

This past trip was one of those.

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Hiking Mallorca's Epic Torrent de Pareis

I’m a little late on this post, but better late than never. Especially for a hike as worthy as Torrent de Pareis. If you live on Mallorca, you’ve probably heard the name thrown around once or twice. The Gem of Mallorca, I’ve been told on more than one occassion, as if it’s a second name.

I’ve been on my fair share of hikes on the island, and I’ve never seen anything quite like the Torrent de Pareis. Running along the northwest side of the island, beginning in the mountains of Escorca and ending at the beach of Sa Calobra, it’s nothing short of epic. For an average person, it takes around six hours to do and consists of a mix between walking and bouldering down the riverbed (meaning this isn’t a hike to do after or during a heavy rain).

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Island Hopping Part II: The Unknown Gem of Menorca

Maybe it's because I lived on the opposite side of the world my whole life, but when it came to vacations, Menorca would not have been on my list. In fact, a year ago I couldn't even have told you that Menorca existed.

But after spending nearly a week on the island for the festival of Sant Joan, I will wholeheartedly tell you that if it's not already on your bucket list, it should be. Here's why...

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A Traveller's Goodbye

This morning I started the packing process, rain pouring in buckets outside, the window open, listening to the thunder boom off somewhere in the distance. I put some music on and the first song that came on was Stolen Dance by Milky Chance (If you haven’t heard this song, you should.) It's a song that augments nostalgia. And it made me start thinking about this past year, and I got a little bit of pre-nostalgia. The kind you get when you haven’t even left the place yet and you already miss it.

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A Quick Update: South America

Look who's back!  For a very, very short time.

In my last post, I dropped the bomb that I quit my job and was off to South America for a few months' of adventure.  Three months later and I'm back stateside for a hot second before departing (again). 

In short: I regret nothing.  While myself and Kelsey have many more posts planned about our adventures, for now I'll leave you with a few photos to fuel your wanderlust.  After all, I have another plane to catch...;)

xoxo, Krista

P.S.  We have an Instagram!!  Double-tap that ish: @thetoastyavocados

Llamas in Quito, Ecuador

Llamas in Quito, Ecuador

Fun tours in Cusco, Peru

Fun tours in Cusco, Peru

Tropical fruit up to your ears - here, in Quito, Ecuador

Tropical fruit up to your ears - here, in Quito, Ecuador

Goofing around and licking the salt mines in Salineras, Peru

Goofing around and licking the salt mines in Salineras, Peru

Incredible views on Santa Cruz Island - the Galapagos

Incredible views on Santa Cruz Island - the Galapagos

Amazon women - in Cuyabeno, a region of the Amazon in Ecuador

Amazon women - in Cuyabeno, a region of the Amazon in Ecuador

Babes biking around Baños, Ecuador

Babes biking around Baños, Ecuador

Never too much fun in Montañita, Ecuador.  Miss it and the people there.

Never too much fun in Montañita, Ecuador.  Miss it and the people there.

Macchu Picchu - one of the seven wonders of the world!  Besides us four.

Macchu Picchu - one of the seven wonders of the world!  Besides us four.

Never enough ruins! PERUined in Peru!

Never enough ruins! PERUined in Peru!

Hiking up to Lago 69 in Cordillera Blanca, Huaraz, Peru

Hiking up to Lago 69 in Cordillera Blanca, Huaraz, Peru

Swimming away in the Amazong...I can't imagine experiencing South America without these girls!

Swimming away in the Amazong...I can't imagine experiencing South America without these girls!


The Art of Wondering at the World: A Few Thoughts

When people say that you “find yourself” or you learn about yourself when you travel, I think perhaps this is what it come down to. When you travel alone, you experience the process of trying to understand yourself more—how you react, how you feel, how you perceive and see and think. We bulldoze our way through life in a state of over-stimuli, and it's only when we're stripped of that and we're just left with us—no people to bounce ideas off of, no one to judge, no one to help us decide or influence how we see the world—that we start to realize just how little we know about ourselves. How little we've allowed ourselves to grow in the "me" category. 

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Peter Pan Syndrome

In my fifth grade class this week, all of the students went around the room and said what they wanted to be when they grow up. When all of the students had given their answer, one of the girls raised her hand and said, Kristine, what do you want to be when you grow up?

I’m not going to lie, the whole growing up thing is a little scary (okay a LOT scary). I mean, honestly, does anyone really, fully understand how taxes work, or what exactly a high dividend stock is, or just what exactly makes up your credit score?

Where is the textbook, the college class, the How-to-Be-An-Adult for Dummies book?

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