When Easy Canvas Prints contacted me to do a review of their custom canvas prints as well as give one away, I was thrilled. Not only does this giveaway come just in time for the holidays, but I had been eying canvas prints for quite some time. The DC office of my employer this summer had a canvas print of a Kenya scene, and I loved the visual texture and uniqueness of it. (more…)
Archive for Travel Review
Note: This post has photos and details about medical ailments due to travel. If you are queasy or easily grossed out, perhaps it’s best to skip this one and check back in later!
February 2011. Friends were coming to stay at our house for the weekend. Two days before they were to arrive, my sister decided we had to tell them. I thought it wasn’t a big deal, but then again, when you’ve had the same recurring (highly contagious) infection for, oh about 8 months, it probably shouldn’t be taken lightly. I had a severe staph infection. (more…)
Note: This is a follow-up to my first post on my trip to Portland. To read the first post, click here!
Oh how I love a good surprise! And, you may have read that I made a stopover in Portland on my way home last week to surprise my best friend. It was fantastic! I know many of you are dying to hear the details, so here’s how it went down. (more…)
I’ve just achieved one of my biggest accomplishments. Trekking volcanoes, running three marathons, and making it through grueling design school were not exactly a piece of cake; but this, this has been a tough one! I have managed to keep a big secret from my best friend, and as this post is going live on my blog, I am touching down in Portland, Oregon to see her for my last stop on this 8 1/2 month journey around the world. And the best part? She thinks I’m on my way to Madrid. It feels like I’ve been keeping this secret for at least six months but the reality is it’s only been three since I made the decision. I told her the flights from Barcelona to Portland were about $1400 and just too expensive to come. While that was true, I took advantage of this handy thing called a Student Identity card and got a hold of a student ticket that was much cheaper. I can’t tell you how ridiculously excited I am to see her and her reaction! (more…)
I’m so excited to be hosting my first giveaway on this blog, as it’s been in the works for a while! Tights Please contacted me a few months back to see if I would be interested in reviewing their flight socks. I literally jumped at the chance. I had recently been on a 14-hour flight from Cape Town to Kuala Lumpur, and it was pretty miserable. If I have to sit on a flight longer than five hours, my legs become really uncomfortable and restless, and not to sound like an old lady, but my feet swell too. It’s awful! So, I informed Tights Please that I could put these flight socks to the ultimate test on my upcoming 11-hour flight to Berlin.
About Flight Socks
Flight socks are compression socks intended to improve circulation. Now, I’m no medical expert but from what I understand when you sit for extended hours on a flight, your blood circulates less in your lower leg. This causes the discomfort that so many of us have from long travel days.
Putting them to the test
On November 2, I boarded my 11-hour flight from Bangkok to Berlin. I was at the airport early so I waited until I boarded the flight to put them on. And if I’m being honest, I waited until my hot seat buddy went to the bathroom to put them on, because I felt a bit like an 80 year old woman putting on black knee-high socks :) But I guess that’s getting off track, now isn’t it? Anyhow, the pair that I tested out is elastic-free at the top, making them more comfortable than I expected. Hours 5, 6, and 7 passed with ease. I was surprise that my legs were comfortable even at the 9th hour. Around hour 10 I did start to feel some discomfort and removed the socks for the last hour of my flight. (more…)
I will be home in two weeks- it doesn’t seem possible! I’ve been crazy busy with travel this month, and it won’t slow down until I get home. It’s been one hell of a ride, and I’m just trying to savor these last few weeks. Last month you may recall that I was a bit homesick. Month eight I did a complete 180. I’m still so excited to see friends and family, but really enjoyed this last month of travel. I left behind Southeast Asia for last minute plans in Europe. My biggest worry was my mom’s surgery but she made it through like a champ and is in recovery mode. So now, time to dive right in. (more…)