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Behind the Lens: My Year Of Travel On Instagram

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”― Gustave Flaubert This influential French novelist who wrote the great Madame Bovary has a point. The more I see the world, I feel infinitely more humbled. Just walking through the Sunday walking market in Chiang Mai, it is as easy to get lost in the hundreds of people as it is to order a fresh coconut. Way too easy. And the more I hear ignorant…

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10 Holiday Fails From Around The World

Let’s face it – the holiday season seems slightly doomed the second there erupts a fierce battle over the last waffle maker at Walmart during black Friday after Thanksgiving. And despite our attempts at making Christmas seem squeaky clean, Santa or ‘babbo natale’ as we know in Italy doesn’t always ‘get it right’. In fact when I saw the photo above – it reminded me of all of the awkward family photos we took in Texas often involving the jovial…

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Celebrating Mid-Summer The Finnish Way, Day With A Local

Any party that involves a plethora of fresh flowers, island hopping and a massive bonfire, is just the kind of place I want to be. We ate fish, we drank beer, we learned how to slow dance with people we had just met. We drank salty licorice shots and tried (badly) to sing in Finnish. This June, for a lovely long weekend, Nico and I returned to Finland. A country I never thought I would get the chance to visit,…

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