Eight Tips for Hiking Oahu’s Diamond Head Summit Trail

Tip One: Dress the part. Find your flimsiest ballet pumps and pick outĀ a one-shouldered bag. It’s just a bit of walking, right? Tip Two: Water? Who has space in their bag for that!? Surely there’ll be some magical water fountains somewhere along the trail. Tip Three: A bit over the halfway point, dehydrated, with aching […]

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Love at First Sight in Seville

You can fall in love at first with places as well as people, right? šŸ™‚Ā It was love at first sight for me inĀ Seville. One year ago, weĀ arrived late in the evening,Ā after driving fromĀ Barcelona, to find the area surroundingĀ our AirBnB blocked off to cars. Jenny used her impressiveĀ skills of persuasionĀ to sortĀ us out with a policeĀ escort. After […]

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Catching the Beads in NOLA

It took me a while to figure out why there were beads drapedĀ over the houses, tree, and fences when first arriving in New Orleans. We’d arrived soon after Mardi Gras, an annual carnival-like celebration that New Orleans has become famous for throughout America. It took me even longer to figure out the reason why drunken […]

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That Other Kind of Risk

This post is inspired by the Daily Post’s Discover Challenge, Risk. I was happyĀ when I saw the title of this week’s Discover Challenge. Risk. Brilliant! I got this! In my head, I immediately started weighing up posts about the timeĀ I went skydiving and solo adventuresĀ around the world. It turns out Michelle was challenging us to […]

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Road Trip to the Grand Canyon

My team at Automattic, who just so happen to be named Phoenix, planned a meetup in January of this year to Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix in Phoenix! It’s always been a dream of mine to see the Grand Canyon and I took the chance to loop in a visitĀ a week before our meetup with two of […]

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Seeking Words of Wisdom

These photos are from 2013, when I was lucky enough to visit Japan with my sister. My sister (on the utmost right) and a couple of her team mates are reading the “ema” at a shrine just outside of Tokyo. “Ema” is the name given to the wooden plaques that people write their prayersĀ on and […]

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