Boston Babe

Boston is my home away from home. Something about New England strikes a sweet cord. The history. The architecture. The coffee. The attitudes. And of course, my babe Celina. Most of you know my foodie friend from our adventures abroad in Greece. For those of you who are new… please say hello to my American/Romanian…

About Time

Today marks the end of a significant chapter in my life. The last three and a half years have been full of stress, exhaustion, and challenges, but also adventure, opportunities, and success. To commemorate my time at UW – Stout, before mentioning my favorite memories, I owe thanks to a few very important people in…

Trip Trippin’

14 states in 13 days. MN – IA – MO – IL – KY – TN – AL – FL – GA – SC – NC – TN – KY – OH – MI – IN – IL – IA – MN Ooffda. From getting stuck in traffic for 3 hours and only traveling 3…

Holidazzle Daze

Winter nights are meant to be spent inside. Warm. Cozy. Comfy. Warm. Unless there are Christmas lights, mini donuts, live music, and a sister to drive you around. The Holidazzle is a long-time tradition in Minneapolis, lighting up Lorring Park Gardens and bringing a little Christmas spirit to the city. Hannah and I braved the…

When Life Gives You Lemons

“When life gives you lemons… go out for coffee.” — Me Once again it is National Coffee Day in the United States. Easily my favorite day of the year. Apart from my birthday of course, which so happens to be in less than a week… Anyway.  Coffee. Some say coffee is just a beverage. Others…

One Year Ago

One year ago today I set off on the greatest adventure of my life. I said no to playing life safe and yes to wherever it led me. One year ago I packed up three small pieces of luggage and headed to the airport. I left behind my family, Target, and the English language. One year…

Mondays in Minneapolis

I value my days off. And while they are typically Mondays, I never fail finding an adventure. Lately I’ve spent a great deal of time in St. Paul. So I thought I’d give Minneapolis a little attention next. I met my sister, Hannah, for an early lunch at Aster Cafe in the St. Anthony district…

The Dancing Goat — St. Paul

“Once Upon a Time…” No really. “Once upon a time, there was an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi. He noticed that when his flock nibbles on the bright red berries of a certain bush, they became more energetic, dancing and jumping around. Kaldi tried the berries himself and felt exhilarated; so he brought the berries…

A Manhattan Christmas

It’s been exactly five months since Christmas day. So I know you’re all thinking,”What took so long?” A post for another time. Let’s chat about returning to the U.S. after a few months abroad. Long-story short: I spent Christmas day all alone, in New York City, with a low-battery phone, in 36°F weather, being blown all…

CLADDAGH COFFEE – St. Paul

It’s a bright Friday morning downtown St. Paul. Per usual, I’m sitting in a coffee shop. Sipping on a delicious caffeinated beverage. People watching whenever I encounter writers block. Which is every so often. Or more often than not. Nevertheless.  Today’s coffee shop adventure is Claddagh Coffee, an Irish inspired cafe in the skirts of…

It’s me, Emma

Hiya. Yes, it’s been a while. But I am back. You last heard from me well over 4 months ago, leaving Europe I do believe. So many memories and travels. I miss it all much. But for now I’m back in the U.S. Back to the American way of life. Back at the University of…

Dancing in the Streets

Ed Sheeran is the most adorable Ginger of all time. Now that that’s out of the way, one of my favorite albums of his is Divide. And my favorite song from that album is called “Barcelona”. It’ll make sense in a minute. Upon leaving Greece a few days ago, after I finished my semester at…