December 2016 Review: Adventures & Expenses

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What I Got Up To

I spent the first part of the month wrapping up my time in Sofia, Bulgaria, which I was very sad to leave. Then moved onto two weeks of classical music and decadent desserts in Austria before heading back to the USA to spend the holidays with my family in Oklahoma City.

Who Knew I'd Love Bulgaria so Much?
Who Knew I’d Love Bulgaria so Much?

Pic of the Month

My most popular pic on Instgram is this one of St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Vienna.


My most popular pic on Facebook was this one of Schoenbrunn Palace:

Places Visited



  • Taking a day trip to Bratislava
  • Enjoying the Vienna Coffeehouse Scene
  • Escaping the Vienna winter in art museums and shops
Exploring the Leopold Museum
Exploring the Leopold Museum
  • Going on a hike in Martin Nature Park with my brother
  • Visiting the real Maria Von Trapp’s convent in Salzberg


  • Hanging out with old friends on New Year’s Eve
  • So much guacamole.


Only one thing really sticks out as negative this month. I got incredibly sick starting the day after Christmas and I’m still dealing with it today. Not sure yet what it is – I should get labs back tomorrow – thought it was the stomach flu but we’re going on day 11. I’ve been sidelined almost my whole time in Oklahoma. 100% Ugh. I missed seeing one side of my family, meeting my three year-old cousin that lives in California, can’t really enjoy any of my favorite foods, I’ve been sleeping all day, throwing up all day, and I’m so lethargic I have to lie down flat to type. When I have made it out of the house, I’ve been twice as bad the next day. I can’t wait for this to be over with.


Lucy looks how I Feel
Lucy looks how I Feel


My most popular post in December was 5 Terrible Pieces of Travel Advice You Should Forget Immediately

Other December Posts:

  • My Favorite Travel Experiences of 2016
  • 30 Weird Travel Facts About Me and a $50 Amazon Giveaway to Celebrate My 100th Post!
  • All the Pretty Buildings: A Day in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 6 Important Travel Skills I Want to Focus on in 2017
  • UNESCO Sites: Daphni Monastery & Schoenbrunn Palace
Old Town in Bratislava
Old Town in Bratislava

Travels with Lucy

Neither I nor Lucy escaped December in good health. When we got back to Oklahoma, we both unraveled. Somehow Lucy hurt her front paw, and she spent a week hopping on three legs. It would have been sad if it wasn’t so adorable. Unlike me though, she’s back to being one-hundred percent.

Lucy Food Stalking on 3 Legs
Lucy Food Stalking on Three Legs

December by the Numbers

  • Walking Hours: 34.83
  • Mexican Restaurants: 6
  • Airports: 5
  • Fracking Earthquakes in Oklahoma: 4
  • Countries: 4
  • Unplanned American Shopping Sprees: 3
  • Beds: 3
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 3
  • Rick Steves’ Audio Walking Tours Completed: 3
  • Houses of Worship Visited: 3
  • Continents: 2
  • Downton Abbey Seasons Marathoned on Amazon Prime: 2
5 AM Airport Snarl Face
5 AM Airport Snarl Face

Current Obsessions

  • Black Nail Polish
  • Taking My Temperature Hourly and Not Dying
  • Werther’s Original Hard Candies
  • The Sound of Music Soundtrack (there’s a sad sort of clanging…)
The Rooftops of Salzburg
The Rooftops of Salzburg
  • Hitting Sonic Happy Hour
  • Winter Accessories
  • The new Tove Lo album (half guilty pleasure, half completely earnestly WTF when did I become someone who could love a Tove Lo album?!?)
In the Austrian Lake District (also, not a selfie, are you proud?)
In the Austrian Lake District (also, not a selfie, are you proud?)


I spent $2566 in December.

Category Month
Cell Phone $121
Entertainment $225
Food (restaurants & groceries) $685
Ground Transportation (taxis, uber, etc) $109
Health (doctors visits, my prescriptions) $224
Travel Insurance $81
Lodging $430
Personal (beauty supplies, gifts, personal items) $213
Pets (vet fees, pet fees, pet paperwork) $143
International Transportation (flights and international trains) $244
Grand Total $2,566
The ticket center
The ticket center at Schoenbrunn Palace

My Favorite Pic

My favorite pic this month was this one of the Austrian Lake District:

What’s Next

Finishing my visit to Oklahoma City, then heading to a crazy three-week East-Coast-a-Thon (Philadelphia, Charlotte, Atlanta, & NYC). Then at the end of the month I head back to Europe, starting with three days in Amsterdam.

Hanging out in Oklahoma
Hanging out in Oklahoma

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December 2016 Review: Adventures & Expenses
December 2016 Review: Adventures & Expenses


  1. I pay a visit every day some sites and sites to read posts, however this webpage gives quality based posts.

  2. Sounds like you had a very eventful month with an unfortunate ending. Hope you feel better soon and can enjoy your upcoming travels.

  3. Wow~ sounds like quite the experience. It’s never fun to be under the weather. Are you feeling better now, as 11 days is quite sometime to be down. The beginning of 2017 looks to be fun for you. Here’s to safe and healthy travels in 2017!

  4. So sorry you’ve been ill for so long! Hope you find out what it is and get treated for it. Enjoy your next travels!

  5. Yikes, that’s terrible you’ve been sick for so long! I hope it’s nothing too serious and that you are better soon!

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