January 2017: Adventures & Expenses

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Ah yes, January. I never got around to writing up this month because it was a total beast.

What I Got Up To

I began the month trying to slay a mysterious virus that just would not go away. Then I caught up with all my old friends in Philadelphia, chilled with another friend in Charlotte, North Carolina, drove a car from NC back to Philly, flew to Atlanta for a business trip, hung out in NYC for a few days, and then spent a peaceful three days in Amsterdam.

Whew, I’m actually tired just thinking about it.

Pic of the Month

A universal truth of Instagram is that pics of Amsterdam ALWAYS do well. January was no exception, where this mediocre night-time iPhone shot outperformed pics that I thought were MUCH better:

On Facebook, my top pic was this one from my trip to Monticello:

Places Visited:


  • Catching up with the friends I left when I started traveling. I talk with a lot of them pretty often, but it’s not the same thing as getting a drink or mani-pedis.
  • Staying in Rittenhouse (one of my top three favorite Philly neighborhoods) and people watching in Rittenhouse Square

  • Seeing a trio of American UNESCO sites after so many European ones.

  • Spending Martin Luther King Jr. Day at a Nellie Ashford show with one of my friends at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture

  • Photographing a winter sunset on a drive through Shenandoah National Park

  • Going back to Europe! Amsterdam is a great way to start a new European adventure.

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On Amsterdam's canals at night.

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  • Being so crazy sick
  • Getting stuck overnight in Baltimore with a dog and without access to dinner
  • Leaving my medication on the plane when I landed and having to go back through security to get it. Transatlantic flight + Jetlag + Airport Security = Inner Circle of Hell
  • January 20, 2017 was a pretty shitty day overall


My most popular post in January was My Favorite Travel Experiences of 2016.

Other January Posts:

Travels with Lucy

Lucy was a trooper, but I know January was rough on her. She got the weirdest haircut of her life when a groomer decided to shave her entire body (tail included).

Besides a bad haircut, flying so much (five travel days) and staying in a new place every four or five days really got to her. Traveling with a dog and traveling slow are a good combination. Traveling fast with a dog is not.

Now that she’s settled into our apartment in Sofia, she’s much happier. I hate leaving her, but I’m glad she’s a little more settled.

January by the Numbers

  • Dutch Waffles Eaten: 14
  • Airports:  9
  • Flights:  8
  • Beds:  8
  • Mexican Restaurants:  5
  • Trips to Sephora:  3
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites:  3
  • Countries: 2
  • Continents: 2
  • Houses of Worship Visited:  1

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Goodbye New York! #AmsterdamBound

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Current Obsessions

In January I got obsessed with:

  • Gray Lipstick & Nail Polish
  • Smashbox’s Bawse Lipstick (photo below is from Feb, but seriously how great is that red?)
  • Face Masks from Forever 21
  • Nachos from this delivery place in Brooklyn

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Accidental #Twinning👯

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As I stated in February, I got behind on tracking them. Don’t worry, they’ll be back for March. My spreadsheet is perfection.

What’s Next

February is also in the books. I finished my time in Amsterdam, made my way to my new home base in Sofia and explored Budapest. It was a solid month.


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January 2017: Adventures & Expenses
January 2017: Adventures & Expenses

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