Travel Diary / Brazil

Travel Diary / Brazil

P1050828.jpg My job is kinda awesome. This past February, I had to go to South America on a business trip.  The catch is, it was considered an "incentive" trip, which means the trip was more play than work.  I wish every day at work was like this!  I swear my job really is not usually this glamorous.  This trip was an exception. Our accommodations for the entire trip was on a small cruise ship that only had members associated with this incentive trip on it.  So it was super exclusive, and a fantastic way to get to network and get to know our colleagues in a more casual setting.  Being the ship is so small, the service was incredible.  Not to brag, but I had a butler and every morning he brought me these gluten-free, vegan buckwheat pancakes and tea for breakfast.  I had a hard time adjusting when I got home after being doted on like this for seven days. P1050879.jpg My room was also a suite,  with a balcony! P1050839.jpg Our ship departed from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, so we got to spend a few days there.  What an incredible city!  It had just as much hustle and bustle as New York does.  But the weather is way, way nicer.  Plus they had beaches.  Rio wins. We only really had a day and a night there, so I was pretty limited in what I could go do and experience.  My favorite was taking a cable car up to the top of Sugarloaf mountain.  The views at the top were spectacular! P1050843.jpg P1050847.jpg P1050864.jpg Here's the view without my goofy face blocking it. Isn't it spectacular?! Believe it or not the photo barely does it any justice. P1050871.jpg Later that evening we went as a group to see a samba show.  To be honest, the show was really awful.  I think we got stuck  in a tourist trap.  The caipirinha's were disgusting (I've had better ones in the States) but they did the job and made the show halfway enjoyable.  There was this one act that had this Michael Jackson wannabe who shook his head like he was epileptic.  He was the highlight of the show but for all the wrong reasons.  The costumes however were insane! P1050830.jpg After Rio we set sail for a quick stop in Paraty.  For that day's excursion I opted for a catamaran booze cruise that stopped at several lagoons where you could swim and go to the beach. Best day at work, ever. Paraty is very remote.  One of the locals told us due to the roads it would be over an 8 hour ride by bus back to Rio!  It's not very often you get to swim and enjoy the sun with such untouched beauty all around you.  It was the best way to spend the day and see the best sights Paraty had to offer. P1050880.jpg After swimming the day away and working hard, it was then time to head back to the ship and onto the next country on our journey. P1050881.jpg Stay tuned next week for my travel diary from the country with the best shopping on this trip: Uruguay!

What’s In My Carry On Bag

IMG_5470.jpg Today I figured I'd share with you quick what I pack in my carry on bag to keep me entertained and comfortable when I travel.  I'm currently all packed and ready to leave for South America tonight for work.  I'm pretty stoked! Clockwise from Top Left Corner // LAPTOP Macbook Air // LAPTOP CASE Baggu // TABLET Apple iPad 2 // TABLET CASE Matt & Nat // PHONE iPhone 4S // HEADPHONES standard iPhone ones // SUNGLASSES JustFab (old) // WATER BOTTLE Rubbermaid // Advil (you never know when a headache will strike!) // PORTABLE CHARGER Newtrent // LIPSTICK & LIPGLOSS 100% Pure and Dex NYC // FUZZY SOCKS H&M // SUNGLASSES CASE filled with charging cables // EYEMASK & INFLATABLE PILLOW Mujii // WALLET (looks like a clutch) Target // CAMERA Panasonic Lumix // TOTE BAG Cornelia Guest Nicholas

Eden Vegan Cafe

Eden Cafe Back in October when Jim and I were headed upstate to the Finger Lakes, we decided halfway on the trip we wanted to stop and grab lunch. The halfway point of the trip was Scranton PA, so while Jim drove I took to my iPhone to start searching for options.  Anytime I travel, I love to search Yelp to find new places to eat.  If there's a vegan establishment, I always try to stop there to try it out.  Lucky for us, Eden was located right in town a short 5 minutes from the highway, so we stopped in to grab a quick bite. Eden Cafe All in all, the menu was pretty extensive!  I had a hard time deciding.  I eventually decided to go on a gluten bender and get a burger, complete with soy "bacon" and cheese, topped with vegan chilli and a side of mashed potatoes (yay carbs!!).  Jim took the sensible route and built his own salad. And of course I HAD to have a soda.  And a cookie.  I was on vacation after all. Eden Cafe Eden Cafe Eden Cafe The food was pretty damn delicious and well worth the stop.  Here's hoping my travels take me past Scranton again sometime soon so I can stop back.  Yum.

What to Wear While Traveling

This week I leave for yet another business trip! In the past I've gotten a lot of questions from readers on what I like to wear while traveling, so I figured today was a great day to give you a few examples to make your next flight comfortable and stylish.

Business Travel

When traveling on business, your meetings sometimes dictate what you can wear during your flight. For example, there have been times where I travel several hours and then head straight from the airport to a meeting. I find the best course of action to stay comfortable while maintaining my sanity is easy: a dress. I usually like to pair a comfortable jersey, sheath or sweater dress with a smart blazer. That way it feels like your in pajamas but you look appropriate for the board room. I'll usually wear a chic pair of flats on the plane, but then switch out the flats for heels just before the meeting. I love my Cornelia Guest Nicholas satchel handbag so much I very recently invested it's larger version exclusively to use while traveling. It's a bit larger than my everyday bag, which means it'll carry my laptop and electronics, snacks, water, and more for my flight. It also looks really sharp so I don't need to worry about changing bags for my meeting. As far as luggage goes, I very recently replaced my well loved but worn out carry-on. After extensive research, I settled on the 21" eBags Motherlode Wheeled Duffle . I have mine in a hot orange color (not shown below) that's pretty cool looking and goes with anything. You can fit so much stuff in this tiny bag. I refuse to check bags when I travel, so the luggage's capacity is super important to me.
What I Wear While Traveling for Business

Personal Travel

When I don't have a meeting immediately upon landing, or when I travel for vacations and other personal reasons, my priority is the same: to be comfortable! I usually like to pair a pair of leggings (faux leather preferred) and match it with a simple tank and sweater. Lately I've been living in my white chucks on weekends, and they're perfect for me to travel with being I can Crossfit in them at my destination. So there's no need to bring another pair of workout shoes. I also always try to bring some sort of a scarf. Scarfs on flights are heaven. They are much nicer than the crappy airline blankets they give you and you can wear them multiple ways. I usually just use mine as a blanket.
What I Wear While Traveling Casually
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT // SWEATER // SCARF // SNEAKERS // LEGGINGS // TANK What do you usually wear when you fly?

2013 Year in Review

2013 was a whirlwind year for me. It was full of exciting travel, career highlights, visits with faraway friends and more. Looking back I'm amazed I packed as much into this year as I did. I've traveled twelve times this year and been at the airport to catch flights over six times.  Some of the places I've visited include Las Vegas, Baltimore, Los Cabos, San Antonio, Vermont, Philadelphia, Boston, Virginia, the Finger Lakes and other towns in Upstate New York, San Francisco, Sonoma and Denver.  Usually, most of my travel is for business.  This past year I did a lot of traveling with friends, or with Jim.  This was beyond awesome and I now have so many memories from this past year to look back on. Cabo Sunset Cruise 2013 Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Wanderlust Vermont 2013 97 I also got to see not one, but both of my best friends from college.  They came to visit NYC and stay with us from as far as Germany and Chicago.  While it would have been amazing to get to see them both at the same time, I am so grateful to get whatever time I have with them either together or apart.  Seeing these two faces in person was one of the highlights of my year. Gina and Mark Visit NYC Camera Roll-1779 Speaking of friends, I also had the honor of being Matron of Honor for my best friend Nikki's wedding.  I had so much fun planning her bridal shower and bachelorette parties.  She had the most beautiful, small and intimate wedding I'm so happy for her and honored to be a part of it. My Best Friend's Wedding I also after talking about it for the past two years finally chopped off all my hair! Haircut Appointment 2013 What I'm most proud of this past year is having accomplished one of my 2013 resolutions, which was to get in the best shape of my life.  I became a total Crossfit junkie, and watched myself over the past year set lifting records I never dreamed I could accomplish.  I also did two competitions, which was a lot of fun!  Needless to say I'm hooked.  I'm looking forward to changing things up a bit in 2014, where I'll probably focus more on OLY (Olympic Lifting) than Crossfit being I seem to perform pretty well at that sport with minimal formal training. Intrepid Civilian Military Combine Christmas Throwdown All in all, I'm pretty happy with how my 2013 turned out. Happy New Year Everyone!

Finger Lakes Anniversary Adventure

Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 What a crazy month and a half it's been. Between work, family and friend commitments I've had barely any time to think! Now that things are slowing down a bit for me, I can finally start to look through all my photos and reminisce about what I've gotten to experience recently. One of my favorite highlights of the past few weeks was Jim and my trip to the Finger Lakes in New York to celebrate our Anniversary. We celebrated our 5th Anniversary this past October 4th. Usually we try to plan a trip someplace warm to celebrate, but this year we decided to switch things up a bit. The Finger Lakes seemed like the perfect combination of fall perfection and romanticism, so off we went! Most of the hotels in the area were pretty expensive and looked liked they hadn't been renovated since the 80's, so I finally decided to try out AirBNB to what our options were. After some searching, I found the perfect space. It was a converted chapel deep out the countryside. It's loft layout reminded us of the spaces we'd love to afford in Brooklyn. It also had the most gorgeous views outside it's huge windows. The property itself was amazing, with a wildflower field to the east and a quaint pond in the back. Best part was we had the entire place to ourselves, which made for a wonderfully private and unique vacation. Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Our first day we decided to check out Taughannock Park and hike to it's famous namesake waterfall. It's the tallest, single-drop waterfall east of the Rockies and it's even 33 feet taller than Niagra Falls. The entrance to the park is on Seneca Lake, which is absolutely stunning. Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 The hike itself was relatively short. It was around three quarters of a mile to the falls each way. The trail leads along the streams and river the waterfall becomes, which later empties into the lake. During our walk, we were actually able to hike the dry riverbed, which was one of the coolest parts of the hike. The falls themselves were breathtaking. It was so gorgeous, especially with all the trees turning colors all around. Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 On our way back to the chapel from the hike, we came across the Ithaca Antique Mall and just had to stop. Jim and I LOVE thrifting. It's one of our favorite pastimes. The Antique Mall was so large, we actually returned a second day to finish going through everything! We didn't leave empty handed. I got some great vintage clothing finds, and Jim also bought me the coolest op-art, black and white vase for our living room. Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 On our second day, we originally had plans to go vineyard hopping but since it was pouring out we scrapped that. After some quick internet sleuthing, I learned the local Museum of the Earth has one of the largest fossil collections in the country, and I just HAD to go. People who know me well know I'm obsessed with dinosaurs and fossils. When I was a child, when I grew up I had plans to become a paleontologist. True story. Too bad I hate dirt and getting dirty, so those plans quickly changed once I learned what was involved with the profession. Jim being the awesome husband he is took me the to Museum of the Earth on our actual Anniversary. That's love, people. That's love. Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 The rest of our free time on the trip was spent in Ithaca, exploring the town and stuffing our faces. Who knew Ithaca had such great vegan selections? I didn't. Some highlights on the food scene were Waffle Frolic's Vegan Waffle Dog, which was a vegan hot dog dipped in waffle batter and fried. Oh-My-God it was so good! We also had a great veg friendly meal at Saigon Kitchen, where I had a bowl of Pho the size of my head and loved every second of it. Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 For our Anniversary dinner out, we went to the grand-daddy of all vegetarian restaurants, Moosewood Restaurant. While the decor and menu itself were a little disappointing (both were a little dated, especially after what I'm used to in Brooklyn), it was such an experience to get to eat at the very first, seriously respected vegetarian restaurant in the country. I mean, I make recipes of theirs for Thanksgiving EVERY year. I'm so glad I got to experience it first-hand for myself. Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 We were only there a little over three days, but we got to see and do so much on this trip. I can't think of a better way I would have liked to celebrate this special anniversary with my favorite person in the world. Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013 I love you Jim Feld.

Eastern State Penitentiary

  Eastern State Penitentiary 068 The weekend after my visit to Vermont, Jim and I loaded up the car and headed out for another long weekend trip. Jim is originally from Philadelphia and his cousin was getting married there, so we decided to make Philly one of our summer vacation destinations.  Besides the wedding, initially the only real plans we had were to see the Barnes Collection. That never happened, in part because we accidentally stumbled upon Eastern State Penitentiary while out for breakfast one morning. I'm so glad we did because it was one of the highlights of my summer this year. Eastern State Penitentiary is the oldest penitentiary in the US, and is considered the first true one in the world. That's right folks, THE WORLD. I could ramble on and on like a giant nerd about the history of this place, or instead if you are actually interested you can check out the wiki page when you have some time to kill. The museum is set up so you explore all of the different wings on your own. Each is restored to a different time period in the prison's history. Even with that said, much of the prison was still in ruins, which I found really fascinating. Jim and I LOVE our old stuff. Here's some of my favorite shots from our day spent there.

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Eastern State Penitentiary 006 The first wing was set up to it's original state when it was first built. There was a heavy religious element, with the focus on penitence (hence the name, penitentiary). Cells were designed where all inmates were in isolation so they could read the bible and reflect on what they have done and what they can do to make it up to society. Eastern State Penitentiary Original Setup Eastern State Penitentiary 012 Eastern State Penitentiary 011 The rest of the wings were set up for different eras during the prisons history. The vast majority were in ruins. There was one wing in particular the staff claims is haunted, and by the looks of it I don't doubt it.  It's so dilapidated it's dripping with stalactites and stalagmites. Eastern State Penitentiary 014 Eastern State Penitentiary 015 Eastern State Penitentiary 010 Eastern State Penitentiary Halls This is what the prison looks like from above.  Each wing meets in the center circle, which at the time made it easier to watch over all the wings from one specific vantage point. Eastern State Penitentiary 019 Eastern State Penitentiary 020 Eastern State Penitentiary 022 Eastern State Penitentiary 025 Eastern State Penitentiary Halls 2 Eastern State Penitentiary 026 Eastern State Penitentiary 027 Eastern State Penitentiary 031 Eastern State Penitentiary 032 Eastern State Penitentiary 037 Eastern State Penitentiary 033 Eastern State Penitentiary 034 Eastern State Penitentiary 038 Eastern State Penitentiary 040 Eastern State Penitentiary 041 Eastern State Penitentiary 042 Eastern State Penitentiary Jail Cells Eastern State Penitentiary 047 Eastern State Penitentiary 049 Eastern State Penitentiary 048 Eastern State Penitentiary Greenhouse There was also an old greenhouse on the site, as well as a bocce court which at one time was entertainment for the prison's Italian inmates.  Being of Italian decent I found this really interesting. Eastern State Penitentiary Bocce One wing they had a guest exhibition of artworks from various artists making statements on the prison system.  Two pieces in particular that caught my attention was one where a transgendered inmate spoke of her horrendous abuse while in the system, and another which was an exact replica of the cell in Guantanamo.  As you can see, it's much smaller and open to the elements than what Eastern State provided their own inmates. Eastern State Penitentiary Art Installations Eastern State Penitentiary 063 Al Capone was one of the infamous inmates at Eastern State.  They had his cell still intact.  I don't know whether or not I can say I'm a lucky girl, I've now seen his cells at both Eastern State as well as Alcatraz. Eastern State Penitentiary 066 Eastern State Penitentiary Looking Up Eastern State Penitentiary 001 Eastern State Penitentiary Outer Walls If you are ever in Philadelphia and looking for a unique educational experience to check out, check out Eastern State!  As mentioned, this place was literally the highlight of my summer.  I hear they do a great "haunted house" night for Halloween I'm trying to get Jim to take me to, but I think I'll be unsuccessful in convincing him it's a good idea.

My Wanderlust Experience

Wanderlust Vermont 2013 35 Over the weekend of June 21st, my friends Glenna, Sharon and I took a road trip up to Stratton Mountain in Vermont to attend the Wanderlust Festival.  Wanderlust is a four day yoga festival that features lots of yoga classes, lectures, concerts, and a lot of crazy  hippie stuff. I've always considered myself to be more of an "urbanite with hippie tenancies".  For example:
  • I'm vegan.
  • If I can't eat it, I don't put it on my face or skin.  This includes cosmetics, skincare and haircare products, or even household cleaning products.
  • I really, really enjoy yoga.
  • I make everything from scratch.  From my almond milk to body scrubs.
This trip completely and utterly proved I am no where near the hippie I thought I was.  While we girls had an absolutely fabulous time, we experienced some weird shit while up on that mountain.  Here's some of the highlights, and weirdest points of my Wanderlust experience.

Vermont is Gorgeous!

This was a perfect, relaxing weekend getaway not only because of the yoga, but the actual venue.  Stratton Resort was adorable, and check out all the amazing views.  It's no wonder why they call them the Green Mountains here, everything was so lush and green! Wanderlust Vermont 2013 2Wanderlust Vermont 2013 7Wanderlust Vermont 2013 9 In between all the classes and hiking, we had a lot of time to just chillax on the grass lawns and take it all in.  Oooooohhhmmm!

There Are Some Bizarre Offshoots of Yoga Nowadays

Wanderlust Vermont 2013 68 One thing I learned on this trip is I like my yoga simple and stripped down to it's original roots.  My favorite schools of yoga are Ashtanga and Anusara, and I learned this trip I don't like anyone screwing with it's traditional format. Some interesting classes I participated in included Hip Hop Yoga and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga.  While Hip Hop Yoga was fun, it wasn't for me.  I like to relax during my yoga sessions and with the thump thumping music I found it really difficult to find my flow. Wanderlust SUP 2 SUP Yoga was unique, but I had more fun just straight up Paddleboarding!  My Crossfit training has served me well, because even though it was my first time trying the sport, I discovered I'm a SUP beast.  The owner of the SUP company that took us out after a while asked me if I'd rather work on SUP technique instead of the yoga, so while everyone else was in shavanasa I was doing laps around the island in the lake at warp speed.  I'm not going to lie, I was really dreading this class because I have OCD dirty-lake water issues, but it wound up being one of my favorite parts of the trip! There were also a ton of classes that were freaking bizarre that we didn't participate in, the weirdest one being Yoga on Horses.  Yes, you read that right.  Not sure how I felt about that one, but it was fun to watch!

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The Acroyogi's were also entertaining as well.  Acroyoga is a form of partner yoga which is you guessed it, acrobatic.

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While watching the Acroyoga class, we tried out another yoga offshoot, tight-rope yoga.  We miserably failed at even walking the rope, but it was fun nonetheless!

Wanderlust Vermont 2013 5 Oh, and somehow hula hooping fit into all of this.  Behold the hula hoop yoga class.  Glenna was really into the hula hoops. Wanderlust Vermont 2013 7 Wanderlust Vermont 2013 26

Yogi's Have to Shop Too

There was no shortage of crunchy shopping at Wanderlust. Wanderlust Vermont 2013 5 There were lots of apparel vendors, including Lululemon there selling their goods to the yoga pant wearing masses.  At Lululemon's D'Ohm store, I couldn't resist purchasing a gorgeous white, draped yoga hoodie.  It cost an arm and a leg, but I'd get a lot of fitness and non-fitness use out of it.  Plus, it really came in handy later on during our hikes.  More details on that in a second. Wanderlust Vermont 2013 8Wanderlust Vermont 2013 3In addition to apparel, there were a lot of jewelery, face/skin care, yoga accessory and video vendors.  Both Glenna and Sharon got some beautiful, unique jewelery pieces. I upgraded my yoga mat and got a mat bag.  I didn't realize how essential it was to have one during these sorts of events.  It became such a pain carrying my old mat around and having it unfurl into a mess everywhere I went. Wanderlust Vermont 2013 31 Wanderlust Vermont 2013 19 Needless to say, we did our fair share of shopping!

Wanderlust is Vegan Gluten-Free Heaven

Of course, the absolute highlight of the trip for me was the food.  It was literally a gluten-free vegan paradise. Check out this pizza from Pizza for the People. Wanderlust Vermont 2013 67 Granted, the pizza was $18 but worth every penny. Another meal I had on repeat was this bowl from Wok in Roll. You pick and choose what grains, protein, veggies and sauce you wanted and I always went for quinoa, tofu, veggies and a green curry sauce.  It was off the hook!  I wanted to stuff my face with it after every hike. Had this to eat several times at Wanderlust and have been thinking of it non-stop. Green Curry Tofu Quinoa Bowl. And those are just the highlights of food you actually paid for.  Wanderlust had tons of food vendors giving out near full size samples.  Best part was they were a lot of my favorite vegan brands.  So Delicious gave out greek coconut yogurts, ice cream sandwiches and ice cream bars, while Nature's Balance had popcorn and vegan cheesy poofs!  I omnommed my way through the vendor section several times a day and was never really hungry. Wanderlust Vermont 2013 1 My only real complaint on the food front is for dinner, the local restaurants although they had vegan and vegetarian options seemed to price gouge these dishes like crazy.  I had a $21 tofu and vegetable noodle stir-fry.  That's NYC prices!  I totally wasn't expecting that in Vermont, especially when their beer and wine was in the $4-$6 range. Wanderlust Vermont 2013 4

Hiking is Hard... and My Fire Ceremony is Better than Your Fire Ceremony

This city girl usually loves to hike, and we hiked two days while at the festival.  The hikes at Wanderlust were way different than I was expecting though.  For starters: Wanderlust Vermont 2013 11 They categorized an "easy" or "all-levels" hike as pretty much headed straight up the diamond runs on the mountain.  I'm not even making this up.  It was HARD.  It really reminded me how much my cardiovascular endurance sucks because it was like being on a stepmill at warp speed the entire way. The only thing that made our first hike somewhat bearable is that we hydrated prior to going up.  Our own way that is. Wanderlust Vermont 2013 75 Wanderlust Vermont 2013 85 If you have never experienced being bit by a black fly, you don't want to.  They look like little harmless gnats but they swarm all over you once you're at the summit of the mountain.  I got bit up pretty horribly and that was even with me using bug repellent.  And the bites start out as little red dots and swell up to looking like you have a horrible disease.  An oh, the itching! To try to keep ourselves protected from the flies, we pulled out our hoodies and scarves and rocked it zero dark thirty style.  I think all the local Vermonters thought we were nuts.  From what I read though, if you're from New England you have a somewhat natural immunity to them, so they don't bother you.  They feasted on us.  I'm really glad I dropped bank the Lululemon yoga hoodie, because without it I would have been in much worse shape after the festival than I am. Wanderlust Vermont 2013 97 Instead of just enjoying the view when you get to the top, the hike guides instead will make you do weird meditation ceremonies.  On our first hike, we had an over 30 minute digeridoo complimented meditation.  Normally I'd enjoy this, but I was getting eaten alive the entire 30 minutes. Wanderlust Vermont 2013 94 After the 30 minutes, the guide wanted to stay up there rocking the digeridoo so we headed off the mountain by ourselves.  Along the way, these three city girls encountered a bear and a dead badger. Wanderlust Vermont 2013 105

See that black dot in the middle of the ski trail?  That's the bear that was following us!

The hike on the second day we thought would be a little more "normal".  Once we got to the top, we were informed that it was time for our guided meditation and burning ceremony.  We were all instructed to write something we need to let go, along with something we want to welcome in it's place on two strips of birch bark, and then BURN the one we want to let go.


Again, I enjoyed the sentiment but I was being eaten alive by those damn black flies. So I can't say it was fun.  Lucky for us, we didn't have to worry about being escorted off the mountain this time around because we just took the gondola down.

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When we finally got to the base, we headed straight to the local sushi restaurant and had our own burning ceremony.  It was something I really needed to welcome into my life at that moment. Wanderlust Vermont 2013 123

 In Summary

If you enjoy yoga and live in the Northeast (or on the West Coast where they have sister events), I highly recommend checking out Wanderlust.  Not only does it make for a great girls trip, but it was very couple and family friendly as well.  Lots of folks with their kids and even dogs got to enjoy the festival along with a bit of yoga. Vermont is absolutely gorgeous during summer, and I can't wait to visit again.  I also had the BEST time hanging out with these two girls here.  Can't wait to start planning our next fitness-oriented girls trip with them!

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My Summer Vacations / According to Instagram

Sorry it's been so quiet around here lately. This lucky girl got to go on not one, not two, but THREE extended weekends in a row so far this summer. The first weekend I went with two of my friends to Vermont to attend the Wanderlust yoga festival. The following week, Jim and I had a wedding to attend in Philly so we hit up the city of brotherly love for a few extra days. Lastly, over July 4th Jim and I did our now annual trek to Boston to celebrate the Independence Day holiday. We love Boston during July 4th because majority the historical sites important to our country's independence are right there and we are big time history nerds. I'm finally back in Brooklyn with no joke, around 800 photos to sort through.  I suspect that's going to take me a while, so for now I wanted to share some of the highlights of each weekend via Instagram. Wanderlust Instagram Left to Right, Top to Bottom // The lodge where we took our first yoga class / Vegan, gluten-free pizza by Pizza for the People / Our pre-hike "hydration" / Gorgeous view at the top of Stratton, which made the difficult hike worth it! Philly Instagram Left to Right, Top to Bottom // The Philly skyline on our first day / Eastern State Penitentiary, by far one of my favorite highlights of summer so far / Vegan ice-cream at Little Baby's Ice Cream / The Sphinx at the Penn Museum at Penn University Boston 2013 Instagram Left to Right, Top to Bottom // The Old State House in Boston, where the Boston Massacre happened (our hotel was across the street! / The Museum of Fine Arts / Brunch at North Street Grille in the North End on July 4th / The Cheers Bar!! Are you on Instagram?  If so hit me up!  My handle is @BrooklynBliss.

Blogging Breaks and Traveling Pink Lips Vegan Cuts Box Giveaway Winner

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After the Seed and my work travel to San Antonio, I've been crazy busier than expected. All good stuff, but my work hours have been longer, my social calendar more packed, and I've just had zero time to blog! This all bums me out, but I have a lot of great stuff that's happened since my last post, as well as coming up in the next several weeks so I'm expecting July will be jam-packed with lots of post content.  Between me leaving for Wanderlust in Vermont this week, a long weekend in Philly for a wedding and Jim and my annual 4th of July trip to Boston, I'll have no shortage of updates once I return from this hopefully short-lived blogging break. In the event you still want to follow along with me on my travels, you can always feel free to check in with me on Twitter or Instagram.  I'm still relatively active on those during my blogging breaks. In the meantime, with all this business I totally spaced out and forgot to announce the Traveling Pink Lips VeganCuts giveaway winner! And the winner is (drum roll please)... 417894_482369738499570_93810368_n Erica Wollman! Erica, please contact me for Holly's (at Traveling Pink Lips) contact info so you can claim your prize. I hope everyone's been enjoying their summer so far and you'll hear from me again soon!
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