Intentional Notes

Intentional Guide to Traveling With Purpose – From Mountain Hut to Hiša Franko

I’ve quoted him before, and I’ll quote him again. “I think human beings need contradictions. We need opposites. We need to sleep in a five-star hotel and we need to sleep under a tree. The distance and the difference between those two extremes are what makes us happy and what makes us think and what…

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The Intentional Guide to Finding Community – November Project

Moving to a new city is tough, especially when you know very few or no people in it. I’ve done this twice. The first time completely by myself when I moved to Baltimore, Maryland after college. The second time with Mike when we moved to London. Each move had its own challenges. In Baltimore, figuring…

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The Intentional Guide to Being Present in a Hyperconnected World

It’s been almost a full year since we travelled to Croatia for our second wedding anniversary. During that holiday, Mike and I both decided to disconnect completely from the digital world. We traded our Instagram feeds and work emails for real-life sunrises and sunsets, iPhone cameras for DSLRs, and late night reading of adventure blogs on…

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Field Notes

Intentional Guide to Traveling With Purpose – From Mountain Hut to Hiša Franko

I’ve quoted him before, and I’ll quote him again. “I think human beings need contradictions. We need opposites. We need to sleep in a five-star hotel and we need to sleep under a tree. The distance and the difference between those two extremes are what makes us happy and what makes us think and what…

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Heaven on Earth is the Soča Valley

We’d seen photos. We’d heard rumors. But we were not prepared for the angelic emerald blue of the Soča River, and the majesty of the Julian Alps towering above the Soča Valley. After our two day trek up and down Triglav, Slovenia’s tallest mountain, we nestled ourselves in the famous valley that many have never…

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The Climb – Triglav

Perched on a bed of sharp limestone scree, I braced myself against the fierce, cold air racing past us on the dramatically angled mountain face. My blood pounded in my ears and the fog of my deep breaths swirled around my face, clouding my sunglasses. The only sounds occasionally interrupting the deafening silence were the…

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Kitchen Notes

Homemade Bread – The Perfect Thanksgiving Contribution

A perk of living abroad – you have American friends who are desperate to cling to American traditions and you have British friends who are fascinated by American gatherings that revolve around eating and want to partake. AKA multiple Thanksgiving celebrations and #allofthefood. (Our British friends – “Do you really eat marshmallows on sweet potatoes?!?” My answer:…

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Creamy Tomato Chicken Casserole – Otherwise Known as ‘Boom-di-yay’

Last Saturday, Mike and I were in the middle of a beautiful grocer in Wales. We’d popped into town before our hike to pick up ingredients for dinner later that night. With the full intention of buying some local beef and seasonal veggies. I was standing in front of a display of artisanal pasta and…

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Crostata – The Chameleon of Desserts

Nowadays, recipes are available like never before. Pinterest boards are full of pumpkin spiced pie crusts, Instagram feeds are swimming in #bakinglife #foodporn. And that doesn’t even touch on the innumerable recipe collections available as eBooks and hard covered books. In a world saturated with food blogs, you may wonder why I bother sharing my…

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