For my road map of 2016, I was encouraged to compile the most complete, hilarious, serious, bold and unabashed list of my positive traits – of everything I have going for me. A love letter to myself of sorts – to refer back to during the upcoming year. To remind me of how awesome I am in the moments when I’m feeling overwhelmed, freaked out, less than and hopeless. A strategy for getting that awful shit-talking, lying […]
Venice Beach artist Jules Muck talks about what it was like developing her fine art chops from the roots of the graffiti world, how she saved her art from rehab and we dish on how to preserve the artist community in an ever gentrifying Venice.
She’s prolific and talented, fearless, messy and slightly self-destructive. She can’t quell it, so she rides the wave. The first time I saw her was at least a decade ago, painting […]
Years ago, when I was all full of bullshit and youthful idealism about travel, I liked to get all dreamy-eyed and say to anyone who would listen, “I want to know what the Sistine Chapel smellllllls like!”
It takes nearly an eternity to actually arrive to the inner sanctum of the Chapel itself. Approximately 2.4 billion visitors per day (no shit! Per DAY!) are herded through The Vatican, which was why I couldn’t get face-time with […]
It started as a vision I had one morning this summer on our road trip. I woke up before daybreak in the steamy Florida gulf, hung over from one too many rum runners the day before. In my hypnagogic dream state, my brain was a big puffy cinnamon roll, except instead of streaks of delicious cinnamon crusting the folds, my brain was smeared with lines […]
So Matt and I basically raced across the United States and Europe this summer and fall, moving really quickly from place to place. Too quickly, it turns out. And honestly, having some massive growing pains in our marriage. We blissfully traveled together the entire […]
Like I said yesterday, Halloween isn’t a huge deal in Transylvania. Day of the Dead is what it’s all about. It’s a day to remember the dead, honor them and in some ways, hang out with them . . . […]
Matt and I made a big deal about making it to . . . bwah-hah-ha . . . Transylvania for Halloween. Guess what? They don’t even celebrate it much here. Vampires? Eh . . . Romanians know the real history of Vlad Tepes and yeah, he impaled a bunch of people in his quests to protect the country […]
But, unfortunately, not like you might think.
Wednesday was our first day in Transylvania, full moon rising and a thick fog rolling in. So far, so good, right? We get settled in our little hostel room and hear a big commotion outside. On the front porch steps, a lady at our hostel is freaking out on two policeman. We walk outside to see what’s […]
Our plan was to give up the bungalow and jump into the great unknown of traveling the world for about six months with a loose plan, starting with a three month summer loop around the United States. One problem with traveling with a partner or spouse is that you’ve got to come to some sort of agreement on everything. Every damn thing. And Matt and I were having a hard time agreeing on anything, […]
So – Truth?
Everyone who hears about the trip Matt and I are on says, “You guys are LIVING THE DREAM!” Yeah, I guess so. But this trip has been challenging. I don’t expect anyone to feel sorry for us . . . we’ve basically been on vacation for the last five months. Of course we have good days. We have some great days . . . but we have a lot of just okay days.