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Jul 9, 2013

Traveling With Love and Heartness

Hi, hi, hi! I'm back safe and sound from our latest cruise vacation! We arrived home late Sunday night and I'm still not quite ready to get back to reality yet. Such is life at the end of every vacation, right? We had a lot of fun sailing around the Baltic Sea and checking off 5 new countries from our European (and Russian) bucket list...and I have lots and lots of info and photos to share with you guys, per the usual. ;) Although, I've still yet to finish recapping our Mediterranean cruise! The Baltic's will come later, promise. I have to admit, though...this cruise didn't thrill D and I quite as much as our Med sailing in May. The ship, the ports, the food...just weren't quite as fabulous. But, more on all that later. As for now, take some time today and meet my new friend Kaylee of the sweet blog, With Love and Heartness, and don't forget to enter to win the prizes she's giving away! Take it away, Kaylee!


Hello beautiful readers!
I'm Kaylee, from with love and heartness. I'm about four days away from my 25th birthday, and I'm a recent Pittsburg resident.

I am all about traveling all over the world with my favorite partner in crime, my fiance, B. He and I have already hit Niagara, the Grand Canyon, and all kinds of Up North hot spots (I'm originally from Michigan, so yes, Up North is a real place for us).

Besides making the most of our time together, I've also toured the East Coast with my Grandfather, celebrated a wedding with my family in the Caribbean, and travelled Europe by myself.

Oh yes, by myself at and just eighteen-years-old.

You could say I might be juuuuust a bit of an adventurer :)

Once I graduated high school I was a bit up in the air with my decision of what to do in the fall, so my beautiful, smart mother thought I should take time and travel.

Yes. Yes yes yes and YES.

So she flew with me to London, we had a small scare with an emergency plane landing (that story is on my blog today!), escaped to Switzerland, hung out in Italy and finally ended up in Germany where I carried out another three months by myself.

I stayed in a very small town and learned German from the Goethe Institut, which is a small school aimed at integrating students not only with the language, but the culture. Not many people in our small town knew a lot of English, so we were forced to communicate in our broken German and learn as much as possible.

And yes, it was the absolute best time of my life.

I met some of the most fascinating, hilarious, and downright phenomenal people I have ever met.

We had lots of parties.

We saw some good bands together.

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We took numerous adventures around German countryside.

We even made our way out to Istanbul to be with a classmates family.

(Side story- we left for Turkey on Thanksgiving, so naturally the other American and I were laughing about it the whole way. While I wasn't singing "Istanbul Not Constantinople", that is.)

And may I just say that if looking through Casey's pictures and reading about her incredible journey through that gorgeous country isn't enough to convince you to go see it, really, people, YOU MUST.

I'm a firm believer that travel is one of the most important, educational, empowering, awe-inspiring parts of life and, let's be honest, you meet great people, eat incredible food and come home with a sense of wonder AND fulfillment.

Best of both worlds my friends.

And to help inspire you, I'm giving away two hand made travel-inspiring momentos, complete with fancy frames and a pretty picture taken by yours truly. Included in this work of art will also be a surprise gift card to Barnes and Noble so you can read up on countries you should visit in Europe (or whatever other book you may want, I'm not picky).

For more travel adventures, stop on over to my side of the internet. We can even be travel buddies together!

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  1. I totally agree re: travel being one of the most important parts of life!

    1. Right?! How else do you let yourself feel full and happy and come home twice as happy and with a hole in your heart but feeling more fulfilled (and tired) in your life? It's one of my favorites, above all.

  2. Looks like an amazing time! My husband and I visited Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary in May. Can't wait to see more pictures.

  3. What a lot of amazing photos of places I will never visit............

  4. I'm sorry to say that I'm not surprised with your "not loving" opinion about this new cruise experience...I mean, I just had a cruise experience and I did not like it at all. It seems to me that you had an experience with a high standard cruise line!!! I'm afraid they have not the same standards!
    Good luck!


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