Olive Oil

I had no idea what good olive oil was until I tasted it.  There is no going back.  I have been spoiled forever!

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of spending several days in Crete.  Aside from the gorgeous ocean views, the beautiful weather and the amazing food, there was one standout – the Olive Oil.  Oh man.  Every restaurant served fresh bread with carafes of olive oil, and it was SO good.  I bought two bottles to bring home, but I should’ve bought cases.  I’m probably going to have to start shipping it from Greece.


Packing. Or actually, thinking about packing.

I leave for ENGLAND in 2 weeks!! How crazy excited am I?  So excited, but starting to stress about packing.  I’m traveling with a friend, and we will be wandering the country (all the way from London to Edinburgh, Scotland, and back!) so packing light is a must.  Which scares me.


My darling friend suggested we go the backpack route…yikes.  For two weeks? I’m not sure I can handle that.  She has a point though.  We haven’t decided for sure yet (and neither one of us ACTUALLY owns a backpacking backpack…probably running out of time for that one), so my fallback plan is a carry-on sized roller suitcase with either my North Face backpack or my Lo and Son’s O.G. bag.  I, of course, want to be that super classy traveler who breezes through the airport with Ray Ban aviators on and a cute bag in tow…but who are we kidding the backpack is probably the best option.


As for what to bring…I think I have narrowed myself down to 4 pairs of shoes – 2 ” black Calvin Klein wedges (I’m headed to a Bachelorette party in London, gotta have <practical> heels!!), black ballet flats (AGL’s?), cute sneakers (supergas), and a pair of flip flops.


Clothes wise…so far, I have a super cute dress for the Bachelorette, and I’m definitely bringing my curvy Loft jean capris…and I have a few tops picked out.  Yikes.  What else am I going to wear for 2 weeks?!? I’m thinking a comfy maxi dress for the plane ride.  Other than that, I am starting from scratch!


Here’s to packing!


In my 28 years, I have already traveled around the world.  Literally.  All the way around it.  I love to to see new places.  I love to just BE in new places.  I also love returning to old favorites.  I see the world differently now than I used to.  When I was younger – high school age, maybe – I thought the rest of the world was so different.  So….foreign! (For lack of a better word).  And, it’s true.  But the one thing I have noticed in my travels is that the rest of the world really isn’t all that different from the place I call home.

No matter where you are, the skies are blue, sunsets are gorgeous, the night sky is a mystery, and the ocean goes on forever.  Nature is the great equalizer.  Sure, the desert is a little…brown.  And sandy.  And tropical locations have a few more palm trees than I’m used to.  But, it is comforting to look up at the sky and know it’s the same sky I see back home.


Sunset over Souda Bay, Crete. Photograph by Annie.