15.1.17

2017 Adventures


Happy New Year Adventurers! I know it’s almost halfway through January but I finally had a moment to sit down and reflect on the past year and think about what I want to achieve this year. A year ago I posted a list of adventures I hoped to go on in 2016. Did I go on all of them? No, but I did check off three of them =o)

I visited a southeastern state – Miami, Florida. I spent one weekend in May lounging on the beach, soaking up as much sun as possible and taking in the lively atmosphere. Miami is definitely a place I plan on visiting more often. (Read Miami I and Miami II.) 

I learned how to make my own chocolate!! I felt so proud of myself for getting the recipe and process right the first time. It was a delicious piece of chocolate and tasted even better knowing I made it myself. (read post here)

Visit a new country was on my list and well I didn’t make it to a new country but there were a few places I visited in the US for the first time: Wisconsin for skiing, Traverse City in Upper Michigan and a new city in Canada: Toronto.

I am proud to share that I have furthered my yoga practice. At the beginning of last year I struggled to keep my balance in several poses and was not very flexible. After completing Yoga with Adriene’s 30 day challenge on her youtube channel in January I continued to build confidence in practicing poses and flows. Right now I am working on the splits which I struggled with at first but am getting closer to the ground each time I practice. Also, I am building my overall strength so I can get into a handstand smoothly. In October I attended a workshop held by Candace from Yoga with Candace and had her sign my copy of Namaslay. It was great to have Candace help out with some postures I was working on. R and I have been taking a stab at acroyoga but hope to have more time this year to do it together =o)

Sadly I did not make it to a Euro Cup game. Due to the timing of our trip and cost of the ticket (over $300 for below average seats at a game where we didn’t know who would be playing). I did however get to watch a majority of the games live on TV while we were traveling through Europe.

Our European adventure to Amsterdam, (part I and part II) London (part I  and part II) and Prague (part I and part II) was one for the books. R and I rode bikes around Amsterdam, toured the sites of London and hung out with my family and friends in Prague to celebrate my cousin’s wedding.  

I took a last minute trip to St Lucia to visit my mom in the fall. It was a perfect way to rejuvenate and enjoy paradise.

I will begin taking my ARE (Architectural Registration Exam) exams so I can become a licensed architect and my first exam is in a couple of weeks. This year I hope to pass at least three of the six exams, fingers crossed!  With the amount of studying I have coming up, my blog will have to take a back seat for a while but I hope to post as often as I can =o)

As always I hope to travel to as many places as possible. We do have one trip we are currently planning: a ski trip to Breckenridge for my birthday in March. I can’t wait to be on the slopes skiing and taking in the beauty of the rocky mountains.

Looking back the year did have challenges but the good outweighed the bad in so many ways. I am looking forward to what 2017 has in store and what adventures await. 

What adventures do you want to go on in 2017?

X the Adventurer

6.1.17

48 Hours in Toronto

 

One of the benefits of living in Chicago is that a majority of places are a short flight away. New York City is only an hour and a half, Miami is a little under three, Denver is two hours away and you can even leave the country on a one hour flight (that’s shorter than my commute to work!). Compared to the distances in Europe for example, these flights seem long but being able to travel such distances across North America in little time is convenient. This was why when we were choosing a destination for our anniversary, R and I chose Toronto, Canada. As international as we could get for a weekend getaway. Instead of buying each other gifts this year we decided to put the money towards a trip. Most tropical locations have their rainy season this time of the year and the thought of being stuck on a rainy island our whole trip didn’t sound appealing. Toronto won and ended up being an exceptionally fun city to explore – for 48 hours.

16.12.16

Prague Photo Diary - Part II

(View of Prague Castle from Petřín Hill)
Sunny days and warm evenings are long gone but not the memories of my trip to Prague this summer. As mentioned in my previous post from a few weeks ago, I was in Prague over the summer visiting family and attending my cousin’s wedding. During our visit we stayed downtown in the city center and were able to walk to all of the main historical sites. One day I took R around Old Town and Wenceslas Square, you can read and see the photos from that day here

30.11.16

Winter Adventure Essentials


Fall is long gone in Chicago and the cold winter days are here so stay. This weekend I am headed off to an even colder place – Toronto, Canada which I’m very excited about. I have only been to Vancouver for a few hours and then spent a week in Whistler so it will be fun exploring a city in a different part of Canada. To brace the cold I’ve put together some of the essentials I will be bringing with me to Toronto.  

21.11.16

CaseApp Giveaway!


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, I received a free CaseApp skin in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

As someone who doesn’t own any apple products, it’s been hard to find a fun case or skin for my laptop. So when Caseapp connected with me to collaborate with them on a new skin for my Asus laptop I was very excited! Caseapp has a variety of different skins and cases that you can choose from or customize your own laptop skin. I chose one of their designed skins – Sri Lankan Palms. I’m always dreaming of tropical adventures and when I was choosing which design I wanted, I couldn’t resist the dreamy tropical palm trees. It was easy to apply and within seconds my boring laptop cover was unique to my style. Along with the many laptop skin designs and custom laptop skins you can also choose a skin for your phone.

As the holidays are quickly approaching I wanted to hold my first giveaway courtesy of Caseapp. I am giving away one free product from caseapp.com. Simply enter below by following me on Instagram, bloglovin’ or leaving a comment below. And as a bonus pre-holiday treat you can use promo code DREAMOFADVENTURES20 to get 20% off your purchase when you checkout!


Rules: Use Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway. Giveaway ends November 30, 2016. Winner will be notified via email. 

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x the Adventurer

10.11.16

Traverse City, Michigan


Some of the best trips you take are the ones that were to a random place, had the least amount of planning and exceeded your expectations. My trip to Traverse City, Michigan was exactly that. A few weekends ago we decided to take a short one night trip to upper Michigan to get away from our day to day life and enjoy some time together with R. I had heard about Traverse City through a friend and after googling it and seeing few photos I booked us an Airbnb. With no general plan except where we were staying the night, we headed up north to Midwest’s number one small town to visit.


26.10.16

Wine, Renoir and a black cat


Every fall Facebook reminds me of the many memories from my semester living in Paris. It was three years ago that I packed my bags and moved to a small apartment in Montmartre with two of my classmates. Almost every night we enjoyed glasses bottles of wine while looking out our living room window at the lively square below. One afternoon, during my first month of living in Montmartre, I escaped from my studies to venture to the last vineyard in Paris.