England; an intro to tea

January 2012 was my first trip to England. I literally had no expectations. This left for lots of room for me to be amazed.

If there was only one thing I learned this trip, it was how to drink a cuppa. Cup of tea that is. I had never liked tea before, but by the end of my trip I was transformed. I had at least 17 different photos of me drinking tea out of the dozens of cups I let warm and awaken my soul.

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There’s something about a cup of tea that makes any situation better. Every household you visited the first thing they asked was, “cup of tea?” At almost no cost to the host, it is the perfect way to welcome a guest into your home. It cures a horrible hangover (just kidding it doesn’t, but it goes down smooth). It warms you up after a cold day out walking on the rolling british hills. It also goes GREAT with biscuits. Hob nobs, digestives, rocky bars, bourbons, in that order, are the greatest inventions on earth, chocolaty, crunchy goodness that compliment any cup of tea. If you have never had these, go to the UK as soon as you can. If you cannot, go to an international isle and pick up a pack, you will thank yourself. I have had many other adventures in the UK, but that will be saved for another Thursday.

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Bits and Pieces of the weekend

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1. Treating myself to a cold Java Chip because it was sunny in Seattle

2. Sunshine welcome to Snoqualmie Falls*

3. The falls, used to create hydroelectric power

4. Hipster parents off the path.

5. Interpretative sign. This park had a lot of great informational signs, but I seemed to be the only one stopping to read them!

6. New baby plants outside my window, hoping they are tulips!

*I had originally planned on writing a hike review, but it didn’t turn out to be a typical hike. Instead, a place where I’m glad so many people were. I work at a mall and always feel upset when parking lots are full and wish people would get outside. The Snoqualmie parking lot was almost completely full and there were crowds everywhere (I enjoy hikes where it’s just me and the trail). I realized this place was perfect for families to go to get their kids into nature, possibly learn, or just be outside. I’m glad all these folks weren’t out on trails like Mount Washington, which I’ll write a review for at some point, but they weren’t at the mall, which makes me feel hopeful about our future. Places like Snoqualmie falls have so many opportunities to teach people about stewardship and the importance of our natural resources. And hopefully the children will want to grow up to preserve places like this and ones that are less visited, but definitely just as important.

Happy Monday everyone!

I love to travel! I love exploring new places, trying to live how locals do and learning about different ways of living life. The world is so beautiful. I think it’s time for me to start planning, (and saving) for another grand adventure! I’m thinking Asia, to discover a completely new way of life, learn about the spirituality and whatever else I may discover

A friend showed me some really cool agencies I might look into and if you are interested you should look too!

http://www.straytravel.com/

http://www.gadventures.com/

Travel by train in Scotland

Travel by train in Scotland

Where are we?

“If all the roads lead home where are we now?” –Lyric by Chris Dorman 

I suppose home. Home has been a difficult thing for me to define over the past few years. This past June I moved to Seattle. Summer in Seattle is amazing. Events any given day, hiking galore, mountain views at every turn, free yoga nights, parks upon parks, the Puget Sound and SUNSHINE.

Living in the moment

Living in the moment

Sunshine on my face at the Meridian Park garden

A view from Gasworks park. A beautiful place to view downtown

Relaxing at Lake Serene, a favorite hike of mine

Relaxing at Lake Serene, a favorite hike of mine

I loved life and was the happiest here, the happiest I had felt in awhile. Confident that I would be able to make friends and just got out there. Things this winter have not been so easy. I’ve had difficulty finding a good place to live, haven’t made as many friends as I’d hoped (really haven’t made any new ones) and it’s so grey all the time. I’m really thankful for the people I do have here, but it’s not often I get to see them. Conflicting work schedules and such. I’ve enjoyed lots of coffee and new restaurants and had some really special people come to visit. Now that they are gone I just feel a bit lost. Not sure if I should let the road take me somewhere else (Colorado? California? Thailand? New Zealand? Back to the midwest?), or learn to deal with this transition and keep fighting through until I can call this place a home.

My sweet, who lives in Sheffield, England
Where my heart is