Moved In and Looking Back: It All Worked Out

Sunset view from our cabin inside Rocky Mountain National Park

My flight from Florida back to Colorado left at a painfully early hour, and after a long flight and a longer drive from the airport, I arrived at Austin and I’s mountainside cabin completely and utterly exhausted. Continue reading “Moved In and Looking Back: It All Worked Out”

Is Flying Economy Comfort Really Worth It?

IMG_20140217_122633Being cramped into uncomfortably tight spaces is a reality of flying – especially for those of us not moneyed enough to afford a first class ticket. Continue reading “Is Flying Economy Comfort Really Worth It?”

Where’s Mariana Moving Next? What I’ve Been Up To


Never in my life have I gone so long without a plan. Continue reading “Where’s Mariana Moving Next? What I’ve Been Up To”

Best Of: Japan 2014


It’s been over a month since mom and I returned from Japan, and 14 blog posts later I’m still struggling with how to adequately summarize our weeks in this confusing, enchanting place. Continue reading “Best Of: Japan 2014”

Japanese Toilets: Are They Really That Great?


In addition to the wealth of culture I anticipated experiencing on this visit, there were three things that I was monumentally excited for while planning my trip to Japan: the food, the onsens, and the toilets. Continue reading “Japanese Toilets: Are They Really That Great?”

On Being a Tourist, Not a Traveler


Before going to Japan, I believed in two types of trips: travel and vacation. Continue reading “On Being a Tourist, Not a Traveler”

Japan Eats


I love food. Continue reading “Japan Eats”

The Pros and Cons of Staying in a Traditional Japanese Ryokan

Our room at the ryokan
Our room at the ryokan

What’s it really like to stay in a Japanese ryokan for the first time? Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Staying in a Traditional Japanese Ryokan”

The Japanese Onsen Experience: Part 2

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I wish I could tell you that mom and I woke up the morning after we ran out of two onsens in Kinosaki and decided to give it another go. Continue reading “The Japanese Onsen Experience: Part 2”

The Japanese Onsen Experience: Part 1


I knew the traditional Japanese onsen experience was something I wanted to try the minute I read the accompanying translation: hot springs. Continue reading “The Japanese Onsen Experience: Part 1”