Midwestern US, Travels

Westward Bound, part II – Kentucky to Colorado

(Read part 1 of this post here) Day #5: I pride myself on being a pretty good vacation planner, but the logistics of this portion of our cross-country trip completely slipped through the cracks. I’d done my best to divide up the driving into relatively equal amounts – about 8 hours – each day. But… Continue reading Westward Bound, part II – Kentucky to Colorado

Europe, Travels

Exploring Germany on Two Wheels, part II: Koblenz to Köln

Last week, I recounted the first half of our trip to Germany in May 2018. Today, I’ll pick up where I left off, which was in the town of Koblenz. Two days of biking down, two days to go! From Koblenz, we headed north towards our destination of Bad Honnef, a 57 km (35 mile)… Continue reading Exploring Germany on Two Wheels, part II: Koblenz to Köln

Europe, Travels

Exploring Germany on Two Wheels, part I: Ludwigshafen to Koblenz

For as long as I can remember, I’ve hated biking. Suffice it to say I had far too many bad childhood experiences for me to enjoy it. So when I moved away for college, I left my bike in my mom’s garage and really never looked back. But there always comes a point where it’s… Continue reading Exploring Germany on Two Wheels, part I: Ludwigshafen to Koblenz

Central America, Travels

Volcán Arenal & Tabacón Hot Springs, Costa Rica

Aside from its beaches (which we didn’t get to visit but which we will hopefully be back for soon), probably the most obvious thing to do in Costa Rica is to visit a volcano. Costa Rica has 6 active volcanoes, the most visited of which is Arenal. Located in the province of Alajuela, it’s easily… Continue reading Volcán Arenal & Tabacón Hot Springs, Costa Rica

Central America, Lists, Travels

Bucket list adventures: zip lining in Costa Rica

I don’t even remember when I first decided I wanted to go to Costa Rica. It’s been high on my list for a long time. All I know for certain is that many years ago I learned it’s possible to go zip lining through the rainforests of Costa Rica, and it’s been on my travel… Continue reading Bucket list adventures: zip lining in Costa Rica

Central America, Travels

World Capitals: San José, Costa Rica

Alternate title: In Which Diana FINALLY Gets a Stamp in Her Passport! Welcome to the third installment of my World Capitals series. Today’s post is all about the highly contradictory capital of Costa Rica. Our trip to Costa Rica began with our mid-day arrival at the airport in Connecticut, meaning we didn’t land in San… Continue reading World Capitals: San José, Costa Rica

About me, Lists, Travels

Travel Lessons I Learned in 2018

People travel for many reasons, and one of the most common reasons is to experience other cultures and learn about the world. I've always said that’s one of the reasons I travel, too, but the truth is that I’d never left North America before this year. The closest I’d come to experiencing other cultures was… Continue reading Travel Lessons I Learned in 2018