Backpacking South America

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I never thought I would be one of those people who goes backpacking. It never appealed to me very much and it took a lot of convincing from Patrick. I had no desire to stay in hostels- sharing rooms, bathrooms, showering in flip flops, wearing the same few sets of clothes over and over again. No thanks.

Thankfully, we were able to find a way to backpack while staying in mostly private rooms or hotels. We stayed in one proper hostel at the end of our trip, but that was it. Heck we even stayed in two really nice hotels. One we booked using points and the other we splashed out for because we couldn't stand to stay in another run down place. 

So maybe we cheated and weren't true backpackers? If so, I am totally fine with that. 
Travelling is supposed to be enjoyable and the second we started to get burnt out on lack of modern luxuries we changed tune.

It ended up being the most amazing trip of my life. I saw some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world, slept at over 14,000 feet in freezing temperatures, climbed to 16,000 feet, hiked Machu Picchu, explored the world's driest desert and the world's largest salt flat, visited the pre-Incan people who live on floating islands on Lake Titicaca, drank amazing wine in Chile and had top quality steaks in Argentina. It was absolutely incredible.

We spent 5 or so weeks in SA. Patrick started before me in Rio while I stayed back for a friends wedding. He went to Iguazu Falls after Rio and then met me in Buenos Aries. After Buenos Aries our trip went like this:

- Salta, Argentina (wine!)
- San Pedro de Atacama, Chile (Atacama desert)
- 3 day Jeep trip through Bolivia to the Uyuni Salt Flats
- La Paz, Bolivia (highest capital city in the world)
- Copacabana, Bolivia (Lake Titicaca)
- Puno, Peru (Uros Islands)
- Cusco, Peru
- Ollantaytambo, Peru
- Aguas Calientes, Peru (Machu Picchu)
- Cusco, Peru
- Lima, Peru

Backpacking South America was one of those things where you don't know 
what you are missing until you experience it yourself. I am so thankful the Brit talked me into it!

Perfect day trip from London: Cambridge, England

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

First of all, have you ever seen anymore look more chic while feeding ducks? 

After our whirlwind Eurotrip my mom, the Brit and I decided to head to Cambridge for a day to see some more of beautiful England. England has so much to offer outside of London, but most visitors never venture out the Big Smoke. 

I visited Oxford on one of my trips over to visit the boy and absolutely fell in love. Cambridge and Oxford are similar in that they are both home to ridiculously good schools with some amazing scenery and a punting pastime. They are about the same distance from London in different directions and I assure you will fall in love with either.

There is just one rule when visiting Oxbridge: you must go punting (i.e. hire a small boat with a large stick, get some Pimms and float down the river). The scenery while punting is better in Cambridge but there are less people on the river in Oxford. Which means less stress and more relaxing/drinking/picnicking. So go visit both places! But until then here's how our trip went...

{these students look straight out of Harry Potter ^}

Bruges, Belgium

Monday, March 17, 2014

Bruges (or Brugge as its known by the dutch), Belgium is a town straight out of a fairy tale. Castle-like buildings, cobblestone streets, horses and carriages pacing through the town; it feels like you have gone back in time. The narrow winding streets are filled with chocolatiers, pomme frites, waffle stands and the best beer in the world. There are canals surrounding the center of town and it's just about as picturesque as you could imagine.

My mom came over to London to spend time with me a couple weeks ago and we decided to do a little euro break while she was here. She has always wanted to go to Amsterdam and being its a short hour flight from London, we decided to go there first. I have been to Amsterdam 3 times now so I have started to determine my solid favorite things to do there.

After a few glorious days in Amsterdam we took a short 2-3 hour train ride to Bruges. We stayed at the Grand Hotel Casselbergh right in town and it might be my favorite hotel to date. It was beyond gorgeous with loads of old world charm. I would go back to Bruges in a hot minute, if only for the beer selection at Bierbrasserie Cambrinus.

Big News

Friday, March 15, 2013

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Nothing is official.
But I may or may not be following the advice from these 3 beautiful images.
I am dying with excitement. :)
And can't wait to share all of the lovely details!

xx Adrienne

A Note on Why I Love Valentine's Day

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Valentine's Day is ALWAYS a special day for me whether I am single or relationshiped up. This is because one of my favorite people in the world happens to share a birthday with Valentine's Day. This person is my mother. She is everything. So this year being away from Patrick on this special day for couples wasn't so hard on me. We all went out as a family for one of the best meals I've ever had and celebrated my mom. And love. Love for her, love for eachother, and love for our significant others. Even if they are an ocean away. The Brit and my mom are so important to me, so I felt extremely blessed on this day. Below is one of my favorite pictures of the two of the them together. These two together make my heart explode and make me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.


P.S. pictures of Valentine's Day in Paris last year will be up on the blog soon. I wasn't kidding when I said I'm a lucky girl!

P.P.S. The Cups and Saucers I got my mom for her birthday and the Vintage Cocktail Book, both from Anthropologie.

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life"

Thursday, February 7, 2013

I love this quote and find it to be very fitting for London. It is one of the greatest cities in the world (the Brit would argue it is THE greatest), and I can't imagine ever tiring of it.

On my last visit over in October, I spent an afternoon walking around London by myself while the Brit was at work. I got off the tube at Piccadilly Circus, marvelled at the Eros statue, then made my way to Trafalgar Square. I was a lone tourist wandering the streets and snapping pictures of anything and everything. I then walked miles through a beautiful park named St. James Park, which is bounded by Buckingham Palace and Horse Guards Parade. At this point, like a true American, I was ready to cab it over to our meeting spot for dinner instead of walking to find a tube station; but in the London spirit, my high heeled boots and I marched to the tube and made our way to Bond Street.

The Brit was pretty proud of me for finding my way to London and around to different sites by myself. I actually quite enjoyed not arguing with anybody about which way to go and where the closest tube stop was ;). I think I could easily quit my job, move over to London, and find endless ways to entertain myself every day!

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