Category archives: guest post

boarding pass feature

I was incredibly honored to be asked to contribute to Anne’s Boarding Pass series, as I have long been a fan of both and the boarding pass posts and feel so lucky to be featured among such great company.  It was great fun going through my photo archives and reliving my favorite travels.  It also made my normal wanderlust go into overdrive and I am obsessively planning trips for the rest of the year.  I am really looking forward to meeting Anne and hearing her speak at the Hive Conference here in Berlin next month, and also seeing more of her work as art director for the new (and impeccably designed) Wayfare Magazine.  Check out my boarding pass feature here.

photo from sunset in Big Sur, aka my favorite place on earth

On Love - Fairy Tales Are True

While I am off enjoying my new-newlywed status, I asked a few of my favorite bloggers to blog-sit and write a bit on the topic of love.  Sarah has been living abroad in Basel, Switzerland, which is a short drive from our home in Germany, and she shares her expat life on her blog, Fairy Tales Are True. Her blogs make me realize I need to spend a LOT more time exploring Basel, and her gorgeous photos of her travels throughout Europe do nothing to tame my wanderlust.  If you haven’t visited her blog, I promise you will fall in love.

Ashley is getting married!  I can’t quite comprehend how gorgeous she and the day will be.
Cannot wait to see photos!
Oh, and Hi! I’m Sarah Tucker.
a girl who is a bit obsessed with love herself.
I’m an old fashioned sort who believes in holy matrimony wholeheartedly.
I tear up at the reading of vows, I sniffle through pride & prejudice,
and more often than not I flat out cry when someone tells me their sweet love story.
And yes, pledging your undying love to one person is indeed a tad risky.
But … do not all great adventures begin with a little risk?
indeed they do.
particularly those having to do with
sweet love.
And for me, well marriage has been one big adventure.
We’ve traveled to 19 different countries in under two years since we said “i do”!
Yes, traveling has been amazing.
But the best part has been having my best friend by my side.
Knowing he’ll always be there to back me up.
and love me, no matter what.
That makes my normally busy mind, calm.

So Ashley,
And here’s my electronic card.
I believe this with all of my heart.
It really is the best there is to life.
{in my humble opinion}

cheers to LOVE (:

On Love - Lindsey from Lost in Cheeseland

While Andreas and I are enjoying our new-newly status, I asked a few of my favorite bloggers to blog-sit and write a bit on the topic of love.  Lindsey is a fantastic writer who also shares my great passion for travel, and writes and photographs Paris from an expat’s perspective on her blog, Lost in Cheeseland.  Her guest post seemed the perfect fit as Andreas and I embark on this new adventure together as husband and wife.  Thank you Lindsey!

5 Tips for a Healthy Marriage 

When I first came to Paris, I fell in love within days. My attraction to the city was palpable but what was noteworthy was meeting a (my) Frenchman. It may not have been the same kind of visceral reaction for him, but I fell hard. Flash forward five years later and we’ve entered our third year of marriage. Would I use the word “bliss” at all times? No, but I’ve learned a lot through the ups and downs and I’m still convinced we’re right for each other. In honor of Ashley’s impending nuptials, I offer a few suggestions for making the marriage work, particularly during the first year. 

Love isn’t enough
There must be respect, open-mindedness and support. Exchanging I-love-you’s and providing affection are important but do not trump mutual respect and support. The number of times I’ve seen couples blatantly disrespect one another in front of friends and family is astounding and ultimately destructive to their bond. 

Be careful how far you let your anger take you

Be very prudent in marital disputes. As soon as you cross the line and say something malicious, you can’t turn back. It can really change the dynamic between the couple and lead to resentment, hurt, or even further arguments that spiral out of control. This also goes back to the issue of respect, so tread gently. Consider the outcome and if you’re really prepared to assume responsibility for your words when they shatter your partner’s feelings. Civility is key. I know this from experience.

Stare at each other
There’s something to be said for the honeymoon beginning to any relationship where hours could be spent lounging, gazing into each other’s eyes and tracing every minute detail of their faces. Those moments of insouciance and joy shouldn’t have to end after marriage. In fact, we don’t spend enough time reliving new-love activities. Devote an afternoon to doing nothing but laying around and staring at one another – remember why you’re together and why you chose that person to lay beside for life. 

Discuss explicitly and openly about your aspirations and needs
Always make sure you’re on the same page, whether with regards to professional aspirations or personal goals. Arguing over travel destinations is one thing but feeling divisive because your life plans do not match as a result of holding them to yourself isn’t constructive. Goals evolve over time, of course, but candidness from the beginning is crucial not only for communication but to ensure common growth. 

Spend time apart 
I don’t understand friends who tell me they can’t bear to be away from their partner for even one day. I may have felt that way in the beginning of our relationship but it’s healthy to crave your own space and particularly necessary when tension is high due to stress or disputes. When my husband is away on business, not only do I pack my schedule full of social events that I may ordinarily decline in order to spend time with him but I advance on personal projects. When we finally speak over the phone, I feel like I have hours worth of stories to share – a wonderful feeling. After having a few days or a couple of weeks to feel their absence and really consider what that might mean long-term, the reunion is especially sweet. Give yourself the time to go out with friends alone – being in a couple does not mean your life as an individual ceases to exist. 
Photo by Winston Alford-Hamburg taken at Lindsey’s recent Philadelphia wedding reception. 

On Love - Kayla from Exquisite Banana

While I am off preparing for the wedding, I asked a few of my favorite bloggers to blog-sit and write a bit on the topic of love.  Kayla was one of my very first commenters on this little blog and after making my way over to Exquisite Banana, I felt an instant connection to her and the icing on the cake- she spent her early years in Cape Cod which is, as you know, one of my favorite places in the world, and that just made me adore her even more.

When Ashley asked me to contribute a guest post while she’s off getting married(!), I jumped at the chance. I think we can all agree that she is a sublimely awesome human being.
One of the things I love most about Ashley is her adventurous spirit. When I think ‘Ashley,’ I automatically think “travel.”
Therefore, I couldn’t think of anything more apropos than a congratulatory salutation combining the three places in the world that hold the most obvious significance for Ashley and Andreas:

California–where she’s from
Europe–where he’s from
Cape Cod–where they’ll both be from (at least for the first few hours of their marriage)
Congratulations, my dear friend. I’m ending with James Dillet Freeman’s “Blessing for a Marriage.”
For you, I wish all of this and then some.

“May your marriage bring you all the exquisite
excitement marriage should bring,
and may life also grant you patience,
tolerance, and understanding.
May you always need one another –
not so much to fill your emptiness
as to help you to know your fullness.
A mountain needs a valley to be complete;
the valley does not make
the mountain less, but more;
and the valley is more a valley because
it has a mountain towering over it.
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another.
May you succeed in all important ways with one another,
and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say, “I love you!”
and take no notice of small faults.
If you have quarrels that push you apart,
may both of you hope to have
good sense enough to take the first step back.
May you enter into the mystery that is
the awareness of one another’s
presence – no more physical than spiritual,
warm and near when you are
side by side, and warm and near when
you are in separate rooms
or even distant cities.
May you have happiness,
and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.”

With love,
Kayla from Exquisite Banana

(photo credits: European map from my personal collection; California map from 
Vassi Slavova Design
Cape Cod Leather Travel Journal from 
Leather Maps on Etsy

On LOVE - Fleurishing Blog

While I am off preparing for the wedding, I asked a few of my favorite bloggers to blog-sit and write a bit on the topic of love.  Susan and I originally bonded over Strasbourg, my current home and a city near and dear to her heart, and I feel very lucky to have found such a lovely and supportive blog friend.  Her blog, Fleurishing, chronicles her love of France and all things French as well as her fabulous finds from the internet.  She also owns Nesting, an interior design company specializing in designing baby and children’s rooms, and surely when the time comes for us to grow our little family, I will definitely be enlisting her help!

The dress, the day, the celebration of  love with friends and family. It is a beautiful and dreamy time in life.  When I think back to my wedding in 2009, I am happy to say that the details of the day are a bit of a blur, and I look to photographs to relive them. What has stayed with me is the feeling of the day, and the joy and comfort that I felt.  Knowing I had chosen to spend my life with the man who was right for me…was, and is, an amazing feeling.  We are continually in awe of how our love has grown since then. I wish this happiness for everyone, and especially you, Ashley & Andreas, as you begin this beautiful journey together.

On LOVE - Jenni Austria Germany

While I am off preparing for the wedding, I asked a few of my favorite bloggers to blog-sit and write a bit on the topic of love.  Jenni writes an amazing blog detailing her life here in Germany and her travels throughout Europe (and girl travels a LOT – I am seriously jealous).  I am often caught laughing out loud while reading her posts, especially those which detail having a relationship with someone whose second language is english.  If you don’t already read her blog, you should.

Hello, Chasing Heartbeaters!  I’m the girl behind the blog Jenni Austria Germany and I’m very excited to be with you today.
When Ashley emailed me asking if I could post something about love+Salzburg, it took me about 5 minutes to come up with a list.  I used to live in this Austrian city and, while I live in Germany now, I still find reasons to go back and visit as much as possible;  Salzburg will always have my heart.  Here are some reasons why!

Salzburg and why I L-O-V-E it.
1.  It’s too pretty to be real
When I first posted this photo on Facebook,  a few people commented saying that it looked too beautiful to be real – one person even asked if we were standing in front of a backdrop.  Let me tell you, the city gives off the same effect in person, too.  When I show people around Salzburg for the first time, without fail, there’s always at least one chorus of, “I can’t believe this is a real place!”.
2.  It’s surrounded by beauty
Whether it’s salt mines, ice caves, ski slopes or just plain mountains (hello, Alps), Salzburg is surrounded by nature so gorgeous you’ll begin to wonder if God loves Austrians more than any other people.

3.  No matter which direction your window faces, you’ll be amazed by the view.  
As a girl who grew up in Oklahoma (the flattest state there is), I find myself wondering all the time how I ever lived my life with no gorgeous snow-capped mountains painted across the skyline.  They’ll take your breath away, they will.

4.  The river is spectacular.
Salzburg is surrounded by the Salzach river which is just breathtakingly beautiful.  Maybe I’m biased because I come from Oklahoma, a place where any body of water consists of murky, brown mud, but I could stand on the Mozart bridge and stare out at the Salzach all day.

5.  The nightlife is amazing.
Salzburg is without a doubt my favorite city to go out in at night.  It’s safe, it’s young and it’s so much fun.  Whether it’s a karaoke bar, an Irish pub or a dance club, you’ll be surrounded by youth and energy.  Salzburg is great during the day, of course, but at night, it really comes alive.

Thanks for having me, Ashley!  Can’t wait ’til you get back from your own little love adventure.  I’ll be stalking your blog for wedding photos!