So how did we end up in Prague anyway?

You might (logically) think that it started with a job offer.  But it actually started, at least for me, in the early days of motherhood, sitting on my bed bingewatching Master of None while trying to breastfeed my baby.

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Lisbon: 2 1/2 days with a toddler

We’d barely been back from Cancun for 24 hours when we started planning our next “sunny” vacation.  (Coming home to dirty snow and a high of -2 Celsius was not fun!) At the top of my list for a while now was a trip to Portugal so after quizzing my Facebook friends on the benefits of Lisbon v. Porto, we were off for a week in a {slightly} warmer climate.

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Sintra & Cascais: 2 1/2 days with a toddler

When I asked my Facebook friends whether we should go to Lisbon or Porto (nothing like crowdsourcing your vacation plans, am I right?) a third place (albeit one close to Lisbon) kept coming up—Sintra.  One quick Pinterest search later and I knew we had to go.  So we booked our tickets for a week in Lisbon, with the intent of spending half our time in Lisbon and half in nearby Sintra.

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Adventures in Transatlantic Travel with a Young Toddler

First off…if you are looking for the secret to how to ensure that your toddler doesn’t cry during a fourteen hour flight and immediately adjusts to the new time zone, keep on walking.  I spent hours scouring the internet for that information before our last big trip and couldn’t find it.  There were tips for babies (but mine was (mostly) weaned so feeding him during takeoff and landing was not an option) and older toddlers (but mine isn’t interested in crayons or stickers, so those are out).  But nothing about how to handle a 13 month old who had just recently started walking.

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After the March

One week ago, millions of people around the world gathered to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump.  In the days that followed, my Facebook feed was filled with related messages including pictures from various marches and marchers, calls to make sure that the march becomes a movement, and a disheartening post on why the poster doesn’t support the women’s rights movement (and presumably any one of the dozens of other movements this president has already spawned, but I digress).

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Tour of Prague: Old Town Square

When we first decided to move to Prague I was super excited about this becoming a travel blog.  I love to travel and I love travel blogs with all their pretty pictures.  Sadly, my photography skills still aren’t up to snuff but I’ve decided not to let that stop me. (And hopefully this blog will motivate me to actually practice my photography!)  So here we go with one of the first places on every Prague tourist’s itinerary—Old Town Square.

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How Important Is It to Learn the Community Language?

If you had asked me this six months ago I would have said (or at least thought) “Very.  Duh.”  After all, isn’t being able to communicate with the people around you an important part of building connection?  Not to mention navigate the city.  But here I am, two weeks shy of six months and my Czech vocabulary consists of about six words.

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And my word for 2017 is…

Last year at around this time I came across a lot of posts on Instagram about posters’ “word of the year.”  I had never heard of (or paid attention to) the idea but it immediately resonated with me and my word for 2016 was obvious.  My son was born just over a month earlier on Thanksgiving and I’d been reading a lot the prior year about gratitude and its importance for leading a joyful life.  So gratitude became my word and I broke out my little pink journal with the phrase “See Countless Blessings” embossed on the cover intent on doing exactly that—being more cognizant of all the little and not-so-little good fortunes in my life.

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The First Page

When I was about thirteen I read somewhere that you should leave the first page of a new journal blank so that you could start writing without the stress of trying to write something “perfect” on that first page.  The idea (explicit or implicit, I don’t remember) was that you could go in later, once you’d started writing, and fill in the first page.  I never did that, so as a result I have dozens of journals with blank first pages.  But the journals themselves were filled.

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