Farewell 2019, Hello 2020

Hello readers! As most of you may know I like writing an end of year blog post reflecting on the past year to ring in the New Year. (My favorite one to look back on here). I’m not really one to set resolutions, so let’s call them intentions instead. In 2019 If you’ve been following along on my socials, you’ll know 2019 was a pretty busy year. From moving halfway across the world, to marrying my best friend. The last year of this decade was pretty amazing. However, behind all the epic and gram-worthy moments are moments of self doubt and reflection. Figuring out this new identity of being a wife which I never expected to become until I was in my 30s. Being unemployed for the first 8 months and worrying that my career would pass me by. My life plan in the beginning of the decade – finish…

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Cologne Christmas Markets in a Day

Kevin and I decided to spend the holidays/ Christmas season in Europe this year to visit the magical markets! And for our first stop we decided to take a train to Cologne (Köln) Germany for the day with our Amsterdam friends. Because holidays are meant to be spent with the people you love! ❤️ How to get there Living in Amsterdam, it’s fairly easy to get to Cologne, Germany. We took an early train at 6:30AM and we were in Cologne by 9:30! If you are traveling from other parts of Europe, book train tickets at NS International. If you’re traveling from abroad, and you would like to drive. I think it would be totally manageable as I saw multiple parking lots around the city. What you should know When I first planned the trip to Cologne, I thought – we show up, the whole city is decked in Christmas…

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Travel Guide: Madrid for A Weekend

This past weekend I was able to go back to one of my favorite countries in the entire world – Spain! And this time to a new city, Madrid! I’ve always loved Spain since the first time I visited in 2016, I could happily live off of tapas and sangria for a long time. It was also special because it was Kevin’s first time in Spain so it was fun to explore around with him. We booked the trip pretty last minute so we didn’t have any concrete plans. One of those relaxed vacations without an itinerary that he always begs me to do. 😂Even though we wandered Madrid without a plan, it ended up being an amazing trip and we discovered lots of gems that I’ll share below! Where to stay We stayed at Dear Hotel pretty central in Madrid. It was easy for us to walk to and…

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Destination Wedding Q&A

Since having my own destination wedding in Bali this year, I have had several people reach out to me on behalf of themselves or friends. And it makes me so happy to hear that so many people are considering a destination wedding. I really loved that we were able to share such a special place with our loved ones. And the feedback from our guests was that they really enjoyed getting away and spending time with people they hadn’t seen in awhile. You can see the wedding recap post here. But in case you’re here debating how to go about planning your own destination wedding here are the top questions I’ve received so far! How did you choose/ which venue did you choose? I put these two questions together because the answer will go hand in hand. From the minute we decided to have our wedding in Bali, I already…

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Wedding Weekend: #2becomeHWAn

Kevin and I had our wedding in Bali on August 31, 2019 surrounded by our dear family and friends. I loved having it in Bali because we were able to share our love of travel and the beautiful island with everyone over the course of about a week! And I am so excited to share our memories here now. The schedule Kevin and I wanted to make sure our family and friends were enjoyed Bali as much as we did when we visited 2 years prior on our first long trip together. And the wonderful staff at our venue Kamandalu did an amazing job helping everyone (especially me) with all our requests. (Thank you Reha!!) From the car services to the rehearsal dinner to the amazing ambiance at our welcome event, everything was wonderful! The wedding – #2becomehwan the wedding prep My girls are such troopers, starting prep at 8AM…

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