hey all! today i’m sharing with you an article written by one of the most powerful, inspiring, wise women i know, Alli Sarazen (featured previously here). she just spent four months traveling through Nepal and India while studying abroad, and wrote this powerful piece about toilets and their metaphorical representation of the world’s current state. please, READ it. not only would she love to see more people reading it, but it is truly an inspiring piece and will probably teach you something – maybe just that you want to clean your toilet, but hey, you’re still impacting YOUR world when you do that. share it with the people you love, share it with the people you hate, share it with all those in between for this article can EFFECT POSITIVE CHANGE, and after all, that’s what we’re here for, isn’t it? let me know what you think of it in the comments! she’d love to hear some feedback as she continues to write for them. BIG love.
Burlington, VT is one of my favorite places in the world. It is full of inspiring people, beautiful nature, and is overall a blessed space. Some of my best friends in the world live there, and I visit every chance I get in order to hang out with lifelong brothers and sisters. This is the video I made of my most recent visit. It makes me miss the water! Definitely going to have to journey up into the mountains and hop into Gross Reservoir as soon as it’s a reasonable temperature! Big love.
No, although it would be amazing if I made a time machine and used it to experience the three days of peace and music I’m sure you’re thinking of, I did not go to Woodstock (the concert) last week, but to Woodstock, Vermont. One of my oldest friends has a house up there and is living there with his sister for the rest of the summer. Just as I was leaving for New Hampshire that Wednesday morning, my friend called me and asked if I wanted to go visit Dylan in VT for the night, and seeing as I was already heading in that direction, I couldn’t pass up that offer! Their house is unreal, on the top of a hill surrounded by farms. Looking further out on the horizon, all you see is beautiful Vermont mountains. I love Vermont!
So I didn’t end up going back to Burlington last weekend, but with the spirit of adventure still kicking inside of me, I left on Wednesday to visit Alli in NH and head up north for a hike. Originally, we planned a 4 hour hike, but due to our lack of a sense of direction, inability to believe the GPS, and the need to make it to New London for a delicious, nutritious dinner cooked by Alli’s beautiful friend Gretchen, we ended up hiking for about a total of an hour and a half. It was a perfect hike, nonetheless. We did a loop that ended up being a little under 4 miles, but at the halfway, we discovered an oasis. Rounding a corner, we came upon this beautiful pond:
…and made friends with Keith and Rob! We stayed here for hours, it was so difficult to turn our backs on our sanctuary. However, we had to move on as we had a lot of driving and more adventures ahead!
I went back to Burly from Monday to Thursday and am headed back in the morning for the night. Whew! Lots of driving! Last time we went, I didn’t take too many pictures because I didn’t realize we were going, so I didn’t have my Nikon D3000 with me. I had a little Canon point and shoot with me, which I love, and it takes fairly good photos but just isn’t as fun to use as the Nikon. Anyway, we spent most of the time listening to tunes on the back porch relaxing. It was so hot out it was hard to move! I spent most of my time in a bikini top and shorts. It was great seeing my friends though, because I’ve been there so many times I’m not just seeing some of my oldest and closest friends now, but new ones I’ve made over my visits! Here are a few shots from Church Street.
Since the first time I visited Burlington during the summer, I’ve been hearing about Red Rocks. This is a place where you go to cliff jump and is absolutely gorgeous. I wish I could have taken a picture of the view from the water, but in order for that to happen, I’d need to be able to swim with my camera. In any case, I got a few shots of the area and view!
From May 25 to June 3 this year, I sailed through the British Virgin Islands with my family. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever laid eyes on. Traveling along on the 47 foot catamaran, we exited Tortola and sailed on to Peter Island, Cooper Island, Virgin Gorda, Necker Island, Anegada, Guana Island, finally finishing off in Jost Van Dyke, and returned to Tortola to fly back into Logan Airport. For those of you who want an idea of what that trip looked like, you can trace it out here (hint: start in the middle and move right, then loop back again). I can’t figure out why I haven’t posted about this yet, but I will write more on it soon. For now, I’ll upload some shots before heading off to bed.
first night: hotel room view
Momma taking in the view
inside, so luxurious!
Daniel filled our tank
This man’s name is Daniel. He filled our tank with gas before setting out on the trip. We chatted as I sipped on a painkiller and I found out he’s lived on Tortola his whole life. He asked me if I liked it there, and when I replied of course he offered to let me stay with him forever. How sweet an offer, but I had to decline!
On the first day out on the water, we sailed by this storm. I thought it was absolutely beautiful the way it powerfully engulfed half of the mountains on the horizon. Stunning.
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
– Bill Bryson