If you were to ask Ryan, the Maldives is one of his favorite places that we’ve had the opportunity to visit. Rest assured that it IS everything that you have ever dreamed of. We are truly fortunate to have been able to visit the islands, but it came at a price. We forwent our annual company paid flights home to see their families. We knew that our time was limited in Qatar and luckily we have such understanding and loving families who were willing to cash in on with regular FaceTime dates in order for us to make the most of our experience abroad. So, for our second and final Eid Al Fitr in the Middle East we headed off to Maldives for a relaxing week in paradise. Continue reading “When The Maldives Call”
One of my favorite things about living in the Middle East was how centralized it was to a large portion of the world. You could hope on a 4 hour flight and be engulfed in a new country and culture, and unfortunately we don’t always have that luxury in the States. It just so happened that the Paris Airshow was taking place in the Summer of 2015 and one of my best friends and her husband would be attending. So Ryan and I thought besides it being our wedding anniversary and my birthday what better place to spend time with friends. Continue reading “C’est La Vie: Mon Paris”
The first spring that I started dating Ryan, I had no idea what I was in for. Not only did I meet Ryan’s parents for the first time, but I got my first taste of speed at the Indianapolis 500 (Indy 500). We were pumped when we found out that we would be going. So, we went out and bought our race gear aka the most American apparel that we could find. I bought these bought these awful denim acid washed American flags shorts. Looking back THANK GOD it was way too cold for us to wear any of those clothes. Continue reading “Gentlemen… Start Your Engines”
It’s been a while since I have blogged… as in 3 years a while. A lot has changed since then including traveling to several countries and moving back to Florida. I put blogging on hold as I was afraid of speaking from my perspective after being told that sites were monitored to ensure that nothing deemed slanderous was said being said about our host country and beginning to work again while we were living abroad.
After talking with a friend recently and being encouraged, I decided that it was time to pick up my blog again. Ryan and I still travel and we often get asked for our perspectives or tips when we travel. So I have decided to let this be a place that houses so much of that. I won’t keep this strictly limited to international travel and plan to include trips and recommendations locally too. Continue reading “Remembering My Why”
Weekends in Qatar are Friday and Saturday and the work week begins on Sunday. This past Friday we took our first real adventure out in the deserts of Doha. We finally broke our new SUV in with a little Dune Bashing thanks to a group event with some of Ryan’s co-workers and we all had a blast. For those of you that don’t know what dune bashing is, it’s both thrilling and slightly scary at the same time. Dune bashing is the desert version of country mudding. (HA) It’s taking your truck or SUV out to the desert and wildly driving through the giant sand dunes. The more you feel the better the thrill! Continue reading “Dune Bashing and Desert Days”
Lesson learned… Never plan less than 3-4 days for a trip to Istanbul. We had a total of 2 half days and 1 full day to attempt to cram as much as possible into. I cringe now thinking that we didn’t get to see it all! But hey we have an excuse to go back now. Continue reading “Turkish Vacation: Istanbul”
As many of you know Ryan and I spent a week in Turkey at the beginning of October. Thanks to the Muslim Holiday Eid Al Adha which provided a week long vacation, Ryan and I were able to venture off to Antalya and Istanbul for a week. For those of you that may not know, Eid Al Adha is the Muslim Festival of Sacrifice in which Muslims celebrate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael before God, which we also recognize in the Bible. Continue reading “Turkish Vacation: Antalya”
Our last few days have been filled with wandering the streets of Fira, visiting Franco’s: a bar over looking the water that plays Classical Music and encourages you to disconnect with the world of social media, riding an ATV to Oia and many of the volcanic sand beaches of Santorini, and taking in how beautiful life is.
Tomorrow we’re off to our new home of Doha, Qatar, but for now we’ll enjoy the beautiful sunset from our last night in Greece. Cheers to love and enjoying what God and life have given you! Continue reading “Honeymooning in Santorini”