Monday, October 26, 2015

Talking 'bout myself

Rachel nominated me to answer some questions (read her answers here), so naturally as I love to talk about myself.. I did a mix of her questions and the ones she nominated for me to answer.

Why did you decide to start a blog? I've mentioned this before, but I started a blog and then really started a blog when it was clear I wasn't going back home. I was lonely even though I had friends and KC. I just felt like I didn't get that closure and I needed some sort of outlet. Not to talk about being an expat, but just to talk. I'm so glad I did.

If you could live in one city, what would it be? I'm actually going to agree with Rachel... Sydney for sure. I just wish I could take my favourite people from KY with me.


Is there one place that you have no desire to visit? Like Rachel, I don't particularly want to go places with wars, human rights issues or oppressive regimes. But on top of that, most of Asia has never tempted me. I know I'm in the minority but there you go. I was always much more obsessed with visiting America and Europe. I don't know why. If we lived in Australia, I could definitely see us visiting Thailand or Bali because it's relatively cheap and both are popular destinations. But from the US, it's far and expensive. If I'm going that far and paying that much, I'm going to Australia.

What is the best piece of travel advice you've received? Probably this: it's okay to want to do the cliche touristy things. It's even more okay to not want to do them. There is a pressure, I think, and you feel like you have to go to the Louvre even though you're not a fan of art. It all starts to blend together and you start to wonder what you actually want to do and what you feel like you 'should' do. I'm getting much better at knowing myself and what I want out of my travel.


this was close enough for me!
Are you a spontaneous traveller, or do you have everything planned out for your trips? I am a planner through and through. I think we all know this. I like to have every second planned if I can. I'm starting to learn that isn't always the best though, and I'm learning to go with the flow. Learning.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Gelato (with whipped cream).


Which post are you most proud of? Oh man. I'm proud of posts that I put a lot of time and effort into, but emotionally, this one about when size doesn't matter to me will always mean a lot to me. It's so easy to get caught up in all the stuff and the comparing, and I used to really struggle with wanting more more more more and finally I'd just had enough. I love my 'small' engagement ring and our 'small' house. Nothing in my closet is expensive or fancy. But I get to travel and do what makes me happy, and that, my friends, is what is important.


Where are you travelling to next? DISNEY! I am so excited. We also have a few more trips in the works (2016 and 2017) that I am super pumped about.


Who would you invite to your dream dinner party, alive or dead? Kate Milddeton and Jane Austen. Wouldn't that be fun?


Where is your all-time favourite destination? Oh man, so much pressure. America in general will always hold a special place in my heart. Australia of course, even though it's my home. I loved Paris and Rome, but I think London will always be #1 because it was my first.



Do you have a favourite travel app? I do. It's a budgeting app, and I'll be doing a post on it soon.

Where is somewhere you've been or something you did that you didn't expect much of, but ended up loving? Dublin. I thought it would be okay, not bad but not amazing. I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did.



Is there anything you like to do any time you visit somewhere new? So many things. Eat all the food. People watch. Exclaim over and over 'I can't believe I'm here!'.


What's your pet peeve? I have lots, but travel related - people standing in front of you at baggage claim. Like hey assbutt, we are all waiting for our bags, you are not special. It annoys me so much that it's one of the reasons I avoid checking a bag if I can help it.



What's your favourite and least favourite thing about blogging? My favourite thing is all the things. The community for sure. My least favourite? Hmm. I don't dislike anything about blogging, but as everyone knows, it takes a lot more time than you might think, and that can be a downer sometimes. But if I don't feel like it, I don't do it, so no biggie.


What's your most treasured possession? Hmm. I don't know about treasured, but I rely heavily on my laptop, camera and kindle. I'd say my kindle is pretty important, especially when it comes to travel.


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Phew. That was a lot of talking about myself for a Monday morning. 

How about you, where is the best place you've ever been? Where is the next place on your list?

63 comments:

  1. "Like hey assbutt..." and that suddenly became my most favorite new phrase in the history of life! Haha. I love this idea and just like you, if I could pick one thing to eat - it would most definitely be gelato (with the whipped cream) all day, every day! P.S. I was never into Asia visiting either - it only really happened because we live here, but I am all about wanting to visit Europe!!

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  2. I agree with you on the touristy things, it's hard to decide what you want to do and what you should do. But I skipped the Louvre too! :) And yes to London! Can't wait to hear about your fav travel app <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. You are an incredible traveler, lady! Fun learning a lil more about you, although I feel I knew some of this from reading your blog for so long. Your Europe trip was pretty amazing, and I'm with you, GIMME ALL THE GELATO! Have a great monday! :)

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  4. Yay thanks for answering my questions! I love that travel advice. I definitely skipped the Louvre on my last visit(s...) to Paris in favour of stuffing my face with a gluten free eclair or three. And I'm very happy with my decision!

    I've never been to Dublin despite it being about an hour on the plane away, so I should really fix that soon...! What was the absolute #1 thing you did?

    As for the baggage reclaim, I hate to conform to the British stereotype but people who can't queue properly really bother me. In any situation, but especially at the end of a flight when I'm ready to get the heck out of the airport already!

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  5. I can't wait to read about this budgeting app!!!

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  6. I always bring my Kindle with me when I travel--I agree that it's an essential! Love your advice to not feel pressured to do/not do the touristy things. Just do what you really want to go and do--let other people judge if they must!
    Loved getting to know a bit more about you!

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  7. ooooo best place i've been thus far is Italy. i would love to do more of Europe but waiting for kayla to get older so she can appreciate it!

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  8. Your dinner party guests sound great, but for now I can't wait to hear about this magical app!

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  9. Ugh YES! I hate when people think they're god's gift to the earth and their bag is more important than yours or that they're in a "bigger rush" than you!

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  10. i gotta get through that security checkfast. and getting my bag, etc. i hate hlding up people bc i hate when it's done to me. i start to sweat if like my shoe gets stuck or something. loved learning more about your travel preferences and such.

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  11. Great survey!! I might steal it as well :) Best place I've ever been might be Switzerland...or Mallorca...or Costa Rica. So hard to choose because they're all so different! Next place I'm going (out of the country) is BELIZE to get MARRIED!!!!!!! Just booked the flight this weekend!

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  12. Umm can I please be invited to that dinner party too, because it sounds awesome :) I actually don't have any trips officially booked at the moment, I need to work on that!

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  13. So no kindle for me but you've convinced me of the virtues of it so I have the kindle app on my ipad that I use constantly now! Also JB and I have yet to go on a big trip together but we'll be heading to Mexico this January soooooo here's to hoping we are good travel companions haha

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  14. Asia has seriously never tempted me either!
    Not going to lie the England is on my list of places to go and a more like I HAVE TO GO OR ELSE...mainly because I want to take all the Harry Potter tours haha I'm so lame...

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  15. A lot of places in Asia aren't on my list either (like China and Japan). And I totally agree about the not doing all the tourist things. I am not a fan of art either so I'd probably go to the Louvre to see the three paintings that interest me, and then leave.

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  16. I've never had any desire to visit Asia either, I just said this to Tyson the other night during House Hunters International.

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  17. Picking a favorite place is SO tough haha, I enjoyed Poland even though I didn't get to spend a lot of time there. Shockingly enough it beats out the stereotypical France and Italy trips, but I think the places that you don't expect to love usually turn out to be your favorite. I think next on my list would be more European trips, I'd love to visit Germany because I can only imagine the kind of museums they have there. But I also want to go to Thailand to eat some authentic pad thai :)

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  18. Oooh invite me to that dinner party please! :) So fun! I want to go everywherrrreeee. We are headed to Phoenix before Christmas. More of a family thing than a vacation, but it is getting away. :) I hope we do something fun in either February or March as well. Just don't know what it will be yet. We're planning to be in San Francisco in April, and maybe just maybe Boston in the fall. I am still dreaming of that Europe trip... but also a house. So we'll see how all of that shakes out! :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  19. Assbutts? LOL!!!! I think I need to start adding that to my daily vocab. You definitely have had some cool trips!!! And I am totally jealous of your upcoming Disney one!

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  20. As much as I hated touristy things I am starting to love them. You get to know the city for all the good parts!

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  21. Your tip about wanting to visit tourist sites and "having to" visit tourist sites on vacation is genius. I've never thought of it that way! Heck yes to a dinner or tea party with Kate and Jane - what a dream, right? The most exciting place that I've been to date is St. John on the U.S. Virgin Islands for a day of our honeymoon - it's heaven on earth. And we are headed to Disney ourselves in February! But, you already knew that. :)

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  22. I used to want to go EVERYWHERE, but now that I'm older and have actually planned a few trips, going to places where English isn't the primary language is a lot of work! It's one of the reasons I'm so excited about Australia, because without that language barrier, it's going to be so much more relaxing, instead of always being on our toes. My family's going to Disney in May! And it'll be Ryan's first time. I cannot wait to drag him around all my favorite childhood memories!!! (Stuff I think he'll like: Epcot, waterparks, Tomorrowland. Stuff I'm going to force him to attend because it's a memory: Country Bear Jamboree, It's a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Haunted House ride.)

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  23. I love to eat on vacations too! I could eat the whole time and be so happy, except that I would gain like 1,000 pounds. And I totally agree about trying to find a balance as far as having everything planned out for vacations (I'm usually that person), and then trying to relax and go with the flow. I seriously don't think that I could live without my computer, camera, iPad, or cellphone (it's pretty much permanently attached to me at all times)! My whole life is basically stored on these devices, which is so crazy to me!

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  24. I'm totally going to steal this questionnaire. People standing in the way at luggage claim and those who cut line when deplaning are my least favorite. Really just rude people in general. I'm excited to hear about your budgeting app, I need help in that department of traveling!

    xx, Carly | carly blogs

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  25. Love this and it makes me want to pick up and travel so badly over to Europe! If only it wasn't so darn expensive to get there....I'm dreaming of the day. Also I can't wait to meet you next month!

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  26. Haha it took one very stressful weekend in Paris where I tried to fit everything in to make me realise I don't have to do and see everything, I am much better at knowing what I actually want to do instead of just doing stuff to say I have done it (I don't even know if that sentence makes sense haha). I wish I had skipped the Lourve - total snorefest!

    http://www.daydreamsofsummertime.co.uk/

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  27. I'm the same way about Asia, never felt a draw to travel there. My husband thinks I am nuts, but take me all over America, Europe, Canada, and maybe a few other places THEN I'll maybe consider Asia...;)

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  28. Yeah for your Disney trip!!!!!! I have to get there and see you when you are in my state!

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  29. WHY do people at baggage claim behave like that? I mean, we all want to get our shit and get home but seriously. Stop it.

    While those wouldn't be who I would choose, that's definitely a hell of a dinner party list.

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  30. Love learning more about you! I, myself, really have no interest in visiting the same places you've mentioned but am also dying to visit Europe! Any and everyone I know (besides Beck and myself) have been overseas and it's been a dream of mine since I was little. One of these days before I have kids... it's happening!!

    Staci
    www.missbloodymary.com

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  31. Great answers. I think it is so true about knowing what you like and not seeing all the tourist things if it doesn't interest you. I think some would be great but you don't have to see it all. I don't travel that much but I do like going places even if just locally.

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  32. I really like the bit about feeling pressure to do the touristy things if you don't want to - I feel like there is only so much time and you might as well do the things you like! I feel like that with restaurants too - thats why I will take suggestions, but only make one reservation from those suggestions - the rest we wing it lol! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  33. I'm with you on the not being super pumped to visit Asia. However London, Rome & Sydney are my top 3 please I need to go ASAP places. And always Disney. Because I aspire to be Ariel.

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  34. I'm like you on the planning. Over planning is probably what it would be called because I am such a details person I like to know what we're doing every day of a trip. And I also am LEARNING to let that go a little, even though it's hard. Same thoughts on Asia too, accept maybe Thailand and the pretty islands/beaches.

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  35. Your favorite things to do when you travel to a new place are just like mine! Eat all the food, people watch, and keep saying that "I can't believe I'm here!" That seriously is me in a nutshell when I travel to a place I've wanted to go for a long time! :)

    And I think your advice on it being okay to want to do the touristy stuff AND it being okay to NOT want to do the touristy stuff is spot on!

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  36. I loved reading this, so fun to hear about people's musings. That is a fantastic tip about being okay not doing tourist things and doing them. You really should spend your hard-earned vacation how YOU want. We didn't go see Mona Lisa either. Almost did and it would have been cool to see her but the line was so long and it was our last day, I decided it would be next time.

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  37. I already had the need to travel itch, but this post just sent me over the edge.

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  38. I try to avoid checking bags too for the most part, and I love all your Europe pics! And yayyyyy for your upcoming Disney trip and our Orlando bloggers blate <3

    Green Fashionista

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  39. I've never really traveled much. I've been to like 27 states and the Dominican Republic, that's it! Except Sunday I'm going to the Bahamas! I also really want to go to Europe one day, especially London, so I'm glad to hear it's your favorite!

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  40. I'm with you in that I'm not terribly interested in planning a trip to Asia. I do think it would be cool to see parts of India and Thailand seems interesting, but like you said, if I'm going to spend that much time and money traveling I'd rather it be to a place I'm dying to see, like Australia. But as you know, the rest of the U.S is on tap first. (Kentucky still needs to be crossed off my list... 2016 trip?? ;))

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  41. These are such fun questions! I really wish I could travel more!

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  42. So glad you loved London and Dublin, because we want to do England (probably just London), Ireland, and Scotland for our belated honeymoon eventually! I'd say Asia is probably last on my list too.

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  43. Best place I've ever been... Man, that's tough. Of all the places I've traveled, I think of New Zealand most frequently. It was a completely unexpected surprise, for I didn't expect it to be as pretty and green as it was. Such a great place for outdoor and active pursuits. The next place on my list... Possibly a girl's trip with some buddies of mine next summer to Las Vegas to celebrate one of the girl's 40th birthday. My husband loves cruises, so that is always a possibility. The "biggie" destination on my radar is Iceland.

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  44. Best place: Grand Cayman. It's beautiful and the people are kind. Plain and simple. But I'm really looking forward to visiting Europe in the next year or so. I feel the same about Asia as you, but I always hear how great it is. I also just want to see more of the US. This country is so huge and there are so many places in it that I have yet to see and are worth exploring.

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  45. Lol "hey assbutt". Definitely something I would say!

    See, I thought I was in the minority because I've never really wanted to visit Asia and for the same reasons you listed. So many friends of mine have either gone or wanted to go and are shocked that I don't, but it's not a huge appeal to me.

    My favorite place that I've been to is - hands down - New a Orleans. I've seen and been to quite a bit (only in the us, minus Vancouver) and New Orleans was a dream come true.

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  46. I've never had a strong desire to go to Asia either. I think Ben wants to go to China and Japan but luckily he doesn't take the lead in planning our travels haha! And don't hate me but London is somewhere I've never really wanted to go until recently (kind of). I mean I think it would be cool to go to those places, they're just not anywhere close to the top of my list. I have NO idea where I want to go next. I'm so glad I've been to Europe once because even though there are tons more places I want to go there but the plane ride scares the shit out of me now soooo I'm thinking I'm going to get in a lot more domestic travel in the near future ;)

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  47. Speaking of Austen, I listened to a biography about her life via podcast and I find her real life possibly more interesting than her books... :) Kate Middleton's invitation would go without saying.
    I'm always impressed by your ability to consistently link back to previous posts lol

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  48. Thanks a lot for NOT FUCKING INVITING ME TO YOUR IMAGINARY DINNER PARTY. -_-

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  49. Kate Milddeton and Jane Austen would be amazing guests at a dinner party!

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  50. I'd come to that dinner party.
    I freak out when my Kindle battery gets low.

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  51. Love these questions/answers! I can't wait to hear more about your 2016/2017 trips (I'm dying to know what y'all decided after that post you wrote!)

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  52. I went to Paris and didn't visit the Louve either!!! So not my thing. Give me all the food & drink & sights, but museums are typically not at the top of my list.

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  53. This post makes my travel bug itch a little bit more! You have been so many cool places! The first place on my travel list is London...for some reason I have always thought that I would just love it there. Maybe its because I grew up reading Harry Potter or maybe its because I love English breakfast tea, haha!

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  54. Hello to the gorgeous new picture of you & Chelsea. Such pretty little things you are :)
    Ok. So instead of commenting all over your post, I'll just answer your question at the end. My all-time favorite place in the world is Interlaken, Switzerland. So much so, that I've been there 4 times. Next place on my list - Neil has never been able to take Liam on a true holiday. One day, we will all go to Texas for a visit. But, for now...we are trying to figure out a way that he & I can take off at the same time and take the boy somewhere in Australia. Ayers Rock/Ularu, NT and Croc tours, something memorable for a young boy. He's been to DreamWorld and the Australia Zoo with his mum. Any ideas for me?

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  55. I always love your travel posts -- and duhhh, always like getting to know more about you! Eating gelato with whipped cream forever definitely wouldn't suck.

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  56. Asia is not high on my travel wish list either, but I know it's on MFD's. Maybe not at the top, but it's there. I dread when he wants to make it happen. LOLOL

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  57. Great post! Love your best piece of travel advice. I need to use that next time!

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  58. lol i love this! Asia isnt on the top of my travel wishlist mostly because i dont really love asian food and eating is one of the best part of traveling :) And dont feel bad about the Louvre, when we went for our honeymoon we just got pics outside (h isnt a fan of museums!) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  59. Hey Assbut is my favorite. It made me think of my all time favorite show Supernatural! I wish we traveled more but I love that you put on the list that it is totally okay to do the touristy things and totally okay to skip them! We always have more fun when we just do the things we Want to do!

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  60. That is really good travel advice. I've started just doing the open-top bus tours in new cities so I can glimpse the touristy bits and hear some interesting facts, but not spend all day on it (especially when, like you said, there's so much food to eat!). And yeah, the baggage claim thing is annoying. I've gotten to the point where I don't even bother hiding my irritation anymore. People can be the worst.

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  61. Loved this post and loving that blonde hair ;)!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  62. I loved China and Tibet. (Probably even more so because I met my future husband on that trip, but it would have been awesome regardless!)

    Eric and I both want to go back to Asia at some point. Japan and Thailand are really high on both of our lists, but we'd be open to most places. If/when we have a kid, our plan is to take him/her to China at some point so we can show him/her where we met. Plus it's a nice excuse to go back! (And we want to go to Shanghai because we didn't get to go on our first trip.)

    I know I talked to you about the Louvre before, and how it was one of the highlights of my time in Paris. I definitely get that it's not the right way to spend your time if you're not that into art, though. Eric isn't as into it as I am, but he still likes art museums ... So I didn't feel too bad insisting that we spend several hours there. That definitely wasn't enough time to even see half of it, but we made sure we hit all the things we really wanted to see.

    I hate the baggage claim thing too. It especially sucks since I'm really short/small and really tall people seem to like standing in front of me. Ugh, so annoying! I've gotten to the point where I just go into angry bitch mode and elbow people aside in order to get my things. I don't do this if people are standing back at a reasonable distance, of course, but if they get right in front of me, WATCH OUT. Haha.

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  63. Hahaha all these gifs! I love them! I'm obviously way behind on posts, but did I miss the budgeting app post, because it sounds like I need that in my life (and on my phone, haha). I'm with you on Asia being somewhere that doesn't peak my interest in places to visit.

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