two women hug at santiago cathedral

The day we completed our pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago was surreal. We couldn’t believe we were heading out on the last day, the 35th day of our pilgrimage, and that that we would arrive in Santiago de Compostela that very afternoon. We woke up in Pedrouzo giddy with excitement and literally skipping …

Woman meditates on the Camino de Santiago

Walking Away, Coming Home My fiancé was diagnosed with cancer on Valentine’s Day of 2018. I still think of the day as “Diagnosis Day.” A day when everything about our lives changed. A day that foreshadowed the darkest day that I would ever know when – just four months later – Jeff took his …

The stone circles in the Scottish Highlands

You can’t help but sing along with the haunting lyrics of the Outlander Theme Song. But the truth behind those lyrics is just as haunting as the melody. Here is what you need to know about “the Outlander song” as you prepare to binge-watch Outlander. Those Words You Hear in the Outlander Song are …

The Nightingale: A Book Review

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a story of two women in war. It is also a tale of a country torn in two. The Nightingale Plot (No Spoilers) It happened quickly. On May 9, 1940, life in France was normal. People shared carafes of wine in the cafés of Paris and kids laughed …

prague's jewish quarter

Visiting Prague’s Jewish Quarter can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be logistically overwhelming. Here’s the easiest way to visit the Jewish Quarter of Prague and a bit of background on this little neighborhood with lots of history. Prague’s Jewish Quarter: Layers of History Prague is home to one of the oldest recorded …

Terezin Concentration Camp

Picture this: The International Red Cross is coming to the ghetto. Yes, that kind of ghetto. The European ghettos that Jews were forced into during the horrific years of 1938-1945. There is overcrowding. There is stench. There is death. There is death everywhere, in fact. But there is hope. The Red Cross is coming …