To say it’s been a crazy, whirlwind, hellish year is truly an understatement. But here we are, July is sneaking in and to be quite honest, I can’t wait for this year to be over. But enough of the sob story.
Lately, I have actually been in a bit of a baking craze. Don’t ask me why but baking on the weekend has been my creative outlet. It’s one thing that truly brings me joy. Now, I’m not really a fan of eating the pies (that’s where the friends & fam come in) but I truly love making them.
Sooo…all that to say, I made a new blog for my baking adventures, if you will. If you would like to take a gander, head on over to pieonsunday.wordpress.com.
This week is CMA Fest in Nashville. Most people aren’t really familiar with it. Basically, this whole week here in Nashville, there are just about every and all kinds of concerts and events. Thursday through Sunday at LP Field, they have concerts every night with the biggest names in country music. During the day, there are heaps of events and shows all around town. Basically, its a country music fans heaven.
I, being a fan of country music, have dreamed of being a part of CMA Fest for years. Thankfully one of my co-workers had an extra ticket so you best believe I snatched that up as soon as I found out about it.
Also, seeing as I work at the Grand Ole Opry, it is also a big week for us there. Between my two jobs and CMA Fest, this week is crazy busy for me. I am super excited for all the events but I’m already tired, haha. I haven’t had much time to work on the post, so for this week’s #WanderlustWednesday, I thought that I would just share some of the pictures and quotes that keep me dreaming of travel.
Just a bit of inspiration for the week. May you continually explore this beautiful world, learn from new people and do incredible things.
When most people think of Italy they mainly think of Rome or Venice or for the fashion savvy, Milan.
All of which I would love to visit but one of my top places to visit in Italy is the Almalfi Coast. Although, I’ve heard it is a bit “touristy” the views and the seafood are enough to pull me in.
The Almalfi Coast stretches about 50 km along the southern part of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Some of it most well known cities are Positano, Almalfi and Ravello. Theses cities hang within the cliffs boarding the Mediterranean Sea. This area is well known for its lemon and olive groves that grow along side the mountains. Of course with the sea being so close in proximity, they have some incredible seafood. Anywhere where you have fresh lemons and seafood in one place, you can consider me in! I put lemon on just about everything and then you add some fish or calamari..I’m in heaven .
Then with the beautiful beaches and colorful houses…it’s like a piece of what I would consider heaven to look like.
It’s also where I would totally get married at. You have to understand, I am not one to sit on Pinterest and pin things to some “wedding” board. I honestly dont have one. For me, getting married is so far off in the future that I just can’t be bothered to think about it yet. I also work in a part of the wedding industry and from what I have seen, weddings are so complicated and over the top that I just can’t be bothered to want to have to stress over all that nonsense.
I don’t want a “traditional” wedding ceremony with the white gown, the church ceremony or the reception b.s. I want to just have a big ol’ party and actually enjoy that day. So I have said for years that I would just get married in Italy on the Almalfi coast. Whoever would want to come can join but I am not going to waste my money and time on people who i hardly know. But I digress…for me, this is one area that I continually dream about and hopefully one day soon I will be able to stand on the beach and smell the sweet salty Mediterranean Sea mixed with the lemon groves and Instagram the hell out of the breathtaking views.
Enough with the talk…let’s just take a moment and daydream about being there instead of being stuck at work…
Hopefully, one day soon, I’ll be able to post pictures that I have taken myself, but for now, these will do.
I, being an avid instagramer, occasionally will participate in the #throwbackthursdays, #mancrushmonday or the always faithful #flashbackfriday but then I came across #WanderlustWednesday. Instantly I was hooked. Anything that has to do with inspiring travel makes my heart happy.
Last week I posted a picture from Charleston, SC. As I was looking for the “right picture” to post I started to read about the city and I thought of why not making it an actual blog post. I must confess, I am a nerd and I love learning about the history and cultures of different towns/states/countries, etc. So this is my attempt at doing something more consistent with this blog and hopefully inspiring others to get out there and explore this amazing planet that we live on.
Now on to my first pick, Oaxaca, Mexico. (It’s pronounced wah-ha-kah. My 8th grade Spanish teacher pronounced it Oh-ah-chaka. It drove me absolutely insane and you best believe I rose my had and corrected her every time…but that’s beside the point.)
For those that may not know, my mother is originally from Mexico. As a little girl, I grew up going to Mexico all the time. All of her family use to live down there, so for any holiday, off to abuela’s we would go. They lived in Mexicali, which is on the border in between California and Arizona. Border towns are not the greatest places to visit. Unfortunately most of them have become run down and full of drama with all that’s going on between our borders. I haven’t traveled throughout Mexico as I would like to. I would love to know more about the other half of heritage. Each part has its own traditions and food.
What I would do to do a culinary trip all throughout Mexico and being the wannabe foodie that I am, I am a big fan of chef Rick Bayless. Here’s this white guy from Chicago who speaks better Spanish and knows more about the culture than I do. On Saturday’s he has a show on PBS where he cooks recipes from his travels around mexico or items out of his menus from his various restaurants. He shows scenes from mexico and his encounters with locals. He goes into the history and stories of various locations and local plates. He has been in Oaxaca several times on the show and every time I see it, I just want to get on a plane and fly straight there.
It’s because of him that I have added Oaxaca to my list of places I must go to. Oaxaca is filled with its colorful culture, unique foods and stunning architecture. The landscape ranges from its beautiful white sand beaches to vast mountains. The ruins of the Zapotec still remain of times past. The gold encrusted ornate churches loom in the skyline. The markets filled with multitudes of goods from food to chocolate to the locally made home goods. The moles and the mezcal that are so famous from the area. Each sharing the differences and the beauty that make up the land. It’s a place for foodies and those who truly enjoy the beauty of different cultures. For more details and information, check out http://travel.cnn.com/6-reasons-visit-oaxaca-954911