2016 – A (Part-time) Traveler’s Review

My yearly review is one of my favorite posts of the year. I love looking back and remembering all the year's ups and downs. Crazy enough, this is my FIFTH yearly recap! How is that possible?! (By the way, you can read 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 here.) While according...

The 16 Best Books I Read in 2016

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday! As many long-term readers know, I love to read. As I know many of you are also readers, I wanted to share my favorite books of 2016. Reading this list you'll notice a few trends. I read lots of non-fiction, i.e....

Highlights of a Glorious, Sunny Week in Paris

In September I headed back to Paris, my one-time home and forever favorite city. It was glorious - the weather was sunny and crisp and the cheese was just as delicious as I remembered. Nom. My week in Paris was part of my two-week vacation to Europe. Two weeks off...

Discovering Climbing Country in Rifle, Colorado

Last month I headed to Rifle, Colorado, one of the best climbing destinations in the United States. Long-time readers may remember I don't climb - I had a traumatic climbing incident in which I dropped a Tinder date from the top of the wall. No, that is not a joke....

Braving the Bitter Cold: Scuba Diving in Iceland

I have to admit - these days, I don't do as many things that scare me as in my younger years. Back then, I was fearless - I climbed volcanoes at dawn, rappelled down waterfalls, and attended hostel toga parties in naught but a pink sheet. But far and away,...

The Utterly Delicious Reykjavik Food Tour

While in Iceland, I knew I wanted to do a food tour. My trip was only four and half days so I figured a food tour would be the perfect crash course in Iceland's food, culture, and history. And boy, was I right. As you guys know, I've done a lot of food tours. This was...

I’m Off to Europe Today!

Hey guys, I’m off to Europe today! Words cannot express how excited and happy I am. It's been way too long. I'm headed to France, Belgium and England for two whole weeks (!!!) to see friends and family, and also to revisit places very dear to my heart. I have a weird...

The Stunning Waterfalls of Southern Iceland

Confession - I never used to like waterfalls that much. I had seen Iguazu and Niagara but honestly thought they were overrated and touristy. Why all the fuss? Welp, Iceland changed that. Iceland has so many beautiful waterfalls that I spent two days road-tripping from...

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Road Trip in Iceland

Due to its natural beauty, Iceland is an insanely fun place to road trip. Plus, it's compact - you can circle the entire country in about a week. My friend Adam and I only had four days, so we did a road trip of the southern coast. Although we would've enjoyed more...

The 10 Things That Surprised Me Most About Iceland

I had no idea of what to expect of Iceland. Thanks to Instagram, I knew of Iceland's wild, rugged beauty. But beyond that, I assumed Iceland would be like Scandinavia: cold, blond, and organized. Little did I know, Iceland is quirky, unique and unlike anywhere else...

Hey! I'm Ashley. I'm a wine drinker, bookworm, and expat in Africa. Since college I've au paired in Paris, backpacked Europe, Asia, and Africa for a year, lived in Colorado and expatriated to Uganda. Read more on my About Me page.

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