New Portland Mural

Reconstructing Life After Travel

Putting the pieces back in place.

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Springfield Illinois

American Re-Entry

Sometimes it's a shock to return to your home country.

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Art Overseas part 2

Art Overseas: Part 2

The UK, Norway, Spain and Italy

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Nightime Blue Mosque

A Layover in Istanbul

A recap of our short time between Italy and returning to the States.

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Art Overseas Part 1

Art Overseas: Part 1

Belgium, Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco and France

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Light over Todi

Closing this Chapter

Finding fulfillment to the point of 'enough' with a wonderful journey.

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Jess and the Rooster

High Heels vs Chickens

Thinking about the many kinds of life we can lead

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Travel, Culture and the Pursuit of Inspiration

12 hours until go time…

As my first post regarding food and culture, I am happy to report I have spent the last few days overindulging in food and drink as is common in US culture. Next: Belgium!

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Bruges Christmas Market

Happy Christmas

Merry christmas to one and all! We wish you the warmest holiday season with family and loved ones. May your holidays be filled with love, light and your own personal inspiration. We’re spending the holiday with our family in Olympia, WA and will begin our international travels December 28. Best, Jess & Jon

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Music in Mali

Road Music

Cue the audience participation! We’re making a travel soundtrack and we want your suggestions.  Add them in the comments below and let us know why your song is perfect for travelers. Here’s our starting point, in no particular order: Senegal Fast Food – Amadou & Miriam London Calling – The Clash I Feel Like Going Home – Yo La Tengo …

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Endings & Beginnings

I’ve been thinking a lot this last week about beginnings and endings; about chapters in our lives and transitions from one to the next. Jon and I on the fast-track now, with one week until we leave Portland, two until international departure. Whether it’s jobs, where we live, and the people we see every day, there are endings, and new …

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Simply in the desert

A Simpler Time…

I had a good week this week. It was busy, and I’m still waking up with headaches from working 8 hour days at the office and then going home and doing client work for my new freelance business (Stern Creative Solutions, Inc). But all in all, there are some realizations that I’m coming to in anticipation of cutting the cord …

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Hiking in Israel

Leaping: Part 2

In my first post, I wrote about how Jon and I have decided to make our own rules; to change the playing field, and come up with a different lifestyle. We’ve been talking with our families and it’s starting to sink in how this philosophy is truly a departure from everything around us. Since we pledged that this would be …

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