Like a Phoenix

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! Harvest’ll do that to you. In a week though I’ll be done at Staglin! After the fires everything flew by faster than I could have imagined. We’re just now getting back to 8 hour days which is both wonderful and heartbreaking since it means it’s all coming to…

Harvest Take 3: A Valley Inflamare

A week ago, I was planning on writing about how harvest at Staglin was going. It was in the middle of the busiest week I’ve ever worked–13 to 16 hour days every day–and I had no idea when my next day off would be. We were cranking out tons of grapes and our tanks were…

The Kalindi Diaries

For my last week of this whirlwind Euro trip, I figured I could either visit a new city or take the week to relax and reset before returning to America. And after finding some great detox yoga retreats to choose from, the choice was easy. One week on an island getting fit, sipping juices and hanging…

Le Mess du Monaco

Three hotels, $700 and 2 hours of hiking with luggage later, we made it. The day started out so innocently on the beaches of Nice. Sallie and I had a nice afternoon sur le plage, made it to our train on time and had a smooth 15 minute ride to Monaco. But that’s where it…

Take Me Home German Roads

While we enjoyed the city of Cologne, some of the best moments of our trip happened just beyond it. Friday morning we rented a car and drove to the Ahr, a wine region built into the mountainsides whose winding roads and sweeping views blew us all away. We first stopped at Jean Stodden to try their…

When in Cologne

A two hour train ride from Amsterdam and we were in Cologne, Germany! Which was exciting not only because hello, new country, but since Gerrit’s from there it’s all I’d heard about for the past 5 months. So although we didn’t do much research we had a pretty good idea of what we were getting…

72 Hours in Amsterdam

Although excited to start my Euro trip, the trek from Australia to Amsterdam was a hell of a way to start. I don’t know if you know this but Australia is like really far from the rest of the world. For some reason I thought it would take less time to get to Europe than…

6 Drives to See Before You Die

I love road trips. To me, they are the epitome of adventure. Pack me in a car with friends any day and let’s go. The world is vast and you have to start somewhere. The summer we graduated high school, my friends and I did a road trip from San Diego to San Francisco. Little…

Yarra Yarra Yes

Having made it to pretty much every wine region in South Australia, we knew if we were going to Melbourne we had to hit Yarra Valley as well. And trust me, we were not disappointed. Although we only had a few hours before heading to the Great Ocean Road, we packed in four tastings and…

36 Hours in Melbourne

If there’s one thing I learned in our short time here, it’s that people don’t go to Melbourne for the sights, they go for the culture. And when the culture is full of great food, nightlife, happy people and beautiful weather, can you really complain? We flew in Friday from Adelaide and upon arriving to…

My Australian Pocket Dictionary

Four months in the making, consider this my gift to anyone ever going to Australia. Even if you’re not going anytime soon I hope you get as much a kick out of it as I have. Warning: Foul language ahead! You crazy Aussies, you. Arvo – afternoon Apron – tarmac Aussie – Australian Bathers –…