1. Favorite memories from April

Albany Restaurant Week (until I thought I had lost my ID for like two weeks); Line Dancing class; participating in the first downtown business association meeting; making a glitter-tastic card for the wedding of a friend and former boss; watching March Madness come to an end with the Final Four.

2. What I like about flying

Flying usually means I’m going far away and that means a change of pace and something new.

3. What I dislike about flying

Everything involved that is not actually while up in the air; anticipation of who you are going to get sitting next to you.

4. How I define “Treat Yo Self”

Usually little splurges on things I secretly want to do more often (manis/pedis) but am too cheap to do to them all the time. And it is usually doing something that normally I’d have some sort of guilt over but don’t under this heading.

5. What makes me laugh

Wit. Retelling of a good story with friends that gets funnier with each telling for all involved.

6. Early riser or night owl

When I was younger I was more of a night owl. Now I’m more of an early riser.

7. My favorite part of travel

Taking in a new view, be it a landscape or cityscape

8. My favorite outdoor market

I actually haven’t been to many. The largest one was in Moscow. I never really took the opportunity to check out Borough Market, which is on the to-do list for the next trip to London.

9. What I can see from where I am

My desk faces a yellow wall so I can see that wall, which has 4 National Park Service posters from an old calendar and in the center is favorite travel poster seen below – again from an old travel calendar.


10. How I spent the weekend

At Anna and Anthony’s first youth soccer game of the season as coach and player, respectively. Then headed up to Vermont to my sisters for the Mother’s Day/Mom’s birthday celebrations which included a trip to the Shelburne Vineyard, the Bearded Frog and Leunig’s Bistro. Upon our return, it was the opening weekend of a local homemade ice cream shop.

11. My to-do list for today

Decide if I am going to swim today.

12. I wish I could

Have more long weekends to get away

13. Best drink I’ve had abroad

My first Kilkenny beer

14. My longest flight

US to Japan. My cousin was there teaching English and my Aunt, my cousin’s grandmother and I went to visit. Another place I never thought I’d go to. It was awesome.

15. I love where I live because

I often forget but its location. It is 4 hours and under from Boston, NYC, Buffalo, and Montreal. The Adirondacks are gorgeous and accessible.

16. (3 Year Anniversary, celebrated as seen in the feature image)Something I never want to do

Bungee jump

17. My favorite sound

Thunder storms

18. Road trips I want to do

Pacific Northwest; Route 66; Southeastern US; Across Canada

19. My favorite TV show

Very tough question. Probably the original Beverly Hills, 90210.

20. Favorite travel planning resource

Is the Internet too vague a response?

21. When I fall asleep at night…

It is usually with my nose in a book.

22. My perfect climate is…

It definitely needs to experience all four seasons. But only for their 3 designated months each i.e. Fall – September, October, November; Winter – December thru Feb, etc.

23. The weather today

Low 80s, breezy and low humidity

24. My favorite word

This is something I’ve never really thought about. I would think I’d come up with a work I like to say and another for the way it looks. Scheisse is something I like to say. I like the sound of it.

25. My funniest language fail

Hasn’t happened yet.

26. What I collect on my journeys

Postcards and magnets

27. What I’m reading right now

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

28. My first time abroad

I’m not sure where and when my first trip abroad was. We lived within half a day’s drive of Montreal and we may have gone there. Or it was the time we went to Tijuana, Mexico for a day while out visiting friends in LA when I was a pre-teen.I remember eating lunch and buying three big paper flowers.

I wrote about my first European trip here.

29. Food I’d never try

Beetles, spiders, small things with crunchy exoskeletons or things that were alive or are alive that are the above or chewy or the consistency of paté.

30. Favorite airport

Detroit. Here’s why. When wanting to avoid O’Hare for my layover when traveling between Wisconsin and New York, Detroit was my safe haven a number of times. It also made me feel that if I got stuck, I’d be at least half way home. I also like the colorful walkway and tram.

31. What I’m looking forward to next month

My 35th birthday

Small Planet Studio‘s #GlobalYou365 Challenge was created as a “reflective challenge for global adventurers in re-entry” to aid travelers navigating the often choppy waters of returning home from abroad. This Challenge consists of a question a day and is a tool that can be used to help you create a lifestyle that accommodates both your abroad self and home self. Usually it is used for those coming home, but I sought to use the Challenge in reverse, as a great opportunity to reconnect with my traveling self to create a more global lifestyle today. You too can take the challenge by clicking here.