48 Hours in Ibiza

Almost immediately upon hearing about Avicii’s final performance in Ibiza, I reached out to a few of my internationally-adventurous friends to gauge their interest in going to the concert. Once I received an easy, “Obviously.” from my friend Josh, I booked two round-trip tickets and hit up Instagram for some #travelinspo.
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My initial assumption about Ibiza was that it was the club-centric playground for the European elite, that just so happens to be on a beach. While this assumption was not necessarily proven “wrong” there is a lot more to this beautiful island than clubs and electronic music. The coast is littered with magnificent boulders, lush flowers line the beach walkways, and gorgeous people are e v e r y w h e r e.
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Although I wish I could have stayed for longer, my work schedule only allowed for a long weekend, leaving me with 48 hours to take on my new favorite island. So, without future adieu…48 Hours in Ibiza
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Saturday Afternoon, 15:00 – 48 Hours To Go
Land in Ibiza and check-in to the Hotel Maritimo Sport & Relax. The reviews online for this hotel were okay, but I figured two nights does not merit spending a few extra hundred Euros a night for a place that would merely serve as a crash pad. The hotel ended up being just perfect for what we needed, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to have a healthy combination of lazy beach days and fun nights out. The hotel is located in a more mellow area with a gorgeous beach and plenty of restaurants just a few minutes away. Another pro, it’s only € 20 to both the airport and the clubbing district!
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View from our hotel room

Saturday Afternoon – 16:00 – 47 Hours To Go
Throw on a swimsuit and head to Ushuaia for a day party and meet up with our other friends that flew in for the occasion. This was the venue where Avicii would be performing, and I figured it would be cool to check it out by day. The scene was a mix of muscles, tattoos, teeny tiny bikinis, and house music. If there is anyway to jump-start your immersion into Ibiza, this would be it.
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The scene

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The crew

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The nomad

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Saturday Evening – 20:00 – 43 Hours To Go
Necessary nap
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Saturday Night – 23:30  – 39.5 Hours To Go
Head to Pacha for a David Guetta party. Pacha is one of the places people talk about when you go to Ibiza. It’s interior is absolutely magnificent, there are multiple clubs within the club…that whole deal. Now this may be an unpopular opinion, but I didn’t love Pacha! By the time David Guetta took to the booth, it was 3AM and my American self just couldn’t keep up.
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Sunday “Morning” – 12:30- 27 Hours To Go
Rise and shine! Grabbed some breakfast, drank some coffee, and recounted the night’s funventures over this gorgeous vista.
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Sunday Afternoon – 13:30 – 26 Hours To Go
Beaaaaaaach. Can someone please tell me what is better than basking in the sun listening to Closer and mindlessly people watching?
Sunday Evening – 18:00 – 21.5 Hours To Go
Dinner and mental preparations for our fun night ahead
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Sunday Evening – 20:30 – 19 Hours To Go
Meet back at my friends apartment for a quick pre-concert drink. As Avicii was THE reason for us to make this 48 hour pond hop, we quickly hopped in a taxi and were at the venue by 21:30 – we weren’t about to miss 1 minute of this performance!
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Sunday Evening – 22:30 – 17 Hours To Go
Avicii hits the stage, and I am not exaggerating when I say that this performance was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Being a part of a group of people, most of whom have crossed boarders to be here, to celebrate an artist that has touched all our lives in some way justified this entire trip.
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Not Pictured: Fireworks, lasers, and airplanes flying overhead

//Monday morning 24:30- 15 Hours To Go
Not yet ready to say goodbye to the fabulous and fun new friends we met at the concert, our group heads out on the town to keep dancing at Sankey‘s Nightclub. If you’re wearing heels and your feet need a rest, there is a “no shoes allowed room” on the bottom floor in the Rebels Cave #majorkey
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Monday Morning – 11:30- 3.5 Hours To Go
Check out of the hotel and grab a final breakfast along the beach. And coffee. All of the coffee.
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Monday Afternoon – 15:00 – 0 Hours To Go
Head to the airport and say goodbye to my new favorite place in the world.
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What I’m glad I did
  • Booked Tickets Ahead of Time – Knowing where we were going and when allowed us to structure our days and make sure we were getting the most out of our trip
  • Brought a beach towel – #MajorKey
  • Packed Light – Traveling with only a backpack makes airport runs easier and stops you from over-packing unnecessary items
What I’ll do differently next time
  • Rock The Curls – I brought along my curling iron and straighter, who was I kidding? With the humidity and the ocean and the dancing, a ponytail was inevitable
  • Picnic on the Beach – None of the food we ate really blew my mind, and I think we would have had just as much fun (and saved several Euros) if we would have just grabbed sandwiches for the beach and saved our money for a future Ibiza adventure
  • Outfit Research – I should have invested a bit more time into my nighttime outfit research. I missed some serious glitter and rhinestone moments that I will never get back ** cries single tear **

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Ibiza, you will always have my heart.

♥ Kathryn

Oregon Trail, Part 2 – Fancy Nomad Style

Last week I shared some highlights from my recent trip to Oregon. Though I was able to cover several of the heavy hitters along the 101, I wanted to make sure the Portland-area got some love too.

Portland is a fantastic city with a lot to offer (quirky people, great restaurants, fun shops, excellent coffee), however, I find the best part to be its close proximity to some of Mother Earth’s greatest work.

Mount Hood

Just as fabulous in summer as in winter, Mount Hood is definitely worth the drive from Portland. The Mount Hood National Forest area has a network of hiking trails that offer options for a range of hiking abilities and distances. We opted to drive to the Timberline Lodge, which is near the top of Mount Hood, and then hike up the mountain from there.

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Could not get enough of that big blue sky

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High altitude lovin’ from momma

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There was still snow on the ground, and even a few skiiers!

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Vista House at Crown Point & Multnomah Falls

If you’re in the Portland area and are interested in getting outdoors, but are limited on time or do not feel up to being too active, these are two great options.

Easily accessible by road, the Vista House at Crown Point sits atop a cliff and overlooks the Columbia River Gorge.

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*Vis(ta) will do*

Then just a short drive away from the Vista House, one can find Multnomah Falls. These falls are 611 feet tall, and just a 5-10 minute walk away from the designated Multnomah Falls parking lot.

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Look at how tiny they are!

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Slipped and skidded my way around the base of the waterfall to get a few from the other side of the falls

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611-feet tall!

That wraps up my trip to Oregon, thank you so much for reading!

I’m looking forward to some upcoming trips in the next two months, including:

  • Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire
  • Ibiza, Spain
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

If there is anywhere I need to check out in any of these places, please let me know!

♥ Kathryn

Oregon Trail, Part 1 – Fancy Nomad Style

A little over a year ago, my brother moved to Oregon in pursuit of his two deepest passions: fixing cars and riding bikes. He loves the ability to come home from work, go for a mountain bike ride, and snap a few photos – all before dinner.

Mostly because we miss him, and partly because we’re a tad jealous of his daily vistas, my family decided to pay him a visit for the Fourth of July. In an effort to take in as much of the Oregon Coast as we could, my family rented cars and took to the 101 for a tour of the magnificent, evergreen-lined, rocky, and marvelous Pacific northwest.

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Obligatory PDX Carpet Snap

Newport

About a three-hour drive from Portland, Newport is a quaint seaside town with cafes, restaurants, and shops just steps from the ocean.

I would suggest checking out Clearwater Restaurant,  April’s at Nye Beach, and Panini Bakery. Clearwater Restaurant is located in a harbor that overlooks Newport’s famous Yaquina Bay Bridge and is a great spot for lunch or dinner. April’s offers a more formal dining experience, and Panini Bakery is a very casual spot to grab a cup of coffee and a delicious bakery treat.

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My delicious Beet Salad from Clearwater Restarurant

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Gorgeous view from Clearwater Restaurant

My favorite part of Newport was our VRBO. Discovered by my aunt and uncle, this incredible home is rightfully dubbed the “Coastal Jewel”. Atop a cliff that overlooks the Pacific, this two-bedroom home offers a large kitchen with all the bells and whistles, beach access, and a porch with breath-taking ocean views perfect for enjoying a quite morning over a cup of Stumptown.

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V(iews)RBO

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Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach

*~* Geo-science Nerd Interlude *~* Haystack Rock is a 235-foot tall sea stack, accessible at low tide from Cannon Beach. Sea stacks are large rock formations that are formed by years of waves pounding into their sides, eroding away weaker rock and leaving high-resistant rock behind.

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Portland

After spending wayyyy more hours on the road anticipated, I was happy to check into the Embassy Suites – Downtown. While we didn’t spend too much time within the city itself, we did manage to check out a few fabulous local spots that come highly recommended from yours truly:

  • Voodoo Doughnuts – Definitely worth the 45 minute wait (and 7,893 calories)
  • Yoga Pearl – Work off those donuts with some sun salutations in a heated yoga room
  • Mother’s Bistro – Comfort food done right, sooo right

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Next week I’ll share pictures and recommendations for day trips out of Portland.

Thank you so much for reading! I would love to hear your thoughts on where to go in Western Oregon and the Portland area!

♥ Kathryn

Why yoga is great for travelers (and everybody else)

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Yoga has been a part of my exercise regimen in one way or another since grade school. While I first started practicing to be a part of the “hype,” yoga has now become one of my favorite parts of the week, especially when I am traveling. I look forward to yoga class because it’s a time where I can truly let go and focus on my breath, body, and big, juicy stretches that almost make my body forget that it was crammed into a small airplane seat next to a armrest hog, and sitting in a conference room all day.

So, in celebration of International Yoga Day, I wanted to share a few reasons why yoga is fantastic for travelers (and everybody else)….

Learning to Set an Intention – It’s so easy in our world of endless to-do’s to just put your head down and grind through life checking boxes and moving from commitment to commitment on some sort of super human auto-pilot. While this is a fantastic way to get things done, it is also kind of scary. The realization that your life has been in pursuit of crossing things of of a list, rather than living with a deeper, more meaningful purpose would be terrifying (I would know, I’ve been there). Yoga instructors often encourage their students to set an intention for their practice. That intention could be an idea (peace, love, gratitude), for a particular person (your mom, your brother, that gorgeous yogi across the room…), or even just for yourself. Making it a practice to set an intention at the start of every moth, week, day, or even a simple task, is a great way to ensure you are focusing on the “big picture” rather than a to-do list. This more intentional lifestyle will direct your actions to be in line with your core values, ultimately making you a happier human.

Teaching Yourself to Let Go – So much of our mental energy can be spent on rehashing the past (Why did I say that in that meeting? How did I miss that typo on slide 5?), or worrying about the future (I hope my flight isn’t late, I am not trying to sit in the airport for 4 hours again…). Yoga teaches you to forget about the day-to-day drama, and focus on the present. As yoga provides its students with opportunities to explore new capabilities of our bodies and push our physical limits, all while breathing and balancing, there will inevitably be times when you stumble or fall. There may be poses that your body is not ready for yet, and you can’t understand how Bendy Becky over there has her ankles behind her head. By letting go, having a sense of humor, and realizing that it is just yoga, yoga students often begin to see their lives through a new lens. Hey, it’s not the end of the world if I had a typo on slide 5, and so what if my flight is late? I’ll have time to catch up on work (or have a glass of wine, who’s judging?)

Remembering to Breathe – Finally, yoga emphasizes the breath. The breath, the breath, the breath. When things get crazy at work, at home, or on the road, don’t forget to breathe. Everything will work itself out in due time, and while there is often not much you can control, you can control the way you handle unpredictability and change. Remembering that your breath is the one thing that will always be with you, through life’s ebbs and flows of people, places, jobs, and communities, is a powerful and humbling realization.

Okay, I’m done being a giant hippie now. Go forth and breath.

♥ Kathryn

{I took this photo at my favorite yoga studio in Milwaukee: Milwaukee Power Yoga}

Girls Guide To Nashville

Nashville has been on my bucket list for about a year now after hearing rave reviews from my imaginary Instagram friends (and real friends, of course). I wanted to experience the live music, gorgeous rolling hills, and emerging foodie scene for myself!

I was able to go for a long weekend with my best friend over Memorial Day, and we had a fantastic time eating and dancing our way through this fantastic southern city. Here are a few of my recommendations for a low-key, reasonably priced weekend in Nashville:

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The Loveless Cafe – Country charm and southern cooking are the main attractions of The Loveless Cafe. Personally, I just wanted to go because the sign is absolutely adorable and I have an affinity for biscuits. Expectations were certainly met from my perspective, as I was able to capture a great shot of the sign and devour 87% of my body weight worth of biscuits – however I must say the food didn’t absolutely BLOW MY MIND with deliciousness. If you love a good Insta and enjoy biscuits, then definitely take the 25 minute drive to Loveless. However, hardcore foodies may prefer to dine elsewhere. Check out more on The Loveless Cafe here.

The Pancake Pantry – Worth. The. Wait. I could rave about The Pancake Pantry for days. With 23 varieties of pancakes, from their Sweet Potato to Chocolate Sin Pancakes, there is something for everyone at this Nashville gem. My friend and I Ubered here after a long night-turns-into-morning kind of Saturday, and were seeking caffeine, recovery, and carbs, and we were not disappointed. I would suggest ordering the Sausage & Eggs, which comes with 3 Buttermilk Pancakes. The 3 Buttermilk Pancakes can be substituted for any of the other pancakes, adjusting for the price of the replacement (e.g. 1 Sante Fe Pancake instead of 3 Buttermilk). The Sante Fe Pancake was an experience – cornmeal + bacon + jalapeno + cheese = salivation station. Check out more on the Pancake Pantry here.

Tavern – A great spot to grab some dinner and drinks in Midtown between live music sessions. My friend and I heard some rave reviews and planned to get dinner there on Sunday. We put our name on the list around 8:30 and were told we had an hour wait, which was no problem at all, there are a bunch of fun bars with live music venues just a short walk away (which I will get to in the Do section). We were absolutely STARVING by the time we were notified our table was ready, and everything on the menu looked fantastic. We ultimately decided to split 3 things: the “Bazooka” Guacamole, Tuscan Kale & Parmesan Salad, and The Tavern Burger. While we did have to wait almost an hour for our food, it was all delicious! Check out more on Tavern here.

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The Bluebird Cafe – I straight up sobbed like a baby at the end of the “In The Round” session, #yolo. If you’re not familiar with the Bluebird, here’s the deal: It’s a listening room where the songwriters behind the greatest hits sit in the middle of the cafe, sing their songs, and tell the story behind the lyrics. This small 90-person venue is incredibly intimate, and seats are a hot commodity. I would strongly suggest being wiser than me and ordering tickets (available a week before the show) online. However, if you do not order tickets ahead of time you can always wait outside for a seat at the bar, pews, or a canceled reservation, like we did. We got in line at 4:00, an hour and a half before the doors opened. We thought that this would be playing it safe, boy were we wrong…we BARELY made it in, we were one of the last 4 to be seated! To be on the safe side, try to get in line at least 2 hours before the doors open. There is a Whole Foods, California Pizza Kitchen, and Zoe’s Kitchen within walking distance of the cafe, so you can always create a picnic while waiting in line. Check out more on The Bluebird Cafe here.

Broadway – Where Nashvegas got its name, and reputation. Packed with Bachelor and Bachelorette parties, Broadway is lined with bar after bar of live music venue, each with its own unique vibe and experience. My personal favorites include: Acme Feed & Seed and Tin Roof

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Centennial Park – After a long day (and night) of Nashville-ing, you may need a little R&R at a beautiful park, at least I did. Centennial Park boasts a replica of the Parthenon, a beautiful walking trail, and wideee open spacessss (Dixie Chicks, anyone? I guess you can take the girl out of Nashville but you can’t take the Nashville out of the girl 😉 ….)

Soulshine Sunday Night Blues & Groove Jam – Starting Sunday nights at 6pm, Soulshine Pizza in Midtown hosts live blues music on their second floor patio. Unofficially called “Church 2”, people of all ages come together to listen to incredible music, dance their hearts out, and get ready for the week ahead. Funny story about Soulshine…while my friend and I were listening along to a fantastic blues band, she kept saying that the pianist looked familiar but she couldn’t put her finger on it. After a few songs she gasps, “That’s Adam Wakefield from The Voice!! My mom is going to FREAK OUT.” *Her mom did freak out, btw* Leave it to Nashville to casually have the backup singer of a band be a national rising star…

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If you’re ever in Nashville, I hope you’ll have the chance to check out some of these places, as well as discover a few new favorites of your own.

Please share if you have any other recommendations, stories, or Nashville secrets. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

♥ Kathryn