Category Archives: Europe

New Tunes

So it was a long haul, but all my darn final papers  + dissertation proposal are turned in. March 21st here we come (that’s when I’ll really be done)! It’s tedious to sit in front of the computer for so long…but it does help to make new music discoveries.

I’m a little (or maybe a lot) obsessed with Lou Doillon. Her album Places came out last June, but I hadn’t heard it until these past few weeks. And now I’ve listened to it over and over (probably over fifty times in the last week alone).

I find her story-telling songs a sort of paradox, because they are chill, but also upbeat. The lyrics relatable, both deep and light hearted. It’s just all fun and complex. See I’m totally contradicting myself. But you can listen for yourself, as I highly recommend you check her out if you haven’t already. More info on Lou here and here.

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Greetings from Brussels!

To say it’s been a little quiet around here (this blog) is an understatement.

But I’m back because I’ve had requests for posts (yay!), and because I’m international again (yay-times-a-mil!).

This time I’m hunkered down in Brussels, Belgium for three months. I have an externship with Human Rights Without Frontiers International.  I’ll post more about what the position entails after I complete my first few days of work this week. I looking forward to starting on Wednesday.

I do plan on doing some traveling while I’m in Europe, but, in addition to the work I’ll be doing, I’m also pretty excited to have a city to get to know.  So, it’s not going to be quite the same as it was before when I went full wanderlust, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be any less…well, anything (enter your own adj. here).

Here’s the scoop so far: I arrived in Brussels late in the day on Saturday. Since I’ve had a few days to myself before I start work, I’ve taken the opportunity to unpack, chill out, drink my favorite belgian beer, get aquainted with my neighborhood, and play tourist. Here are a few highlights. *Notes below.

Grand Place*

Manneken Pis*

Manneken Pis – Close-up

Galeries St Hubert*

Street Scene

Vintage Dress I Bought*

Notes:

Grand Place: is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and said to be one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Built as a merchants market in the 13th century, it serves as the city center and a great place to enjoy Belgian hospitality at one of the many terrace cafes. It is also a venue for many concerts & events throughout the year and during the warmer months has a vibrant, daily flower market.**

Manneken Pis: a famous statue of a little boy peeing in a fountain is a perfect representative of the irreverent Belgian humor. The unique Brussels icon has been amusing visitors since 1619. Over time it has become a tradition for visiting heads of state to donate miniature versions of their national costume for the little naked boy. The wardrobe of Mannekin Pis can be seen at the Brussels museum and includes over 760 outfits – even an authentic Elvis jumpsuit.**

Galeries St Hubert: is a gorgeous, glass roofed arcade in the center of town, lined with cafes, theaters and luxury stores has the distinction of being the first shopping arcade in Europe. Built in 1847 and recently renovated.**

Vintage Dress I Bought: at Burlesque Vintage Store when I was exploring the seemingly touristy area around Grand Place. The musty-ish vintage smell that makes vintage/second hand shopping so fun and the awesome shoes in the window drew me in.  Much to my pleasant surprise, the first clothing rack I flipped through held this little gem. Besides the sleeves being a little tighter than I’d prefer, it fits beautifully.  I met Lawrence, owner and DJ! He invited me to a club he’s spinning 50’s and 60’s music at Saturday night. We shall see…

**The above descriptions of Grand Place, Manneken Pis and Galeries St Hubert are copied and edited from this website.

Happy Anniversary to Meeeeee!

Today is a special day for two reasons…

First, it’s my half-birthday! Whoo!


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Second, it’s the one year anniversary of Depth in a Shot Glass!

And I’m still here!  Not posting as much as I would like, or as many times as I feel I have something to share. But I have really enjoyed the blogging experience in a way I thought I wouldn’t before I did it.

I wanted to do something special to do for my half-birthday/anniversary. I’ve decided to post a medley of some of my favorite things; some that I’ve  posted about before, and that I have wanted to post about but never got around to, and some things that I just like!

Favorite Song of 2011 (which I first posted about here)

Favorite (First Season) Portlandia Clip*
*Note: Sexual content

Favorite Cocktail in SF
Uptown Manhattan at Absinthe in Hayes Valley

Favorite Movie that makes me miss Europe…a lot

I also really enjoy the soundtrack as well.

Favorite Movie that reminds me of why I am in law school

Favorite Inspiration Ted Talk (Props to Courtney for turning me on to this) It’s what I am trying to feel more comfortable with in my life.

That’s all for today. But stay tuned…

Year 2 of Depth in a Shot Glass comin’ up!

And the winner is…

The Osprey Travel Sojourn 25″ Wheeled Convertible Pack

Obviously I still have to travel with it, so I’ll have a better opinion of it in a few months, but right now I’m pretty stoked.

I took some good advice and went to REI to check out a bunch of bags. I loaded them down with weights, adjusted them to my back (I have a long torso) and walked around. I tried all the zippers, checked out all the compartments and looked for any cool extras.  At the end of my REI trip, I left knowing that the Osprey Sojourn was the one for me.

Since I’ve been plagued with back issues on and off since I was 15, and having recently spent a month and a half in physical therapy for it, I don’t want to have any problems in Europe. That’s why the convertible wheeled pack is so appealing. Check out how it converts.  Note – I did my best with these pics, it’s kind of hard to photograph (for me anyway).

{Before conversion}

{What’s packed away}

{How the hip straps attach to the bottom of the pack}

{And it’s ready to go!}

The other thing I like about it, is that unlike the traditional backpacks, it unzips completely in the front so I have easy access to everything inside.

{Front view}

Now, on to figuring out what to put inside…

 

Back(pack) on Track

I need to get focused!

It’s the beginning of March. That means my trip to Europe is about a month and a half away. While I have a list of places that I must/want to go and some awesome recommendations, I have not started acquiring the gear that I need for over two months of travel. First on my list of upcoming purchases is a backpack. I’ve put together the following collage of ideas. They vary because as I get further into my research I keep thinking smaller, with wheels, and lots of compartments. And besides my main pack, I also need a day trip bag – but I’m not there yet. So take a look at the ones I’m looking at for my main pack below. Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions!

Backpacks

1. Osprey Packs Women’s Ariel 75 Backpack, $278.95
2. Osprey Packs Women’s Xenon 70 Backpack, $314,09
3. Osprey Packs Women’s Aura 65 Backpack, $215.09
4. Timbuk2 Checkpoint Rolling Luggage, $275.00 (Not a backpack)
5. Eagle Creek Deviate Twist 65L, $280.00
6. Osprey Travel Sojourn 25″ Wheeled Convertible Pack, $233.10
7. Timbuk2 Copilot Roller, $225.00 (Not a backpack)
8. Tumi Alpha Bravo Lemoore Wheeled Backpack, $445.00
9. Zebra Crossing Club Lambchop Wheeled Backpack, $49.99 (Who doesn’t want to take this adorable backpack with them anywhere?!)

To be honest, while the Lambshop bag is tempting, the rolling Osprey is top on my list…and I love the Timbuk2 bags, but unfortunately they are not backpacks! Does it have to be!? I’m pretty convinced it does.

It’s Official

I was sitting at my desk this morning at work, and my boss came in and said, “You ready?” I looked at him, puzzled.  Did I forget about a meeting?  “For what?” I asked.  He answered, “To go to HR.”  

Now this is not as scary as it sounds.  Actually, I have been waiting for this moment for a few months now.  The moment when I officially give notice at my job. That kind of sounds bad too. Really, I love my job.  It has been great for me in so many ways, but I am ready to move on. Call me crazy but I am looking forward to just focusing on one thing (law school), instead of the million things I seem to be doing all at once.  Anyway, we headed up to HR and my notice became official.  There’s no turning back now. 

Before law school, however, is my backpacking trip around Europe! I leave April 20th and return June 29th.  And I’m pretty much going it alone. I plan to meet up with my mom in either Holland or Italy (maybe both), and then my boyfriend, Brian, will likely meet me in Germany sometime in June.  But so far when someone asks me my plan, I just shrug my shoulders and mumble something to the effect of, I’m not really sure yet.

So, my plan this President’s Day weekend is to work on the planning for my trip.  I bought my ticket a few weeks ago when I saw a good deal on Virgin Atlantic and that’s been pretty much the extent of it. Since I am flying in and out of London, I plan to spend my first days there and also visit some realitives that live in other parts of England. Then, on April 27th I’ll head over to Holland where I also have some family.  I adore Holland and they are celebrating Queen’s Day on the 29th.  As my cousin told me, they turn Amsterdam orange and it’s one big party!  The timing also works as I will be out of London just in time to miss the Royal Wedding (I just don’t want to be in that mess).  

Now for your help! Below, is my initial list of countries to visit.  This list is fluid. I don’t want a set itinerary but do want to have an outline.  I welcome any input, and suggestions about things to see, do, places to stay (preferably cheap, but clean), etc.  Thank you!

  • England
  • Scotland
  • Ireland
  • Switzerland
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • Holland 
  • Portugal
  • Croatia
  • Denmark