(originally posted March 31, 2012 on my former blog)
I got a passport in December 2006 for a work trip and, five years later, it is almost full. To say I love to travel is an under-statement. I’ve been lucky to travel a lot for work, a little bit through my graduate program, and a fair amount for personal trips. This is a (mostly) one-picture glimpse into some of my trips, both international and domestic.
Cancun – January 2006
I went to Cancun with my friend a few months after Hurricane Wilma. This was my first international experience – way back when they didn’t require passports!
Dancing at Señor Frogs. Despite what it looks like, I am not about to “smack that a$$”
Toronto & Niagara Falls – May 2006
This is when I fell in love with Toronto. My friend Erin traveled here for work frequently so I tagged along. We hung out in the city for a few days and spent the weekend in Niagara Falls. Why wait to spend a romantic weekend in Niagara Falls with a guy – go with one of your girlfriends! 🙂
<I am very sad to say that I can’t find any pictures of this trip :(. I still want to mention it because it was a lot of fun>
Ireland – January 2007
I got my passport in December 2006 for this trip! I went to Galway, Ireland for a work project. I got to spend a weekend alone in Ireland so I took a bus tour around Western Ireland.
Cliffs of Moher
Don’t fall over the edge.
Brainerd, Minnesota – May 2007
We went to a cabin in Brainerd for Laura’s bachelorette party (Colleen’s sister). It. was. so. much. fun. The thing I most remember is “Have I got a dance for you!”. This guy would not leave us alone and repeatedly asked if someone would dance with him. When the band was on break and they were playing filler music, I decided to make him wish he never bothered us so much to dance. It started out like this:
Then I did a little of this:
Paris – July 2007
I stopped in Paris to visit my friend Noemie for four days before a study abroad. Noemie had to work a few days, which gave me the opportunity to do sight-seeing on my own. I am a very independent traveler so I loved this. I could operate on my own time and didn’t have to feel guilty making Noemie see things she has probably visited a million times.
Me in front of the Eifel Tower.
Bucharest, Romania – July 2007
Bucharest was the first stop on a 10 day study abroad trip I took through my MBA program. We traveled with 40 students from the Vienna Executive MBA program so it was just as interesting traveling with them as it was seeing the sights of Romania and Russia. This was about 6 months after Romania joined the EU so there was a lot of excitement in Romania about their future.
Palace of Parliament in Romania. It is the world’s largest civilian building, most expensive administrative building and heaviest building. It was designed and nearly completed in the 1980’s by the Ceausescu regime. After the fall of that regime, it was largely seen as a symbolism of the excessive luxury of Nicolas Ceausescu’s leadership.
St. Petersburg, Russia – July 2007
This was the second portion of our Economies in Transition trip. I know this is a very random picture, but this is where I had the best Chicken McNuggets ever. Yes, I do like to visit McDonald’s in other countries to see what the differences are (and sometimes I just crave American food). My favorite part of Russia was seeing the ballet ‘Swan Lake’, but I cannot find any good pictures from that evening.
McDonalds in St. Petersburg
London – November 2008
I took a long weekend trip to London to visit my friend Noemie since she was working on a project there. I saw the changing of the guards, went on the London Eye, walked around a lot, bought a great wallet at Ted Baker (that broke less than year later!), and we went out on the town with Noemie’s friend Jeannine.
Big Ben in the evening. So pretty. I took this picture from the London Eye across the river.
Brazil – January 2009
This was another study abroad for school and my last class of my MBA program! Woohoo! We spent two weeks studying at FGV in Sao Paulo and went to Rio for the weekend. I know this picture isn’t a picture of Brazilian scenery, but I like it because it reminds me of how much fun I had on the trip.
I was twirling.
East Coast – October 2009
My best friend, Colleen, and I take a trip almost every year. This was our third trip. We went to Portland, Maine; the White Mountains in New Hampshire; Montpelier, Vermont; and Salem, MA. I could share a lot of great pictures from this trip, especially because it is beautiful here that time of year. But, one of the highlights of the trip was the Wife Carrying Competition:
They went over this obstacle, through water, up a hill, and to the finish line!
Thailand – May 2010
This is a trip that is really difficult to sum up in one picture. I spent two weeks in Thailand with my friends Melanie and B. Bea. We visited Phuket, Chiang Mai, Koh Phangan, and Koh Samui. I wrote all about this trip and have a few more pictures when I did a guest blog for This Life in Motion on Monday.
Our resort in Koh Phangan. Check out This Life in Motion for more pictures – especially of the Full Moon Party! If you click on this picture it will take you to my guest post about Thailand.
Around the world – August 2010
I went on a three week work trip to Europe and Asia that included: Scotland, Prague (Czech Republic), Seoul (South Korea), Singapore, Hong Kong, Nanjing (China) and Shanghai (China). I got to spend part of a weekend in Prague and a full weekend in Singapore. I’ll probably have to share more than one of this trip 🙂
Old Town Square in Prague
Seoul, South Korea. I am having a brain fart on what this place is called.
View from the Singapore Flyer
Las Vegas – September 2010
We went to Vegas in September 2010 for my brother’s wedding. It was so much fun! This was my first time staying downtown and it won’t be the last time. The Golden Nugget was so nice (and affordable) and downtown is very laid-back and easy to move from casino to casino. We had my brother’s Grooms Dinner at a local bar to watch the Vikings game.
This was the Vikings vs. Saints game in September 2010.
Napa Valley – June 2011
We went to Napa Valley in June 2011 for my friend Shannon’s wedding. It was beautiful (and the best wedding food ever). Shannon organized a bus to take us around to a few wineries in the area. We also stopped by Picchetti Winery, which is a little south of San Francisco. They are no relation to Matt’s family but we feel a connection anyway 🙂
Cancun – December 2011
We went to Puerto Morelos in December for Mark and Ada’s wedding. It was a nice break from Minnesota winter! It was also nice and quiet at the resort.
Ceremony site at the resort
As much as I love traveling, I also love coming home. There is something to be said for sleeping in your own bed and not living out of a suitcase!