Travel Month: August 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Travel

 

This was a very quiet month on the travel front. We spent August settling back into our Lithuanian life, spent time with friends, and enjoyed just being. Sprinkled amidst the unusually chilly and rainy August weather, we've had a few nice days, which we spent checking out new cafes and restaurants (I really need to do a post soon!), visiting Vingis Park, and cooking with friends.
We took a wonderfully fun day-trip out of Vilnius to visit our friends' sodiba, or country cottage. On a very sunny Saturday morning, we drove the hour and a half northeast to the lakes district (Utena) and spent the day barbecuing, picking apples, shooting a bow and arrow, watching the kids play, and lounging in the grass. It was absolutely perfect.



Personal

 

It feels really nice to be back in Vilnius and to be starting a new routine for the coming school year. Now that Baby ISO is finally sleeping through the night (most of the time), I'm able to stay up a bit late to read. It is absolutely wonderful, and I've finally caught up with my GoodReads reading goal (I'm on track). If you have any book recommendations, share them below!



Freelancing

 

 I've been working secretly (until recently) and quietly on launching my own academic editing and guidance service. The website is launching on September 1! I'll add a link here when it is up and I'd really appreciate it if you share with your friends! I'm really excited to have a separate webpage to offer services and to be able to find and build a relationship with my own clients. I'm also happily continuing working with the several editing/travel businesses that I'm currently working for. Hopefully I'll find a nice rhythm this fall of writing/editing/travel/family time. If you have any tips about balancing working while traveling, I'd love to hear them.
This month I've also had three articles published on Trip101. It is such fun writing for them and I always really like the way the article comes out. Please feel free to check out the links below:





Coming Next Month

 

I'm excited for the content coming on In Search Of in September. I've got a guide to Cape May (hopefully with a video!) and a post about Lithuanian botanical culture in the works. Stay tuned :)

How was your month? What are you looking forward to in September? Do you work when you travel?

Awesome Street Art in Richmond, VA

Friday, August 26, 2016

Other than the food, street art was a major highlight of my visit to Richmond, Virginia. There were really two hot spots for seeing street art in Richmond: Uptown and the Canal Walk. Just strolling along West Main street in Uptown, we saw numerous pieces of gorgeous street art adorning many corner buildings. In the Canal Walk, there was a huge gallery displaying giant works of street art.

While we were visiting Richmond, local artists were also creating street art to increase awareness surrounding dumping things into sewers that may drain directly into the James River. While I didn't get any photos of those pieces, I found them incredibly informative, while still being eye-catching. What a great combination and mission!
































The smoking brain and woman in a strawberry jam jar were my favorite pieces. What are yours? Would you like to live in a house or apartment adorned with a gorgeous mural? I certainly would!