Travel Month - October 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Personal + Travel

This is the first full month we've gone without any visitors, so slowly we are getting into a routine with Baby ISO. Though having my family and in-laws here was such a blast, it feels nice to settle into daily walks and local trips. We took a little day trip with friends to Trakai and Baby ISO did great on the train. We also went mushroom picking with one of J's colleagues and that was such a blast.

Around Vilnius we found a place for American-style pancakes (yum), had a game day, and visited an excellent Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso art exhibit. I had no idea that Dali did sculptures, but wow - they are SO cool! As the weather has been getting chillier I've also been making tons of soup. I finally made cold beet soup following a friend's recipe - so check that off the bucket list!

If you caught last week's post you saw that we are on our first family road trip to the Lithuanian shore. I'm so happy to be seeing more of this beautiful country and taking advantage of the last bits of reasonably nice fall weather!


Being on maternity leave means that I'm usually home at lunchtime and can attend the #ANZ Twitter chat. I've attended a few other Twitter chats before and really just enjoy connecting with other travelers and bloggers around the globe. Talk about increasing my list of places that I'd love to visit someday! 

I recently published some articles on Pink Pangea from my time in China. So far I've written 6 Tips for Women Working in Rural China and an article called Taking in a Stray. Stay tuned for a couple of articles about  Lithuania. :)

This month also saw the second in the series, Traveling Parents' Forum, and focused on traveling while pregnant. I'm thrilled to be working with some traveling mothers and learning about traveling with a baby myself. Hopefully I will have a bit of helpful advice for November's post about traveling on public transportation and road trips with children.

Looking Forward To

I'm really looking forward to the Creative Lithuanian post for this month. These are my favorite posts to research, photograph, and write and November's post is really special. I've even chatted with the founder here in Vilnius and am excited to share her words. For a sneak peak: we are talking an awesome community builder surrounding books. Stop by on November 13 to read more :)

On the travel front, we booked a sneaky little Thanksgiving trip to Frankfurt. We accidentally purchased tickets to the other 'Frankfurt' airport - in quotes because it is nearly 2 hours from Frankfurt, so that should be an interesting feat in traveling with a young one. I'll let you know how it goes. If you have any tips for visiting Frankfurt I'd love to hear them. So far I'm thinking a walking tour and a visit to the Museum of Modern Art (Baby ISO doesn't seem to mind as long as we stay moving!). 

I'm also hoping that J and I will have our first date sans baby. I'm thinking about trying a new restaurant. We have quite a few on our list!

Delicious cookies from the Italian Bakery in Vilnius :)

How was your month? What are your plans for November? Do you have any tips for Frankfurt?


  1. I've been to Frankfurt many times, but only to the airport! I'm not sure how long you'll be in the area, but ducking out of the city and going into the Rhine countryside would be worth it if the pictures of the area are any indicator.

    1. I've been to the airport a ton as well! We aren't even flying into the main airport this time - hopefully that isn't too much of a hassle...

      I'd love to go to the Rhine countryside - but we only have the weekend in Frankfurt. Surely we will have to visit next time!