Banja Luka, BiH

Winter is coming. And its time to grab all the sunny weather adventures available! Last weekend we hightailed it up to Banja Luka for a day of walking and eating and walking and drinking and walking and… You get the idea. And the sunshine did not disappoint! We spent Saturday wandering around the city center,…

Brela, Croatia

I think we can all agree 2020 has just been crazy pants. We actually did a lot of traveling, considering, but for Labor Day weekend we decided to do a legit vacation. A short vacation, but still – sun, beach and dinners out. So we loaded up the car, picked up our negative COVID-19 test…

Welcome to Our Family, Rowan Ivanel!

On Saturday, March 28th at 11:01 pm, we welcomed baby Rowan Ivanel into the world!  She weighed 7lbs 6oz and measured 20.5 inches long. When not eating, pooping, or screaming, she’s crazy alert – just sits there and drinks everything in around her.  We’re having a ball getting to know this little lady, but also…

COVID19 and Social Distancing

Brendan and I have been prepping for months for the baby, especially when it came to planning and executing my Medevac back to the US for the birth.  I came back a few weeks before Brendan, and after a stay in a hotel, moved into the apartment we’ll be staying at for the duration.  I…

Great Friends and a Trip to Oregon

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us celebrate this little girl!  From Sarajevo to New York, from Ohio to Portland, from Nevada and Arizona to Southern Oregon, our amazing friends and family have been super generous with their excitement, time and gifts.  We (and she!) are incredibly lucky…

What a Difference a Year Makes

Well, haven’t I just been the biggest slacker.  I get one little part-time job (that quickly turned into an almost full-time job and is now, thankfully, is back to a part-time job) and all my grand intentions of blogging go right out the window.  But you know what didn’t?  Our constant traveling!  Below are the…

Zagreb Christmas Market (Croatia)

During the winter holiday season, Europe becomes a popular destination for Christmas markets, which feature hundreds of stalls and stations serving up mulled wine, specialty food items and Christmas decor, usually congregating in parks and city squares.  Vienna and Berlin are the big daddies of the lot, but in 2016 a little-known Balkan city snuck…

Diplomatic Winter Bazaar

Every December in Sarajevo local embassies get together to throw a winter bazaar, hawking piles of treats, crafts and wears in the name of charity:  all proceeds from the bazaar are donated to local non-profits specializing in the care of children.  This year’s Diplomatic Winter Bazaar took place December 1st, and a new addition to…

Belgrade, Serbia

Another long weekend only means one thing: road trip.  This time that weekend was Thanksgiving, and given how much we had been – and will be – traveling through the holiday season, we decided to keep it easy.  Belgrade is only four to five hours from Sarajevo, and after listening to friends sing its praises…

Robert Visits Sarajevo, plus a Half Marathon

There is little I enjoy more right now than showing off Sarajevo to guests. The hikes, cafes, museums, cable car (!)… the list of sites and experiences goes on and on, and all endear Sarajevo to those who make the trek to visit. Robert and I covered much of the city and surrounding area while…