About Amanda

Amanda-Carnagie-travel-bloggerMy name is Amanda. My religion is awe & wonder. My house of worship is our marvelous Earth. I established this blog to communicate with my family during my 5-week European Adventure, as I struggled with wifi access and iPhone autocorrect challenges. The posts were often a quick, “Hey! I’m alive! Just saw Eiffel Tower! Cool!” Now I’m working to expand what I began.  I’m new to travel blogging – comments, critique, and community are welcome.

A Love for Travel. Traveling is like stepping into infinity. You become a speck of a place that has seemingly lasted forever. It’s larger than humanity, but your presence is embraced into its significance. The same sea has lapped the shore for millennia. Thousands of eyes have gazed upon that blue horizon. Yet paradoxically, as infinite as they seem, places have a fragility. Places become victims of human irresponsibility, ravaged by commercialization, changed by history, or decomposed by nature. I desire nothing more than to experience as much of the world and its places, people, and activities while they last. Traveling awakens my mind, energizes my being.

A Love for Writing. As a child, I expressed stories in drawings. Once I learned to write, I was hooked. When I read The Diary of Anne Frank, writing revealed its depth & strength & immortality. Writing translated into preservation of the soul. To write is my fondest form of human expression.

Amanda on Bike in Amsterdam

A Union of Love. Cue blogging. Where my dream of travel and passion for writing met, married, and are on their way to live happily ever after. The matrimony of my 2 loves is propelling me to develop this blog. It feels synergistic. Blogging transcends creative expression: it’s sharing, growing, and belonging. I can only hope that in divulging my experiences, others will be inspired to somersault into the world and write their hearts too.

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  • gramma

    Today is the 9th of June and I just now opened the heading “about”…I now know how you came up with “unresting sea” …. what a wonderful way to look at your future…love you :)

    • Yes, a reason behind everything! Love you too!!

  • Amanda, this is awesome! I LOVE craft beer, and guess what? I am a marketing coordinator for a craft brewery in Minnesota–this looks like an absolute blast! Michigan has some excellent craft breweries. What’s better then bears and beers? I’ll tell you what, NOTHING! :)

    • Miranda – YOU are awesome! A marketing guru & craft beer lover? It’s like you’re my blog soulmate.

  • Hi, Amanda! Thanks for dropping by my blog and the follow. Keep on blogging and traveling! :)

  • Greetings Amanda. Thanks for the ‘like’ on my post. I read
    many of your posts and found Amanda Who? to represent you extremely
    well. I particularly enjoyed the way you put together the paragraph
    entitled, A Love For Travel. I, too, love to travel, write,
    photograph and learn, but even if I didn’t your description made
    this adventure exciting. So, well done! Also, while I’m at it, I
    simply want to say what a breath of fresh air it is to see your
    posts and comments honoring your family. Keep writing, traveling
    and marveling at this great big world of ours. Glad you decided to
    start a blog.

    • Hi Michael – thank you for dropping by and leaving such a thoughtful comment. I appreciate your encouragement & am glad to find camaraderie in a fellow blogger & lover of travel. You keep on writing too, so I can follow along with your adventures. Best wishes!

      PS – I once heard this quote: “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.” Family is home; I can’t forget it! :) Cheers!

  • Hi! Thanks very much for liking some of our posts and we really like the look of what you’ve got going here, looking forward to keeping up with you :)

  • Hi Amanda! So glad you came across my blog, I love meeting others from Michigan who share the love of the state and the passion for exploring. Awesome blog, let me know when you are doing adventuring in The Mitten and maybe our paths will cross!

    • Hi Shalee – me too! The best part of meeting other Michiganders is using our “handy dandy hand map” eh? I’m truly hoping to make it to Traverse City, Pictured Rocks & Mackinac Island this summer. If you ever end up in the Metro Detroit area or specifically Detroit, I’d be happy to be your tour guide. I lived in the D for a few years and love showing off the city. Cheers, Shalee, looking forward to continuing the connection!

  • ryancuncannon

    Same reason why I started my blog, to keep family and friends updated in one spot rather than telling the same stories 5 times on 5 different Skype calls haha. Hopefully it’ll evolve into something more. Thanks for stopping by my blog and look forward to reading yours. You’re extremely beautiful by the way!

    • I think that’s a common blog conception story. Like you, I’d love for this to evolve into more. But for the time being, it’s my passion project & a way to connect with others who share the same enthusiasm for travel. And Ryan, you are a charmer.

  • Hi Amanda, I really like reading your blog (not to mention we’re both from the same state!) so i nominated you for a Liebster Award. http://sixoclocksunlight.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/liebster-award/

    • Hi Leah, thank you! Thumbs up for the mitten state!

  • Hi Amanda, I read your blog I would be very happy if when you post on your blog an article to put in on my new website too, ( http://www.tripelonia.com ), noting that at the end of your post, to put a link to your blog, in such a manner that you could be follow by more travelers. Frankly, I hope you will like my work and we will help each other with new ideas and meet new people, passionate about travel. Give me a feedback, it’s important for me. Thanks. Be blessed and many thanks. Inspiration! Diana

    • Thank you Diana for visiting my blog and for your kind words! I would be open to connecting. Do you have an email address or LinkedIn account where I can direct message you?

      • Thanks are for you! Well, feel free to write me anytime you want and you enjoy on my email address: tripelonia@yahoo.com

        Have a great time and a lot of inspiration!

  • Cathy Rorai

    Amanda,
    After finally clearing my inboxes of essays to grade, I finally found a moment to find and read your blog. What a wonderful way to celebrate two passions! You also have a permanent record of your travel experiences and memories. They are beautifully written and I hear your voice in every post. As I read them it took me back to a young college student who was student teaching in England and traveling every weekend with her backpack. She took a long hiatus from travel (kids, work, family) but now she’s back on the road again. Maybe she should follow the model of her former student and blog!

    • Hi Mrs. Rorai – What an honor it is to have you visit. I would definitely encourage that “she” dabble in blogging – it’s fun and rewarding. :) I know that she would definitely have one reader here who would LOVE to read about different places and experiences.

      Looking forward to reading your adventures. ;)

  • Tim

    Hey Amanda, Good luck with everything and great to see you are expanding your blog from a quick hello to family to something you can share with the world at large. All the best to you.

  • Lovely to meet you Amanda! Thanks a bunch for following our blog – we will be keen to see more of your future posts :)
    Happy travelling and happy writing!!

    • Thank you & likewise, Le & David! It’s awesome that you’re in Brazil for the world cup. Loving to see what it’s like over there while all eyes are on the country.

  • Hi! I love your blog! It’s so interesting to read about the places you’ve been and the adventures you’ve had. I nominated you for the Liebster Award, which you can read about here —> https://debstheninja.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/accepting-the-liebster/

    • Thank you so much Debs, that is so thoughtful of you! I will try to get to your very interesting questions as soon as possible. :) I appreciate the honor.

  • Hey.. Great to find your blog through facebook… I am following you now… will keep an eye on your future posts :) ..

  • I greatly enjoyed reading your insights on this page and the beautiful way in which they’re expressed. I look forward to reading more.

  • Hi Amanda! Great blog and style! I look forward to following your future travels!

    Wendy :)

    • Hey Wendy – thanks for stopping by & following my blog! Traveling is amazing & judging by your blog I think you agree. :)

  • Hi Amanda
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and the kind words. I love your writing, so much better than my feeble efforts. Hopefully by reading your posts I can improve my own a little.
    Andy :)

    • Thank you so much for your kindness! I hope you’ll check back often. And likewise – I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  • Thanks for the follow Amanda. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey. Looking forward to exploring more of your blog – we’ve been to many of the same places (Kuranda!), but we haven’t been to China yet so that’s on the list.
    Cheers, and happy travels
    Alison

    • Hi Alison & Don! Thank you so much for visiting – what an honor; I love your travel story. Kuranda was a fun place. I hope you make it to China soon! Don’t fall for the Great Wall in Beijing… try to go somewhere more remote – it’s a more authentic and less crowded experience. Cheers! :)

  • stevetheman18

    Hi! Well, I’m not a family member or a friend of yours but I absolutely love your blog. I haven’t looked at it all but it’s really interesting. This has got to be one of my favorite travel blogs out there! You did a great job at designing your blog and writing your content! You obviously got a new follower!

    Steve

    • Hi Steve – thanks so much for the compliment and thanks for stopping by and following my blog! Even though you’re not a direct family member/friend, you’re a part of the blogging community, which makes us all part of that one-big-happy-blogger-family. :) Glad to connect with you. Take care & come by again!

      • stevetheman18

        Thanks for following me!

        Happy blogging!

  • Your blog is perfection. Traveling the world is the dream. I want to see everything, everywhere.

    • Hi Kassie – thank you so much for your comment… it made my WEEK! :) You and I have the same exact dream – let’s hope we can make them come true! I’d love to connect with you on my instagram, twitter and facebook page too! :) Thanks, Kassie.

  • The first photo is super! You are a real beauty, Amanda.

    • Hi Victor, thanks for stopping by! And I appreciate the compliment, though I do need to credit my friend who is an amazing photographer. Oh, and the lighting was very cooperative that day. :) Cheers & happy travels.

  • Aw I love this. I love the way you personify things in your writing and laughed about the tweeted check ins while abroad. I’d love to follow you on your journey!

    • Thanks so much Emily! Your blog is also excellent, by the way. :)

  • Hey! Amanda; this might perhaps be the most interesting ‘about me’ that I’ve come across ;) Best wishes forever

    • Thank you, so much. Your kind words really touch my heart. Wishing you the happiest of travels on your journey!

  • Nice to find a fellow travel lover! I found you through Vlad – so looking forward to following your posts :)

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