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Amanda C.

The paint used at Sewah Studios can withstand the elements for decades
Ohio USA

Sewah Studios and the History of Historical Markers

How Sewah Studios Made History You may not have heard of Sewah Studios before. That’s okay; I never had either. Until my weekend trip to Marietta, Ohio. And while most people (like me) may not have heard of Sewah…

hunting for ghosts in Marietta - photo of Amanda in front of the Marietta-Williamstown Bridge.
Ohio USA

Chasing ghosts in Marietta, Ohio

Chasing ghosts in Marietta, Ohio It neared midnight when I arrived to Marietta, Ohio — still, silent, sleeping. The only sound, the wheels of my carry-on, rhythmic against the lines of the sidewalk. Bleary-eyed, I checked into The Lafayette…

Ohio USA

Marietta’s Charm is in the Details

I drove home, trying to figure out what it was. You know, it. The it that summarizes a destination. The it behind the reason people visit. Some places have stunning natural landscapes with mountains that scrape the sky. Others are…

Ennis Bluebonnet Trail sign
Texas USA

Chasing the Texas Bluebonnets

We may have accidentally taken one of the best Texas road trips. The plan was simple. Dallas to Austin. Austin to San Antonio. But then we heard a rumor. “You may see bluebonnets while you’re on your way.” Bluebonnets.…

bachelorette party festivities in Miami
Florida USA

How I Made the Bride-to-Be Cry in Miami

This is my friend Lara. She’s a south Florida wedding photographer and getting married herself this summer. As her Maid of Honor, I knew I had to plan something special for her Miami bachelorette party — this is a…

Japan

5 Things I Didn’t Love About Japan

5 Surprising Things About Japan Before you all think I jumped aboard the Complain Train, take a look at my counter-post: 7 Things I Loved about Japan. There are so many things to love about this quirky country. But…

Japan

7 Things I LOVED about Japan

7 Things to Love About Japan A first-timer to Japan, I visited this country with very little expectations and prior knowledge about what I’d discover. My first impressions of Japan led me to find some things to love about Japan and…

Travel blogger Amanda with an owl on her shoulder at a Japanese owl cafe.
Japan

Japan Owl Cafe Experience

I went to a Japan Owl Cafe. This was my experience. We all sat at our desks. Laid before us rested a blank sheet of paper, tiny little plastic forcep, and wooden probe.  The teacher went around the classroom to…