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AJ
Washington, DC
Just one blonde girl with an incurable case of wanderlust. And a day job.
Interests: international travel, domestic travel, Middle East, Europe, Asia, history, horseback riding, polo, music, live music, fashion
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Anyone who knows me knows that I have a fundamental dislike of Las Vegas. When I think of Vegas, I think of gaudy nightclubs, sad old ladies parked in front of slot machines, overpriced tickets to washed up musical artists, and thousands of tourists sporting fanny packs and the ever-loved... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at The Blonde Travels
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Keeneland Racecourse One of my favorite places to visit in the spring in Kentucky. Although the state often gets a bad rap, it is one of the undiscovered gems of America, full of bluegrass, stunning farms, priceless racehorses, delicious bourbon, and wonderful people. (Also, let's be honest, any excuse for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at The Blonde Travels
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Gardens of Dolmebahce Palace Hey all, sorry for so long between posts- just got back from a long weekend in Kentucky, which I will be posting about soon. However, for today, more of Istanbul! On our last day in Istanbul, we decided to visit Dolmebahce Palace, which served as the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at The Blonde Travels
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I’m not entirely sure if this contest has been around for a while, but Virgin Airlines/Delta Airlines ads definitely started popping up on my computer 2 days ago to get me to register, so I figured I would spread the word. The “Australia Someday” contest offers participants the chance to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at The Blonde Travels
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The view of Suleymaniye and the New Mosque from Topkapi Palace Any trip to Istanbul is incomplete without a visit to Topkapi Palace, the center of the Ottoman Empire, where the Sultans lived and ran government for about 400 years, from 1465-1856. Topkapi Palace courtyard While Topkapi Palace has not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at The Blonde Travels
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Haghia Sophia and Blue Mosque “Throwback Thursday” and “Flashback Friday” are all the rage in social media these days. So is it tacky for me to start doing blog posts about past travels? Absolutely. But, if Hemingway, Twain, and all of the other famous travel writers of the past were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at The Blonde Travels
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Middleburg Spring Races Spring is one of the best times of year to visit Virginia: the humidity hasn’t become stifling yet, the stinkbugs aren’t out, and the red clay that characterizes much of the soil is finally drying out. For those who live within a day’s drive, it is also... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at The Blonde Travels
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Since I can’t be on a trip all the time, I’ve decided to share some of my traveling tips during my home stays. Today, I present “Packing Tips,” a recurring segment where I discuss my disdain for checked luggage, and how to downsize your suitcase through smarter packing. If there... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at The Blonde Travels
Anna, yeah, the serial killer thing was a little weird. Was not expecting that to be our second stop of the day!
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Riding my mount through the lava fields When I decided to visit Iceland, the first thing I told my friend was that we HAD to go riding on Icelandic horses. Though we had originally booked a riding tour on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, that obviously did not happen owing to the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at The Blonde Travels
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Home with a view on Snaefellsnes As much as Snaefellsnes sounds like a Dr. Suess character, it is a real place, although it certainly has some geological oddities of which the good doctor would undoubtedly approve. Located several hours north of Reykjavik, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is the middle peninsula coming... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at The Blonde Travels
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View from Thingvellir, last stop on the Golden Circle I have already discussed my first attempt to visit the Golden Circle . For our second attempt, with a weather forecast that looked to be similarly whited out, we decided to suck it up and take a tour bus like every... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at The Blonde Travels
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View of Reykjavik from the Cathedral When I first planned my trip to Iceland, I was not sure whether or not I would like Reykjavik. I am a big history buff when I choose to go abroad, and, for lack of more diplomatic phrasing, Reykjavik has none. At least it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at The Blonde Travels
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The Vik church One of the first places I came across while researching travels in Iceland was the southern seaside village of Vik. While there wasn't supposed to be much to the village itself, it was allegedly surrounded by stunning beaches, well preserved old turf churches, and natural basalt sculptures.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at The Blonde Travels
There are a few trees around, though very few of them are native. Apparently, the settlers successfully managed to deforest over 97% of the trees in the country within a few hundred years, though some attempt is being made to reforest certain areas. That said, the native trees are scraggily little things that are about 8' tall. Hence the joke that "if you ever find yourself lost in the Iceland forest, stand up."
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The 4 Runner- trusty blizzard survival machine Our second day in Iceland, we had planned to take our trusty 4 Runner out to tour the Golden Circle, a popular loop of waterfalls and geysirs for tourists. However, we did not plan on the weather, and by the time we were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at The Blonde Travels
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Other hot springs surround the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, making for a lovely short hike in the lava fields Once upon a time in high school, my AP Biology class conducted a laboratory where we extracted mitochondrial DNA from our cheek cells and sent it to a lab… probably fairly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at The Blonde Travels
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Winston Churchill once said "a polo handicap is a man's passport to the world" At age 8, my life’s goal was to travel to Arabia and ride a horse through the desert. Sure, I had only a vague idea of where Arabia was, and I certainly wasn’t aware of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at The Blonde Travels
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