Mike and I aren’t great at marking anniversaries, or even remembering them. So he probably doesn’t even realize that this weekend will be 8 years since we first met (it’s on the calendar Mike!).

When I met Mike, I wasn’t looking for a man. I mean, I REALLY wasn’t looking. I was just months away from quitting my job to backpack around the world solo for a year or more. Mike was about to go teach in China for a year. It wasn’t really the optimal time for either of us to be starting a relationship.

But life doesn’t let you choose when you fall in love, and from the moment are eyes locked across a crowded room of drunk travel bloggers, we both knew something big was happening. All those cliches I used to roll my eyes at, like “when you know, you know,” came true. When you know, you know.

two crazy kids falling in love (+ Sonya)

Part of the reason I didn’t want a boyfriend was that my previous relationships had always stood in the way of my dreams, not furthered them. I wanted to travel, I wanted to write for a living, I wanted adventure and fun and exploration, and I didn’t think I could have those things and a partner.

Mike surprised me: with him the last eight years have been an epic adventure that has taken us across countries and continents. It hasn’t always been easy or fun, but it’s been well worth it.

From Asia…

karaoke in China
At “the Beach” in Thailand

To South America…

Tayrona National Park in Colombia
Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador

To Europe…


And back to the US…

Engaged in the Rocky Mountains
Married on the National Mall

We lived in Mexico…

Valentine’s Day in Puerto Vallarta
Guachimontones Pyramids

Then Seattle…



We made a person!
Whidby Island

And Now Italy!

On the plane
Christmas in Ferrara

Plus a whole slew of other places along the way:

Babymoon in Japan


Women’s World Cup Finale in Vancouver
Road to Hana, Maui
Women’s March 2017


Medellin, Colombia

This is just a small fraction of the places we’ve been and the things we’ve done. All that in less than a decade! Just think of the epic photo essay I could make given another 10, 20, 40 years.

Happy Anniversary Mike, thanks for the adventures.

4 thoughts on “Eight Years of Adventure”

  1. It has been wonderful watching you grow together through all your adventures. And Mikehas been a wonderful addition to the family. Happy Meet-adversary!! -Dad/Grampa

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I’m a girl who can’t sit still. After nearly a decade of flitting around the world as a professional blogger and travel writer, I’ve settled into expat life in Bologna, Italy. I have a handsome husband, a floppy dog, and the best two year old in the world.

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