I traveled again

Hi friends. (We’re still friends, right?)

Another day, another blog layout. What do you think of the new design? I think it makes me look far more artsy and sophisticated than I am, which I’m a huge fan of. And it’s hilarious because I designed not even a speck of this theme.

Wow, I haven’t posted since last winter and my goodness, do I have things to update you on!

First things, first—I got to travel again! A few times, actually.

First up was a long weekend getaway to Florida with some of my girlfriends. This was in mid-March, so we were worried it would still be too chilly, but we ended up with two out of three perfect days in the sun.

And now that I think back on it, that was the first out-of-state traveling I’ve done with just friends, minus Clayton. I’m admittedly not very used to traveling without my husband and it did feel a little weird at first, but it was a short trip and I was too busy having fun with my friends to think about it too much. Plus, it was good practice because just a few weeks later I spent the most time I’ve ever spent away from Clayton since we got married almost 10 years ago.

I’ve mentioned before that my job has taken me to some pretty neat places and this time, my job took me to EUROPE.


That’s EU and a ROPE.

If you can’t tell, I’ve never been to Europe.

But I went … for TWO WEEKS.

Not to bore you with the behind-the-scenes details of the actual work being done (though it was fun and interesting to me), it was for our European sales meetings that happens somewhere over there every few years. I was asked to help develop some of the conference sessions and couldn’t say yes fast enough when I was asked to be a part of it.

So I got to hop across the pond and experience Prague.

Long story short, Prague is not too shabby of a place. In my humble, mostly untraveled opinion, it might be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Prague’s nickname is the City of a Hundred Spires and they ain’t just whistling Dixie (I’m so painfully American). The city streets are so beautiful (even the ones under construction), they look like something straight out a fairytale. I know I’m romanticizing a city that has city problems, but I just fell in love … hard and fast. One morning before the conference sessions began, Caitlin and I walked through the quiet city and snapped pictures that are so pretty, I just want to wallpaper my house in them so I never forget how serene and picturesque it all was.

My co-workers and I lucked out with a little free time during the week and made it a point to explore the main part of the city, top to bottom. We walked everywhere and spent a long time picking out the perfect pieces of art from artists along the Charles Bridge. I wanted something that captured my favorite part of Prague, which was looking out across the city and seeing spire after spire poking into sky.

One afternoon, we went to an outside market for lunch and that’s when my life changed forever because I tried raclette for the very first time. For those of you not familiar, raclette is a type of cheese that’s formed into a wheel, melted, and then scraped over a variety of foods, like meat, potatoes, etc.

You'd be hard pressed to find two happier girls. 
I had so much fun with these two!

We ordered our raclette over potatoes, chorizo, and pickles and Oh.Em.Gee. If you’re wondering what the raclette experience is like, picture yourself laying in the most comfortable bed you’ve ever been in and someone stands over you and starts pouring delicious, creamy cheese all over your body.

That’s raclette.

The whole week was a whirlwind, culminating with a gala on the very last night that left several of us feeling somewhat rough the next day. But I didn’t have time to catch my breath because as soon as the sales meeting was over, Caitlin and I were jumping on a plane to Ireland!

We have a location out in Ireland and since we were already out there, stopping in Limerick was a great opportunity to spend time with our some of our fellow corporate communications team members that we don’t see like, ever. We got a lot of great work done and were fortunate enough to have some time to roam the country.

One of my all-time most favorite places is the Grand Canyon, but wow. The Cliffs of Moher gave that canyon a run for its money. I think the pictures speak for themselves.

(If you don't have a framed picture of this exact spot at the Cliffs, did you even really go to Ireland?)

I think some part of my soul must be Irish because I felt such a strong connection to the rolling green hills (which is kind of hilarious because part of my family is Czechoslovakian and I was literally just there). I’ve strongly encouraged Clayton to go back with me at some point.

After a lot of peer pressure, I tried my hand at driving on the left side of the road. 10/10 would not do again.

For the entire 2 weeks I was abroad, I practically bathed in Prosecco. I had ample opportunities for bubbles. I had bubbles looking out over the Charles Bridge, I had bubbles in the square of Prague, I had bubbles while I ate amazing food in Limerick. Europeans are my kind of people!

The two weeks flew by, but I was happy to be boarding a plan so I could head home to my love (and I was like, completely out of clean underwear). I was so traveled out, my suitcase broke. I got out of the car at the Limerick airport, set my suitcase on the ground, and it topped over in exhaustion.

But that’s more than a fair price to stamp my passport again. I can't even express how much I adore the people I get to work with and spend so much time with. We're co-workers, but I think we're friends first and that's a pretty great thing to have.

So much other stuff has gone on since we last spoke, but I don’t want to make this post TOO long and boring. I’ll be sure to post again really soon! (Which is Courtney-speak for “probably sometime next year”.)

See you in 2019! lol