While on our Amtrak trip across the USA we wanted to make sure to experience some of the amazing wonders of nature. So, as one does when traveling west, we stopped in Flag Staff, Arizona to visit the Grand Canyon.
It was just as we imagined it, breathtaking.
We hiked in for an hour into the canyon, and then an hour out. We weren't very prepared for hiking. I only had my birks and Dominik wore his leather sneakers. Whoops, oh well, the views were so worth it. Plus, I got to have some quality time with my man.
It was lovely to celebrate this bit of my home country with my husband. The past 4 years we've been enjoying living in his native land and it did my heart good to enjoy my home country and its beauty for a change.
Dominik and I traveled across the USA for 11 days using Amtrak. We bought a 15 day pass and went from NYC-Chicago-Kansas City-Grand Canyon-Los Angeles-Portland-Seattle. It was wonderful!!!
1. Being able to see so many parts of the country, without either of us having to drive. We could read books, snooze, look out of the "Observation Deck" (in the photo above). It was so nice to be traveling without one of us having to always stay awake and get a backache.
2. Seeing such a variety of landscape. We saw fields, mountains, deserts, forests, rivers, canyons and seas. It was such a treat to fall asleep in the desert and then wake up in the forest.
3. There aren't any billboards and MacDonalds every few miles. The railroad lines are out in nature. The scenery wasn't ruined by ads and gas stations, it was miles of nature and getting to peek into people's backyards, and see the city centres of towns on the way.
Bonus #4. Taking life slow. Flying would have been the most logical thing to do on our trip. But instead we decided to crawl across the country and take in our surroundings. It's such a wonderful thing to consciously slow down and decrease the fast pace of everyday life.
A friend from college has started her own soap/shampoo business called BoozyLocks. BoozyLocks is an all natural shampoo which some beer in it. I bought a bar from her online shop to try it out. It smells lovely and has worked well in my hair.
And because I love supporting small creative business owners I decided I would write a post raving about her product!
It took a few washes/days for my hair to get used to the natural shampoo. The first wash with it, was strange. I lathered it up in my hands and then massaged it in. It didn't really foam and feel like a normal shampoo. I then rinsed it out. After the first wash my hair still felt greasy. I tied it up in a bun and tried the next day. I washed it again, and it still was different than it feels after other "normal"/un-natural shampoo.
Then, I didn't wash it for a few days, finally washed it again with BoozyLocks and it felt much cleaner, but much less dry than it usually does.
That first week was rough to get through but it was worth it!
Now, I wash it with shampoo twice/three times a week. It feels really healthy.
It's always nice to find new things that work for me.
Alrighty, that's the end of my rave about BoozyLocks!
I have very curly dry hair. We all have different hair, what works for me my not work for you.
Have a lovely day!
I've been on a bit of a vinyl record hunt lately, collecting my favourite albums. In Chicago, Wicker Park, I bought Joanna Newsom's Y's record. It's super lovely. Joanna Newsom is one of the ballsyiest singers I know. She has a wild voice, wonderful melodies, and tells such fantastical stories in her tunes.
If you could just listen to one record for the rest of your life what would it be?
(You won't have to listen to it continuously... Just, it would be the only one you could listen to...)
New York city is warmer in the summer than I would have expected. I suppose all the romantic comedies that take place there are at christmas time, so I usually imagine it cold and snowy/rainy. I love hot summers!
I think I could live in NYC, it's such a colourful and multifaceted city.
I didn't take much time for blogging during our travels this summer, so I have a lot of lovely catching up to do. We're back in Germany now, back to regular life. School has started, but I still would love to share all my USA adventures with you.
Have a lovely day!
When planning to travel to New York city my #1 on the list was MoMA. I have been longing to see the abstract expressionists from the New York School, for years! I got to see such iconic and wonderful pieces.
I appreciate modern art immensely, these artists were challenging the very idea of what could be considered art. They challenged society to think outside of the box, and they challenged themselves to do something no other before them had ever done.
And my favourite Robert Rauschenberg
This last piece by Robert Rauschenberg, called Bed, is the epitome of the modern art in The New York School. He didn't have money for canvas and proper paints, so he used house paint, and used a quilt he didn't need anymore. The story goes that no matter how hard he tried to transform the piece into something else, unrecognisable, it continued to look like a bed. In turn, he titled it Bed, and declared it finished. Why can't a bed be considered art?
Experiencing new places is like nothing else. I feel uncertain, trying to grasp where things are directionally, while enjoying the new sights and smells. One gets a heightened sensitivity to things. Buildings, plants, and people look different. The first day is usually the one where I notice all the differences to home. Our journey began in NYC which was a great transition stop for us from our home in Europe. It was easy to get around on public transport, a big city, lots of variety in food, cultures, and activities.
While traveling I've noticed the importance of versatile clothing. This year, I have found the most perfect, summer, travel dress. It's light weight, flowy, and chic. It can easily be dressed up or down. I could wear it to a wedding or to the park. It's wrinkly out of the suitcase but that's just the life of a low budget traveler.
The trip has been a delight so far.
To follow as we travel, in real time follow me @olivegreenanna on instagram. (I only occasionally have extended periods of internet access to blog.) Have a great beginning to august! Cheers Anna