Posts tagged USA
Shop Window: Bartlett

Our trip to the USA ended in one of my home towns, Spokane, Washington. I got to see some beautiful friends there. The other thing I was super excited about experiencing in Spokane was The Bartlett

The Bartlett is a newish music venue owned by our friends Karli and Caleb, we couldn't wait to see/ hear a show at their location and to chill out and rack up a big tab at the bar (which was really hard! I gave out several rounds, had a few beers myself and couldn't even spend 100$). 

If we still lived in Spokane I'm sure I would have to have a category in our budget called Bartlett, because they have such great musicians, lovely drinks, snacks, not to mention the friendly staff.

If you are ever in Spokane,Wa, don't miss a show at the Bartlett, your eyes and ears will thank you.

warm nights and hearts
As the weather gets chillier and chillier in Germany I can't help but miss the warm nights and hearts in the USA over the summer. We visited so many lovely friends and family while there it was so good for me. 

It had been 4 years since seeing some of my dearest of dears. Which is way too long!!! It was surreal to see so many familiar faces and to catch up right where we left off. Isn't it strange how it feels like time hadn't passed at all, but at the same time a lifetime went by?

Many friends put effort into making quality time with us while we were in their area. I am ever so grateful and hope that it is less than 4 years till I see you/them again.

Later this week I'll share my last post on the blog about our trip to the US and begin featuring things from adventures here.

Have a splendid evening. stay warm.


Whoops, Hiking in Birkenstocks
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.



3 Most Wonderful Things about Amtrak
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.

Chicago by Night
 Chicago is a beautiful place to walk around after dark.  It has wonderfully lit streets, fun public art, and interesting people watching.

 Cloud Gate (The Bean) by Anish Kapoor, is pretty wild and fun to walk around.

 Crown Fountain is an interactive public sculpture which spews water every 10 minutes or so out of the video faces on the towers... Very cool!

Chicago's streets are illuminated so well at night, we felt very safe and were wondering why. Then we realised it was almost day bright outside.

We'll have to come back and spend more time here.


Chicago Times
 Chicago has a beautiful skyline. It's a big city with a midwest feel. We were only there for a day and a half, but we loved it.

 We stayed at Hi-Chicago Hosel downtown. It was a great place to catch a train anywhere.

 Filter Coffee, in Wicker Park, was a hip place to get work done and read a book. I loved their vintage floral couches and their sweet potato fries

 When in Chicago it's nice to visit Reckless Records, I picked up a Joanna Newsom record.

If you're in Chicago in July and like to snack, check out Taste of Chicago.

Have you ever been to Chicago? What places would you recommend?


NYC: First Stop Summer Travels

Our travels in USA have been such a wonderful adventure so far! Our first stop was in New York City/Brooklyn. These spots have so much to offer! We were there for a week and we merely skimmed the surface of delights.

Some highlights of the trip were visiting the MOMA, The Met, pizza, visiting old malls/buildings, going to the Brooklyn Flea, and spending time in Central Park, of course. 

Have you ever visited The Big Apple, what were your favourite places? 

To follow as we travel, in real time follow me @olivegreenanna on instagram. (I only occasionally have extended periods of internet access to blog.) 


To read about my tips for saving up to travel click here.

Ann Arbor- Zingermans


Last week my husband and I had some quality time in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.  We really enjoyed the town.  One of our favorite places that we experienced was Zingermans, an amazing sadwich and specialties shop.  

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Thanks for reading lovelies.  Doesn't this photo make you hungry?