Ruins and Wild Horses

Traveled to Cumberland Island this past weekend in quaint St. Mary’s — a small town in Georgia. The island is a smooth 45 minute ferry ride on St. Mary’s River.

The 35,000 plus acres of island is uninhabited and undeveloped, and utterly captivating. Cumberland Island is home to the famous Dungeness Ruins, a Carnegie family Mansion until it burned down.

I’ve never been this close to a wild horse and I must say, I was geeking out and blown away by the entire experience. The getaway was unusual, adventurous, and enchanting.

Realizing that often times the best adventures are uncomplicated.

California Part 5: A Long Weekend in Long Beach

I recently traveled to Long Beach, California and… I loved it! Have you ever been to Long Beach? I was first of all pleasantly surprised to arrive at an indoor/outdoor airport.

I stayed at an airbnb 4 blocks from the beach. Palm trees. Sunshine. Warmish/Coolish breeze. Friendly people. Fresh veggies and avocado on everything. Yes! I especially loved the Shoreline Pedestrian Bike path which stretches for several miles along Long Beach.

I also loved that my morning walks and runs included passing a neighborhood park with exercise machines. A little morning walk is a game changer! It’s such an easy way to implement exercise and movement into your daily routine.

Some photos from my travels below.

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Feel free to reach out. I’d love to hear any recommendations you have on Long Beach!

My Trip to Japan! Part 5: Being Present in Historic Kyoto

Geishas. Cherry blossoms. Temples.

It was beautiful you guys. I mean, really beautiful. As a historic city and previously Japan’s capital, Kyoto, exceeded my expectations.

We went to the Kiyomizu-dera temple which as you can see from the photos below blew my mind. The views of Kyoto from the temple were gorgeous. Not only that, but because it’s an independently run Buddhist temple you’re greeted with the alluring smell of incense.

I’m sure you also love this about traveling. How aware you become to all your senses. How much better food tastes. How much you notice. How excited you feel moment to moment.

I think that’s what I loved about Japan. Not only did I feel more present, but the culture itself values present moment awareness. Japanese culture encourages you to smell the incense, enjoy the view, and savor your food. Japanese culture challenges you to do one thing: be present.

I hope you’re able to see some of Kyoto’s beauty through my photography. But, I especially hope you’re able to visit soon.

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MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 4: Owl Cafe Asakusa

I can still remember that moment like it was yesterday. Heart flutters. Anticipation. Excitement.

Maybe it’s not what you’d expect, but that’s what I felt the moments right before I knew I was going to meet and touch owls in real life.

I love birds and I am especially attracted to owls. I think they’re beautiful, mysterious, majestic creatures. I have a tattoo of an owl on my arm and way too many pendants. Anyway, all this to say, I love me some owls. So you can imagine meeting them in person was beyond what I could handle.

I cried. I am not the biggest crier (I mean I am) but I cried! I was so excited that I cried. I think you can see the excitement in my eyes in the photos that follow below. We all remember Kristin Bell’s meltdown when she met a sloth. If you didn’t catch that video, please take a second to see it and you’ll understand what I mean.

Ladies and Gents, Owl Cafe Asakusa…

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always,
Olivia

// writing + photography by Olivia //

My Trip to Japan! Part 2: Exploring Tokyo

As a little girl I always dreamed of traveling the world. I would, and still, think about how people around the world live their daily lives. Where they like to go, what they wear and eat, and how they get to place to place. As an adult, I am even more curious about people. I am especially curious about how culture affects the way we look at the world. How culture shapes our perspectives.

I know you are curious too. Don’t you just love that we can get to know each other, and the world, through blogging and social media? We can begin to see the world through each other’s perspectives and challenge ideas we’ve held for so long. Ideas change us. They help us learn and evolve.

Now as an adult, I am so grateful for the ability to travel. I become much more observant of the world around me. More present.

I am excited to share with you all some of my photos from Tokyo. It’s a spectacular city. It is indeed the largest city in the world, but it didn’t feel like it! It’s so organized and clean that you feel like you can breathe. There are also so many temples and shrines that ease the tension of city life. It’s hands down one of the quietest cities I’ve ever been in. Well done, Tokyo!

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always,
Olivia

//all photography + writing by Olivia//