Hearts in Training

Trains. Ferris wheels. Lionel Ritchie. Cussing. What do all these things have in common? Read on to find out…

The Audacity of Trying

An American in Italy, trying to see what happens when she tries to make her dreams come true. She wants to stay, live, work and drink spritz. Mamma mia, why does it all have to be so difficult?

Syl-vacation: Sofia, Bulgaria

On July 21, the word of the day was late. I kicked it off, sprinting back to the castle for a phone charger; but it didn’t matter because my 1837 … Continue reading Syl-vacation: Sofia, Bulgaria

Finding the Real Sylva Lining

Remember that time I was suddenly not married anymore… 🙂

Writing and Riding: To Phou Koun and Vang Vieng, Laos

Guess what we did next? If you guessed “ride bikes,” you are correct! You win your choice of three prizes: A truck full of pig carcasses (truck not included). A … Continue reading Writing and Riding: To Phou Koun and Vang Vieng, Laos

Riding and Writing: Chiang Dao & Chiang Mai, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos

After sweating enough to quench the thirst of a whole stadium full of elephants, we up and went to a town named after them: Chiang Dao, or Elephant Mountain. Chiang … Continue reading Riding and Writing: Chiang Dao & Chiang Mai, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos

Writing and Riding: Huay Xai, Laos Rest Day and Chiang Rai, Thailand

The sounds of Anne splashing in the pool (“Swimming is the best way to get rid of Lactic Acid in the muscles”) and the tap of my keys is all … Continue reading Writing and Riding: Huay Xai, Laos Rest Day and Chiang Rai, Thailand

Writing and Riding: Dien Bien Phu Vietnam to Muang Khua, Laos

Our new, constant friend — the gray sky — watched over us on our rest day in Dien Bien Phu. The day slipped by amidst late breakfast, errands which involved … Continue reading Writing and Riding: Dien Bien Phu Vietnam to Muang Khua, Laos

Where Are All The Vowels? Hrvatska, Part One

Three children dressed like unicorns just pranced by the window of the coffee shop here in Breckenridge, Colorado, chattering excitedly about a birthday party. It’s strange, after a month on … Continue reading Where Are All The Vowels? Hrvatska, Part One