tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-74903546810669341402018-09-17T03:59:37.675+01:00The Healthy Passporttravel, wellness, happinessJamie Gunternoreply@blogger.comBlogger220125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-85994217872771620912017-02-05T03:03:00.000+00:002017-02-05T17:46:28.605+00:00Fall in Montreal<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GyHulxz7Ys4/WIwPf_Uh-5I/AAAAAAAARnY/zIHAchiffFoqnXbb6d-AdikJ9qaVGdpjQCPcB/s1600/IMG_6581.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GyHulxz7Ys4/WIwPf_Uh-5I/AAAAAAAARnY/zIHAchiffFoqnXbb6d-AdikJ9qaVGdpjQCPcB/s1600/IMG_6581.JPG" /></a></div><br />After we moved back to the US from England, I told Van that it would be absolutely necessary to travel back to Europe at least once a year. But knowing that we may possibly be back living in Europe in the future, we decided that we need to explore the hemisphere that we are in! So we chose to make our first country Canada. And I wanted to visit a city as similar to a Euro feel as possible. We settled on Montreal.<br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MO-FyeM4EUk/WIwPY9MVzXI/AAAAAAAARmM/azW4DzRUaB0jfhSKU73ofgJ-5HSVdWoewCPcB/s1600/IMG_6562.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MO-FyeM4EUk/WIwPY9MVzXI/AAAAAAAARmM/azW4DzRUaB0jfhSKU73ofgJ-5HSVdWoewCPcB/s1600/IMG_6562.JPG" /></a></div><br />Since we now live in Florida, the seasons are pretty much non-existent. We don't see a major change in the colors of the foliage. Sure, we do have some yellows and brief oranges but no real "ah it's autumn' type changes. So we were excited to experience some cool weather and see some fall colors. As our plane came int o land, we could see a vast expanse of yellow, orange and red trees! Oh and lots of rain. Rain, rain, and more rain.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ItHhPSkLiCI/WJaOKzGt0QI/AAAAAAAAR84/fCGmdcRcXmwGPWy_Q1NrBkiFWOs70U0VQCPcB/s1600/IMG_6574.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ItHhPSkLiCI/WJaOKzGt0QI/AAAAAAAAR84/fCGmdcRcXmwGPWy_Q1NrBkiFWOs70U0VQCPcB/s1600/IMG_6574.JPG" /></a></div><br />We chose a really cute Airbnb (pic above) for the trip and that was just about the only planning I did. A huge departure from our Euro traveling days! But being that I am working full time and was a full time grad student (at the time of our trip) I just didn't have time to plan like I normally do. But we had three nights to explore and I knew we would figure it out. The only thing we planned on, and the rain also forced us in, was visiting the Notre Dame Basilica, which was beautiful. I expected it to be more like <a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2015/02/notre-dame-cathedral-paris.html" target="_blank">Notre Dame in Paris</a>, and it did share some similarities! But it was unique in it's own right.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eiq7dWw-gWg/WJaQgPyDYDI/AAAAAAAAR9g/ETxthe_b05sEVo_9jZlb87auoi_T05WxgCPcB/s1600/IMG_6538.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eiq7dWw-gWg/WJaQgPyDYDI/AAAAAAAAR9g/ETxthe_b05sEVo_9jZlb87auoi_T05WxgCPcB/s1600/IMG_6538.JPG" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4Bo8-8vScss/WJaO0_8f6yI/AAAAAAAAR9U/8mqX4mYQjoUpNiAsyuiyt36GMZFokxmhgCPcB/s1600/IMG_6528.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4Bo8-8vScss/WJaO0_8f6yI/AAAAAAAAR9U/8mqX4mYQjoUpNiAsyuiyt36GMZFokxmhgCPcB/s1600/IMG_6528.JPG" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-548eVdOAp1k/WJaO026TaKI/AAAAAAAAR9U/osPfUQC9QXIXZfnVNgGwmn2A-hh6qbAbACPcB/s1600/IMG_6531.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-548eVdOAp1k/WJaO026TaKI/AAAAAAAAR9U/osPfUQC9QXIXZfnVNgGwmn2A-hh6qbAbACPcB/s1600/IMG_6531.JPG" /></a></div><br />But the rain. We literally had THE worst weather while in Montreal. Cold, ok very cold (on the verge of snow), windy and heavy rain. We made the most of it, but the rain kept me from taking a ton of photos. Boo.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CsnuPbLB70A/WJaPWAoRWZI/AAAAAAAAR9M/hu6AUcfC8iw1FTQcgQEof86pO4uMMelLQCLcB/s1600/IMG_6533.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CsnuPbLB70A/WJaPWAoRWZI/AAAAAAAAR9M/hu6AUcfC8iw1FTQcgQEof86pO4uMMelLQCLcB/s1600/IMG_6533.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oI0t7JHhCl0/WJaPeLNLkkI/AAAAAAAAR9Q/sONJ-s10Ce42XWR_CzUMgwhYSNWPgsxTACLcB/s1600/IMG_6560.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oI0t7JHhCl0/WJaPeLNLkkI/AAAAAAAAR9Q/sONJ-s10Ce42XWR_CzUMgwhYSNWPgsxTACLcB/s1600/IMG_6560.jpg" /></a></div><br />First impressions of Canada and Montreal: People were mostly very friendly. We had no issues not knowing French, as Montreal is a French speaking city. The dollar is stronger, which was a huge plus. And the food....oh my the food! Poutine anyone??<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4kobFN2mFXc/WJaOGlQ1brI/AAAAAAAAR84/uhpy1LlfQvYMKTJRnSRXPXh1cJQ_ZuoCwCPcB/s1600/IMG_6575.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4kobFN2mFXc/WJaOGlQ1brI/AAAAAAAAR84/uhpy1LlfQvYMKTJRnSRXPXh1cJQ_ZuoCwCPcB/s1600/IMG_6575.JPG" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-N9A7xod9q3k/WJaO076SuEI/AAAAAAAAR9U/bjcbCsuGIHk5gy3QuUzPYNc0gDFy2W24wCPcB/s1600/IMG_6527.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-N9A7xod9q3k/WJaO076SuEI/AAAAAAAAR9U/bjcbCsuGIHk5gy3QuUzPYNc0gDFy2W24wCPcB/s1600/IMG_6527.JPG" /></a></div><br />Due to the rain, we didn't take any tours. We mostly ate and drank our way through Montreal, which was perfectly fine as we met interesting people and just truly enjoyed ourselves despite the weather. Was it Euro-esque? Kinda. Not as much as I wanted it to be. Would I return? You betcha ya! And of course, as fate would have it, we had abundant sunshine on our last day!<br /><br />A few of the notable places/eateries that we hit up that you should give a go if you are in Montreal:<br /><br />MUST GO:<br /><br />Chinatown<br />Old Town<br />Mile End<br /><br />GOOD EATS:<br /><br /><a href="http://www.restobarmonsieur.com/" target="_blank">Monsieur Restaurant&nbsp;+ Bar</a>&nbsp;- Fresh, delicious, drool worthy! I had the daily risotto and I dream of it!<br /><a href="http://www.barabeurre.com/" target="_blank">Bar a Beurre</a> - Coffee, tea and pastries to truly die for (gained many pounds here!)<br /><b>Saiko Bistrot Izakaya</b> - If you're in the mood for sushi...go here!<br /><b>La Banquise</b>- for the best late night poutine experience!!<br /><br />Thoughts on Montreal?Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-50307826541871863122016-07-25T00:51:00.000+01:002017-02-05T17:52:37.421+00:00Trading Cobblestones for the Beach<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8RRf-JWCvBw/V5VRjRwhZqI/AAAAAAAANyU/mboBHvAdBXwP13e4ZfWtqc6SOVOQuaOtACLcB/s1600/IMG_5259.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8RRf-JWCvBw/V5VRjRwhZqI/AAAAAAAANyU/mboBHvAdBXwP13e4ZfWtqc6SOVOQuaOtACLcB/s1600/IMG_5259.JPG" /></a></div><br />Hello from humid Florida!&nbsp; Oh man, have things changed. I have been completely MIA and probably because I still have not accepted the fact that I am not in England anymore. The beach is great, don't get me wrong....but man do I miss England and my former traveling life. I'm not gonna lie....I can't even get on Bloglovin anymore and it's even hard to look at Instagram. I feel a pain in my heart when I get a glimpse of all of you expat bloggers posting gorgeous street views and European food yummies. I miss everything about it.<br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br />But, I need to get back to what inspires me. I had a rude awakening the other day when my Dad told me that I've been slacking at my blog. L.O.L!! Crack me up! But it's true. I can't wallow in my sorrows forever. And to be honest, I still feel like I'm on a little bit of a holiday down here in Florida. We live right near the water, we have a boat, it's bikini season. There's not too much to complain about. Right? But Van and I find ourselves drinking an American glass of wine and wishing it was Croatian. Or Greek. And wishing for a charming lane or a pub to walk home from. It can be heartbreaking at times. Needless to say, England and Europe has a hold on our hearts.<br /><br />The best part about being here is being near family. We've basically run our own hotel down here....family from all over come down to visit. It's been wonderful to catch up and know that we all are just a short drive away. Another good piece of the puzzle is that I am working again and while it's extremely challenging, it feels good. I am now a Child Welfare Case Manager and it's intense but purposeful. I get a good amount of vacation days too....just need to start finding time to put them to use!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-76QwEO_UcH4/V5VR2dl4ETI/AAAAAAAANyo/Pti3WPexTFoYdCWXO6fXXvQIIC3Big9CQCEw/s1600/IMG_5889.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-76QwEO_UcH4/V5VR2dl4ETI/AAAAAAAANyo/Pti3WPexTFoYdCWXO6fXXvQIIC3Big9CQCEw/s1600/IMG_5889.JPG" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hCWx8luSqes/V5VSUM4_3ZI/AAAAAAAANy0/-YgsPcAup_ksg5-CTeXp2g6CdEtYhizqgCEw/s1600/IMG_4529.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hCWx8luSqes/V5VSUM4_3ZI/AAAAAAAANy0/-YgsPcAup_ksg5-CTeXp2g6CdEtYhizqgCEw/s1600/IMG_4529.JPG" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_yOe2TDE0GY/V5VTXYMjNKI/AAAAAAAANy4/Rw2gQj-N5BoqTb-R3YUcssHbued3aFfBQCLcB/s1600/IMG_5871.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_yOe2TDE0GY/V5VTXYMjNKI/AAAAAAAANy4/Rw2gQj-N5BoqTb-R3YUcssHbued3aFfBQCLcB/s1600/IMG_5871.JPG" /></a></div><br />Van and I have made the statement that while we miss Europe, we are going to try and travel on this side of the world while we are here. We have a feeling that we may be back to Europe later on down the road and we should take advantage of this side of the world while we can. But I just can't help it. I have too much unfinished business in Europe. I need to see more of Austria. I need to go to Budapest. I need to be back in Croatia. The list goes on and on. The longing for travel in Europe will be in my heart forever and I think that's a good thing!<br /><br />In other news, I'm starting back to school in August and I am preparing for the challenge. The challenge will be juggling an intense full time job, my house, my pups and writing nonstop for school. So fingers crossed for a good start! And hoping to throw a little travel in as well. I have plans for a little New Orleans getaway and a winter trip to Canada. Hoping to add in an October getaway as well....maybe South America?! We will see.....But for now, just know that I am alive and well and enjoying this Florida summer as best as I can!<br /><br />Thanks for sticking around :)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lK45zPJGfWA/V5VSqdFHP2I/AAAAAAAANy8/Og9HRhpr71AKxnBx8aEt4zTVPRg8Jnp4wCEw/s1600/IMG_5687.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lK45zPJGfWA/V5VSqdFHP2I/AAAAAAAANy8/Og9HRhpr71AKxnBx8aEt4zTVPRg8Jnp4wCEw/s1600/IMG_5687.JPG" /></a></div><br /><br />Healthy Blessings!<br /><br />Jamie xxJamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-77173359710141748962015-12-08T14:19:00.000+00:002015-12-08T17:12:52.175+00:00Holiday Gift Guide + Giveaway!!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DQjtfFRLLg8/VmY7Z4rhjtI/AAAAAAAANsQ/zu5RCvaymz8/s1600/IMG_1985.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="636" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DQjtfFRLLg8/VmY7Z4rhjtI/AAAAAAAANsQ/zu5RCvaymz8/s640/IMG_1985.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />Hello...it's me. Ok, channeling Adele a bit here since I've been major MIA. Moving, moving and moving some more. It's. Cray. And adding fuel to the fire....who else is <i><b>just now</b></i> entering the holiday frenzy??? It's been a little hard to get into the holiday spirit as I am trying to adjust to this mild weather. It just doesn't feel like Christmas! My body is patiently awaiting the weeks of blustery, cold weather. But it just ain't happening down here on the Gulf Coast! But alas, it's time to get going on my ever growing Christmas list!<br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br />I'm lucky enough to have very un-picky people to Christmas shop for but I still have a perfectionist personality so if it isn't perfect then I feel like I have failed. Again, luckily, I have been given the pleasure to check out some fab products that help so much with the gift giving decisions! So here is my shopping guide and I hope it helps you discover some unique products!<br /><br /><b>The Boys</b>: So for the men folk, I have a few super items that may help you with the 'hardest to buy for' group. I always have such a hard time choosing for the fellas...I don't know why!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>SWIG Flask</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JORdJoSZVkQ/VmY7ri1cOOI/AAAAAAAANsY/Swxws9JE48s/s1600/Swig.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JORdJoSZVkQ/VmY7ri1cOOI/AAAAAAAANsY/Swxws9JE48s/s1600/Swig.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Super cool. British. Excellent quality. Cool packaging. It's a sure fire winner. I'm so happy to have stumbled upon this brand because it is so unique and perfect for the guy who has everything. I love the different colors and styles. And there is even a Union Jack pattern which my England loving heart adores.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7gRwUN_0oxo/VmbmpGgEDjI/AAAAAAAANt0/XC5lPacVtT4/s1600/Leather-Hip-Flask-Union-Jack-SWIG-book_grande.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7gRwUN_0oxo/VmbmpGgEDjI/AAAAAAAANt0/XC5lPacVtT4/s320/Leather-Hip-Flask-Union-Jack-SWIG-book_grande.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Check them out <a href="http://www.swigflasks.com/" target="_blank">here at SWIG</a>.</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Man Crates</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xb7Wjq8h7zw/VmY-NndxMWI/AAAAAAAANsw/Syd5WYmtBx4/s1600/Healthy_snacks_gift_pack_for_active_guys__40987.1448049589.702.702.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xb7Wjq8h7zw/VmY-NndxMWI/AAAAAAAANsw/Syd5WYmtBx4/s320/Healthy_snacks_gift_pack_for_active_guys__40987.1448049589.702.702.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: center;">You can't go wrong with something yummy for the men in your life. And after finding Man Crates online, I feel like I hit the jackpot! No frills, just all the manly snack stuff your guy craves!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Find your perfect <a href="http://www.mancrates.com/" target="_blank">Man Crate here</a>.&nbsp;</div><br /><b>The Mommas</b>: Oh moms. They do so much and we all want to show them our appreciation but gifts almost never seem enough. But if we were to find the perfect product, it would be something that would make them feel beautiful, pampered and special.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Beauty Products</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vzSlIquLB0Y/VmZC9VTuXpI/AAAAAAAANs8/tkkdiaZJY2o/s1600/quality.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vzSlIquLB0Y/VmZC9VTuXpI/AAAAAAAANs8/tkkdiaZJY2o/s320/quality.png" width="284" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Whether it's a soak in the tub or using a good foot scrub, giving ourselves that moment of peace and relaxation with some pretty smelling goods is high on our 'to-do' lists. I was lucky enough to try these fantastic holistic products and I have to say, I'm hooked. And I would send them to the lovely mamas in my life in a heartbeat! The vegan aromatherapy products are right up my alley and work like a charm too!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">With excellent prices and special discounts, you can't go wrong with Maple Holistics. Check them out here at <a href="http://www.mapleholistics.com/" target="_blank">Maple Holistics</a> and enter below to win a free Maple Holistics Shampoo and Conditioner!</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Jewelry</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bdEIop5W0n4/VmZEp7mN4kI/AAAAAAAANtM/jCsZo2ocVF0/s1600/7a5217313d21e727b62e01a43d10c3aa.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bdEIop5W0n4/VmZEp7mN4kI/AAAAAAAANtM/jCsZo2ocVF0/s320/7a5217313d21e727b62e01a43d10c3aa.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: center;">One of my go to websites for unique jewelry is <a href="http://redenvelope.com./">RedEnvelope.com.</a> I can always find interesting pieces for prices that won't break the bank!</div><br /><b>Girlfriends</b>: They have our back through the whole year....it's time to treat them to something special as well!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Wine and a Mermaid Blanket!</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IVAOQ7p7alA/VmZHE0U8CTI/AAAAAAAANtY/MejRD462Jbs/s1600/il_570xN.760834488_6t3r.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="293" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IVAOQ7p7alA/VmZHE0U8CTI/AAAAAAAANtY/MejRD462Jbs/s400/il_570xN.760834488_6t3r.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: center;">Seriously.....have you seen these?? The cutest and coolest way to chill on the couch. Because who doesn't want to be a mermaid?? Add a bottle of wine and walah...perfect girlfriend gift!!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Etsy has a ton....go get one ASAP!!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><br />And <b>yourself</b>, because you know all this shopping has got you wanting something of your own :)<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Swimwear</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M-diYpUoxZY/VmblK_yfSjI/AAAAAAAANto/38DItRgyAH8/s1600/IMG_2030.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M-diYpUoxZY/VmblK_yfSjI/AAAAAAAANto/38DItRgyAH8/s640/IMG_2030.JPG" width="480" /></a></div><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: center;">As you all well know, I now live here in the beautiful state of Florida and I am stocking up on swimwear already! It's been 70+ degrees for the past couple of days and I'll tell ya....I could be out in my bikini now if I wanted to be!. SwimOutlet.com sent me <a href="http://www.swimoutlet.com/p/oneill-voda-one-piece-8130924/?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=google-shopping&amp;color=11590&amp;size=16740&amp;gclid=CNDmtLi5zMkCFQMMaQodj7MPrA" target="_blank">this incredible O'Neill Voda Long Sleeve Suit, which is selling at an excellent price</a>, and <b>I cannot WAIT</b> to test it out (which could be soon with this mild weather!) You may just catch my in it on <a href="http://instagram.com/jamiegunter83" target="_blank">my Instagram</a> soon!</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Check out <a href="http://swimoutlet.com/">SwimOutlet.com</a> or their <a href="http://www.swimoutlet.com/2015-holiday-gift-guide-c14735/" target="_blank">2015 Holiday Gift Guide</a> to get some incredible ideas for the water lover in your life (or yourself ;))</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">In keeping with the Christmas spirit, I have teamed up with Maple Holistics to giveaway a Shampoo and Conditioner set! Entry is easy and I wish you much luck!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="8a3d47444" data-template="" data-theme="classic" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/8a3d47444/" id="rcwidget_e2xav3u5" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><script src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays friends!!<br /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><i>I was given a few of the above items to try for free however, I would not share them if I didn't find them to be shareworthy! So seriously, check them out :)</i></span></div>Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-3896203030505944202015-11-10T16:44:00.000+00:002015-11-10T16:56:10.412+00:00Catching the Sunset at Navarre Beach Pier<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zrT_QBPWKc0/VkIYOg640oI/AAAAAAAANqY/uBZRaZDWeQs/s1600/DSC09436.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zrT_QBPWKc0/VkIYOg640oI/AAAAAAAANqY/uBZRaZDWeQs/s1600/DSC09436.png" /></a></div><br />Navarre Beach is a very small beach in comparison to it's neighbor beaches such as Destin or Pensacola Beach. It literally only has about 5 or 6 high rise condos and if you have ever been to the Gulf Coast, you know that this can be very rare. I grew up in Mobile, AL and saw the tourist areas of the Gulf Coast grow dramatically. But Navarre has seemed to stay small somehow.<br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tlXfmjX88Ac/VkIciP7q8OI/AAAAAAAANq4/Phkd0z2TQ04/s1600/DSC09426.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tlXfmjX88Ac/VkIciP7q8OI/AAAAAAAANq4/Phkd0z2TQ04/s1600/DSC09426.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-L9_lISVjHfw/VkIciCsCQ5I/AAAAAAAANq0/bjjLUvMNbRE/s1600/DSC09427.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-L9_lISVjHfw/VkIciCsCQ5I/AAAAAAAANq0/bjjLUvMNbRE/s1600/DSC09427.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>But Navarre Beach does have a 'biggest of' claim. It is home to the longest pier in the Gulf Coast. At at a $1 entry fee, probably the cheapest attraction around.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jlKCNIPwmhw/VkIchwaiw4I/AAAAAAAANq8/3QBmOJpQ3Z8/s1600/DSC09434.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jlKCNIPwmhw/VkIchwaiw4I/AAAAAAAANq8/3QBmOJpQ3Z8/s1600/DSC09434.png" /></a></div><br />After <a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2015/11/beach-bum-life.html" target="_blank">watching a few sunsets from the beach </a>and our condo balcony, we decided to head to the pier for our daily sunset ritual. {Side note: living on the beach is pretty much heaven. I don't think these sunsets will get old!} We paid our entry fee and headed out for the 1545 foot long walk.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sTlHOBhwDDE/VkIc_54BaBI/AAAAAAAANrI/d5yZtFsgKP0/s1600/DSC09437.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sTlHOBhwDDE/VkIc_54BaBI/AAAAAAAANrI/d5yZtFsgKP0/s1600/DSC09437.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-E89SSsB5gj8/VkIdADRiN-I/AAAAAAAANrM/aanokDUqE3c/s1600/DSC09438.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-E89SSsB5gj8/VkIdADRiN-I/AAAAAAAANrM/aanokDUqE3c/s1600/DSC09438.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KOgNhOXLTXU/VkIdAQKSSJI/AAAAAAAANrQ/gbPPtaq8r8o/s1600/DSC09446.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KOgNhOXLTXU/VkIdAQKSSJI/AAAAAAAANrQ/gbPPtaq8r8o/s1600/DSC09446.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XeulwChZG_0/VkIdBBj6fnI/AAAAAAAANrc/aN9KmA1NFRI/s1600/DSC09448.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XeulwChZG_0/VkIdBBj6fnI/AAAAAAAANrc/aN9KmA1NFRI/s1600/DSC09448.png" /></a></div><br />As it is low season here at the beach, the pier was filled with only a handful of fishermen and women, most likely locals. A few tourists walked down as well, but for the most part, very quiet! Until an older gentleman started yelling at me to 'Run! Hurry up! It's a sea turtle!' We ran quickly and caught a glimpse of what I hope is our first of many sea turtle sightings. The gentleman later apologized for yelling at me but knew we would probably want to see it :) He was right.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-h4as4mbV0Ko/VkIZgVVq8JI/AAAAAAAANqk/kZcHUWrNpEg/s1600/DSC09452.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-h4as4mbV0Ko/VkIZgVVq8JI/AAAAAAAANqk/kZcHUWrNpEg/s1600/DSC09452.png" /></a></div><br />Our evening on the pier didn't result in a fabulous sunset as the clouds were blocking the sun, but catching a glimpse of the turtle was well worth it! So if you are ever down in the Pensacola/Ft Walton area, take a quick detour to the Navarre Beach Pier and see what you can catch!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pDNpyBZ1FJ0/VkIdOLLtA4I/AAAAAAAANro/UJcr1u7_DIw/s1600/DSC09453.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pDNpyBZ1FJ0/VkIdOLLtA4I/AAAAAAAANro/UJcr1u7_DIw/s1600/DSC09453.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tep1II1fBKI/VkIdO_IUkmI/AAAAAAAANrw/2w8GX93I4SE/s1600/DSC09459.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tep1II1fBKI/VkIdO_IUkmI/AAAAAAAANrw/2w8GX93I4SE/s1600/DSC09459.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Y6e3MnbnEOI/VkIdP84MPZI/AAAAAAAANr8/rvBIOYwdlwA/s1600/DSC09466.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Y6e3MnbnEOI/VkIdP84MPZI/AAAAAAAANr8/rvBIOYwdlwA/s1600/DSC09466.png" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br />So even though the sunset didn't come out in full force, you can't beat an evening walk like this!<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">For more information on Navarre Beach Pier, click <a href="http://www.santarosa.fl.gov/navarrebeachpier/" target="_blank">here</a>!</div><br /><br /><a href="http://i1.wp.com/www.alkeksabroad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Travel-Tuesday-Logo.png" onclick="__gaTracker('send', 'event', 'outbound-article', 'http://i1.wp.com/www.alkeksabroad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Travel-Tuesday-Logo.png', '');"><img class="wp-image-2959 aligncenter" src="http://i1.wp.com/www.alkeksabroad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Travel-Tuesday-Logo.png?resize=688%2C250" alt="Travel Tuesday Logo" width="688" height="250" data-jpibfi-indexer="29"></a>Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-67853486122019778952015-11-01T20:17:00.000+00:002015-11-01T20:17:01.319+00:00Beach Bum Life<div style="text-align: center;">Ahh Florida. I really don't have much to say in words because the pictures do all of the talkin' for me.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a1DozdZRHFk/VjZwDaucacI/AAAAAAAANos/zSsMtkaQ6Vw/s1600/IMG_1258.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a1DozdZRHFk/VjZwDaucacI/AAAAAAAANos/zSsMtkaQ6Vw/s1600/IMG_1258.JPG" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">We are thoroughly enjoying our beachfront condo that we will be living in for a month and are crossing our fingers that we will be signing a lease this week on our new Florida home....so cross your fingers with me and say a little prayer! But other than that, there is nothing on the agenda except finding some beach cruiser bikes and deciding what time of day we are heading out to the sand.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qnsqpcdTBas/VjZwZNhLV9I/AAAAAAAANo8/QjI7YZKD1sc/s1600/IMG_1215.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qnsqpcdTBas/VjZwZNhLV9I/AAAAAAAANo8/QjI7YZKD1sc/s1600/IMG_1215.JPG" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hhjG098B6w8/VjZwZg6Ik3I/AAAAAAAANpE/9hh6b_H2aao/s1600/IMG_1219.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hhjG098B6w8/VjZwZg6Ik3I/AAAAAAAANpE/9hh6b_H2aao/s1600/IMG_1219.JPG" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0r9t6kACBEo/VjZwfJYSyxI/AAAAAAAANpY/0FvC5S5MktI/s1600/IMG_1230.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0r9t6kACBEo/VjZwfJYSyxI/AAAAAAAANpY/0FvC5S5MktI/s1600/IMG_1230.JPG" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1ikoDnhfEq4/VjZyIbTzszI/AAAAAAAANqI/PVYgB2LoYHY/s1600/IMG_1222.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1ikoDnhfEq4/VjZyIbTzszI/AAAAAAAANqI/PVYgB2LoYHY/s1600/IMG_1222.JPG" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--Ik1ReaatRM/VjZwfvd9i2I/AAAAAAAANpc/vZZsUhi25iw/s1600/IMG_1236.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--Ik1ReaatRM/VjZwfvd9i2I/AAAAAAAANpc/vZZsUhi25iw/s1600/IMG_1236.JPG" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Pinch me.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">I was missing England so much while we were temporarily in Atlanta but I think I may overcome my sadness down here on the beach! What do you think?</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Uy4MUX7bPrw/VjZxOfteKJI/AAAAAAAANpo/5flXImsniao/s1600/IMG_1211.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Uy4MUX7bPrw/VjZxOfteKJI/AAAAAAAANpo/5flXImsniao/s1600/IMG_1211.JPG" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And if you follow me on Instagram, you may have started to notice that I can't pass up sharing a good beach shot. But it's gorgeous! I can't help it. So settle in and get ready for the coast :)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-V-PkKBPhJeE/VjZxcE6xHiI/AAAAAAAANp8/fZbIg9HEFuo/s1600/IMG_1250.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-V-PkKBPhJeE/VjZxcE6xHiI/AAAAAAAANp8/fZbIg9HEFuo/s1600/IMG_1250.JPG" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zvj9nQGCNbk/VjZxb1Kc-BI/AAAAAAAANp4/PdrMp_YBJmI/s1600/IMG_1253.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zvj9nQGCNbk/VjZxb1Kc-BI/AAAAAAAANp4/PdrMp_YBJmI/s1600/IMG_1253.JPG" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lOBM__Kz0Gg/VjZxbNNOfRI/AAAAAAAANpw/qox-XZT8Iuk/s1600/IMG_1286.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lOBM__Kz0Gg/VjZxbNNOfRI/AAAAAAAANpw/qox-XZT8Iuk/s1600/IMG_1286.JPG" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Cheers to my iPhone for taking pretty decent pics!!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Happy Sunday!</div>Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-44645388066891456592015-10-16T21:02:00.003+01:002015-10-20T13:53:40.282+01:00Tintagel Castle | Cornwall<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">King Arthur had it made....</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eh4GwAg1z0Q/VgRUDXHHreI/AAAAAAAANlE/FtFSO42dyag/s1600/192.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eh4GwAg1z0Q/VgRUDXHHreI/AAAAAAAANlE/FtFSO42dyag/s1600/192.png" /></a></div><br /><a name='more'></a><div style="text-align: center;">Am I right? Ok, I am going to let you in on a little ditzy&nbsp;secret moment of mine.....I thought King Arthur was real. I had no idea it was 'the legend' of King Arthur! Hello! Embarrassing, yes. So you can imagine how funny Van thought I was when I told him that we were headed to the castle where King Arthur was conceived and possibly born. Ha!</div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JWDm_ktF8lc/ViFPP9fd6qI/AAAAAAAANmg/zImvVnaLjYQ/s1600/tintagel1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JWDm_ktF8lc/ViFPP9fd6qI/AAAAAAAANmg/zImvVnaLjYQ/s1600/tintagel1.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;">We decided to take a short trip out to Tintagel <a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2015/06/a-glamping-weekend-in-devon.html" target="_blank">while we were glamping in the Devonshire countryside</a>. It was a lovely drive and while I hadn't looked up much info on the area, I wasn't the least bit surprised to see that the little village of Tintagel was incredibly charming. Most castle villages in England usually are the most charming! Tintagel is actually in Cornwall and it was just as pretty as they say it is. Definitely an area that I would love to return to.&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-psx_H058B2A/ViFVBoPY5mI/AAAAAAAANm8/xgZdwx5fWLQ/s1600/tintagel4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-psx_H058B2A/ViFVBoPY5mI/AAAAAAAANm8/xgZdwx5fWLQ/s1600/tintagel4.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uXekQBqHtzg/ViFVBbFU6oI/AAAAAAAANnA/pznjI0rFvc8/s1600/tintagel5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uXekQBqHtzg/ViFVBbFU6oI/AAAAAAAANnA/pznjI0rFvc8/s1600/tintagel5.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bjV_xt-ga80/ViFVBeFFlwI/AAAAAAAANm4/XYqb8Fs6V14/s1600/tintagel%2B3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bjV_xt-ga80/ViFVBeFFlwI/AAAAAAAANm4/XYqb8Fs6V14/s1600/tintagel%2B3.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">It was a gorgeous day to explore the grounds and ruins of what was once a large castle and community. The views from the cliffs were reminiscent of the Cliffs of Moher and the water was surprisingly very blue in some areas. The cliff sides were speckled with furry little goats and seagulls flew overhead. Pure 'castling' perfection!</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zG9S1myvRlc/ViFPQOH3HZI/AAAAAAAANms/-ZRswTkVt9o/s1600/tintagel2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zG9S1myvRlc/ViFPQOH3HZI/AAAAAAAANms/-ZRswTkVt9o/s1600/tintagel2.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dL7cmh2-nbE/ViFVOQ_B-nI/AAAAAAAANnQ/PWEeDYhmgIM/s1600/tintagel6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dL7cmh2-nbE/ViFVOQ_B-nI/AAAAAAAANnQ/PWEeDYhmgIM/s1600/tintagel6.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iBO6B1UWy-o/ViFVOnrwUYI/AAAAAAAANnY/T6x5smXShn4/s1600/tintagel7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iBO6B1UWy-o/ViFVOnrwUYI/AAAAAAAANnY/T6x5smXShn4/s1600/tintagel7.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XmnmmO_5prY/ViFVOWf4mdI/AAAAAAAANnU/5jhPeNciMyg/s1600/tintagel8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XmnmmO_5prY/ViFVOWf4mdI/AAAAAAAANnU/5jhPeNciMyg/s1600/tintagel8.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8LIICqNiUdw/ViFVO6wTSCI/AAAAAAAANnc/zO1WsGzRCOg/s1600/tintagel9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8LIICqNiUdw/ViFVO6wTSCI/AAAAAAAANnc/zO1WsGzRCOg/s1600/tintagel9.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">While the legend of King Arthur (and Merlin and the rest of the characters) may just be that, a legend, Tintagel Castle is definitely a place to visit for everyone. Hosted by the English Heritage, entry fee is small and for the views, 100% worth it. If you are out travelling through Cornwall, take a stop at this gorgeous place for me will ya?&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pGMN-u-YzO8/ViFWcqZvbcI/AAAAAAAANn0/iw5hUb8zJdE/s1600/tintagel10.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pGMN-u-YzO8/ViFWcqZvbcI/AAAAAAAANn0/iw5hUb8zJdE/s1600/tintagel10.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oTkl7FR4_ak/ViFWcmFe6-I/AAAAAAAANn4/a0ImW5PxMcQ/s1600/tintagel11.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oTkl7FR4_ak/ViFWcmFe6-I/AAAAAAAANn4/a0ImW5PxMcQ/s1600/tintagel11.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-F9yFKygI22M/ViFWcjUuh7I/AAAAAAAANn8/dtC7vpj3SaU/s1600/tintagel12.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-F9yFKygI22M/ViFWcjUuh7I/AAAAAAAANn8/dtC7vpj3SaU/s1600/tintagel12.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bP6Rr9L56BQ/ViFWdHXGTxI/AAAAAAAANoA/dfGicmdhtbM/s1600/tintagel13.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bP6Rr9L56BQ/ViFWdHXGTxI/AAAAAAAANoA/dfGicmdhtbM/s1600/tintagel13.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PbsgX_5MUvM/ViFWdPBmQwI/AAAAAAAANoE/xebCMp33Kzs/s1600/tintagel14.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PbsgX_5MUvM/ViFWdPBmQwI/AAAAAAAANoE/xebCMp33Kzs/s1600/tintagel14.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7NzImJ18poA/ViFWdZKOqzI/AAAAAAAANoM/CqZvlR4UrN0/s1600/tintagel15.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7NzImJ18poA/ViFWdZKOqzI/AAAAAAAANoM/CqZvlR4UrN0/s1600/tintagel15.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Happy Friday!</div><div align="center"><a href="http://www.my-travelmonkey.com/" rel="follow" target="_blank" title="Travel Monkey"><img alt="Travel Monkey" src="http://www.my-travelmonkey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/TingNewBlue.png" style="border: none;" /></a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.bonnieroseblog.com/" target="_blank">Travel Tuesday</a></div>Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-46754051899034186432015-10-12T21:16:00.000+01:002015-10-12T21:16:19.627+01:00Ex-expat Catch Up!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kV8f6wa-Juo/VhwU2h5uX5I/AAAAAAAANlc/RP75K6NcHwk/s1600/IMG_0255a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kV8f6wa-Juo/VhwU2h5uX5I/AAAAAAAANlc/RP75K6NcHwk/s1600/IMG_0255a.jpg" /></a></div><br />Hello there! Well, we have officially been in the United States for 42 days! I still can't believe it and I almost just keep expecting to pack up and return to Ely. When I force reality into my brain, I feel such a let down but I just remind myself of how lucky I am to have called Ely my home. We have been surviving 'gypsy' life for some time now here in Atlanta, packing up all of our junk and moving from place to place. We are a sight to see when arriving at a new hotel haha!! But alas, we are now finally in our last 'home' for our time in Atlanta. And we are actually staying in our first American AirBnb! It's extremely nice, much larger than any AirBnb we encountered in Europe, and will be a comfortable last spot in Atlanta <a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2015/09/sunday-chat-iii-americanization.html" target="_blank">before moving down to the beach at the end of October</a>! I honestly can't wait to get to the beach. Sun, sand, family and PUPPIES!! Sunshine/puppy&nbsp;emoji! :)<br /><br />So...how are we coping?<br /><br /><b>Missing 'home'</b><br />Van and I have often found ourselves in conversations about how much we miss England. And Europe in general. The way of life that we were so privileged to experience for two years was something that we grew quite comfortable with. And right now, I would give anything to hop in the car and drive through the British countryside. While the North Georgia mountains are pretty, nothing compares to passing by the hedge lined farmland and quaint villages in the United Kingdom. Or even to just be able to walk into town and grab a coffee and peruse the daily market. I walked a mile to Publix today and people probably thought I was crazy....or homeless! It's just been a total change in daily life and is taking some getting used to for sure.<br /><br />So, truth be told, while I am so excited about the next couple of years around family....I'm homesick for England. Like the heartbroken kind of homesick. Anywho.<br /><br /><b>Travel</b><br />While we have had said "missing home" talks, our conversations usually turn to what's next travel wise for us. While I would be up for jumping on a long haul flight every month to go back to Europe, Van brings me back to reality. We will have, at most, 2 weeks to spend travelling next year...well plus long weekends and such. But as far as flying somewhere more than 4 hours away by plane, it's going to be tricky. But let me back up.<br /><br />While we will be in Florida for some time, there will always be opportunities popping up for us to once again be expats. And while I hope this opportunity comes sooner than later, I have to remind myself to let life flow as it should and to not get in a hurry to plan it all.<br /><br />Ok, so back to travel. We have tossed around ideas of a major trip to Thailand, or maybe even a week on the Adriatic in Eastern Europe. But we've somewhat decided to try and stay in this hemisphere for now. Since there is always hope for another opportunity to live abroad, we think that travelling 'locally' may be our best option. While the thought of not touching the ground in England or Europe for two years makes my heart want to break in two, I also know that visiting for one week will not completely fulfill my need! So while this is just a thought at the moment, I've learned to keep my mouth shut and let life happen!<br /><br /><b>America</b><br />Living in America is surely different and I almost feel like it moved and grew too fast while we were gone. Every body is busy. Traffic is horrendous. All there is to do is shop and eat. Ok, that last statement is a little dramatic but sometimes that is how it feels. But, we have found a few little cozy restaurants and wine bars that are growing on us and we do try and get outside quite often. We actually attended the Atlanta Boxer Rescue "Boxerstock" yesterday. And even though it wasn't British crowds at the market, at least we were around all of the cool people....you know, the boxer owners :)<br /><br /><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="5" style="background: #FFF; border-radius: 3px; border: 0; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: -webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width: 99.375%; width: calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding: 8px;"><div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"><div style="background: url(data:image/png; display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div></div><div style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/8tPJwYLxGQ/" style="color: black; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_blank">Way too much cuteness going on at #boxerstock2015!! Wish my Bruno was here to celebrate with all of his kinfolk! 🐶 #atlantaboxerrescue #boxersofinstagram</a></div><div style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A photo posted by Jamie@The Healthy Passport (@jamiegunter83) on <time datetime="2015-10-11T18:08:54+00:00" style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Oct 11, 2015 at 11:08am PDT</time></div></div></blockquote><br />Eating in America is a whole other topic that I will get too soon enough...<br /><br /><script async="" defer="" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>We are slowly surrendering to American life however we both are incredibly thankful for our new, more Euro outlook on life. I think that living at the beach will be a much better place for us to readjust than busy Atlanta. And I can't wait to get there.<br /><br />So, in a nutshell, that's about where I am at with this whole repatriation thing. Slowly settling but with a new perspective.<br /><br />Hope you are having a fantastic Monday!<br /><br />Jamie xx<br /><br />Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-56117044350521529852015-09-22T16:57:00.001+01:002015-09-24T16:09:03.126+01:00One Last Jaunt in CambridgeI was completely blessed with close friends in Ely. After joining the Ely Ladies Meetup group in April of 2014, I met my crew and will have lasting relationships with these special girls. And as it was time for me to move, we decided to spend a day just hanging out in Cambridge. While most of it centered around eating and drinking, we also made it over to the River to have a go a punting! When in Cambridge.....:)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PJPaSmXVJj0/VgFziJ52ZnI/AAAAAAAANjI/fnOKQtE2Fpo/s1600/DSC09342.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PJPaSmXVJj0/VgFziJ52ZnI/AAAAAAAANjI/fnOKQtE2Fpo/s1600/DSC09342.png" /></a></div><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br />Punting is definitely a tourist attraction but I highly recommend it! Start by finding a Groupon and/or haggling with the uni punters for a cheap price! We used <a href="http://www.letsgopunting.co.uk/" target="_blank">Let's Go Punting</a> with a Groupon that I had purchased months before and had forgotten about and it worked out great. Most of the 'drivers' for lack of a better word, are college students trying to make an extra buck. They give you wonderful history lessons while you leisurely cruise the river. Bring a bottle of wine, or purchase a wine picnic to go from the cafe across from the punting check in, and you are set!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-REYf570fgvU/VgF1PJ82TII/AAAAAAAANjc/gFPUJEtrQfs/s1600/DSC09281.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-REYf570fgvU/VgF1PJ82TII/AAAAAAAANjc/gFPUJEtrQfs/s1600/DSC09281.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5XiJndx3RXE/VgF4df9-wlI/AAAAAAAANkE/i7cMuMRXEkI/s1600/IMG_5366.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5XiJndx3RXE/VgF4df9-wlI/AAAAAAAANkE/i7cMuMRXEkI/s1600/IMG_5366.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7foTZ2-l3xE/VgF1PNarvUI/AAAAAAAANjY/lgfZjaM-LOg/s1600/DSC09284.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7foTZ2-l3xE/VgF1PNarvUI/AAAAAAAANjY/lgfZjaM-LOg/s1600/DSC09284.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vk-krrF-_f0/VgF1Ovzch3I/AAAAAAAANjU/IpBRJic6pI4/s1600/DSC09338.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vk-krrF-_f0/VgF1Ovzch3I/AAAAAAAANjU/IpBRJic6pI4/s1600/DSC09338.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--93IVwgyfo0/VgF4mb63AyI/AAAAAAAANkM/9g7es2_GkPg/s1600/IMG_5378.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--93IVwgyfo0/VgF4mb63AyI/AAAAAAAANkM/9g7es2_GkPg/s1600/IMG_5378.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fwz0NSdV8lg/VgF1PmWmeJI/AAAAAAAANjk/7mJKXe5B-cI/s1600/DSC09341.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fwz0NSdV8lg/VgF1PmWmeJI/AAAAAAAANjk/7mJKXe5B-cI/s1600/DSC09341.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9vbSFt9kpZQ/VgF1QCWwhiI/AAAAAAAANjo/uz8ODgjpbs8/s1600/DSC09367.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9vbSFt9kpZQ/VgF1QCWwhiI/AAAAAAAANjo/uz8ODgjpbs8/s1600/DSC09367.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bkoSVnkbw-k/VgF4w7oY-DI/AAAAAAAANkU/jbGjj9NhCn8/s1600/DSC09320.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bkoSVnkbw-k/VgF4w7oY-DI/AAAAAAAANkU/jbGjj9NhCn8/s1600/DSC09320.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bdBbfr45CB0/VgF4xFq5JpI/AAAAAAAANkc/FY9Bw2VDsx4/s1600/DSC09330.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bdBbfr45CB0/VgF4xFq5JpI/AAAAAAAANkc/FY9Bw2VDsx4/s1600/DSC09330.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jKtQOSnsP84/VgF4wzUGTRI/AAAAAAAANkY/JX2RRHznnMw/s1600/DSC09337.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jKtQOSnsP84/VgF4wzUGTRI/AAAAAAAANkY/JX2RRHznnMw/s1600/DSC09337.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xeKJrWb4jC0/VgF4x44EthI/AAAAAAAANkk/JLF3whYDUNY/s1600/DSC09359.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xeKJrWb4jC0/VgF4x44EthI/AAAAAAAANkk/JLF3whYDUNY/s1600/DSC09359.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ukij0Dhu57s/VgF4yNPo5eI/AAAAAAAANko/Pn-l_Mp9c-0/s1600/DSC09364.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ukij0Dhu57s/VgF4yNPo5eI/AAAAAAAANko/Pn-l_Mp9c-0/s1600/DSC09364.png" /></a></div><br />We had the most perfect weather for a day on the River. And we also had a lovely time wandering the gorgeous but crowded streets of Cambridge making memories that I will cherish forever. I miss my girls dearly but am so thankful for technology today...and am thoroughly enjoying our Skype dates! Cambridge is such a great city to visit for a day and take in the college scenes....I highly recommend. History galore!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7qbuDSN3LIk/VgFzNZy5tYI/AAAAAAAANh4/2_PNPjiR_yg/s1600/DSC09248.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7qbuDSN3LIk/VgFzNZy5tYI/AAAAAAAANh4/2_PNPjiR_yg/s1600/DSC09248.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XiVRxl501MQ/VgFzNexp2jI/AAAAAAAANh8/mlf4M4lKUXU/s1600/DSC09250.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XiVRxl501MQ/VgFzNexp2jI/AAAAAAAANh8/mlf4M4lKUXU/s1600/DSC09250.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OyxzGAJioGw/VgFzNb3q63I/AAAAAAAANiA/xJCXAzi1J54/s1600/DSC09251.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OyxzGAJioGw/VgFzNb3q63I/AAAAAAAANiA/xJCXAzi1J54/s1600/DSC09251.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0q71Tgq35bU/VgFzOQqka7I/AAAAAAAANiI/p9tP9FSl8gc/s1600/DSC09252.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0q71Tgq35bU/VgFzOQqka7I/AAAAAAAANiI/p9tP9FSl8gc/s1600/DSC09252.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vT8dUoj7Pko/VgFzPetwswI/AAAAAAAANic/-BhMy85mKpA/s1600/DSC09254.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vT8dUoj7Pko/VgFzPetwswI/AAAAAAAANic/-BhMy85mKpA/s1600/DSC09254.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BV6AO0J9qTQ/VgFzPWUEzdI/AAAAAAAANiY/TLKC5zajNYY/s1600/DSC09258.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BV6AO0J9qTQ/VgFzPWUEzdI/AAAAAAAANiY/TLKC5zajNYY/s1600/DSC09258.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dyK94q-e4Uk/VgFzP0V4sBI/AAAAAAAANik/Bw58wCJeaJA/s1600/DSC09259.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dyK94q-e4Uk/VgFzP0V4sBI/AAAAAAAANik/Bw58wCJeaJA/s1600/DSC09259.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XvaUfy0JNm0/VgFzQR6aW3I/AAAAAAAANig/3kILxZd2tqo/s1600/DSC09261.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XvaUfy0JNm0/VgFzQR6aW3I/AAAAAAAANig/3kILxZd2tqo/s1600/DSC09261.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QxJd26CeIew/VgFzRBY6RzI/AAAAAAAANiw/LI4APqmzFgw/s1600/DSC09262.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QxJd26CeIew/VgFzRBY6RzI/AAAAAAAANiw/LI4APqmzFgw/s1600/DSC09262.png" /></a></div><br />Oh how I am missing these gorgeous British scenes.....<br /><br />Have you been punting in Cambridge? What was your favorite part?<br /><br /><i>Also, did you catch my moving update? <a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2015/09/sunday-chat-iii-americanization.html" target="_blank">Check it out here</a>!!&nbsp;</i><br /><i><br /></i><span style="font-size: x-small;"><i>Linking up for <a href="http://www.bonnieroseblog.com/" target="_blank">Travel Tuesday</a> :)</i></span>Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-37588936704035162662015-09-20T17:04:00.000+01:002015-09-21T02:19:08.461+01:00Sunday Chat | III Americanization<div style="text-align: center;">I'm sat down, coffee in hand and I am going to post now. I have totally put my little webspace on the back burner these last few weeks and there is much to talk about! I guess it has to do with me being in a little bit of denial that we no longer live in England. I now am forced to say 'when I lived in England'. Ugh. Heartbreak. So here I am, ready at my laptop, ready to knock out an update post. It's a lengthy one so bear with me!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>The MOVE</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nomOzEU_eAY/Vf7UKSrhjII/AAAAAAAANgY/9Uqz9wFzXGg/s1600/IMG_5179.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nomOzEU_eAY/Vf7UKSrhjII/AAAAAAAANgY/9Uqz9wFzXGg/s640/IMG_5179.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><a name='more'></a><br />It was official, We moved out of our Ely house and into a precious local Airbnb for our remaining days in Ely. And on August 31st, we drove down to Heathrow and settled into the Marriott before our 10:45 flight the next day. Everything went smoothly that day...rental car turned in, we both had all the proper documents, we had to use one of those buggy things to carry our 10 bags (yes...we were 'those' people) and we made it to our gate with no drama...only reluctance.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3WsqCXf4RpU/Vf7UK3PU9gI/AAAAAAAANgc/hYGTPusWc38/s1600/IMG_5192.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3WsqCXf4RpU/Vf7UK3PU9gI/AAAAAAAANgc/hYGTPusWc38/s640/IMG_5192.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-T0AdPkNOYbQ/Vf7UXpGIH_I/AAAAAAAANgs/T_tlTRprKrA/s1600/IMG_5434.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-T0AdPkNOYbQ/Vf7UXpGIH_I/AAAAAAAANgs/T_tlTRprKrA/s640/IMG_5434.JPG" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WIjLNHwILdE/Vf7UX_KmRyI/AAAAAAAANgw/EIIHKPtMZjs/s1600/IMG_5435.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WIjLNHwILdE/Vf7UX_KmRyI/AAAAAAAANgw/EIIHKPtMZjs/s640/IMG_5435.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Well, <i>we </i>had the best intentions but our British Airways airplane did not. We sat on the plane for 3 HOURS before our 9 hour flight took off. There was some kind of mechanical problem of course. Yuck. So of course we missed our connecting flight in Miami and were forced into a 4 hour layover there. By the time we made it to Pensacola, &nbsp;it was 5:30AM GMT and 11:30PM CST. But it was so nice to see my Dad waiting for us!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">As happy as we were to see my Dad, all I could think about was seeing my baby boys. It had been 3 1/2 months since we left the little boogers at Heathrow to head back to America. Of course they were all snuggled up asleep in their 'room' when we got there! But after waking up a little I think they realized they weren't dreaming and we were really there. It helped us to not focus so much on the leaving and focus a little more on the future.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>At the Beach</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">We arrived at Dad's on Tuesday and since the upcoming weekend was Labor Day Weekend, we stayed through Monday. We couldn't have planned it any better. It was the perfect way to acclimate to the time zone and life in general. We spent a couple of days on the boat soaking in the sun and gorgeous blue water. Then we had a huge football party on Saturday and I was able to see a lot of my family! And I also was able to attend a baby shower for two of my close friends in high school! I couldn't believe how well it all worked out. Our first few days back and I was able to see soooo many people with little effort! It was just what we needed.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="4" style="background: #FFF; border-radius: 3px; border: 0; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: -webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width: 99.375%; width: calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding: 8px;"><div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"><div style="background: url(data:image/png; display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div></div><div style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/7QBHhGrxKI/" style="color: black; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_top">I've loved exploring the beaches around the Mediterranean, but hanging out at home with the fam sure is pretty awesome 👙☀️🇺🇸</a></div><div style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A photo posted by Jamie@The Healthy Passport (@jamiegunter83) on <time datetime="2015-09-05T13:16:53+00:00" style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Sep 5, 2015 at 6:16am PDT</time></div></div></blockquote><script async="" defer="" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script></div><script async="" defer="" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-t0q3K5DUxLI/Vf7VPftWeQI/AAAAAAAANhE/2OYWT09Yik8/s1600/11949298_1186710431342993_7108561442397095107_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-t0q3K5DUxLI/Vf7VPftWeQI/AAAAAAAANhE/2OYWT09Yik8/s640/11949298_1186710431342993_7108561442397095107_n.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6WDBLVNHNxE/Vf7VPXryUfI/AAAAAAAANhA/2f34Uxp1DXM/s1600/11954739_10156112370695601_6850828831333383692_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6WDBLVNHNxE/Vf7VPXryUfI/AAAAAAAANhA/2f34Uxp1DXM/s640/11954739_10156112370695601_6850828831333383692_n.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ers76T3X-sk/Vf7XXV58QqI/AAAAAAAANhc/K3pA5CouXq4/s1600/FullSizeRender%2B%25281%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ers76T3X-sk/Vf7XXV58QqI/AAAAAAAANhc/K3pA5CouXq4/s640/FullSizeRender%2B%25281%2529.jpg" width="508" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sTdJU9VTEM0/Vf7WOAAxXzI/AAAAAAAANhQ/UMsLjX8eSKg/s1600/11951423_10104967279015065_3069405685155486240_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sTdJU9VTEM0/Vf7WOAAxXzI/AAAAAAAANhQ/UMsLjX8eSKg/s640/11951423_10104967279015065_3069405685155486240_o.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">And the boys. Oh wow are they spoiled. And happy! They have SOOO much room to roam. It made my heart want to burst seeing them head out into the yard in the mornings to find their sunbathing spots....something that they were unable to do in England. And although Bruno the boxer is on the heavy side from too many treats, I am accepting it because that's what grandparents do right? Spoil them like crazy. I think we may have a hard time getting them back!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HDVKkyRPhyw/Vf7UYCJHWWI/AAAAAAAANg0/OyHSB3nJPv8/s1600/IMG_5460.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HDVKkyRPhyw/Vf7UYCJHWWI/AAAAAAAANg0/OyHSB3nJPv8/s640/IMG_5460.JPG" width="480" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_x4lhLGnUAY/Vf7VISnYVGI/AAAAAAAANg4/ojoIRqaRTOE/s1600/11143435_10156107492995601_2372264313940975183_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_x4lhLGnUAY/Vf7VISnYVGI/AAAAAAAANg4/ojoIRqaRTOE/s640/11143435_10156107492995601_2372264313940975183_o.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Georgia</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">So we have been in Georgia now for almost 2 weeks. The first week we drove up to have dinner with Van's parents and we were so happy to see them! It's such a different feeling now seeing family because we know we won't be leaving again! It's nice to give hugs and know the next one is not too far away. Anyway, we also drove up to North Georgia our first weekend back and did some kayaking in Elijay. I think that being outside in nature here in the US is really helping us to find the happiness in moving back. In England, we could just wander the streets and be happy because the setting itself was so magical. In the US, we don't have the character everywhere. But our nature scenes can be just as magical. So I am thankful for moments like these that are helping us hold onto the magic.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Yf1IlDZRPgY/Vf7YnadIQqI/AAAAAAAANho/T_dBAwT0zK0/s1600/DSC09421.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Yf1IlDZRPgY/Vf7YnadIQqI/AAAAAAAANho/T_dBAwT0zK0/s1600/DSC09421.png" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Van has purchased his vehicle and I think has fallen in love with it haha! He has quickly forgotten about his beloved little BMW in England and went forward with a new truck. Merica right?! And I am still floundering about on what I want to drive. I have gotten so used to not driving that it really has become a bother to think about. I am laughing as I type this because most people probably think that sounds lame. But ugh...I want my trains and lovely British streets back. Oh, well...I will get there soon enough.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Also, Van has been in the office since we landed in Atlanta. And he is not fond of office work! So I guess it's time to fill everyone in on our plans....</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">we are not staying in Atlanta</span></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>What's Next?</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">So yes, I repeat, Atlanta is no longer long term for us! Van is taking another assignment and it will land us in <b>Ft. Walton Beach, Florida</b>! While it's not another glamorous location, it IS the beach! AND I am only 1 1/2 hours from my Dad. I have good friends in the area and we both are happy with the decision.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Choosing not to settle brings a lot of questions with it but we know that they will all work out for the best. We still are hoping to add some major travelling to the mix but we also want to use the time to focus on our careers as well. Van is just short of his Masters and I am plugging away at getting going on my career in Dietetics. So it seems as though there is a lot of new adventures on the horizon for us. I am going to go ahead and apologize in advance for the obscene amount of beach photos and sunsets that will be coming your way :)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">With all of that said, I am vowing to get back to blogging. I have missed it and am excited to continue to share our story!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i>Challenge</i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i>Tomorrow is the beginning of the Tone it Up Fit for Fall Challenge! It's 8 weeks of challenging yourself to be healthier and it's fun! I promise! Oh and it's free! If you want to join, visit the website or just use ol Google and sign up. And you can always follow along with me <a href="http://instagram.com/jamieg_tiu83" target="_blank">on Instagram at jamieg_tiu83</a>. Let me know if you decide to take the challenge!</i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Happy Sunday!!</div>Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-87447142847633891882015-09-04T11:00:00.000+01:002015-09-24T17:09:32.481+01:00Foodie Guest Post: Feast with Sophie!So hello there! We are safely back in the US and slowly adapting to American life (and jet lag)! We had a horrendous travel day back to the States but will have to explain that another day because today, I have an absolutely gorgeous guest post to share with you! I have followed Sophie's travel blog ever since I found out we were moving to England and now that she has ventured into food blogging and I am obsessed. Seriously. Please go take a gander at her Instagram and the drooling will begin! But anyway, I'll let her explain a little more....<br /><br />Hello everyone! My name is Sophie and I am a Canadian expat living in the Netherlands. I'm a newbie food blogger over on <a href="http://www.feastwithsophie.com/" target="_blank">FeastwithSophie.com</a>, where I post vegetarian recipes like the one I'm sharing today! You can also find me on <a href="http://www.instagram.com/feastwithsophie">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/feastwithsophie/" target="_blank">Pinterest</a>, and Snapchat (username feastwithsophie).<br /><br />I can be a huge glutton and can do real damage if left with a pizza or anything in a butter sauce. But! I also absolutely love fresh produce. And I think those two facets of myself are reflected in my recipes. I aim to make delicious food that highlights all of the goodness that nature has to offer us - but, also, <em>butter</em>. This lentil salad with beetroot, nectarine, and goat's cheese is a pretty typical representation of the recipes I love to play with in my kitchen.<br /><br />But before I get on with the food: thank you Jamie for having me on The Healthy Passport! <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MmmPtcEXPvI/VdYss-m79dI/AAAAAAAANZ0/Wo-3Ys103I4/s1600/lentil-salad-16-a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MmmPtcEXPvI/VdYss-m79dI/AAAAAAAANZ0/Wo-3Ys103I4/s1600/lentil-salad-16-a.jpg" /></a></div><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br />I won't lie: the first time I put this together, I was mainly after the colour (Instagram problems) - the fact that it all worked so well together was a sort of happy bonus. The salad is wonderfully hearty and very satisfying because of the lentils and the beetroot, but also packs a lot of contrasting flavour and texture. The red onion and the radish bring some crunch and some subtle spice; the nectarine lends its sweetness to the dish; the goat's cheese is creamy and salty; and the dill just brightens everything right up. And it all comes together in just as much time as it takes to cook the lentils.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0w6SwFcLvCE/VdYtXGfzDPI/AAAAAAAANaE/EWBgQyuqhqo/s1600/lentil-salad-3-a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0w6SwFcLvCE/VdYtXGfzDPI/AAAAAAAANaE/EWBgQyuqhqo/s1600/lentil-salad-3-a.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>&nbsp;Lately I am all about throwing stone fruits into my salads. The peaches and nectarines in particular just look so irresistible at the grocery store that I can't help myself... it's a compulsion! I used nectarine in this salad, but you could easily swap in peaches, or even plums or cherries - anything sweet and juicy that will brighten up the earthiness of the beetroot and the lentils.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0hMz-isfzNk/VdYs5cd4z2I/AAAAAAAANaA/OOnb0HkpQ34/s1600/lentil-salad-13-a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0hMz-isfzNk/VdYs5cd4z2I/AAAAAAAANaA/OOnb0HkpQ34/s1600/lentil-salad-13-a.jpg" /></a></div><br />Until fairly recently, I actually didn't care for either beetroot or dill. On occasion I would buy some beets and promise myself that I'd pop them into a salad or something, and then they would inevitably end up perishing in the depths of my fridge, tucked away behind more ostentatious produce. As for dill: I wouldn't even go near the stuff. And now, suddenly, I'll all about both of them! I suppose it's all part of maturing... which would be fine and dandy if it didn't come with rapidly multiplying forehead wrinkles and a sudden inability to learn to use new technology. (I legitimately had to Google 'how to use Snapchat'. True story.)<br /><br />If, like my younger self, you're not usually the biggest fan of beetroot, try eating it raw. I know that sounds counterintuitive - nobody would try to convince you that raw potato, for instance, was the gateway to its cooked counterpart - but raw beetroot has a milder, less intensely earthy flavour. Plus, it's pretty!<br /><br />So that's enough blabbering from me - I'll leave you with the recipe!<br /><em><br /></em><em>Ingredients:</em><br /><br />serves 2 as a main, 4 as a side/starter<br /><br />250 g dry small brown lentils (I used Puy)<br />2 large beetroots, raw &amp; grated<br />1 small red onion, thinly sliced 7-8 radishes, thinly sliced<br />1 nectarine, thinly sliced<br />100 g soft goat's cheese, in small chunks<br />big handful of fresh dill, roughly chopped<br /><br />for the dressing:<br />4 tbsp olive oil<br />4 tbsp lemon juice<br />pinch of salt &amp; pepper<br /><em><br /></em><em>Instructions</em><br /><br />1. Rinse the lentils under cold water and let them drain a few minutes while you bring a pan of un-salted water to the boil (you'll need enough to cover all of the lentils and allow them to grow slightly in volume - roughly 1.5 - 2 litres should be more than sufficient). Reduce to a simmer and add the lentils. Cook until they are no longer hard but still have a bit of a bite - about 25-30 minutes for Puy lentils (check your package for an idea of the time you will need).<br />2. In the meantime, prep all of your other salad ingredients.<br />3. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice and salt &amp; pepper, and set aside.<br />4. When the lentils are cooked, drain them well and add them to a large bowl. Pour the dressing over and stir to combine.<br />5. Add all other ingredients except the goat's cheese, which I recommend sprinkling on top of each individual portion. This is because otherwise it will lose its shape and simply become a creamy mess - which is delicious but not necessarily what we're going for here!<br />6. Serve up and enjoy! Note: If you're making this ahead, I suggest leaving the radishes out until you're ready to serve, otherwise they tend to lose a bit of their spice and their crunch.<br /><br /><br />Fab right? Thanks Sophie for sharing with my readers!Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-58324662822918248642015-08-28T08:00:00.000+01:002015-08-28T08:00:02.233+01:00Best Beach Spots in Korcula<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The island of Korcula is filled the brim with beach spots. Some are well known and have beach rentals and food spots nearby. But there are also many secluded areas to stop off and have a swim in the crystal blue waters. It's the way an island should be.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-otkHzHHkKqw/Vd8se7ZNsLI/AAAAAAAANf8/JIzd_5WUHug/s1600/212.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-otkHzHHkKqw/Vd8se7ZNsLI/AAAAAAAANf8/JIzd_5WUHug/s1600/212.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><a name='more'></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The streets were practically empty as we scootered our way down to our first beach stop on the fabulously chill island of Korcula. It was our first full day on the island and we were looking for a sandy beach. After the pebble beaches of Dubrovnik, we were in need of a little change of scenery. So we headed towards the Lumbarda region of the island. After driving amongst rows and rows of vineyards, we came to the end of the island and took a left to Bilin Zal. And there we came upon a quiet little beach. We took a little beverage stop at the outdoor beach pub and took in the scenes.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-i_x87MTW6OQ/Vdw5rkdFPzI/AAAAAAAANak/N2pjQHkFxpE/s1600/130.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-i_x87MTW6OQ/Vdw5rkdFPzI/AAAAAAAANak/N2pjQHkFxpE/s1600/130.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The sand of this beach was the best that I have found in our European beach travels. Its was super fine and reminded me of the sand I played on growing up on the Gulf Coast.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-n3h0bOe23ds/Vd7u6HRYx0I/AAAAAAAANdI/NxhK_Zk8fZI/s1600/142.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-n3h0bOe23ds/Vd7u6HRYx0I/AAAAAAAANdI/NxhK_Zk8fZI/s1600/142.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">While Van received a beach side massage, I sat and marvelled at the gorgeous water and the sailboats passing by.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HTzUf_gELjY/Vd7vH-Cz67I/AAAAAAAANdY/9oLd8JWNIPU/s1600/134.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HTzUf_gELjY/Vd7vH-Cz67I/AAAAAAAANdY/9oLd8JWNIPU/s1600/134.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><i><b>Bilin Zal: Bring your towels and your cash- you may want a pint or a massage! The water is very calm and very shallow, perfect for the wee ones!</b></i></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Next up, this gorgeous little inlet.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5SKPoLM9zQs/Vd7w2KYuOSI/AAAAAAAANdk/zy8-_R8QOCk/s1600/234.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5SKPoLM9zQs/Vd7w2KYuOSI/AAAAAAAANdk/zy8-_R8QOCk/s1600/234.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Our next beach day adventure, we got lucky with a 'two-fer'. Magical things happen like that on the island of Korcula! First beach stop, the bay at Bistro Dalmatino. On our way to Vaja Beach, we found this cosy little waterside cafe that served up big value. Had we not had plans to make it to Vaja, we could have stuck around here all day! Our meals at the Bistro by the way, two large Greek salads, a jug of water and a liter of wine....$18. The view was worth that alone!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-s_b5Jb8XFJI/Vd7xAZ3zEII/AAAAAAAANdw/IcOGzQ-STtE/s1600/230.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-s_b5Jb8XFJI/Vd7xAZ3zEII/AAAAAAAANdw/IcOGzQ-STtE/s1600/230.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9aJUVwKusRQ/Vd7xAWPkwnI/AAAAAAAANds/hKD64kPVsu4/s1600/231.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9aJUVwKusRQ/Vd7xAWPkwnI/AAAAAAAANds/hKD64kPVsu4/s1600/231.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-etRI8rsziZs/Vd7xEsQYuHI/AAAAAAAANd8/5RtZdJOr7xA/s1600/235.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-etRI8rsziZs/Vd7xEsQYuHI/AAAAAAAANd8/5RtZdJOr7xA/s1600/235.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Rls8wJC8EP4/Vd7xEjrBHfI/AAAAAAAANeA/jMncOQH-720/s1600/238.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Rls8wJC8EP4/Vd7xEjrBHfI/AAAAAAAANeA/jMncOQH-720/s1600/238.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Clears Waters&nbsp;+ Croatian Wine = Happy Jamie :)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><i>Bay at Bistro Dalmatino: Bring your towels and money for a delicious bay side lunch and a swim</i></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">So on to Vaja Beach we went with our bellies happy. Vaja Beach is very secluded and therefore most tourists pass this one up. Once you reach the end of the road, you must hike a little down to the actual beach. Vaja is a pebble beach and you surely must have some proper footwear to get down to the beach. We made it late in the day and the waves were picking up a bit which made the water a little less crystal. But it still was magical and I felt like I was in a movie.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UA6IjTg2zRw/Vd8bdrK7lXI/AAAAAAAANek/s8uL4VrZ4F4/s1600/244.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UA6IjTg2zRw/Vd8bdrK7lXI/AAAAAAAANek/s8uL4VrZ4F4/s1600/244.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-B7aMrQFDlF0/Vd8bZLB5VtI/AAAAAAAANeY/UppOcv2AHK0/s1600/245.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-B7aMrQFDlF0/Vd8bZLB5VtI/AAAAAAAANeY/UppOcv2AHK0/s1600/245.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kKiWeoBLWjk/Vd8bYePnmYI/AAAAAAAANeU/tbjYkKMRooI/s1600/246.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kKiWeoBLWjk/Vd8bYePnmYI/AAAAAAAANeU/tbjYkKMRooI/s1600/246.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SqyJeVkgYOI/Vd8beZiL1UI/AAAAAAAANeo/iid_dV6iVA0/s1600/247.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SqyJeVkgYOI/Vd8beZiL1UI/AAAAAAAANeo/iid_dV6iVA0/s1600/247.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6SaOeF1ti2U/Vd8benY0YlI/AAAAAAAANes/3MqzzWwwutE/s1600/IMG_4161.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6SaOeF1ti2U/Vd8benY0YlI/AAAAAAAANes/3MqzzWwwutE/s1600/IMG_4161.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">And I officially became European on Vaja.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CFkrRUN-cmM/Vd8b2NbYafI/AAAAAAAANe8/B5GPQDn2u34/s1600/IMG_4156.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CFkrRUN-cmM/Vd8b2NbYafI/AAAAAAAANe8/B5GPQDn2u34/s1600/IMG_4156.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><i>Vaja: This beach does require a moderately steep hike down to the beach. The pebbles are quite large so a thick towel would be helpful. There is no beach service or anything else nearby so be sure to bring all of your own supplies!</i></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">For our final day in Korcula, we set out on the scooter with no plan in mind and stumbled upon a place that we must return! Mimi's Bistro is a fantastic cafe, situated on a bay with beach side chairs and an incredible view. We had lunch, admired the beach and savored our delicious Croatian wine. After sitting around for a while, one of the owners came by to check on us and we struck up an expat conversation, as you do. Turns out, Mimi's Bistro is attached to the newly opened Tara's Lodge. Dennis eagerly took us on our tour of the small boutique hotel that was set to open the coming weekend. It was pure heaven. Chic, relaxing, neutral tones, fantastic views. You might want to check it out if you are visiting Korcula any time soon!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SP6F-bMulWE/Vd8rwOBlu1I/AAAAAAAANfM/33TX-XvwPsk/s1600/323.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SP6F-bMulWE/Vd8rwOBlu1I/AAAAAAAANfM/33TX-XvwPsk/s1600/323.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Xm44SfMLbXI/Vd8r8cDzTpI/AAAAAAAANfU/EITyCfkoZeU/s1600/315.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Xm44SfMLbXI/Vd8r8cDzTpI/AAAAAAAANfU/EITyCfkoZeU/s1600/315.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ncV51aPHYiY/Vd8r8l7rTyI/AAAAAAAANfY/nRVNRIpEmUs/s1600/318.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W47LeFCAn14/Vd8sBIXhPfI/AAAAAAAANf0/PvO3Dm3k8mc/s1600/322.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">And finally, I'm including a couple of beaches that we were unable to make it to but I hear that they are worth a trip!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>Bratinja Luka</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Je11odmIgqI/Vd7rj2XupRI/AAAAAAAANc0/PCte8xBQwZw/s1600/beaches-in-croatia-bratinja-luka.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Je11odmIgqI/Vd7rj2XupRI/AAAAAAAANc0/PCte8xBQwZw/s1600/beaches-in-croatia-bratinja-luka.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: x-small;">via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.frankaboutcroatia.com/beaches-in-croatia/" target="_blank">Frank About Croatia</a></span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>Pupnatska Luka&nbsp;</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Recommended by our <a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2015/08/croatian-hospitality-our-croatian-air.html" target="_blank">AirBnb host, Rita!</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--PUcd9anMLE/Vd7rzMu8RRI/AAAAAAAANc8/BVoxVcVdSpA/s1600/beaches-in-croatia-pupnatska-luka.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--PUcd9anMLE/Vd7rzMu8RRI/AAAAAAAANc8/BVoxVcVdSpA/s1600/beaches-in-croatia-pupnatska-luka.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: x-small;">via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.frankaboutcroatia.com/beaches-in-croatia/" target="_blank">Frank About Croatia</a></span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Life's a beach, right?&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><iframe height="480" src="https://mapsengine.google.com/map/u/0/embed?mid=ziycBTlIcPZU.kfAZIPg_a_HE" width="640"></iframe> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>Pin Me!</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jJJp5mqp89s/Vdw7ua4NqdI/AAAAAAAANaw/r5-liwYZUQI/s1600/KorculaBeachPin.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="457" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jJJp5mqp89s/Vdw7ua4NqdI/AAAAAAAANaw/r5-liwYZUQI/s640/KorculaBeachPin.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-36533076858513086732015-08-26T17:17:00.000+01:002015-08-29T11:01:03.217+01:00Save Your Bones! 5 Tips for Strengthening your Bones<div style="text-align: center;">So just what do you know about keeping your bones healthy? If we drink enough milk, we will stay strong right? Unfortunately, this isn't the whole truth. So what can we do?<br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZfszrrBBENQ/Vd2HjC2fGVI/AAAAAAAANb8/xhx9QU_wfb8/s1600/images.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZfszrrBBENQ/Vd2HjC2fGVI/AAAAAAAANb8/xhx9QU_wfb8/s1600/images.jpg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><a name='more'></a><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">We have been told for years that drinking our milk everyday would lead to strong bones and reduce our risk of osteoporosis. But drinking dairy milk might actually cause our bones to release stored calcium to neutralize the acid from the dairy milk which is really the opposite effect we are looking for. Really, milk is not all it's talked up to be. Yes, we do get a nice dose of calcium but with today's milk and cows being pumped full of hormones, we are not getting what we imagine when we picture a dairy maid squirting milk into a tin pail! I recently read about <a href="http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/284530.php" target="_blank">a Swedish study that showed that milk correlated with a higher increase in hip fractures!</a>&nbsp;My point is, don't rely on milk for your calcium needs! Check out these statistics below and let's come up with some better ways to maintain bone mass!!&nbsp;Prevention is so important, because unfortunately surgery for osteoporosis can cause major problems. Just this year, the FDA issued a recall for one of the more popular knee replacement devices called the Zimmer Knee Persona. Let's get out in front of these disease by eating right and exercising properly!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GXtSDF4e09Y/Vd3lIu89DpI/AAAAAAAANcc/1ETKrKrECag/s1600/Osteoporosis_Awareness_Short%2B%25281%2529%2B%25281%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GXtSDF4e09Y/Vd3lIu89DpI/AAAAAAAANcc/1ETKrKrECag/s1600/Osteoporosis_Awareness_Short%2B%25281%2529%2B%25281%2529.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">So How Can We Maintain Bone Mass?</span></b></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">1. Reduce Dairy Milk Intake&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Replace your dairy milk with delicious alternatives such as almond milk or coconut milk! I promise, after some time, you won't even notice that you have switched! When you are out getting your next coffee, ask if they have a milk alternative. Most coffee shops do. I found a fantastic coffee shop in Dublin who made THE best almond milk latte I have ever tasted! (Coffee Angel- <a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2015/08/a-little-fraud-and-little-dublin.html#more" target="_blank">I've mentioned it before</a>. Find it and GO!) But even soy milk is a better alternative to keeping your bones healthy than dairy milk. And if you keep reminding yourself of the osteoporosis statistics, then it might be even easier. Truthfully, there are many harmful things about dairy milk consumption that I won't go into today but just promise me you will think about your intake, ok?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FrvPqded9Yo/Vd2Na9j88-I/AAAAAAAANcM/h1wAhRpQvZc/s1600/page%2Bbreak.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FrvPqded9Yo/Vd2Na9j88-I/AAAAAAAANcM/h1wAhRpQvZc/s1600/page%2Bbreak.png" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">2. <b>Eat</b> your calcium</span></div><br /><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">You literally could make a Calcium Salad! Kale is my favorite source of calcium. Throw on some tofu, broccoli, chickpeas, almonds and maybe some yummy avocado and boom, there's your calcium supply! Not only will you be getting your much needed calcium, but you will also be getting a TON of other necessary nutrients as well.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-skX-TzBIs6w/Vd165AHnvLI/AAAAAAAANbs/dBVn5l-OzRw/s1600/4b462952e869f0144216414060ccf57f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-skX-TzBIs6w/Vd165AHnvLI/AAAAAAAANbs/dBVn5l-OzRw/s1600/4b462952e869f0144216414060ccf57f.jpg" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FrvPqded9Yo/Vd2Na9j88-I/AAAAAAAANcQ/WrDSqaqfpFU/s1600/page%2Bbreak.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FrvPqded9Yo/Vd2Na9j88-I/AAAAAAAANcQ/WrDSqaqfpFU/s1600/page%2Bbreak.png" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">3. Exercise!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;">Weight bearing exercises help to retain and build bone mass. When bones sense the strain, they respond by making the bone denser and therefore stronger. Weight bearing exercises include things like walking/running, weight lifting, dancing (hey hey hey!), and hiking! These exercises also promote better muscle coordination which can help your reaction if you do have a fall.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FrvPqded9Yo/Vd2Na9j88-I/AAAAAAAANcQ/WrDSqaqfpFU/s1600/page%2Bbreak.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FrvPqded9Yo/Vd2Na9j88-I/AAAAAAAANcQ/WrDSqaqfpFU/s1600/page%2Bbreak.png" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">4. Watch your Alcohol (and stop smoking!)</span></div><div style="text-align: center;">Alcohol can interfere with calcium absorption and can also damage bone forming cells. So it's best to stick to just a couple of drinks per week. Studies also show that smoking can result in lower bone density and it's just overall a fantastic idea just to stop for overall health reasons. We know smoking kills. There is no question.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FrvPqded9Yo/Vd2Na9j88-I/AAAAAAAANcQ/WrDSqaqfpFU/s1600/page%2Bbreak.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FrvPqded9Yo/Vd2Na9j88-I/AAAAAAAANcQ/WrDSqaqfpFU/s1600/page%2Bbreak.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">5. Vitamin D and Vitamin K</span></div><div style="text-align: center;">Intake of Vitamin D is just as important as calcium and also helps your body to better absorb calcium. A great source of Vitamin D?? The SUN!! About 15 minutes of sun exposure can help satisfy our daily requirements. However, this can be hard to do here<a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2014/02/tidbits-on-british-life-2-winter-in.html" target="_blank"> in England as our sun likes to hide and during the winter</a> and we all look like the ghost version of ourselves! So supplements can be another option for you. <a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/p/healthfitness.html" target="_blank">I drink Zeal for Life daily</a> which supplies me with a whopping 95% of &nbsp;Vitamin D...done and done! And no Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) for this gal :)</div><div style="text-align: center;">Vitamin K has also shown to help with bone formation. This vitamin can be found in darker leafy greens, So if you eat that Calcium Salad, you will be getting your necessary bone sustaining nutrients!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FrvPqded9Yo/Vd2Na9j88-I/AAAAAAAANcQ/WrDSqaqfpFU/s1600/page%2Bbreak.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FrvPqded9Yo/Vd2Na9j88-I/AAAAAAAANcQ/WrDSqaqfpFU/s1600/page%2Bbreak.png" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">Bone loss can and will happen as we age, but there are many ways that we can reduce the amount of bone loss. Find your inner Popeye and eat your greens. Watch your sodium intake. Reduce your dairy and find other nutritious calcium sources. And let's get moving!<br /><br />What is your favorite source of calcium?</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i>This post is in partnership with American Recall Center to help spread osteoporosis awareness! Share with someone who you think mught need some tips!</i></div>Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-17521084814850135072015-08-23T09:53:00.001+01:002015-08-23T09:53:47.270+01:00Sunday Chat | II<div style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-45SVLR6HSz8/VdmJfSL5HwI/AAAAAAAANaU/GVxJr3iXjzY/s1600/sundaychat.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="137" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-45SVLR6HSz8/VdmJfSL5HwI/AAAAAAAANaU/GVxJr3iXjzY/s320/sundaychat.png" width="320" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Good morning on this Sunday! I hope things are gorgeous where you are. It's a lovely but warm day here in Ely. But with smells of coffee and bacon, plus a little breeze running through our 'new' house, the day is starting off quite nicely. So let's see, what's been going on.....</div><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>The Move</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">Our movers came Monday! And they were fantastic. I have to say, we have been incredibly impressed with the quality of moving services here in the UK. Even thinking back to when they first unloaded our things into our Ely house....it was all very professional and we felt very taken care of. I'm gonna go with 10 times better than our previous moves in the States.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">They packed Monday and Tuesday and literally JUST fit everything into our 20x10 shipping container. It was crazy to watch them fit the truck loaded with the container on it down our tiny little street! We were relieved that everything fit, especially when I added on some last minute furniture pieces. Oops.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Wednesday, Van went back to work and I had the task of doing the exit clean on our house. Thanks Van lol. Now, my lungs feel like they have been wrecked by all of the dust and bleach! But it all got done and was nice and sparkly! Hopefully the deposit return reflects that!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And then finally, on Thursday, we handed over the keys and said goodbye to 91 Columbine Road.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="4" style="background: #FFF; border-radius: 3px; border: 0; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: -webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width: 99.375%; width: calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding: 8px;"><div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"><div style="background: url(data:image/png; display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div></div><div style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/6pQdrmrxFv/" style="color: black; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_top">Bye bye Ely house! We will miss you! But I have to say, we are enjoying our little Victorian terrace house for the time being 😍 t minus 10 days 😁😭😳😭</a></div><div style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A photo posted by Jamie@The Healthy Passport (@jamiegunter83) on <time datetime="2015-08-21T12:00:36+00:00" style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Aug 21, 2015 at 5:00am PDT</time></div></div></blockquote><script async="" defer="" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script> <br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Our New Home</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">It's no secret that I love finding a good Airbnb. We have used Airbnb for some of our trips including Amsterdam, Edinburgh, <a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2015/03/our-paris-apartment-fab-find.html" target="_blank">Paris</a>, Rome, <a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2015/08/croatian-hospitality-our-croatian-air.html" target="_blank">Dubrovnik and Korcula</a>, and we have truly lucked out on all of our stays. Or maybe it's just because I am overly obsessive about accommodations and I scour reviews endlessly haha! Anyway, once again, we have hit the AirBnb jackpot here in Ely!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Knowing that I wanted to stay in Ely for our remaining days in England, I wasn't too keen on staying in an inn or hotel. With 30+ days of suitcase living on the horizon, I wanted to make sure that we could live as normal as possible. So I definitely wanted a place with a kitchen and a living room. I found the perfect spot in Ely within our budget and available for the dates that we needed and I am so glad I booked it. Our host Caroline, who seems to be about my age, was super welcoming and made us feel like we could just settle in like the place was ours.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">We actually settled in quickly and I almost feel like this is my own house :) It has everything we need and is also super close to the city center. Whereas we were about 1 mile away from the center at our rented house, I am now about a 3 minute walk. It's so nice to walk into town everyday now!<br /><br /></div><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="4" style="background: #FFF; border-radius: 3px; border: 0; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: -webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width: 99.375%; width: calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding: 8px;"><div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"><div style="background: url(data:image/png; display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div></div><div style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/6t3h9aLxAY/" style="color: black; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_top">Sunday morning scene 💕☕️ #british #terracehouse #airbnb #ely #thehealthypassport</a></div><div style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A photo posted by Jamie@The Healthy Passport (@jamiegunter83) on <time datetime="2015-08-23T06:58:56+00:00" style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Aug 22, 2015 at 11:58pm PDT</time></div></div></blockquote><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Filming in Ely</b><br />Friends, there is a new British TV drama coming your way next year! It's called The Crown and will be six seasons, I believe, centering around the Royal family starting 50ish years ago. We have been able to catch glimpes of the actors coming out of the Cathedral dressed in vintage attire and it's got the town buzzing with excitement! And just a few days ago, they were filming the Queen's wedding ceremony using Ely Cathedral as a stand in for Westminster! How cool!!<br /><br /><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="4" style="background: #FFF; border-radius: 3px; border: 0; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: -webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width: 99.375%; width: calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding: 8px;"><div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"><div style="background: url(data:image/png; display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div></div><div style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/6mGZwdLxIQ/" style="color: black; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_top">Filming scenes in Ely! 🎥🎥</a></div><div style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A photo posted by Jamie@The Healthy Passport (@jamiegunter83) on <time datetime="2015-08-20T06:34:58+00:00" style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Aug 19, 2015 at 11:34pm PDT</time></div></div></blockquote><script async="" defer="" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script> </div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b><b>Our Last Week</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">It's officially our last full week and it's bittersweet for sure. My friends and I have some final moments planned and I hope the weather holds up for us. I will miss my friends and living abroad but everyday it seems like I can't wait another day to see my puppies! Oh, and family and friends too! But I am hoping and praying for a week that isn't sad but a week where I can look around and feel nothing my gratefulness in my heart.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>What's going on in your world this week? Is it pretty where you are today?</b></div><br /><br />Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-18055985957877100012015-08-20T09:56:00.001+01:002015-08-20T09:56:24.966+01:00A Two Year LifeTwo years. It can go by so quickly. Just think about it for a minute. What has the past two years brought to your life? What have you lost? More importantly, what have you gained? Let me ramble for a moment....<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HEeqKXxeJ-c/VKnlt-9HpzI/AAAAAAAALAg/MUzUU96U_O8/s1600/148.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HEeqKXxeJ-c/VKnlt-9HpzI/AAAAAAAALAg/MUzUU96U_O8/s640/148.png" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br />I was thinking about the past two years in England and I started to recount all of our last homes. On average, Van and I have moved every two years in 10 years of marriage. And not just addresses. I mean big, pack up the whole house and go moves. Which means sad goodbyes with new friends every two years. It means finding new ones in new places and settling into new routines. It's become the norm for us and I've been contemplating how it shapes a personality.<br /><br />I think that I have become a little unattached to 'real' life lately. I always know there is an end to a location and I learn to distance myself just a little. Put a little space between my true emotions and life. But I forget that not every body else does this. I forget that normal people actually expect people to stay in their lives. You may have seen <a href="http://instagram.com/jamiegunter83" target="_blank">my Instagram post</a> with my flowers but I was so caught off guard when my grocery delivery man sadly handed over flowers and wine as a goodbye to me on Wednesday. It made me realise that from the first time I had my groceries delivered, I immediately created that buffer in my emotional mind to protect myself from getting too attached. But my delivery driver didn't think to do so because his mind is not programmed to the 'two year' mind. I tried to hide my emotions but as soon as I said goodbye and shut the door I burst into tears. A thank you card is making it's way up to Waitrose today!<br /><br />Over these past two years, I've learned a lot about life and myself. Each location, I feel as though I learn a lot about myself. I learn how to be more confident. I discover new talents. I find new ways to stay creative and exercise my brain. For this two year bit, I've learned that I am good at planning travels, I can manage a little web space and I am halfway good at being a housewife (definitely not my calling lol). But if I look back to the previous two years...I was in a whole other world. Working in crisis situations and living without travel. It's almost as though I reinvent myself every where I land. Is this healthy? But more importantly, is it even in my control? I'm thinking not.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2015/07/a-moving-update.html#more" target="_blank">So as I announced a few weeks ago</a>, Atlanta is our next destination. And while this still holds true, it may be short lived as we yet again, contemplate another 2 year decision. Another round. But I am trying not to think about that just yet. I am trying to continue to live in the moment and soak up these last few days of <b>this </b>amazing two year experience.<br /><br />It's a life that isn't for everyone but I have no regrets about it. I have a heart full of experiences, travel moments and laughter. I have learned to be tough but still remain kind hearted. I have days where I just want to cry and I long for a 'normal life'. And then there are the days, most days, where I smile and know in my heart that I wouldn't want it any other way.<br /><br />What does two years mean to you? Would you be able to <b>begin again</b> every two years?<br /><div><br /></div><i>To Van, thank you for making this all possible. I know I give you a hard time about it sometimes but I know that you know that I love it and you. :)</i><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Our 'homes' in 10 years</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">#1 Kennesaw, GA</div><div style="text-align: center;">#2 Wichita Falls, TX</div><div style="text-align: center;">#3 Little Rock, AR</div><div style="text-align: center;">#4 Clovis, NM</div><div style="text-align: center;">#5 Ely, United Kingdom</div><div style="text-align: center;">#6 TBD :)</div>Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-35548249219787372842015-08-14T16:22:00.001+01:002015-08-15T16:15:57.120+01:00Chocolate Overnight Oats + Am I a Vegan?<div style="text-align: justify;">I am one of those people who go through some serious food phases. I find something I like and I can't get enough of it! Last month, it was protein pancakes topped with fruit, peanut butter and honey. And this month, it's overnight oats!</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mnnXmU4BYUo/Vc4BcAH_8oI/AAAAAAAANZI/RPFLcJOHCoI/s1600/IMG_5128a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mnnXmU4BYUo/Vc4BcAH_8oI/AAAAAAAANZI/RPFLcJOHCoI/s1600/IMG_5128a.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">I'm on a bit of a vegan kick lately (well except for the honey consumption...but at least it's organic!). After reading <a href="https://www.drfuhrman.com/weightloss/about.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Eat to Live</i> by Dr. Fuhrman</a>, which I highly recommend and will be writing more about soon, I have started to really pay attention to how my body feels after consuming animal products. This includes dairy and eggs. And what I have found is that I don't feel my best when I consume animal products! So I have started to eat vegan throughout the day and consume, at most, one meal that isn't vegan, which is usually dinner and includes a meat and veggies (I eat 5 times a day, by the way!). I have really noticed a huge difference in how my tummy feels and it hasn't been hard to limit my animal product intake at all really! I'm naturally becoming a vegan...who knew.</div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">So back to my new breakfast phase. My pancakes have egg whites in them so I decided to switch up everyday between pancakes and oats. And now I can't stop eating the oats :)</div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">Overnight oats are awesome for many reasons. One, it's nice to not have such a hot breakfast during the summer. They are cool and filling and delicious. And two, it's grab and go, which is great if you are a person on the run in the morning! I am always running behind in the morning and this is a perfect way for my to get a substantial breakfast in a flash! And three, the ingredients in this little jar are fantastic for you. Oats have a substantial amount of fiber and keep your stomach full for a good while. Combine them with a nut butter, fruit and some nutritional toppings and your breakfast just scored a 10 out of 10!</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-N0Cdabd0CVg/Vc3_nymq08I/AAAAAAAANYU/bFgClKR6Ir8/s1600/IMG_5102.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-N0Cdabd0CVg/Vc3_nymq08I/AAAAAAAANYU/bFgClKR6Ir8/s1600/IMG_5102.JPG" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pTlGC29HU-Y/Vc3_nxgRaCI/AAAAAAAANYY/JmWNveHy1OI/s1600/IMG_5104.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pTlGC29HU-Y/Vc3_nxgRaCI/AAAAAAAANYY/JmWNveHy1OI/s1600/IMG_5104.JPG" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">I find it's best to use a mason jar with a lid for this recipe. Makes it easy to shake all of the ingredients together!</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Pagi--mncuU/Vc4AHLMJF3I/AAAAAAAANYw/c7EMLnz5b68/s1600/IMG_5121.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Pagi--mncuU/Vc4AHLMJF3I/AAAAAAAANYw/c7EMLnz5b68/s1600/IMG_5121.JPG" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Combine oats. protein, cocoa, nut butter, cacoa nibs (optional), honey, and almond milk. Put the top on the jar and shake vigorously until combined...you kinda get a little workout here hehehe! Once combined, pop into the fridge for at least a couple of &nbsp;hours. I make mine before I go to bed and they are nice and soft in the morning! And in the morning, top with your own fruit combination. Get adventurous and add nuts and goji berries! It's up to you!</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--sE437qfc2E/Vc4AGwIH8QI/AAAAAAAANY4/7LOb_OyMe1w/s1600/IMG_5145.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--sE437qfc2E/Vc4AGwIH8QI/AAAAAAAANY4/7LOb_OyMe1w/s1600/IMG_5145.JPG" /></a></div><br />Here's my new favorite topped with crumbled vegan peanut butter protein bars :)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CzSj8JDazsM/Vc4HQDjcNmI/AAAAAAAANZg/fA7qflZFs7s/s1600/ProteinOvernightOats.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CzSj8JDazsM/Vc4HQDjcNmI/AAAAAAAANZg/fA7qflZFs7s/s1600/ProteinOvernightOats.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br />Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-27288543690078532442015-08-11T10:10:00.000+01:002015-08-11T10:19:38.544+01:00A Little Fraud and a Little Dublin<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4Jd4ye-UJC8/Vcm6lPOHBXI/AAAAAAAANWs/uPOtDgTvY5w/s1600/086.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4Jd4ye-UJC8/Vcm6lPOHBXI/AAAAAAAANWs/uPOtDgTvY5w/s1600/086.png" /></a></div><br />So I was not planning on posting today for <a href="http://bonnieroseblog.co.uk/" target="_blank">Travel Tuesday</a>, as I am in what I like to call 'perfectionist-procrastinator-ADD-packing' hell right now but after a chat about Europe with the Fraud Department representative lady at Bank of America yesterday (hold on), I remembered that I still have so much to share from Ireland. First, was that not the longest sentence ever? And secondly, yes, in the midst of moving, our only card that we use to pay with British Pounds has been used for fraudulent purchases (United Airlines flights and a new cell from Sprint) and we must wait about 10-14 days for our new one to arrive. What.<br /><br />Ok anyway, I'm not going to dwell, I'm going to move forward.<br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br />So, back when Van and <a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2015/06/scenes-from-dublin.html" target="_blank">I visited Dublin for our 10 year anniversary</a>, we visited Trinity College and the got to see the Book of Kells. But most importantly, we got to visit the Library at Trinity College. And while the Book of Kells was less than inspiring, I wanted to share our photos from the College and the Library because it truly was a fantastic experience!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KOWboObAZ4Q/Vcm6niJHVLI/AAAAAAAANXI/n56lO65TWvs/s1600/084.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KOWboObAZ4Q/Vcm6niJHVLI/AAAAAAAANXI/n56lO65TWvs/s1600/084.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CxdnzYzTSQQ/Vcm6n_zVA8I/AAAAAAAANXk/IJpBxHvTuy4/s1600/085.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CxdnzYzTSQQ/Vcm6n_zVA8I/AAAAAAAANXk/IJpBxHvTuy4/s1600/085.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-omwH1Bv_xKE/Vcm6nsSaCxI/AAAAAAAANXA/cCxmhjO67EQ/s1600/088.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-omwH1Bv_xKE/Vcm6nsSaCxI/AAAAAAAANXA/cCxmhjO67EQ/s1600/088.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ddHGsXc4qYA/Vcm6oaMigeI/AAAAAAAANXQ/o6CxbdpLnvc/s1600/090.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ddHGsXc4qYA/Vcm6oaMigeI/AAAAAAAANXQ/o6CxbdpLnvc/s1600/090.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dSs2JAeu2DI/Vcm6omUTwCI/AAAAAAAANXU/_ZVZIUM2at8/s1600/091.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dSs2JAeu2DI/Vcm6omUTwCI/AAAAAAAANXU/_ZVZIUM2at8/s1600/091.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NH9ehuf-DlU/Vcm6pOy_-LI/AAAAAAAANXo/7rYKWC8gyT4/s1600/092.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NH9ehuf-DlU/Vcm6pOy_-LI/AAAAAAAANXo/7rYKWC8gyT4/s1600/092.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mzDDmCb7U2w/Vcm6pIhnl9I/AAAAAAAANXc/EGLUiHOX6yA/s1600/093.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mzDDmCb7U2w/Vcm6pIhnl9I/AAAAAAAANXc/EGLUiHOX6yA/s1600/093.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nkP4BHI7czM/Vcm6phInH6I/AAAAAAAANXw/6SVEBP4eloo/s1600/094.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nkP4BHI7czM/Vcm6phInH6I/AAAAAAAANXw/6SVEBP4eloo/s1600/094.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zqLC8bJmM5I/Vcm6qFlhQSI/AAAAAAAANX8/QKbxoe44L80/s1600/095.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zqLC8bJmM5I/Vcm6qFlhQSI/AAAAAAAANX8/QKbxoe44L80/s1600/095.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iosSavCVdas/Vcm6q5_OLEI/AAAAAAAANYE/d3YmEEGIk6E/s1600/096.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iosSavCVdas/Vcm6q5_OLEI/AAAAAAAANYE/d3YmEEGIk6E/s1600/096.png" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">I felt like I was in a movie that was mixed between Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter....a pretty magical combination!&nbsp;</div><br />Tips for visiting:<br /><br />Book your Book of Kells tickets in advance! There was a massive line to get in and I believe you must first pass through the Book of Kells to get to the Library. The line was endlessly long when we visited and I would have been deeply disappointed had we not booked in advance!<br /><br />Stop at <a href="https://coffeeangel.com/" target="_blank">Coffee Angel</a> on your way in our out. Almond Milk Latte. You're welcome :)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qOEnMmH3ZTA/Vcm6raF_U1I/AAAAAAAANYA/oVjnAm2UM84/s1600/097.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qOEnMmH3ZTA/Vcm6raF_U1I/AAAAAAAANYA/oVjnAm2UM84/s1600/097.png" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Happy Tuesday!</div><br />Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-53909157219978615852015-08-09T11:00:00.000+01:002015-08-09T13:45:41.155+01:00Sunday Chat | I<div style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ziz6iuUm7-8/VccQ61o67dI/AAAAAAAANWQ/JMNSiAQ4yfY/s1600/sundaychat.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="137" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ziz6iuUm7-8/VccQ61o67dI/AAAAAAAANWQ/JMNSiAQ4yfY/s320/sundaychat.png" width="320" /></a></div><br />Welcome to a new little feature on The Healthy Passport! Things are always so busy and it's nice to have a good catch up chat sesh...don't ya think? A post just to ramble a bit, talk about life's going ons and what not and maybe a little sharing of some favorite things from around the web. So grab a cuppa and let's have a little chat!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;"><b>Favorite blog reads</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;"><a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2015/08/unexpected-travel-moments.html" target="_blank">Unexpected Travel Moments</a>- I'm still dreaming about those caprese skewers!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;"><a href="http://feastwithsophie.com/index.php/2015/08/06/smoky-eggplant-tortellini-with-lemon/" target="_blank">Feast with Sophie</a>- She posted such a gorgeous eggplant pasta recipe! I really want to take the time one day to make my own pasta one day :)</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;"><a href="http://unlockingkiki.com/hike-waterfalls-glymur-iceland/" target="_blank">Unlocking Kiki</a>- Gorgeous photos...I've got to get to Iceland one day. Seriously</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.smalltownsandcitylights.com/2015/08/06/10-travel-hacks-win-a-downy-wrinkle-releaser-plus-travel-kit/#disqus_thread" target="_blank">Small Towns &amp; City Likes</a>: Rachel is talking travel hacks and having a giveaway. Check it out!<br /><a href="http://www.theoverseasescape.com/" target="_blank">The Overseas Escape:</a> So happy that Margo has made it back safely to the States!<br /><br /><div><b>Page Updates</b></div><div>I've finally&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/p/healthfitness.html" target="_blank">updated my Zeal page with lots of info</a>&nbsp;if you are interested in fortifying your health! These days, just about any doctor will tell you that it is a good idea to have some sort of vitamin supplement. Well Zeal wellness does that and much more, so hop on over and have a little look see. I also added a Recipe page under the Healthy Living tab!</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>GMO Labelling</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">Did you catch <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thehealthypassport" target="_blank">my post I put on Facebook the other day</a>? I love that GMO labelling is required here in the UK and I am actually pretty bummed about the situation in the States. Have you been following along with all the political mess surrounding it? I also read <a href="http://thebikiniexperiment.com/say-no-to-gmo/" target="_blank">this great blog post from Lauren</a> at The Bikini Experiment on GMOs that you might want to check out.<br /><br /><b>Garage Sale</b><br />Soooo, a couple of my friends and I decided to have a little garage sale....which is really quite rare in these parts! But we do have a nice sized American community in the surrounding areas and we thought we would be ok. We set out fairly late according to American standards at 8am. And for about two hours all we heard was crickets! (Well except for one of my sweet British friends :)) We ended up making a few quid but it definitely was not anything like having an American garage sale....especially in the South! Either way, chalking it up to another expat experience :) Oh! And we have sold our car, so that makes things a lot less stressful. The movers are coming soon and we are clearing things out. It's getting real.<br /><br /></div><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="4" style="background: #FFF; border-radius: 3px; border: 0; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: -webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width: 99.375%; width: calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding: 8px;"><div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"><div style="background: url(data:image/png; display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div></div><div style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/56xlNlrxJq/" style="color: black; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_top">Sad day. The bimmer is gone 😔 But luckily is sold to my sweet friend so Van can go and say hello to it whenever he is missing it 😂Things are starting to get real! #expatlife #bimmer #bmwowner</a></div><div style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A photo posted by Jamie@The Healthy Passport (@jamiegunter83) on <time datetime="2015-08-03T10:45:41+00:00" style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Aug 3, 2015 at 3:45am PDT</time></div></div></blockquote><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b><b>Workout Recap</b></div><div style="text-align: center;">I <a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2015/08/beating-moving-frenzy-madness-august.html" target="_blank">posted my August goals the other day</a> and most of them had to do with fitness. Well, I have kept on schedule this week and I am happy to say that my running days were excellent! I managed 17 miles this past week and I'm hoping to get another good long one in today....because it's #SundayRunday!!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br />So that's my little ramble for today. What's up in your world?</div>Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-10983604119980284772015-08-07T08:15:00.000+01:002015-08-24T11:19:53.268+01:00Unexpected Travel Moments<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0jqP0CSsZ0c/VcN11V-cVTI/AAAAAAAANT8/QWadjzg9nHw/s1600/Devon%2Bcountryside.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0jqP0CSsZ0c/VcN11V-cVTI/AAAAAAAANT8/QWadjzg9nHw/s1600/Devon%2Bcountryside.png" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">You have your bags packed, plane tickets in hand and a itinerary of the exciting activities you are going to get into when you land. You've mapped out the perfect stay in your chosen destination and you feel like you have planned the perfect trip. Well, if that's not you....it's most definitely me. I have gotten pretty good at this whole planning gig and I always strive to make the most out of a trip while having loads of fun at the same time! I guess I would say I am good at keeping a good balance when we travel. Check things off the list but have a relaxing and enjoyable time as well!</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">So I plan and plan but there have been some moments in our travels that I never could have planned for. Good moments! Ones that I look back on and realise that I never could have imagined them happening in my wildest dreams. Or maybe they are from my wildest travel dreams! I feel blessed, thankful and mostly in awe of these unexpected travel moments.</div><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #76a5af; font-size: large;"><b>#5 Stumbling Upon Brentor Church</b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eoujHSFYz_M/VcN80ZLfKuI/AAAAAAAANUU/E48bk9yqpbg/s1600/111.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eoujHSFYz_M/VcN80ZLfKuI/AAAAAAAANUU/E48bk9yqpbg/s1600/111.png" /></a></div><br /><a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2015/06/a-glamping-weekend-in-devon.html" target="_blank">When Van and I went glamping last month</a>, there wasn't much on the agenda. It wasn't as though we were headed to Paris or Rome! We were heading to the lovely Devon countryside and relaxation was in order. But when we arrived at our yurt, we could see a structure on top of a large hill in the distance. We weren't sure if it was a castle or just a tower but we were intrigued for sure. We set off the next day for Lydford Gorge and realised that we were getting closer and closer to the structure. It was a church! Way up on the hillside. We took a detour and followed the signs and scrambled our way up to the church. Gorgeous views were laid out in all directions. It was such an unexpected and beautiful moment. And perfectly British. (more from Brentor Church soon!)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P4BiEvf8Le0/VcN80Rc9ZGI/AAAAAAAANUQ/Up5LHAd3PnQ/s1600/116.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P4BiEvf8Le0/VcN80Rc9ZGI/AAAAAAAANUQ/Up5LHAd3PnQ/s1600/116.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RSafZRWEOLs/VcN80U-0zqI/AAAAAAAANUM/C3xPo3QoUTQ/s1600/122.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RSafZRWEOLs/VcN80U-0zqI/AAAAAAAANUM/C3xPo3QoUTQ/s1600/122.png" /></a></div><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #76a5af; font-size: large;"><b>#4 Having St. Peter's Square to myself</b></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-t8F38ih6J7s/VcNuAWeQBQI/AAAAAAAANSY/8Art4fNj-WA/s1600/004.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-t8F38ih6J7s/VcNuAWeQBQI/AAAAAAAANSY/8Art4fNj-WA/s1600/004.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ok__n6L4jYI/VcNuATC6RCI/AAAAAAAANSU/NcAk1QgRWK8/s1600/008.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ok__n6L4jYI/VcNuATC6RCI/AAAAAAAANSU/NcAk1QgRWK8/s1600/008.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pgErJRxeoJ8/VcNuAVr2VfI/AAAAAAAANSQ/i94dWQfgXxc/s1600/011.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pgErJRxeoJ8/VcNuAVr2VfI/AAAAAAAANSQ/i94dWQfgXxc/s1600/011.png" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Rome is busy. Super busy. And after braving the crowds at the Basilica the day before, I was skeptical about having any sort of moment worth mentioning while at the Vatican. But a quiet Sunday morning proved me wrong. I had arrived before the crowds and felt like I had the whole square to myself. A travel moment definitely worth savoring.</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #76a5af; font-size: large;"><b>#3 Sunset applause</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3xltVhtHX-E/VcNuS4mm4II/AAAAAAAANSs/qoTBqbZzD2M/s1600/262.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3xltVhtHX-E/VcNuS4mm4II/AAAAAAAANSs/qoTBqbZzD2M/s1600/262.png" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Most everyone who travels to Santorini is anxious to see the famed sunsets. But what I didn't expect was the growing buzz up on top of the cliffs that continued to grow as the sun set. As crowds gathered to watch the sun set, the oohs and aaahs and light music playing in the background filled the air. And then, as the sun dipped below the horizon, an island wide applause broke out! It was such a happy moment and I joined in on the applause.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iS73rLLtmfg/VcNuS6i9JqI/AAAAAAAANSw/Aw1dVH5mAeE/s1600/346.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iS73rLLtmfg/VcNuS6i9JqI/AAAAAAAANSw/Aw1dVH5mAeE/s1600/346.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-43GHaAPqBUw/VcNuSwMa1YI/AAAAAAAANSo/-0xHb4FHSd8/s1600/361.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-43GHaAPqBUw/VcNuSwMa1YI/AAAAAAAANSo/-0xHb4FHSd8/s1600/361.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #76a5af; font-size: large;"><b>#2 Authentic Italian at 2:30AM in Dublin</b></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8OhQkFUn8Qk/VcNyZ7VVCSI/AAAAAAAANTo/yge72cM0myg/s1600/102.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8OhQkFUn8Qk/VcNyZ7VVCSI/AAAAAAAANTo/yge72cM0myg/s1600/102.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2cXoLd9vT28/VcNyZ54CTMI/AAAAAAAANTs/RpByrP5u9EA/s1600/107.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2cXoLd9vT28/VcNyZ54CTMI/AAAAAAAANTs/RpByrP5u9EA/s1600/107.png" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Ah. One of my favorite unexpected moments! And I have no photos :/. A little back story; Van and I are both fairly chatty and like to talk with people while in different countries. While in Dublin, Van and I met a a couple of guys at The Dingle Whisky bar and after chatting for awhile, we decided we would head over to another bar together. One was Irish, the other French and both were artists and super fun! After a drink, we went back to their apartment for one more (haha)! They said that they had another roommate who was Italian and worked at a local restaurant and would be home soon and we could meet him and his girlfriend as well. Well, Italian roommate Mario (and his non-English speaking cousin) comes home with a huge plate <b>full of caprese skewers</b> and begins to whip up a huge batch of pasta upon entering his apartment, asking how much pasta will everyone need! Um, heaven? Am I here? The food was incredible. The mix of cultures was even more incredible to watch (the Frenchman and Italian cousin communicated in German). And Mario thought I was Italian! Win. Win. WIN!</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #76a5af; font-size: large;"><b>#1 Half New Year in Korcula</b></span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Y9MkjPDn7nc/VcOrWVQ1i8I/AAAAAAAANUw/41cmeHHMt0s/s1600/195.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Y9MkjPDn7nc/VcOrWVQ1i8I/AAAAAAAANUw/41cmeHHMt0s/s1600/195.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KAqqZVRhPUA/VcOrWbtYwAI/AAAAAAAANUs/_05enQVx8Uk/s1600/196.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KAqqZVRhPUA/VcOrWbtYwAI/AAAAAAAANUs/_05enQVx8Uk/s1600/196.png" /></a></div><span style="color: #76a5af; font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kjW74fA_nSs/VcOrZzuOdvI/AAAAAAAANU8/7AD5wPBQRhQ/s1600/184.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kjW74fA_nSs/VcOrZzuOdvI/AAAAAAAANU8/7AD5wPBQRhQ/s1600/184.png" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">My favorite, unexpected travel moment has to be the Half New Year celebration that the island of Korčula celebrates each year! Upon arriving in Korčula, we were told about the festivities planned for the night. The whole town came dressed in costumes, adults and children alike! There was live music, street dance parties and food and drink venues scattered about. EVERYONE had a huge smile on their faces and it was super family friendly! We found a perfect little spot to enjoy some tasty cocktails and listen to a little live music. And at midnight, a town fireworks display commenced. It was such an awesome, unexpected moment. One that will keep a smile on my face for some time to come!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Have you had an amazing unexpected travel moment?</div><br /><span></span><div align="center"><a href="http://www.my-travelmonkey.com" rel="follow" title="My Travel Monkey"><img src="http://www.my-travelmonkey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/TingNewBlue.png" alt="My Travel Monkey" style="border:none;" /><br /><br />Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-15436851749372994402015-08-05T18:30:00.000+01:002015-08-07T13:19:43.583+01:0022 Months an Expat<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QKAS-VOQ2Mo/VcCNOpTUlmI/AAAAAAAANQA/ZqJ-1zAyybI/s1600/Expat%2BLife.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QKAS-VOQ2Mo/VcCNOpTUlmI/AAAAAAAANQA/ZqJ-1zAyybI/s400/Expat%2BLife.png" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Well, more like 22 1/2 months eek! and possibly my last 'expaty catch up' post. It's easy to say that I have become quite comfortable with my life in England at this point. I love my town of Ely and I don't even notice that I'm American anymore (hehehe). But I thought it would be fun to take nostalgic look back at my 'Expat Checkup' from 3 months in. At three months an expat I was feeling a little bit lonely, I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb and I was really having a hard time adjusting to life without a job. I was trying to keep a happy face but inside I was feeling like I might never feel comfortable in my new surroundings.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2013/12/3-month-expat-checkup.html" target="_blank">In my 3 Month post</a>, I made a list of my misses which were;</div><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><ul><li style="text-align: justify;">Family</li><li style="text-align: justify;">Friends</li><li style="text-align: justify;">Real Ranch</li><li style="text-align: justify;">Stoplights</li><li style="text-align: justify;">Driving my pretty car (driving in general)</li><li style="text-align: justify;">Free water at restaurants</li><li style="text-align: justify;">Target</li><li style="text-align: justify;">My job (or <b>a</b> job)</li><li style="text-align: justify;">US Metric system</li><li style="text-align: justify;">The Sun</li></ul><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RLpriLmc3tU/VcIW5sJEoiI/AAAAAAAANRw/VR5WHqIp37I/s1600/IMG_4830.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RLpriLmc3tU/VcIW5sJEoiI/AAAAAAAANRw/VR5WHqIp37I/s640/IMG_4830.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div><div style="text-align: center;">Quite a list right? And it almost seems silly to me now! Most of these have flown by the wayside except of course, missing our friends and family. But I've learned to love the British weather and I actually am dreading heading back to the scorching heat in the US. I've learned to accept the fact that I will forever be converting some sort of measurement or price in my head. And honestly, I don't think I'll ever eat Ranch again anyway!! Oh, and now I have totally embraced not having a job....sleeping in is quite lovely. (However, my day is coming soon haha!!)&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OIKZ1YKM_Aw/VcIWjHwOyJI/AAAAAAAANRg/k72niv-gC_4/s1600/IMG_4834.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OIKZ1YKM_Aw/VcIWjHwOyJI/AAAAAAAANRg/k72niv-gC_4/s640/IMG_4834.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">heading out for dinner with a jacket....in August!</span></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">But more than that, I've found a home here in England and I'm sad to leave it. I'm friends with my grocery delivery men. I have a great group of girlfriends. I have a routine. I love my town and its quirks.I was even discussing with my hair stylist the other day that I forget I even have an accent! It's almost like a little bubble. Date nights are always fun, Van and I find lots of things to get into, and we never seem to be bored!&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CgteD4pQUX4/VcIWrh51K5I/AAAAAAAANRo/rgqpEKYjLKI/s1600/IMG_4840.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CgteD4pQUX4/VcIWrh51K5I/AAAAAAAANRo/rgqpEKYjLKI/s640/IMG_4840.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">I guess what I am trying to get at is that I never imagined that I would feel completely at home as an expat. I feel like moving to England, an English speaking country, was one of the easier countries to move to but it still wasn't all roses at the beginning. At almost 2 years in, I have grown so attached to my surroundings. This is a place where I could see myself forever. I don't think I would ever become bored living here, with so many magical places just a short drive or flight away.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">This is an experience that I will be forever grateful for. Living life as an expat, even just for a short while, has taught me so many things. I've learned a lot about the world and a lot about myself.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Blessed is an understatement.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i>For more expat posts, <a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/p/expat.html" target="_blank">click here</a>.&nbsp;</i></div></div>Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-42619420073593967752015-08-03T08:30:00.000+01:002015-08-03T08:30:03.337+01:00Beating the Moving Frenzy Madness | August Goals<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DmdAZL01x3U/Vb3RBPbM6DI/AAAAAAAANPE/r09khTjGTUs/s1600/FitnessGoals.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="114" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DmdAZL01x3U/Vb3RBPbM6DI/AAAAAAAANPE/r09khTjGTUs/s640/FitnessGoals.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />Whoa....how did August get here? I feel like July flew by <b>way</b> too fast and I am trying not to let it get me down. I want to enjoy this last month in England and not wallow in my sorrows as I am inclined to do! And since we need to save a little money for our move back to the States, travel is unfortunately not on the list of things to keep my mind off the move (plus I have a gajillion things to take care of!) So what's a girl to do?<br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br />For this girl, it's exercise. Having a weekly schedule of varied activities definitely keeps my brain's focus away from the crazy moving drama and releases stress all at the same time! Setting my plans at the beginning of the week helps me stay on track and not back out of it on days that I am feeling overwhelmed. So besides the obvious ridiculously long moving checklist, my monthly goals are all about health, fitness and soaking up the last little moments in a town that has found a sweet little place in my heart.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Monthly Goals</span></div><b><br /></b><b>Run Far: </b>I have been stuck in a sub 5 mile rut <a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/search/label/Croatia" target="_blank">since returning from Croatia</a>. I've started to push myself further this past week and got up to 5.4 miles but I really want to be able to run 10k with no problems <b>on the regular</b>. I would love to participate in a half marathon soon and raising my limits will certainly build my confidence in running the distance. For all of you glazing over at the mention of running, I feel ya. I have always <b>despised </b>running, until I changed my mindset!! It's all about building up your running confidence. I promise!<br /><br /><b>Be a better meal planner:</b>&nbsp;Being able to order my groceries online and have them delivered definitely helps me stay on a better track with this. However, I have found myself choosing 'shop from previous order' too many times. I need to get back to planning healthy meals and really sticking to it. Planning my meals keeps us from ordering from Domino's or the Thai takeaway! And meal prepping on Sundays needs to become a priority for me again :|<br /><br /><b>Photograph Ely:</b>&nbsp;For all of the photographs I take of our travels, I never really stop to document Ely. Yes, I have <a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/2014/02/ely-cathedral-tower-and-exterior.html" target="_blank">shared photos of the Cathedral a time or two</a> but I haven't stopped to capture the little things I love so much about this town. So I must clear a space in my jumbled brain to remember to do this.<br /><br /><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="4" style="background: #FFF; border-radius: 3px; border: 0; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: -webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width: 99.375%; width: calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding: 8px;"><div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"><div style="background: url(data:image/png; display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div></div><div style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/5zIxulrxDr/" style="color: black; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_top">A little wonky timbered house action 💕💕 #expatlife</a></div><div style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A photo posted by Jamie@The Healthy Passport (@jamiegunter83) on <time datetime="2015-07-31T11:34:27+00:00" style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Jul 31, 2015 at 4:34am PDT</time></div></div></blockquote><script async="" defer="" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script> <br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Starting the Week Off Right</span><br /><br /></div><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="4" style="background: #FFF; border-radius: 3px; border: 0; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: -webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width: 99.375%; width: calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding: 8px;"><div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"><div style="background: url(data:image/png; display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div></div><div style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/54RDHphafh/" style="color: black; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_top">Woohoo!! Furthest run ever!! Believe that you can and you will achieve! What kind of exercise are you getting into today?? 😀#6weekstostrong #tiueuropebikinibesties #tiuteam #loveyourbody #tiusisters #tiuuk #tiucheckin #fitfam #zealforlife #beachbabe #tiusummerblast #tiumermaid @karenakatrina #tiuzealforlife #balancedlife #tiuukmermaids #tiuthirtysomethings #girlspohealth #bikiniseries #thankful</a></div><div style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A photo posted by Jamie Gunter (@jamieg_tiu83) on <time datetime="2015-08-02T11:22:56+00:00" style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Aug 2, 2015 at 4:22am PDT</time></div></div></blockquote><br /><script async="" defer="" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>I started out with an awesome run yesterday and I've got my workouts lined up from the <a href="http://www.toneitup.com/" target="_blank">Tone it Up Weekly Fitness schedule</a>! If you haven't heard of Karena and Katrina, you need to hop on board ASAP! They make fitness and healthy living super fun and the Instagram community is awesome. I'm definitely a #tiugirl!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.toneitup.com/" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="281" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-29MTksJ-1Pw/Vb3f69Bv2UI/AAAAAAAANPs/GYLCdbg5c4g/s400/Weekly-Scedule-Tone-It-Up.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br />If you aren't into TIU, then here are a few workouts to get your heart pumping this week!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XOi0Tw3MjMY/Vb3eOVRucXI/AAAAAAAANPU/2ynvUhbuwfw/s1600/16e6775667d1652a71dec456954c7fb3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XOi0Tw3MjMY/Vb3eOVRucXI/AAAAAAAANPU/2ynvUhbuwfw/s640/16e6775667d1652a71dec456954c7fb3.jpg" width="380" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5gpMpSXbS9I/Vb3eOe_cC6I/AAAAAAAANPY/H6tL0tX84Po/s1600/96d8b74a397535d80e7bf318499a2a56.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5gpMpSXbS9I/Vb3eOe_cC6I/AAAAAAAANPY/H6tL0tX84Po/s640/96d8b74a397535d80e7bf318499a2a56.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br /><br />And one from my hometown fit mom friend <a href="http://instagram.com/ericamford" target="_blank">Erica</a>! You. Will. Feel. This.<br /><br /><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="4" style="background: #FFF; border-radius: 3px; border: 0; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: -webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width: 99.375%; width: calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding: 8px;"><div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"><div style="background: url(data:image/png; display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div></div><div style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/5VenlVnMzC/" style="color: black; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_top">Anyone who knows me knows that health and fitness is my passion. Recently some of my girlfriends asked me to help them learn how to love exercise too. With two small kids, a husband and a full time job, it is not always convenient, but it is always worth it. I call this one: While They Were Sleeping (aka during nap time). Super short, as it should be on a lazy Sunday: Each exercise 1 min (30sec/leg) 1 minute break Repeat 3xs Your booty will thank me later. #fordinstafit</a></div><div style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A video posted by Erica Ford (@ericamford) on <time datetime="2015-07-19T23:08:05+00:00" style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Jul 19, 2015 at 4:08pm PDT</time></div></div></blockquote><script async="" defer="" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script> <br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Hope you all have a happy and healthy start to your week! Embrace this Monday!</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5vQqHuFN08Q/Vb3fTZ6uVwI/AAAAAAAANPk/mZltHUuEB0E/s1600/sign.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="105" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5vQqHuFN08Q/Vb3fTZ6uVwI/AAAAAAAANPk/mZltHUuEB0E/s400/sign.png" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i>Be sure to follow me on <a href="http://www.intstagram.com/jamieg_tiu83" target="_blank">my fitness Instagram</a> for more healthy inspiration!</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>Linking up with</i></div><div align="center"><a href="http://localadventurer.com/tag/maximize-your-month" title="Maximize Your Month Goal Setting Blogging Community"><img alt="Maximize Your Month" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/wz5KYtUZUrgWk-q209Get3JY78VjVMRTcHa85pNOUXM=w300-h107-no" style="border: none;" /></a></div>Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-3527595789637102282015-08-01T15:27:00.001+01:002015-08-24T11:20:42.540+01:00Croatian Hospitality & Our Croatian Air BnB ExperienceSomething I didn't expect to experience in Croatia was the incredible hospitality shown to us from most every Croatian we met. Not knowing too much about the history of the country probably made this a little more enhanced for me but I was in total awe of just how genuinely friendly every one was. I also was pleasantly surprised by the excellent English spoken at the three areas we visited. I have to admit, I have become extremely language lazy. On trips to our last few countries I have not even glanced at common words and phrases. #travelfail.<br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br />Anyways, we definitely hit the jackpot with Croatian AirBnbs. If you are planning a trip to Croatia anytime soon I wholeheartedly recommend choosing an Airbnb. Whether you chose a room or the whole&nbsp;house, I think you will find that the hospitality is unlike any other. We have stayed in some great AirBnb listings but Croatia...you win!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-t83v-QrWKl4/VbzWboR8c3I/AAAAAAAANOk/Gs8tJt3sOrg/s1600/Untitled.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="124" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-t83v-QrWKl4/VbzWboR8c3I/AAAAAAAANOk/Gs8tJt3sOrg/s640/Untitled.png" width="640" /></a></div>At around $65 a night, Ana's apartment was just what we needed to save a few pennies. I always base my decisions heavily on reviews and the reviews for Ana's place were fantastic. Reviewers even stated that they got along so well with Ana, they went out for drinks! Now that sounds like my kind of host!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sDE4fbX2PbA/VbzMUjaYAAI/AAAAAAAANNQ/wPbYKWKyx0M/s1600/7c7ae1d6_original.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sDE4fbX2PbA/VbzMUjaYAAI/AAAAAAAANNQ/wPbYKWKyx0M/s640/7c7ae1d6_original.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The apartment was super clean and stocked with everything that we needed. The terrace was an excellent spot to enjoy wine at the end of a day exploring.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WsKa3F4kkDo/VbzLozRsH3I/AAAAAAAANMU/TZyzdSr1OeQ/s1600/088.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WsKa3F4kkDo/VbzLozRsH3I/AAAAAAAANMU/TZyzdSr1OeQ/s1600/088.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8NcoamEM8To/VbzLo7VXUII/AAAAAAAANMY/JJ8cMhcdSSs/s1600/089.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8NcoamEM8To/VbzLo7VXUII/AAAAAAAANMY/JJ8cMhcdSSs/s1600/089.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7qPjBNNBGUo/VbzLoyA_S9I/AAAAAAAANMQ/tfZGGSEQs_I/s1600/090.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7qPjBNNBGUo/VbzLoyA_S9I/AAAAAAAANMQ/tfZGGSEQs_I/s1600/090.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J5ewQQfbEH8/VbzLpnBhw0I/AAAAAAAANMg/KAXatvasrNI/s1600/091.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J5ewQQfbEH8/VbzLpnBhw0I/AAAAAAAANMg/KAXatvasrNI/s1600/091.png" /></a></div><br />Ana was indeed an awesome host, driving us into town on our first night and even dropping us off at the ferry on our last day. We were sad to say our goodbyes but thankful for her stories that she shared with us that gave us a glimpse into the life of a local in Dubrovnik.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8_erJp8U2xc/VbzLvV-KC7I/AAAAAAAANM4/iG9wDScAPAE/s1600/092.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8_erJp8U2xc/VbzLvV-KC7I/AAAAAAAANM4/iG9wDScAPAE/s1600/092.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UJQX-nlFqXs/VbzLvXrKIII/AAAAAAAANM0/XaAsqniRfzA/s1600/093.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UJQX-nlFqXs/VbzLvXrKIII/AAAAAAAANM0/XaAsqniRfzA/s1600/093.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EtPPALOu59g/VbzLvdqnY5I/AAAAAAAANMw/_5JJlHw0cnM/s1600/094.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EtPPALOu59g/VbzLvdqnY5I/AAAAAAAANMw/_5JJlHw0cnM/s1600/094.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gc13QOnG1N0/VbzLv6YH4dI/AAAAAAAANM8/B7p3NFGiRR4/s1600/097.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gc13QOnG1N0/VbzLv6YH4dI/AAAAAAAANM8/B7p3NFGiRR4/s1600/097.png" /></a></div><br />Pros: Excellent host, modernized apartment, great views from terrace, parking available, cold AC and good wifi.<br />Cons: Just a bit of a walk into Old Town<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Check out the listing for yourself and be sure to bookmark for future reference!!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3370851" target="_blank">Apartment Anchy | Dubrovnik</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vcpIb2hTO5E/VbzW0JpNgBI/AAAAAAAANOs/uFHp7e_0bnU/s1600/Untitled2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="124" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vcpIb2hTO5E/VbzW0JpNgBI/AAAAAAAANOs/uFHp7e_0bnU/s640/Untitled2.png" width="640" /></a></div>After having such a great experience in Dubrovnik, I was excited to get to our next AirBnb in Korčula&nbsp;. And I was not disappointed. Rita was just as hospitable and went above and beyond for us!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WkYtO4WS9mg/VbzSjdIatyI/AAAAAAAANNk/cewlSIcZwjw/s1600/123.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WkYtO4WS9mg/VbzSjdIatyI/AAAAAAAANNk/cewlSIcZwjw/s1600/123.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0YEyTJ-MDuE/VbzSjQJRB1I/AAAAAAAANNg/prfB_n3aOCU/s1600/153.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0YEyTJ-MDuE/VbzSjQJRB1I/AAAAAAAANNg/prfB_n3aOCU/s1600/153.png" /></a></div><br />And as much as I loved Rita, the apartment itself was amazing. THE most amazing balcony view I have ever had. I literally squealed and giggled each morning when I woke up to the view. And while I'm talking sleep, I slept like a huge rock here. Best sleep of my life. And we even found ourselves having impromptu naps on these lovely chairs!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PAokHZKHbgA/VbzSuvDNzzI/AAAAAAAANNw/ddE3XKhb7jo/s1600/204.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PAokHZKHbgA/VbzSuvDNzzI/AAAAAAAANNw/ddE3XKhb7jo/s1600/204.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gb8wC18LnU8/VbzSu0569SI/AAAAAAAANN0/-IE_G1zbY-4/s1600/224.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gb8wC18LnU8/VbzSu0569SI/AAAAAAAANN0/-IE_G1zbY-4/s1600/224.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TCSmFx_D2CI/VbzSu5Q2LQI/AAAAAAAANN4/lwP3Nul0OME/s1600/228.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TCSmFx_D2CI/VbzSu5Q2LQI/AAAAAAAANN4/lwP3Nul0OME/s1600/228.png" /></a></div><br />So not only was the balcony incredible, but we also had a private swimming area in front of the house. The water was so beautiful, I just couldn't take my eyes off of it!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8WWD08M8TKE/VbzTLHxOWEI/AAAAAAAANOQ/dTjzY7pX9rI/s1600/212.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8WWD08M8TKE/VbzTLHxOWEI/AAAAAAAANOQ/dTjzY7pX9rI/s1600/212.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ErFkV5B-0DY/VbzTK29Am6I/AAAAAAAANOI/J79oDN0bVso/s1600/213.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ErFkV5B-0DY/VbzTK29Am6I/AAAAAAAANOI/J79oDN0bVso/s1600/213.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DmoscCxt094/VbzTKxo1GKI/AAAAAAAANOM/r61a1sjF9iY/s1600/214.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DmoscCxt094/VbzTKxo1GKI/AAAAAAAANOM/r61a1sjF9iY/s1600/214.png" /></a></div><br />Pros: Excellent location, excellent host, THE VIEW<br />Cons: A little higher priced than Dubrovnik (however it is totally worth it), and I never got my wifi to work properly<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">You know you want to have this view everyday! So make sure you save this little number for your trip to Korčula!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3511314" target="_blank">Korcula Apartment</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">I hope you are beginning to see why Croatia is such an amazing country to visit! I can't wait for a return trip one day.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i>Have you ever visited a new place and been pleasantly surprised by the hospitality?</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>Linking up for <a href="http://www.bonnieroseblog.co.uk/" target="_blank">Travel Tuesday</a></i></div><br /><span></span><div align="center"><a href="http://www.my-travelmonkey.com" rel="follow" title="My Travel Monkey"><img src="http://www.my-travelmonkey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/TingNewBlue.png" alt="My Travel Monkey" style="border:none;" />Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-36771294117809148742015-07-30T14:26:00.000+01:002015-07-30T17:21:54.723+01:00NEW BLOG NAME!!!<div style="text-align: center;">Friends, it's time....</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4eTaAnZPdZ8/VaPqG8BgjOI/AAAAAAAAM2E/ciMvoDHHAwc/s1600/finalish.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4eTaAnZPdZ8/VaPqG8BgjOI/AAAAAAAAM2E/ciMvoDHHAwc/s1600/finalish.png" /></a></div><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br />So here it is! My new blog name! Gunters Abroad is now&nbsp;<b>The Healthy Passport</b>! I've gone back and forth between so many names having to do with health and travel and this is what was best fitting for me. I have had some fun making my own logo and designing new pages for the blog but I still have <b>plenty </b>of tweaks to work on over the next few weeks so don't be surprised if things change around a bit! I wanted it to be all nice and perfectly packaged before I released it but if I keep waiting for that day, it will never come!<br /><br />So why combine Health and Travel? Well it's quite obvious that I love all things travel, right? Ok, right. But I have recently decided to take a new path in my work life. I have now begun to pursue a career in Dietetics and I am so excited about what the future holds with this new change. I know that I will be learning a whole heck of a lot through my studies and I feel as though the blog will be a good place to give a reliable source of health information. But instead of just becoming a full on Dietitian blog, I want to combine it with my supreme love of travel. And I want it to continue to be a place of sharing ideas and stories. How does that sound?<br /><br />I still have plenty of travels to share with you from our time abroad and I have a feeling our life in America is going to still be filled with interesting adventures! While <a href="http://guntersabroad.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/a-moving-update.html" target="_blank">we will be going back to Atlanta</a> soon, we may not be there for long (i.e., my life is CRAZY right now haha!) So stay tuned for that bit! But I absolutely want to continue doing and sharing what I love, which is travel!<br /><br /><b>My health views. </b>I believe in loving your body through nutrition.&nbsp;I am a believer in using food as our medicine. Meaning I believe that we can heal our bodies through food rather than medicine. Obviously, I am not a physician, but I seek out studies and literature on scientific research showing that this is possible. We have become addicted to things that make us really sick! And then we take medicines made in a laboratory to fix them. I can't help but go back to philosophers' quotes from the past.<br /><br /><i>"When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, Art cannot become manifest, strength cannot be exerted, Wealth is useless, and reason powerless" Herophiles</i><br /><br /><i>“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest 
of human blessings, and learn how by his own 
thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.” &nbsp;Hippocrates</i><br /><i><br /></i>and my all time fave<br /><br /><i>"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Hippocrates</i><br /><br />So maybe a future as a nutrition therapist is in my future? Who knows. But I do want to bring practical, yet fun, ways to introduce more wellness into everyday living!<br /><div><br /></div>I have mentioned it before and I will mention it one more time. (I absolutely do not want to be plugging for my product..not what the blog is about!) I am a Zeal Wellness consultant and it is an awesome way to bring more nutrition and wellness into your life each day. Zeal Wellness is a once a day wellness supplement, in powder form, that contains over 100 ingredients including superfoods such as stabilised rice bran, acai and goji berries to name a few. Plus many antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals. I think that there are many products out there that do slightly similar things and I think that there will always be many products on the market that can help you or motivate you to live a healthier life! It's about finding one that works for you and commiting! Plain and simple. I have created a tab for Zeal up at the top, so if you would like to learn more about it, take a look or email me. It's awesome stuff and I choose it because I find it to be the best.<br /><br />I also have a <a href="http://www.thehealthypassport.com/p/page-1.html" target="_blank">new 'About' page</a>, so have a little look! AND.....<a href="https://www.facebook.com/thehealthypassport" target="_blank">I also have started a Facebook page finally! Some come say hi!</a><br /><br />I hope you stick around with my space now that it is slightly changing. It's still the same ol' travel loving Jamie though! Just with a fun, healthy twist....although I may just end up writing about the health benefits of wine all of the time hehehehe.<br /><br />Soooo....whaddya think??<br /><br />Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-92078806005288302662015-07-24T14:09:00.000+01:002015-08-11T10:15:35.875+01:00The Dreamy Island of Korčula <div style="text-align: center;">Cobblestone streets, crystal blue waters, gorgeous boats, yummy food, romantic coves, rolling vineyards and WINE!! I mean what more can you ask for from a Croatian island? Korčula, you really did a number on us. Oh wow. Where do I even begin?<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-c_riAR_Lt1c/VbIsx9U-d5I/AAAAAAAANB4/FzN3-e3N45w/s1600/344.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="korcula, croatia" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-c_riAR_Lt1c/VbIsx9U-d5I/AAAAAAAANB4/FzN3-e3N45w/s1600/344.png" title="stairs in korcula" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a name='more'></a></div><div style="text-align: left;">After <a href="http://guntersabroad.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=dubrovnik" target="_blank">three awesome days in Dubrovnik</a>, we hopped aboard the Krilo Jet high speed ferry and cruised up the Adriatic a couple of hours to our next stopping point, Korčula. Situated directly across from the <span style="background-color: white;">Pelješac&nbsp;</span>peninsula, the views were incredible; soaring mountains on one side and ocean views as far as your eyes allow on the other. The island itself was very wooded and held a bounty of coves and beaches just waiting to be explored. But those come later. Today, it's all about the scenes of Old Town Korčula&nbsp;and the other 'non-beachy' parts of the island.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lS9dxd_oFOo/VbIYwxVJKKI/AAAAAAAANA4/X_Ge3Wq_-0c/s1600/355.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lS9dxd_oFOo/VbIYwxVJKKI/AAAAAAAANA4/X_Ge3Wq_-0c/s1600/355.png" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Bless him for carrying my purple backpack!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rcooU2sd9zM/VbIYwUgd6AI/AAAAAAAANAw/9lBa-8HSrxY/s1600/356.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rcooU2sd9zM/VbIYwUgd6AI/AAAAAAAANAw/9lBa-8HSrxY/s1600/356.png" title="korcula gate" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kn-Oj5eiMkI/VbIYw20ysFI/AAAAAAAANA0/QTMdO8_6RMg/s1600/359.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kn-Oj5eiMkI/VbIYw20ysFI/AAAAAAAANA0/QTMdO8_6RMg/s1600/359.png" /></a></div><br />If you follow me on <a href="http://instagram.com/jamiegunter83" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, then you might have seen our ridiculously amazing view from our balcony. It was incredible to wake up to each morning and have our breakfast and coffee overlooking the amazing cove. It really was like I was still dreaming when I woke up each day!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dmWKqpOC9dQ/VbItSlhBgMI/AAAAAAAANCA/8aSwap5_f7Y/s1600/127.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dmWKqpOC9dQ/VbItSlhBgMI/AAAAAAAANCA/8aSwap5_f7Y/s1600/127.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xvI6hbTiEEA/VbIjQ82sWtI/AAAAAAAANBQ/5SPKnMfWHJo/s1600/217-Recovered.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xvI6hbTiEEA/VbIjQ82sWtI/AAAAAAAANBQ/5SPKnMfWHJo/s1600/217-Recovered.png" title="korcula water" /></a></div><br /><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="4" style="background: #FFF; border-radius: 3px; border: 0; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: -webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width: 99.375%; width: calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding: 8px;"><div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"><div style="background: url(data:image/png; display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div></div><div style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/4jDn9ArxNk/" style="color: black; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_top">Good morning from Korcula ☀️</a></div><div style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A video posted by Jamie Sullivan Gunter 📷 (@jamiegunter83) on <time datetime="2015-06-30T09:10:11+00:00" style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Jun 30, 2015 at 2:10am PDT</time></div></div></blockquote><br />Every day started out the same on Korčula. Breakfast on the balcony while discussing our plans. Then we would take off on our little scooter, which is a must and explore the island. Much of this exploring happened on our way to a chosen beach, and I couldn't get over how many quaint little villages we passed on the way. Roadside fruit stands, restaurants off the beaten path, and sunbathing areas. It was all so peaceful! And drop dead <b>gorgeous</b>.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dYfv33_Eb-c/VbIt1kyNC2I/AAAAAAAANCo/Lue8cfOVKMM/s1600/208.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dYfv33_Eb-c/VbIt1kyNC2I/AAAAAAAANCo/Lue8cfOVKMM/s1600/208.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hA24piwwDuk/VbIj1T8-JUI/AAAAAAAANBY/wMwlmLc_7qA/s1600/325-Recovered.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hA24piwwDuk/VbIj1T8-JUI/AAAAAAAANBY/wMwlmLc_7qA/s1600/325-Recovered.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qfoJxupDYf8/VbIj1ShlZ6I/AAAAAAAANBc/x27KwUwB0cE/s1600/327-Recovered.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qfoJxupDYf8/VbIj1ShlZ6I/AAAAAAAANBc/x27KwUwB0cE/s1600/327-Recovered.png" title="old town korcula" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pylX3HSQfuQ/VbItid3LmfI/AAAAAAAANCQ/XdawWlpx8JE/s1600/230.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pylX3HSQfuQ/VbItid3LmfI/AAAAAAAANCQ/XdawWlpx8JE/s1600/230.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pcBTV3VWcck/VbItiRLrNPI/AAAAAAAANCI/bSI3esWu3KA/s1600/234.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pcBTV3VWcck/VbItiRLrNPI/AAAAAAAANCI/bSI3esWu3KA/s1600/234.png" title="sailing in korcula" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nzFaAeurneg/VbItiZR_wBI/AAAAAAAANCM/OFcYwckQKUo/s1600/240.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nzFaAeurneg/VbItiZR_wBI/AAAAAAAANCM/OFcYwckQKUo/s1600/240.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7wAZlTHojns/VbItjFt5XgI/AAAAAAAANCg/qj2Fp7Xbl8c/s1600/241.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7wAZlTHojns/VbItjFt5XgI/AAAAAAAANCg/qj2Fp7Xbl8c/s1600/241.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br />Each night, we walked into town past our favorite drink spot (thanks <a href="http://www.unlockingkiki.com/" target="_blank">Kaelene</a> for the tip!) Maksimilijan Garden. The sunsets were incredible here and the food and drinks were top notch. Two words: Limoncello Mojito. Um, wowzers. And add in the fact that it also doubles as an art gallery....sold! Ok, I'm getting stuck on the restaurant a bit, but it was fab. Once we arrived in town, we were truly spoilt for choice on dining options. And atmosphere. Korčula&nbsp;is called a 'mini Dubrovnik' but I think that it had it's own personality.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dqcXS5N4Llw/VbIu1nQnu-I/AAAAAAAANDY/e6esdgX6bLY/s1600/155.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dqcXS5N4Llw/VbIu1nQnu-I/AAAAAAAANDY/e6esdgX6bLY/s1600/155.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jZ-yKRk41Ww/VbI153AKyVI/AAAAAAAANEw/CSW8MNbHrlc/s1600/IMG_4124.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jZ-yKRk41Ww/VbI153AKyVI/AAAAAAAANEw/CSW8MNbHrlc/s1600/IMG_4124.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jMNbMi4kC1Y/VbIu192GCdI/AAAAAAAANDg/8S_sXUbu87I/s1600/280-Recovered.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jMNbMi4kC1Y/VbIu192GCdI/AAAAAAAANDg/8S_sXUbu87I/s1600/280-Recovered.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_G97C24BhH4/VbIu2CASh7I/AAAAAAAANDo/LmN9_nrA9WM/s1600/284-Recovered.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_G97C24BhH4/VbIu2CASh7I/AAAAAAAANDo/LmN9_nrA9WM/s1600/284-Recovered.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EsAwFrtv5Po/VbIu2eQoMxI/AAAAAAAANDs/WrlF6NxFZWs/s1600/287-Recovered.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EsAwFrtv5Po/VbIu2eQoMxI/AAAAAAAANDs/WrlF6NxFZWs/s1600/287-Recovered.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7jiRQqC2t1U/VbIu2gyTPYI/AAAAAAAAND0/3DOjmkElUhc/s1600/288-Recovered.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7jiRQqC2t1U/VbIu2gyTPYI/AAAAAAAAND0/3DOjmkElUhc/s1600/288-Recovered.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kNLmqqC3OVY/VbIu35InuDI/AAAAAAAANEQ/HGqcdQRP5Mk/s1600/333-Recovered.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kNLmqqC3OVY/VbIu35InuDI/AAAAAAAANEQ/HGqcdQRP5Mk/s1600/333-Recovered.png" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">I mean, SERIOUSLY ^^^^ swoon city!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-V2HU7h1o774/VbIu4IObCDI/AAAAAAAANEU/pHvziKkpRFQ/s1600/337-Recovered.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-V2HU7h1o774/VbIu4IObCDI/AAAAAAAANEU/pHvziKkpRFQ/s1600/337-Recovered.png" /></a></div><br />The food in Korčula&nbsp;was delicious, which seems to be the case in all of Croatia. A few of our spots included Nonno, and Filippi, and further away from Old Town we enjoyed Mimi's Bistro. Pasta, seafood and cheese....what more can you ask for? At Nonno in particular, the hand rolled pasta was seriously to die for. As a matter of fact, it's hard to type about it without salivating!! And we can't talk about Korčula&nbsp;cuisine without talking about the wine. Oh Korčula&nbsp;wine, you have ruined me for all eternity! Grk, the wine that the island is famous for, definitely lives up to it's reputation. It is the only place in the world that the grapes are grown and it is heavenly. But in reality, we never had a Croatian wine that we didn't like. Note to self; make friends with a wine shop owner in the States who can import some Croatian wine for us :)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7ROn4O4SY7I/VbIu3YrMdDI/AAAAAAAANEc/jAkjvjePouw/s1600/307-Recovered.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7ROn4O4SY7I/VbIu3YrMdDI/AAAAAAAANEc/jAkjvjePouw/s1600/307-Recovered.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Food scenes...</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-efYmAFwb1wE/VbI2rjJaQAI/AAAAAAAANFY/JdkYF33vYJQ/s1600/IMG_4096.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-efYmAFwb1wE/VbI2rjJaQAI/AAAAAAAANFY/JdkYF33vYJQ/s1600/IMG_4096.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-x1obYU1Yflo/VbIu1sJkfYI/AAAAAAAANDw/cBUFP-fdb6M/s1600/265.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-x1obYU1Yflo/VbIu1sJkfYI/AAAAAAAANDw/cBUFP-fdb6M/s1600/265.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eUMJimfpyCA/VbI2GfvLv4I/AAAAAAAANFA/DajOCaXRRXs/s1600/IMG_4170.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eUMJimfpyCA/VbI2GfvLv4I/AAAAAAAANFA/DajOCaXRRXs/s1600/IMG_4170.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-P3htrJLOhRI/VbI2GU5xtOI/AAAAAAAANE4/vMzlCmVuZ4E/s1600/IMG_4175.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-P3htrJLOhRI/VbI2GU5xtOI/AAAAAAAANE4/vMzlCmVuZ4E/s1600/IMG_4175.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EaBiIxEy69U/VbI2GUi7iEI/AAAAAAAANE8/Vq4Fv0oIbcI/s1600/IMG_4188.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EaBiIxEy69U/VbI2GUi7iEI/AAAAAAAANE8/Vq4Fv0oIbcI/s1600/IMG_4188.png" /></a></div><br />Sunsets in Korčula&nbsp;rivaled that of a Santorini sunset for sure. The color of the sky each night was breathtaking. Watching the sunset, cool breeze beginning to blow and an island drink in hand. What a life.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DoSLXQpOliU/VbIuSf-gDYI/AAAAAAAANCw/CUvhKMzpwPo/s1600/166.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DoSLXQpOliU/VbIuSf-gDYI/AAAAAAAANCw/CUvhKMzpwPo/s1600/166.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kLadJUhh1tU/VbIuSc49RnI/AAAAAAAANC4/5KIQ-n4CuPU/s1600/168.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kLadJUhh1tU/VbIuSc49RnI/AAAAAAAANC4/5KIQ-n4CuPU/s1600/168.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dECYjpbpqjw/VbIuSYNn-KI/AAAAAAAANC0/89HFSrAXvG4/s1600/170.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dECYjpbpqjw/VbIuSYNn-KI/AAAAAAAANC0/89HFSrAXvG4/s1600/170.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Y8Te4QL2vKw/VbIuTHsmwRI/AAAAAAAANC8/Y2UTM_ufLKU/s1600/174.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Y8Te4QL2vKw/VbIuTHsmwRI/AAAAAAAANC8/Y2UTM_ufLKU/s1600/174.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fR12g6xuD9k/VbIuTfDVtLI/AAAAAAAANDE/zBngVWWge6A/s1600/175.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fR12g6xuD9k/VbIuTfDVtLI/AAAAAAAANDE/zBngVWWge6A/s1600/175.png" /></a></div><br />I have such incredible memories from Korčula&nbsp;to last me a lifetime. Drinks on top on the fortress wall while watching the sunset. Swoon. Chatting with a Croatian who owned the fruit stand, neither of us understanding what each other was saying but he was so desperate to have a chat with us Americans! (I mean come on, if this doesn't relay to you how friendly Croatians are I don't know what will!) And finally, spending some incredible quality time with my husband in a beautiful place. I couldn't ask for much more. So if you are planning a Croatian holiday and want to find a relaxing and authentic atmosphere, come to Korčula. And if I haven't convinced you just yet, just wait for my post of Korčula&nbsp;beaches :)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5d3jO00IxsU/VbI2TCIYxpI/AAAAAAAANFQ/yueGnWXUBUA/s1600/366.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5d3jO00IxsU/VbI2TCIYxpI/AAAAAAAANFQ/yueGnWXUBUA/s1600/366.png" /></a></div><br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i>As I am sharing some of our lovely experiences on&nbsp;Korčula, the island has just suffered tremendous loss from&nbsp;fires this week. Please keep the island and it's people in your thoughts.&nbsp;</i><br /><i><br /></i></div><iframe height="480" src="https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/embed?mid=ziycBTlIcPZU.ky-D3dR7On40" width="640"></iframe><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Thoughts on Korčula? Questions?</b><br /><b><br /></b><i>linking up for <a href="http://www.bonnieroseblog.co.uk/" target="_blank">Travel Tuesday</a></i></div><div align="center"><a href="http://www.packingmysuitcase.com/" title="Packing my Suitcase"><img alt="Packing my Suitcase" src="http://www.packingmysuitcase.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/badge.png" style="border: none;" /></a></div>Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-61507751131482700002015-07-20T08:00:00.000+01:002015-07-20T08:00:01.223+01:00A Moving Update<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GNjKgAP5Cto/VaO_Cx5zjoI/AAAAAAAAMy8/ZubRbdACd00/s1600/ticktock.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GNjKgAP5Cto/VaO_Cx5zjoI/AAAAAAAAMy8/ZubRbdACd00/s1600/ticktock.png" /></a></div>Time is ticking away faster and faster and I feel like it's time to give everyone a little update on this 'repatriation situation' we got going on. Well, I've hinted around it a little bit and let it slip a few times but to make it official, we are moving to.....<br /><br /><a name='more'></a><div style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YrMVXa3yHpM/VafKThTimsI/AAAAAAAAM_0/dhVsXK-_NW4/s1600/atlanta.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YrMVXa3yHpM/VafKThTimsI/AAAAAAAAM_0/dhVsXK-_NW4/s1600/atlanta.png" /></a></div><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cSA1nzuVo6U/VaO_9zLOUtI/AAAAAAAAMzE/AtyOijRHLv8/s1600/o-ATLANTA-TRAFFIC-facebook.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cSA1nzuVo6U/VaO_9zLOUtI/AAAAAAAAMzE/AtyOijRHLv8/s640/o-ATLANTA-TRAFFIC-facebook.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Well, the Marietta area to be more exact! We are getting more and more excited and while we were a little bummed about not having another two years 'abroad', we are excited about settling down for a few years. Flights are booked, we are still working on the movers and we are counting the days until we see our sweet pups in Florida. We still have a WHOLE lotta work to do...like for instance, I need a job! And you know, the whole 'buy new cars and find a place to live' ordeal. No biggie. Stressing just a tad.<br /><br /><b>But</b>. It's going to be like coming home for us. Van and I lived north of Atlanta in our first year of our relationship, so we know the area fairly well. We have family all around the area and others within a half a day's drive. Since we have lived all over the place for the past 10 years, we honestly don't even know what it is like to be able to just drive up the road to celebrate Christmas with the family! It is definitely going to be a welcome change but one that will take some getting used to for sure! Also, Van's employer is based in Marietta and it will be nice for him to finally settle into office life and travel only occasionally.<br /><br />As for me, I have no idea where I am going to work so I am going to be taking a gamble on my commute times, ugh. That is one thing that I am NOT looking forward to....Atlanta traffic!! But, as with all things, I will get used to it. Who am I kidding? I have to get used to driving in general!!<br /><br />And with the move comes a new blog redo! I am getting very close to completing all of the finishing touches and will be releasing it shortly, but just to give you a hint....it's still going to be about travel but with a little health and wellness added in. New name, new logo, new look! I'm excited! It has been fun to create my own little look. I don't know why I haven't gotten into a little more design before! Anyway, the wellness side is now coming into play as I dig into a new career path in Dietetics! (yes, I am back in school eeek!! but more on that later...I promise)<br /><br />I appreciate you all sticking with my little web space and hope you enjoy the changes to come!Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com33tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7490354681066934140.post-68488034180102806372015-07-14T09:48:00.000+01:002015-07-14T17:59:39.946+01:00Beaches of Dubrovnik<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BtLrW-XtPoc/VaPESRmLthI/AAAAAAAAM10/LEt_FymZYPE/s1600/072.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BtLrW-XtPoc/VaPESRmLthI/AAAAAAAAM10/LEt_FymZYPE/s1600/072.png" title="Dubrovnik city view" /></a></div><br />I honestly didn't know what to expect from Dubrovnik beaches. We had major beach plans for later in our Croatia itinerary so I wasn't really expecting to spend too much time on the beach here. But wow, did I have it wrong! Today I'm bringing you some of my favorite beach scenes from Dubrovnik and a couple more beaches that I am adding to my list for our next visit!<span style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-efSmIEFOoo0/VaPDokBDOWI/AAAAAAAAM1c/pvrHnzj-92s/s1600/banje.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-efSmIEFOoo0/VaPDokBDOWI/AAAAAAAAM1c/pvrHnzj-92s/s1600/banje.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vn1gebz-j3A/VaPBRYiO9AI/AAAAAAAAMzU/F-gNCi_zUbg/s1600/074.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Dubrovnik Beaches" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vn1gebz-j3A/VaPBRYiO9AI/AAAAAAAAMzU/F-gNCi_zUbg/s1600/074.png" title="Banje beach" /></a></div><br />Banje Beach is probably one of the most popular beaches in Dubrovnik. It is literally a 3-5 minute walk from the old wall gates so it is easy to see why it is so popular. I don't know what it was for me, it could have been the cloudy day, but Banje Beach was not my favorite. There is a beach club behind the beach chairs and waiter service, which is always nice when you are chilling on the beach. However, this beach just didn't feel very easy going to me....too much 'pay for this, pay for that' nonsense. But nevertheless, in a pinch, I'd head back! And it seems to always get rave reviews!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BygUUJjHwa4/VaPBReHUwRI/AAAAAAAAMzQ/AvahoTDBeOE/s1600/075.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BygUUJjHwa4/VaPBReHUwRI/AAAAAAAAMzQ/AvahoTDBeOE/s1600/075.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0uUMTzlz0WA/VaPBRUAy3_I/AAAAAAAAMzY/SQdEaiFmAw0/s1600/078.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0uUMTzlz0WA/VaPBRUAy3_I/AAAAAAAAMzY/SQdEaiFmAw0/s1600/078.png" /></a></div><br />The pebbles are small, there are a ton of chairs (for a fee), and even some water sport action happening on the beach. You also have a nice little view of the old port and of course, the many, ridiculously expensive yachts just hanging out off the coast!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GTR5PrecahA/VaPBR_x2fcI/AAAAAAAAMzc/v0p_igv0-w0/s1600/079.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GTR5PrecahA/VaPBR_x2fcI/AAAAAAAAMzc/v0p_igv0-w0/s1600/079.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wC-UHeMTVP0/VaPD11LkWrI/AAAAAAAAM1k/L_4CiivuDJo/s1600/bellevue.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wC-UHeMTVP0/VaPD11LkWrI/AAAAAAAAM1k/L_4CiivuDJo/s1600/bellevue.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CQvQ6uY8GSU/VaPBV0DjeCI/AAAAAAAAM04/oUZNozj89Oo/s1600/111.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="dubrovnik beach" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CQvQ6uY8GSU/VaPBV0DjeCI/AAAAAAAAM04/oUZNozj89Oo/s1600/111.png" title="bellevue beach" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Oh Bellevue Beach, you're a beauty! The little trek down to this beachy cove is well worth the many stairs. So. Beautiful. Hotel Bellevue sits perched above and I can only imagine the view every morning from the balconies. If you've got the $$$$ stay here friends!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oW2s72Ej8-8/VaPBVZsgOgI/AAAAAAAAM0g/rwXQ5RwOocY/s1600/109.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oW2s72Ej8-8/VaPBVZsgOgI/AAAAAAAAM0g/rwXQ5RwOocY/s1600/109.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Jcro0my12sw/VaPBVzUy8sI/AAAAAAAAM08/uzZjoKlrcGg/s1600/110.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Jcro0my12sw/VaPBVzUy8sI/AAAAAAAAM08/uzZjoKlrcGg/s1600/110.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The water is crystal clear and the color is unlike any that I saw throughout our week in Croatia. The beach is free to lounge and there are no chair rentals. So bring a towel and/or a padded mat! The pebbles are cozy but they can get hot!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z3A2Vc8WgrU/VaPBSXilAzI/AAAAAAAAM0Q/CaB9aabLQro/s1600/100.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z3A2Vc8WgrU/VaPBSXilAzI/AAAAAAAAM0Q/CaB9aabLQro/s1600/100.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AOQ6dqNMbl0/VaPBS6Sj6DI/AAAAAAAAMz0/S5JWjbyW-AA/s1600/103.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AOQ6dqNMbl0/VaPBS6Sj6DI/AAAAAAAAMz0/S5JWjbyW-AA/s1600/103.png" /></a></div><br />After sunning a bit, take a dip in the water. It is super cold because of how protected it is. It literally took my breath away! But there were so many other people out there so I had to suck it up and deal with it! This would be a perfect spot to snorkel as well as there is a cave off to the side. Bellevue Beach is a special little spot just down from the Old Town and I promise you, you won't regret the extra steps to get there.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-S01pENxrDJE/VaPBT2bkoiI/AAAAAAAAM1I/4bgFWalN3kY/s1600/105.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-S01pENxrDJE/VaPBT2bkoiI/AAAAAAAAM1I/4bgFWalN3kY/s1600/105.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Mu0sU0R_ggY/VaPBUdk3UjI/AAAAAAAAM0U/hsAimqlVi7U/s1600/107.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="dubrovnik beach" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Mu0sU0R_ggY/VaPBUdk3UjI/AAAAAAAAM0U/hsAimqlVi7U/s1600/107.png" title="bellevue beach" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AsDSvFh7JWA/VaPBUxN6KjI/AAAAAAAAM1E/htmcoWpm-5o/s1600/108.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AsDSvFh7JWA/VaPBUxN6KjI/AAAAAAAAM1E/htmcoWpm-5o/s1600/108.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3KNaIRtvbCI/VaPEBMcjg1I/AAAAAAAAM1s/V5JV9XRT1Qk/s1600/resort.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3KNaIRtvbCI/VaPEBMcjg1I/AAAAAAAAM1s/V5JV9XRT1Qk/s1600/resort.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YLowYUC_HvI/VaPBWOl860I/AAAAAAAAM0s/Hm6J3ajslWo/s1600/423.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YLowYUC_HvI/VaPBWOl860I/AAAAAAAAM0s/Hm6J3ajslWo/s1600/423.png" title="valamar president beach" /></a></div><br />Now this beach is connected to the Valamar Resorts but is right next to the public Cava (naturist) and Copacabana beaches so if you don't get the opportunity to stay at a Valamar Resort, head to one of those ASAP! The views are the best and we sat and watched the boats come in and out all day (dreaming that we owned one!).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Fpq-pwmxXVQ/VaPBW_5o_oI/AAAAAAAAM1A/1GeVmUw_0xY/s1600/426.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Fpq-pwmxXVQ/VaPBW_5o_oI/AAAAAAAAM1A/1GeVmUw_0xY/s1600/426.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xQlgKEQPTSo/VaPBW5m_tbI/AAAAAAAAM00/HQJ1cWKXM6c/s1600/430.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xQlgKEQPTSo/VaPBW5m_tbI/AAAAAAAAM00/HQJ1cWKXM6c/s1600/430.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-81v31J0a2Uo/VaK-7zVkH3I/AAAAAAAAMwY/wZaeXY2tdws/s1600/428.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-81v31J0a2Uo/VaK-7zVkH3I/AAAAAAAAMwY/wZaeXY2tdws/s1600/428.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Qvya-YbpFCY/VaPBzCJjjII/AAAAAAAAM1M/_rdFYvIT-4w/s1600/433.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Qvya-YbpFCY/VaPBzCJjjII/AAAAAAAAM1M/_rdFYvIT-4w/s1600/433.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UgXBnVCYktc/VaQFVse0iOI/AAAAAAAAM3Q/YJNcDJu6a68/s1600/438.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UgXBnVCYktc/VaQFVse0iOI/AAAAAAAAM3Q/YJNcDJu6a68/s1600/438.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bMhZMUqUMX4/VaPzyuEBj7I/AAAAAAAAM2k/PwQOb2hskos/s1600/Untitled.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="64" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bMhZMUqUMX4/VaPzyuEBj7I/AAAAAAAAM2k/PwQOb2hskos/s640/Untitled.png" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Sveti Jakov Beach</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WVER7aM63Zc/VaP-YN63UCI/AAAAAAAAM20/gaAmg6XKwVM/s1600/accordingtoperry.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WVER7aM63Zc/VaP-YN63UCI/AAAAAAAAM20/gaAmg6XKwVM/s640/accordingtoperry.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><i>via <a href="http://accordingtoperri.com/2015/01/31/the-rest-of-2014/sony-dsc-68/" target="_blank">According to Perri</a></i></span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><br /></span>Svetl Jakov Beach was recommended to us by our AirBnb host who said that this is where the locals go. You can take a bus, and then it is a bit of a walk but it looks fantastic! Adding to the list for a return to Dubrovnik!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Lapad</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-b5VyalSker8/VaQCvOIff9I/AAAAAAAAM3A/b7-svjmVRkE/s1600/beach_dubrovnik13.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-b5VyalSker8/VaQCvOIff9I/AAAAAAAAM3A/b7-svjmVRkE/s640/beach_dubrovnik13.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><i><a href="http://adriariva.com/beaches-dubrovnik/" target="_blank">via</a></i></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Lapad also looks to be a great boat watching beach and there are plenty of hotels to choose from near the beach! With pebble and sandy beaches, you can make the perfect choice for you!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i>Have you visited any of these gorgeous beaches? If not, what's your favorite terrain for a beach...pebbles, rocks or sand?&nbsp;</i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><u>Find Your Beach!</u></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><u><br /></u></b></div><iframe height="480" src="https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/embed?mid=ziycBTlIcPZU.kgRa05iiqCkM" width="640"></iframe><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.bonnieroseblog.com/" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FUfW-GK4oiM/VaQIBP826kI/AAAAAAAAM3Y/aNXbfzMp9U8/s1600/traveltuesday.png" /></a></div><br />Jamie Gunterhttps://plus.google.com/113325683449484852652noreply@blogger.com24