My handsome fiancé, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over four years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours, and experiences to maximize our time. Any time we travel, we try to visit to a local brewery and can’t walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness.
We enjoy kayaking, hiking, swimming, living rooom dance parties, and are avid mini golfers. Dumplings are our favorite food group. Most nights we cook dinner together. When we’re feeling confident, we experiment with new flavors and cuisines or compete in an intense chopped kitchen challenge. So far, most have been successful except the enchilada incident of 2016. We try but cannot keep up with the continuous stream of new restaurants and breweries, concerts, sporting events, festivals, and outdoor events in Pittsburgh.
I love running and have completed a full and many half marathons. I also crave the physical and mental benefits of practicing yoga. After a day of managing a commercial real estate office, I spend many evenings curled up on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book. I read all the time; travel books, historical fiction, murder mysteries, and even science fiction if someone convinces me it’s a good read. I am currently taking a break from Pinterest, but converted our dining room table into a craft table and my closet is filled with scarves I knitted and don’t know what to do with.
Mitch plays on a hockey team and is a born and raised Pittsburgh sports fan. Our wedding colors will be black and the Pittsburgh Penguins’ gold. I compromised. Some nights, he convinces me to put down my book and join him for a movie. In addition to his 9-5 job as a Multimedia Production Manager, Mitch does freelance video producing, editing, and directing and if asked nicely, photography. (We first met at my friend’s wedding. He was the videographer.)
The Creation of the Traveling Gingerbread
In Tokyo, we laughed every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own adorable gingerbread friend here!
The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.