Wednesday, August 27, 2014

8.27.14

Escape to ... Dublin

Dublin may have been the last stop on our trip but it is definitely not the least. I fell in love with the people of Ireland way before I got to actually visit. When I finally made it to Ireland in 2006, I knew I had found my place. You know, that place that you could really see yourself living in if the opportunity ever presented itself? Well Ireland is that place for me. This was my fourth trip to Dublin. Seeing it again was like seeing an old friend, time has passed but you pick up right where you left off. Even though we were only there for less than 48 hours, I was happy to introduce my brother to this city I love so much and some of the people who made me love it so much. 



With love,
Kristtyn


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

8.26.14

Escape to ... Edinburgh

To continue with my mini European adventure, today's recap is about Scotland. From the moment I stepped onto the streets of Edinburgh, I knew I had found someplace special. Don't get me wrong, London was wonderful but I think I'm more of a small city girl and Edinburgh is a city with all the charm of a small town. We took full advantage of the fact that we could walk almost everywhere and did, even in the rain!

Trip Highlights: Edinburgh Castle // Palace of Holyroodhouse // Royal Yacht Britannia // the Scotch Whiskey Experience // day trip to Loch Ness and the Highlands



With Love, Kristtyn

Friday, August 22, 2014

8.22.14

This Weekend, Why Don't You ...
Watch "When The Game Stands Tall"



If you've seen the previews for this movie, you know that it is based on a true story. What you might not know is that that story is part of my story. De La Salle was the all boys school to my all girls school, Carondelet. Just as the trailer shows, we were known for having the longest running winning streak in history. I can't speak for everyone who I went to school with but attending Carondelet and De La Salle will always be a highlight in my life. It sounds corny now but I loved high school. I loved my close group of friends, my teachers, the community, and the football games. I was a JV cheerleader for DLS and because of it watched almost all the varsity games that followed. Sitting in the stands, watching them play was crazy. People thought of Terrance Kelly and the other players as these football gods but I knew them as my classmates and friends. 

I can't say I knew Terrance Kelly well but I knew who he was. I knew he was a a really good guy who was an amazing athlete from a not so great town. I also knew that he was a great friend to many of my friends. His passing was the first I experienced of someone so young. At 17 years old, seeing my girl and boy friends cry as if their hearts were breaking was an indescribable feeling. However, seeing our community come together, even when it seemed like we couldn't shake bad luck off our backs, was even more outstanding. 

Without giving everything away, I hope that everyone sees this movie. I hope it brings a little healing for those who still need it and that it inspires people. 

If you would like to donate to the Terrance Kelly Youth Foundation, you can do so here.


With Love, Kristtyn


Thursday, August 21, 2014

8.21.14

Around Town ... Sarma


When I first told people where I was moving, I heard a lot of "Somerville, Slummahville." Not knowing any better I though, uh-oh, what have I gotten myself into? A little over two years later, I know exactly what I got myself into. I live in a charmingly hip town,  that happens to be churning out amazing new hot spots by the minute. The first time I visited Sarma, I didn't really give it a chance. Not because I didn't want to but because I did not go with the intention of eating. Last week I went back and I almost lost my entire paycheck to this restaurant in one go. That's probably a bit of an exaggeration but it's easy to get caught up in the moment here. When you sit down you think, wow this menu is pretty amazing. And then you look up to see more small plates floating through the restaurant. These, my friends, are the specials. Waiters carry them around to each table, so that you can see and smell the fact that along with what you already ordered, you must have these too. Once you begin eating, you realize that this is the place that you want to go to for girls night, date night, parents-in-town night, hot summer night, cold winter night, etc, etc. 

My recommendations: the lamb kofte sliders // the fried green tomatoes // the octopus // the fried chicken special // the corn & feta special



Happy eating!
With Love, Kristtyn



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

8.20.14

Escape to ... London

It's hard to believe that just three weeks ago I was far away from Boston in dreary, ole' London. Except for it wasn't dreary at all. Our visit was filled with sunshine and good times. In preparation for our trip I asked around for suggestions on where to go and what to see but there was just too much to fit into only 5 days. Seeing as this was my first trip to London, my priority was to do as many tourist attractions  as possible. This, of course, was done in hopes that when I do go back I can have the freedom to avoid those long lines! This was also my first time trying out Airbnb. It was nice to be able to spread out in an apartment as opposed to being in a cramped hotel room. It was also a learning experience as to figuring out what things are important when choosing an apartment. If you haven't done so yet, try out Airbnb for your next trip. 

Trip Highlights: The Eye of London // riding bikes through Hyde Park // touring Buckingham Palace // seeing Jersey Boys // taking the studio tour of The Making of Harry Potter  (yes, I'm serious)




With Love, Kristtyn