So if you follow my blog you may notice I didn't post a Saturday Snapshot last week… oops! I was stateside for the holidays and was too busy sipping soy chai lattes with my little sister and frantically Christmas shopping with my mom to do much blogging. But now that I am back in La Belle France I will have plenty of free time to blog – so please try not to get sick of me!

Most of the photos from this week are from Instagram, either my account or my little sister's.

So here is what I was up to in the last fortnight:

Photo A Christmas

This kind of Christmasy atmosphere is so hard to recreate when you're traveling which is why I am so glad I headed home for the holidays. And of course, I got to hang out with my beloved familia!

Photo B

Candy Bars

Um, how creative are we right now? Okay, my little sis may have found this idea on Pinterest, but we put together the copy with the use of many little-known candy bars.

Photo C


After Christmas wrapped up, I found myself on a Chicago-bound Megabus where I stayed at my brother's swanky downtown apartment for five days (Thanks, Panda!). I love the architecture in Chicago because it's such a hodgepodge – you might find sleek skyscrapers jostling for space against stately brownstones, with a tiny turn-of-the-century seaside cottage randomly squeezed between.

Photo D

Ashley Abroad

It wouldn't be a New Year's Eve picture without two scantily clad girls with spray tans, right? My best college buddy, Alyssa, and I rang in the new year at a hotel party with thousands of young Chicagoans. Not a bad night.

Also, if you are a blogger I would highly recommending backing up your site! This has been a worry of mine for ages and I finally found a great WordPress plugin through a ProBlogger article. I am receiving no sort of compensation for sharing this (ProBlogger has no idea I'm even writing this), I just want all of my travel blogger buddies to be safe!

How were your holidays this year? Did they involve spray tanning?

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Uganda. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Colorado. She's been to forty countries but somehow still gets lost in her home town. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour magazine.
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