“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

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I'm Ashley. I'm a wine drinker, bookworm, and expat in Uganda. Since college I've au paired in Paris, backpacked Europe, Asia, and India for a year, and lived in Colorado. Read more on my About Me page.

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The Ultimate One Week Zanzibar Itinerary

My one-week trip to Zanzibar was nearly perfect. It ticked all the boxes: history and culture in Stone Town, relaxation in untouristy Jambiani Beach, and beautiful beaches and diving in Nungwi. It had a little bit of everything. Zanzibar was so much more than I...

Jambiani Beach: Where to Find the Real, Untouristy Zanzibar

Before visiting Zanzibar, I read countless rants on TripAdvisor about the aggressive beach sellers. "The touts ruined my vacation," users griped. "It was hard to relax when everyone was bothering me." And it's true – in popular towns like Kendwa or Nungwi, the beach...

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Musings

Practicing Gratitude Wherever You Go

I've been back from Asia for a month now, living at my parent's house in Michigan. I am by far the happiest I've ever been at home. Readjusting last time after a long spell abroad was more difficult- I felt listless, bored and irritated with the return of bad habits...

A Big 2014: Goals for the New Year

Wow, 2013. What a year. To be honest this resolution post has changed so many times I wasn't even sure I should publish it. So many things I thought I wanted to achieve: becoming a certified translator, attaining professional fluency in French, moving to San...

What I Miss (and Don't Miss) about Living in France

Ah, France. The country that I called home for nearly a year. The land I tearfully left almost four months ago. There was so much about living in France that was lovely; I particularly miss all the French goodies that are difficult to procure here in Asia, like wine,...