How traveling empowered me

How traveling empowered me

How traveling empowered me   Question: What is the most empowering thing you have ever done? For me the answer was a tie: 1. Giving birth to my sons 2. Breastfeeding them I had completely different birthing experiences with my children, but breastfeeding was relatively easy for me. I was very fortunate. Breastfeeding and childbirth made me feel powerful as a woman. To know that you have created a human life and then proceed to nourish that child with the body from whence it came is really, really cool. The human body is AMAZING. The downside to breastfeeding is that it is somewhat of a hot topic in the United States. Overwhelmingly I have been greeted with support, but there are many women who haven’t been as fortunate as I have been. Some women are told to cover up, we are marketed products to conceal ourselves and shield others from witnessing a very normal and very powerful part of motherhood and infancy. Why? Don’t ask the French, Spanish, Italians or Germans. They don’t know why it’s an issue either…. As we continued to travel I continued to become a more confident and empowered woman because: I could walk through the streets of Barcelona at night by myself or with my children without the fear of who might be lurking around the corner. Despite being warned of the turbulence abroad and constantly being on the receiving end of cautionary tales about robberies and terrorism, we were always safe. There were no cat calls, no gawking at my breasts, no staring when I fed Griffin. No one told me to smile... read more
3 Days in Frankfurt Germany

3 Days in Frankfurt Germany

Germany, you were HOT! My phone said it was 86°F the day we got there, but it was the hottest 86° I’ve ever felt, and I lived in Atlanta, GA for three years. Plus we were in an AirBnB apartment with no A/C which would have been fine with a house fan, but there was no fan either. So 86°. . . humid. . . very little breeze, and WiFi that only worked sometimes if we were standing on the bed in the master bedroom.   I did not account for Germany potentially being so warm but I also didn’t expect to be insanely sleep deprived and jet lagged. I feel a little salty about you Frankfurt…. Is it just me or my jet lag talking? (I think it was the jet lag, the heat, the lack of WiFi, and her cold. I rather enjoyed Frankfurt excluding where we stayed).  Frankfurt was a nice enough stopping point and if we had the chance to stay longer I’m sure I would have enjoyed it more. It was especially green and one of the three days we were there the afternoon had a gorgeous rain shower. We looked out the window and there was a family of hares just hanging out under a tree! How very German!!!! Here is a list of the finer points we experienced in Deutschland 1. The beer is really good, and it’s really, really cheap– quite literally cheaper than water by volume. 2. You have to pay for pretty much everything: shopping carts, shopping bags, water…keep that in mind when you go shopping. We didn’t know... read more