From SoCal to NorCal

The Darbyshires are on the move. Again. Turns out just over one year in Southern California was all we needed. I am not aware that we are in any witness protection program, for the record. After some time in Rancho Cucamonga, I realized in my heart that it would be a temporary location for us….

Best of the USA Road Trip

I began tabulating this road trip post months ago, but never finished it until now. And fittingly, it is being published & shared on the exact one year anniversary of when Andrew and I set off in my little Honda Civic, bidding farewell to all we knew from our life in Seattle and driving all…

Back in New York State

The beauty of feeling like I need a change of scenery in my life right now is that I can make it happen without too much difficulty. Sure I disliked departing the warm North Carolina sunshine, but I knew it was time to change venues and come spend time with my family and friends in…

Churchill Downs

“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” When you visit Louisville, you must go to Churchill Downs. Plain and simple. It does not matter what day of the week or time of year it happens to be. Although the timing of my visit was ideal because Derby weekend was only three weeks away, and serious…

Old Friends Become New Friends in Louisville

Visiting places that turn out to be nothing short of wonderful after mostly negative comments attached to them seems to be a theme with this adventure. That theme continued with Louisville, Kentucky, where I spent three days with my mom. For her, the road trip was two-fold, first she wanted a little ‘mom and me’…

A Return to France

The entirety of my adult life, I’ve held onto an unwavering hope that I would get the chance to return to France and redeem my 16-year old self, who only spoke English during a 2 week visit in the summer of 1998 with my school French club. I swore that if I ever returned, I…

Seeing Liverpool

Sometimes when you hear a place is dull, doesn’t that make you want to visit it all the more? After I had heard so much negativity about Liverpool over the past several years, I was quite interested to see it for myself. What could be so unfavorable about a city that gave us The Beatles…

Pilgrimage to Anfield

It happened, you guys. Something Andrew has been waiting his lifetime for. I, on the other hand, have only been waiting a few years. We finally visited Anfield ((!!!)). I happily became a Liverpool FC fan by default when he and I began dating. He was also successful at convincing quite of few employees of…

And then, I arrived at Boston

Most of you know I’m in the UK already. Been here two and a half weeks actually, which is mind blowing. And I’m sure you are anxious to hear what I’m up to over here and read all about what this lovely country is like. Especially right before Christmas, when the festive spirit is so…

In a New York (City) State of Mind

It felt like years since I’d stepped foot on that island they call Manhattan. Probably because it had been. Four to be exact. When I knew I’d be visiting family and friends in New York State, there was absolutely no question that a visit to the city would be in order. My super fun &…