Mantra #1: Go, Do

Mantra #1: Go, Do

Mike and I have two mantras that we say to each other on a near-daily basis. I was never much of a mantra kind of person, but what started out as little jokes or reminders have somewhere along the way turned into very deeply-held beliefs that we possess today. Mantra #1: Go, Do. Go, Do started out just as the lyrics from one of my favorite songs from Icelandic singer, Jonsí. It’s a very catchy and uplifting song that inspires…

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Welcome, Weddingbee Readers!

Welcome, Weddingbee Readers!

For those of you stopping by the page today after my sign-off on Weddingbee, welcome! I’ve been incredibly busy adjusting to life back in the States since we moved back from Spain in August, but I’m ready to start sharing some of my experiences and catch up on some of the travels we had in the last few months of our time abroad. I’m happy you guys are here! Feel free to say hi in the comments and let me…

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Two Years

Two Years

It seems impossible that we’ve only been married for two years. It seems like it’s been so, so much longer after everything we’ve done in the last 731 days. We started here: Photo by Georgi Anastasov And since then, we’ve visited 14 US States. We’ve been to 12 different countries. We lived in Spain for 10 months. And now we’re back home in Philly where I’ve started a new job and we’ve moved on to another new chapter in our…

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Home

Home

Home seems like an inconceivable concept to me now as I face the end of this incredible journey in Spain. I can’t quite wrap my head around the prospect of home and all that it entails. One one hand, I am so, so excited to get back to everything and everyone that I love and miss–I feel like I could cry at once again owning my own car and having the independence to go anywhere I please. I can’t wait…

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Cape Town, South Africa Video

Cape Town, South Africa Video

If you need a refresher of our 4-day Cape Town extravaganza, here is the first recap and here is the second recap. We had a wonderful time overall in Cape Town and would go back in an instant. Here is the video of our trip! Cape Town, South Africa from Mandy Weger on Vimeo. Today, we’re leaving for Ireland and it couldn’t come at a better time. We’ve had a ton of issues with our house here in Spain, the…

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South African Safari: The Video

South African Safari: The Video

So you guys already saw the lion kill video from our time on safari, but that’s not all we saw! We saw some truly incredible, amazing animals and it’s still my favorite trip that we’ve taken. Everything was so unbelievable. We got so close to animals that I have only seen in zoos and it is a much different feeling when you know that the animals are wild and the car you’re sitting in is nothing but an inconvenient tissue for them…

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Living it up

Living it up

With the final time that we have here, I’ve been so busy living it up that my poor blog has been suffering!! Here’s an update of all that happened: My cousin Rachel came to visit us for three weeks. Here in Galicia, we went to Coruña, Lugo, Santiago and Pontedeume. We stopped in Porto, Portugal as well so Rachel could taste some Port wines. We also went to Girona and Barcelona for a week. We got Rachel to try an…

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Running Out of Time

Running Out of Time

Well folks, we’ve known for quite some time that it was likely, but now we know for sure: our time here in Spain will be cut short. We were supposed to be here for a year, but unfortunately it just didn’t work out that way and our final date here will be July 31st. That’s only about 9.5 months abroad!! I feel like it’s been much too short and I’m very very sad that I will have to leave Spain…

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Mom & Dad’s Visit to Spain

Mom & Dad’s Visit to Spain

Apologies for my absence last week, but I had a good reason! My parents came to town!! We were so busy bouncing around and showing them everything we could that I just didn’t have a lot of time to sit down and write. I have my latest video here to recap Mom & Dad’s visit! Today, my younger cousin is coming to town and she’ll be with us for a longer stay–nearly 2 weeks with us here at our house,…

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The Real Safari Experience: The Hardest Thing to Watch

The Real Safari Experience: The Hardest Thing to Watch

Warning: The following video and photos contain extremely graphic content. This is nature at its most violent and cruel. I went in to our South African safari with the hope that I would see some truly fantastic animals at close range to observe them in their natural state. We had a wish-list of things to see, and over the course of 7 days on safari, we checked off nearly everything. Most memorable, most haunting, most life-changing was when we checked…

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Cape Town, Day Two: Ken Forrester, 96 Winery Road, Rust en Vrede Wine Tasting, Mama Africa

Cape Town, Day Two: Ken Forrester, 96 Winery Road, Rust en Vrede Wine Tasting, Mama Africa

Day two, we had some wine tastings scheduled. We started the day at Ken Forrester’s winery, which as I mentioned we had tried his wines in Philadelphia at Tria a few years ago. It was quite a way to start the day at 11 o’clock! We saw Ken, but as he seemed to be tied up in a meeting of some sort, we didn’t want to disturb him so we just enjoyed the wine and the weather. Since fall is…

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