The Maldives: Paradise is Waiting

Have you ever had a love-hate relationship with something? Maybe you love your new haircut, but you hate all the maintenance required to keep it looking like it did when you walked out of the salon. Or maybe you love cooking, but you hate that it takes one hour to cook something devoured in five … Continue reading The Maldives: Paradise is Waiting

Under the Sea in the Maldives

Jordan and I spent the majority of our trip in the Maldives under the sea. Each day we found ourselves exploring the teal waters of the Indian Ocean through snorkeling or scuba diving. We even woke up at 5:00 am one morning to do a sunrise dive, and we are not morning people! As Disney's … Continue reading Under the Sea in the Maldives

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Shanes! We are wrapping up our week in the Maldivian sun and will return to France to ring in the New Year. We hope everyone got to spend time with family, whether in person or virtually. Here’s to hoping 2021 will bring more time with friends and … Continue reading Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dreaming of a White Christmas Vacation

Our Christmas vacation has officially commenced! We decided not to go home this year but knew we wanted to get out of Lyon. Initially, our plan was a white Christmas ski vacation, but France and a few other countries kept resorts closed until after the new year. Our next option was to go back to … Continue reading Dreaming of a White Christmas Vacation

Fondue for Two: Our Spontaneous Switzerland Trip

If you look up the definition of a trip planner in the dictionary, you'll see Jordan's picture next to it. We are textbook planners, sometimes planning our longer trips down to the hour. But COVID has brought out a sort of whimsy in both of us. We don't have the luxury to plan in advance … Continue reading Fondue for Two: Our Spontaneous Switzerland Trip

Venice of the Alps

We are becoming quite the weekend warriors. Some locals have told us we will know France better than they do by the end of our expat journey. On Fridays, after Jordan finishes work, we depart for our next destination. With the new curfew in Lyon starting that weekend, it made the decision easy to leave. … Continue reading Venice of the Alps

Chasing After Fall Foliage

I don't know about you, but Fall is my favorite time of year. Cold nights and crisp air start to fill the air. Oversized sweaters come out from the back of the closet. Warm blankets now have a permanent place on our couch. Trees begin to change from green to vibrant shades of orange and … Continue reading Chasing After Fall Foliage

The Fjords of Western Norway

Today's blog will focus on the second half of our Norway trip through the fjords of western Norway. Warning: this is a long post. Make sure to get comfy before you read it! The second half of our Norway vacation started as we flew from Tromso to Oslo. We had planned nine days to explore … Continue reading The Fjords of Western Norway

The Mythical Moose of Norway and Other Creatures

When traveling in a new country, we are always hyper-aware of the road signs and rules. But we started to see the same signs over and over on our trip. Everywhere we looked, there were road signs warning drivers of animals potentially in the road. But these weren’t general awareness signs; they were highly specific. … Continue reading The Mythical Moose of Norway and Other Creatures

Traveling In a Pandemic

After an amazing 16 days, our trip to Norway has come to an end. We enjoyed trading our tank tops and shorts for cooler weather that required down jackets and gloves. In the past two weeks on our trip, we have experienced the following while traveling during a pandemic: fifteen different hotels, seven flights, six … Continue reading Traveling In a Pandemic