Soaking up Sun in Miami

For the past week and a half, we have been in Miami, Florida, and I have acquired many new freckles! This place has definitely earned a special place in my heart. With all the great food, art, and scenic views, it has blown me away.

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(Nicaraguan food from Fritanga Monimbo)

Tom warned me about how delicious the food down here was, but I truly had no idea. Cuban and Nicaraguan food have become new favorites of mine (any style of food that has fried cheese as a dish, is beautiful to me.) I didn’t realize how much my home town was lacking in the way of hispanic foods. Also, I’ve never seen so many places with fried plantains in my entire life. Back in Nashville, Pollo Tropical is the only place I knew that had them, but here in Miami, they’re everywhere! If you haven’t tried them, you should give them (in all their sweet deliciousness) a shot. You’ll see why everywhere here has them! Also, Colada is liquid life. Words cannot express how much I have fallen for this incredible espresso. It is as bold as it is sweet. A couple of little shots of it is all you need to pep you up mid-day or after a meal. I already know that once I leave Miami, Colada is going to be one of the first things I miss.

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(Colada a.k.a. Cuban Crack)

If you ever go to Miami, you most definitely have to walk around the Wynwood Arts District. Beautiful art covers almost all of the buildings. Being there felt like a little slice of Wonderland.

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I met a poet who had a typewriter set up at a Wood Tavern (a bar in Wynwood) who would write you a poem for donation. All you had to do was pic a name and 3 other words, and he began to quickly type away. He is the Biscayne Poet.

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And let’s not forget the beach! I got to experience Miami’s Southbeach for the very first time and I loved it! We went on a Monday afternoon, so it wasn’t completely packed with people. There’s nothing like letting the ocean carry you. So much beauty, power, peace, and pure energy, I happily soaked in all of it.

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I’m fortunate to have Tom here to guide me through all of this, because, unfortunately, I do not know Spanish. I have heard much more Spanish here than English. So for any of you who are thinking of visiting down here, you may want to brush up on a few of the basics to help get you around.

So despite being the worst traffic and most terrifying driving I’ve ever seen (I literally watched a guy stopped at a red light just randomly decide to drive through the intersection apparently not caring at all about the light), I still have adored being in this city! I greatly look forward to spending more time here in the future.

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Week 2 of Our Adventures

(Written April 13th, 2016)

This past week, Tom and I have spent time in Georgia and Florida (with some driving through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.) We played a hardcore show in Marietta, GA. That was quite an interesting experience. As you can imagine, our indie rock/pop sound was a bit different from the other bands that night, but it was still a fun show. There was a bit of frustration with the venue and the negative attitude of the other bands, but it was only a tiny bump in the road that night. What was truly fantastic was seeing that goodness was just around the corner for us! We didn’t get paid at the venue, but on our last night in GA, we played outside of Copper Coin Coffee (their caramel bianca was delicious) in Woodstock, GA for an hour or so and made more than double than what we would have made at the venue! It seems that as long as we stay positive and loving, we will be taken care of.

We also got to spend a little time at the Dogwood Festival in Atlanta and we loved it! I wish we could have been there longer!

After Georgia, we made our way down to Florida! We were lucky enough to have a fantastic hostess that showed us around Jacksonville. We ate some delicious tacos and a phenomenal dulce de leche milkshake at Corner Taco. Then we walked down to Memorial Park by Saint John river. It was gorgeous! There’s nothing like taking in local nature. I’ve been enjoying taking note of the differences in nature in the different states we’ve been to so far. I can’t wait until we’ve been all over the U.S.!

Last night we played at a place called Jack Rabbit in Jacksonville, FL and had an absolutely fantastic time! We played with a band named, Dovetonsil who were incredible! They were unique and fascinating to watch! They also were all really wonderful people. We hope to play with them again when we come back through Jacksonville! IMG_1707

NOLA day 5

So after spending a few days in New Orleans, we’ve learned something. Driving in NOLA is not for the faint of heart. The combination of bumpy roads, closed roads, construction, detours, and wrecks can make one seriously frustrated. Thankfully, Tom’s Miami driving skills are helping us survive! IMG_7115

The good news is, when you get to where you’re going, you feel like it was worth the stress. We very much enjoyed our picnic at City Park with our Po Boys! We both meditated in our own ways (me with tarot and Tom with his nunchucks) and enjoyed the fresh air.

One exciting part of our day today was obtaining some great travel backpacks! Compartments everywhere! We also got some bins for the car as well. Organization is proving to be key in this life and we are excited to have some great tools to help us!!

A Whole New World!

We are now a few days into this new life, and I have never been happier! I cannot begin to express how much love we have already experienced. We played our first show on the Positive Energy World Tour in Birmingham, Alabama at The Syndicate Lounge with Tom’s long time friend, Patrick (Judge Lane.) It was a super fun show and it was great to make such rad new friends! I honestly didn’t expect to have such a blast in Birmingham. I definitely look forward to going back!

From there, we made our way down to beautifully colorful city of New Orleans! We decided that this first week of the tour was going to be a vacation for us. So we have been having a ball just walking around the city enjoying all of the sights, sounds, and yummy tastes! And it has been awesome getting stay with one of Tom’s very best friends, who is overflowing with life. We’ve already gotten a lot of inspiration from this place, and I can’t wait for you all to see the video that we will be putting out this coming Wednesday!

Also, we played a great show in Lake Charles, LA at My Place with Wolfman Wonders! Seriously, those guys blew my mind! I can’t wait for them to put out an album! We also were blown away by the continuing love and support we have been encountering everywhere we go. It’s truly incredible. We are discovering that if we put out love and joy, that it comes back to us. I can’t wait to see all the other beautiful things to come on this journey!

Here’s a little video with bits of our Birmingham adventure!

Leaving Nashville

Before beginning our new nomadic life, there was a lot that we had to do. We officially quit our jobs last month, so we could devote all our time to getting this life started. We began doing some conversions on our vehicle, so we could more easily live out of it. Also, we began the process of getting rid of a lot of our belongings and deciding what would we would keep with us. This was a very eye-opening experience. I didn’t realize just how many material possessions I truly had, and how little of it I truly need. The life we are embarking on is a simple one, and the simplicity feels so freeing.

We also finished our album, We Create Our Maps, We Create Our Treasures, and had a fantastic album release/ bon voyage show at Phat Bites Deli. It was wonderful to mark the beginning  of our new chapter in life with so many of our friends and family. We were amazed by all of the love and positivity that filled that night.

After that, we had to start saying “see you later” to all of our Nashville friends and family. Leaving was such a bittersweet experience. As absolutely thrilled as we were to get this new chapter started, leaving the ones we love so dearly was not easy. We are so blessed to have such loving people in our lives that have been cheering us on since day 1. We are also thankful that we didn’t have to truly say “goodbye,” because we already have dates set for our first visit back!