Koopa the Traveling Pet Budgie. | My Meena Life

Koopa the Traveling Pet Budgie.

Allow me to introduce Koopa, my four year old pet budgie, emotional service animal, and pint sized travel companion.  He’s named after Koopa Troopa, a turtle-like character from the Super Mario series.  His favorite foods are corn and applesauce.  He can talk a little bit, and really enjoys saying “baby bird” and “pew pew pew”. […]

Tips for Cooking with Chronic Pain and Illness. | Photo by Nicole via Flickr.

Tips for Cooking with Chronic Pain.

One of the most difficult things about living with chronic pain and illness is that life must go on no matter how terrible you feel.  We must eat, drink, and have shelter – these things are fundamental requirements for living.  (Along with coffee, yes?)  Yet, those of us that are chronically ill know that cooking with […]

What you should know before visiting Clingmans Dome and observation tower in North Carolina.

Visiting Clingmans Dome in North Carolina.

Clingmans Dome is a distinctive mountain located on the state line ridge of North Carolina and Tennessee.  It’s a popular destination as it is the most accessible mountain top in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP).  Visitors can drive to the parking area near the top of the mountain and then hike a paved […]

Going Grocery Shopping in Germany – 20 ways it’s different compared to grocery shopping in the USA.

Grocery Shopping in Germany (Compared to the USA).

Going grocery shopping in Germany has always been a stressful event for me.  On my first visit to Kaufland, a few days after moving to Germany, I unintentionally made a cashier very angry because I didn’t weigh my bananas before checking out.  Even after living in Germany for 13 months, it seemed like I always managed to do […]

10 Reasons Why Sweden Felt Like Home. | Photo by Hans-Olof Utsi, Image Bank Sweden.

Why Sweden Felt Like Home.

I realized that Sweden felt like home only a few hours into my trip.  I was actually rather startled to discover that Sweden was so similar to the USA, although the comparison was likely exaggerated because I had been living in Germany for a year.  Experiencing Sweden – the people, the culture, the food – was […]

Visiting PortAventura Theme Park in Tarragona, Spain.

Visiting PortAventura Theme Park in Tarragona, Spain.

PortAventura World is an entertainment resort located along the eastern coast of Spain next to the Balearic Sea.  In fact, you can see the blue water from many rides.  The resort is comprised of five hotels, two golf courses, and three parks: PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park, Ferrari Land (opening April 2017), and PortAventura Park (which […]

A Lovely Blog Award + More of My Favorite Bloggers. | Background by Mypik.

A Lovely Blog Award + More of My Favorite Bloggers.

I am delighted that Rhiann from My Brain Lesion and Me found my blog worthy of A Lovely Blog Award.  Rhiann is a fellow chronic illness blogger from the UK who lives with a neurological condition.  I’ve found her blog to be very relatable and also lovely.  One of my favorite posts by her is 2017: A […]

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