This is the second instalment in my essay series written while in Europe this summer.
The first instalment of 3 travel essays written during my stay in Europe this summer.
Two months ago I was in Europe. A small group including myself went to Slovakia to teach at an English camp for a week then toured around the area and visited Budapest for a few days after that. I had a blast! Teaching was super fun and exhausting and rewarding and exploring new places was equally so.
This week i’m off to Colorado with D and good friends and i’m super excited! I’ve never seen The Rocky Mountains up close so that is going to be amazing as well as traveling through beautiful, rugged, landscapes, trying the food culture in Denver, and just enjoying being somewhere new (because we all need that once in a while!)
I’m also excited because I get to pack.
Over the weekend I did that thing you do when the weather gets cooler; I went out into nature.
The nice thing about living in a border city is that you can make any day into an adventure! Not even 15 minutes from where I live I can head over to Detroit and spend the day exploring, getting that big-city feel for 1/3 of the price.
The last last time I flew, I packed a small bag of toiletries with me. It was heavy, bulky, took up space in my backpack and really- if i’m flying for 8 hours why do I need to bring half my bathroom vanity with my in my carry-on? I vowed never to do that again. It was such a pain.
This this time flying, I decided to try and bring only one beauty-related product with me (not including lip balm) to use inflight, one that would moisturize and perk up my tired, dull, airplane skin*: Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask.
It’s a clear gel-cream face mask/night cream that smells like delicious apricots and really moisturizes skin. About half an hour into flying I slipped to the bathroom and applied it to my face and since it’s clear, no one knew I had anything on my face! I was having a facial in secret! I had a small bottle left from Christmas and it was the perfect size to slip into the wristlet I keep in my backpack.
This little product is compact, doesn’t take up space and works wonderfully.A little goes a long way too so you have quite a bit left for a while. I will always bring this mini magic potion with me when I travel.
*I have normal/dry skin in general. If you have oily skin, this mask might be too moisturizing for you. But you never know!
On a whim, a friend and I drove up to Toronto. It was very spur of the moment, like throw-some-things-in-a-bag-and-go;I didn’t have time to even format memory cards for my camera! So I grabbed an old 4gb card and decided I would try something new: