When you travel with your sister

When you travel with your sister, you argue, you make up, and you come back stronger than ever.

I couldn’t imagine a better travel buddy than my sister. Although, I’m still surprised by how well we travel together. With two years between us, my sister and I have always been pretty close. Growing up, I would follow her every move, trying to be just like her — I can distinctively remember her rolling her eyes when I tried to convince her to wear a matching outfit. She has always been there for me, teaching me the ways of middle and high school, taking the brunt of responsibility, and being the person I could run to when things went wrong. Despite our different personalities, we are always there for each other.
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Our personalities perfectly balance out each other. She is a planner. She likes to know what time we’re leaving, where we’re going, how we’re getting there. I’m more impulsive. I see something interesting and its all I can keep my mind on, I just want to go… do. She is organized, and has all of our travel details written down, always available. I’m easy going and will go along with any plans that are made. I calm her down when we’re running a bit late, and she always knows what to say to cheer me up.

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We share an appreciation of experiencing a city like a local, and would rather get a coffee in a local cafe than get sucked into all of the tourist traps of a particular location. We know what each other like, and make sure that we both get what we want out of our trip. I know that she collects shot glasses, and I collect playing cards, and we have both accepted the fact that we will not leave a country until we have added to our collections.

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After traveling for two summers with my sister, I can say that we have never been closer. I understand and appreciate her more deeply that I ever have. I’ve learned to love all of the little things that used to annoy me, like how she hates going into grocery stores alone, or how silly and touchy-feely she gets with a few drinks in her. Together we’ve learned how to navigate in foreign countries, tried all sorts of local cuisine, and seen some incredible sights. These experiences, both good and bad, have pushed us together as we learned and figured things out with each other.

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Together we are a stronger travel team, and I’m so glad that I have her by my side, whether we’re rushing to catch a connecting flight, exploring a city for the first time, or shopping at the Albert Heijn in Boxtel. When you travel with your sister, you are reminded just how much you love her.

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A Letter To My Best Friend

I know that this is a little bit of a late post. I spent the majority of my day with my best friend, enjoying Valentines Day the way us single folk do: watching How To Be Single. (very funny movie for any of you who haven’t seen it yet)

Anyway, I wanted to dedicate this post to best friend because he puts up with me through everything. And driving home in the snowy weather really made me realize how much I love him.

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Dear bestie,

On this wondrous day in February most people express their love to their significant other. But I want to tell you, my best friend, how much I cherish you and our friendship. You are my rock, and my backbone, and my better half. You are always there for me, and I could not be more grateful. We have been through the rough and smooth stages of our lives together. You are so much more than a best friend.

Thank you for the endless memories. For the baking disasters and triumphs. For movie nights and Snapchat wars. For midnight hikes and snowy adventures. For personal dance performances, and practicing lines. For thousands of laughs and millions of smiles. For the advice, for the honesty, and for the love. I can’t imagine life today without you by my side.

More than anything, I want you to know that I love you. To the moon and back, I love you. You are the family that I got to choose, and the person I go to when I have nowhere else to turn. I know that you’ll always be there, whether we saw each other yesterday or six months ago. You have played a great part in my life this far, and I see so much of you in the person I have become. I am so grateful to have such an amazing human being in my life.

I love you with all the love in my heart,

Your bestie

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