Rhode Island

Newport, RI

Newport, Rhode Island was one of the first trips that Kayla and I took while on the East Coast and we loved it so much that we decided to swing back up when our friends Janel and Kyle were in town.

We ended up enjoying Newport much more than we had ever imagined. It was covered in fog during our first trip, but that only seemed to add to the awe and spectacle of this little coastal town.

Newport is known as the sailing capital of the world for good reason.  The harbor was dotted with boats ranging from small, one-person sail-boats to America’s Cup racing vessels. The community around the sport bleeds into all the small shops and restaurants as well, which provides a truly unique experience.

During our second trip up to Newport, we made sure to get the full experience and head out on an evening sail. Accompanied by our amazing friends, a little champagne and some good wind, we set out for a chilly sail around the harbor and got a good sense of how deep the sailing history extends in this little coastal town. Without hesitation, I also volunteered to raise a sail, which was probably why we had such a perfect time on the water…

Another attraction to Newport is the large amount of mansions that live within it’s city limits. As early New Yorkers began to amass their wealth, they decided to spend their summers in Newport, where it began to be the “it” place for anyone who wanted to show off their wealth and power. With that, began an era of building huge, intricate and embellished mansions and houses that are now on display for visitors. Kayla and I toured the Breakers and got a good education about what life was like back in that era and a new appreciation for the city and it’s great history.

Outside of the rich history and culture, Newport is simply a nice break from the action of the urban city and filled with it’s own character and charm. From the seafood restaurants to the shops along the harbor, it seems to have it’s own unique charm that is unmistakably “Newport”.

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Maine

Mainely Awesome

Getting a four day stretch of work off has been a rarity for Kayla during this assignment, so we decided to cross a major trip off of our east coast bucket list and headed northeast to Maine.

Not knowing anything besides it being a lobster-lover’s heaven on earth, we didn’t know what to expect.

Somehow our string of good luck was still going strong and we were able to snag an AirBnb on one of hundreds of bays and channels that make up Maine’s coastline.

We stopped quickly for dinner in Portland, ME and then headed up to the tiny town of Freeport.

The weather was absolutely perfect which allowed us to get out for a hike and a memorable canoe trip on the bay.

We ventured into Freeport a couple of times where we wandered around the outlet shops and most importantly, the original L.L. Bean store. Throughout the whole area, it is apparent that L.L. Bean has been a cornerstone for the community and inspires a great deal of attention and visitors to the city.

Following a suggestion from our hosts, we headed into Brunswick, ME for dinner and gelato, only to again be put in awe over the incredible small towns and communities along Maine’s coast.

We stayed for two nights in the AirBnb and then a third night we camped further east on Sagadahoc Bay where we got our fix of campfires and lobster directly from the boat.

For us, this was one of the few times in the past year that we have been able to get away from the sights, sounds and smells of the city. That reason alone made this trip something to look forward to, but after exploring the area and meeting some remarkable people, it was hard to leave.

 

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Boston

Boston

If you are going to live in New England for three months, it would be a sin to not visit Boston at least once. With that in mind, we drove the two and a half hour trip up to “Beantown”, and wished we could have stayed for years.

Around New Haven, it’s a bit of a touchy subject when asking a preference between Boston and New York City. People seem to have their biases and for good reason. After our experience, it’s really hard to pick a favorite, but the smaller population, rich history, brownstone buildings and Fenway Park make it nearly impossible to not call Boston the clear winner.

We ended up loving Boston. Big time.

Last minute planning scored us a good hotel deal near Newbury Street and prime location to both Fenway Park and the Boston Common.

Our first night we simply walked around aimlessly, gawking at the incredible New England style, Brownstown apartments and imagining what our daily life could look like if we lived here.

Embracing the “local” spirit, we ventured into a little bar where everyone seemed to know our name and grabbed a couple of beers allegedly brewed by one of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence. “When in Rome” right?

The next day we ran around Boston, following the Freedom Trail up to Bunker Hill. It’s hard not to feel a certain spirit in the air when you are literally walking around the birthplace of America. It was an inspiring day.

Before we left, we caught a game at Fenway. Obviously this is the modern day heart of the city, so we’d be foolish not to experience it. We opted for the cheapest seats possible and unfortunately didn’t bring the Red Sox much luck, as they were clobbered by the Blue Jays. Nonetheless it was great to see the “Green Monster” first hand and to witness a game in the oldest major league park in America.

Of all the places we’ve visited, few have come close to the connection we made with Boston. We’ll be back.

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New Haven

Welcome to New Haven

After three months in California, some time off spent with family & friends, and a cross-country road trip from west to east, we have finally made it to our second location!

Along the final leg of our drive, we made a stop in Cleveland, OH where we got a solid night of sleep and a little rock and roll history. All in all, we made it from St. Louis to New Haven in two days.

New Haven, Connecticut is probably most famously known as the home of Yale University and here I will be working at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The city itself has a lot of East Coast charm and good food, especially “apizza” (as it is famously called here).

Here, we got pretty lucky and set up our own housing as opposed to taking the housing that my company would have provided. For the next three months we are subleasing an apartment in a really neat part of the city. There are farmers markets every Saturday in the park nearby and its an easy walk to all parts of the city! We were warmly welcomed by an array of cherry blossoms and flowers sprouting everywhere.

One huge draw to this location and the east coast in general is how close we are to so many potential trips and getaways. We’ll likely be partaking in our fair share of adventures in the next few months and are excited to see parts of the country that we never imagined visiting.

Below are some photos we took in our first few days in New Haven!

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Fresno

Adios Fresno!

Well… we’re back on the road. After three months in Central California, we’re ready for the next adventure!

Our time here wasn’t always easy, but we experienced A LOT in three months and would not trade that experience and the amount of knowledge and clarity that we gained, for anything.

Being our first travel assignment, we were both getting used to what life in temporary locations feels like. A new hospital with new procedures and problems allowed Kayla to learn and also to understand what it REALLY means to be a travel nurse in a new hospital. For me, I learned that organization and a good coffee shop are crucial to my success as a freelancer. Being able to set your own schedule and work where you want to have been incredible, but not without it’s fair share of stress and issues to overcome.

When we look back to this first assignment, we will undoubtedly realize how much we learned about ourselves as a couple and ultimately what it means to ONLY have each other to rely on. This will always be remembered as a place where we both grew closer and gained more clarity on what we want our future to look like.

The next month will be a little crazy for us as we slowly make our way to the next assignment in New Haven, CT. We’ll spend some time with family in St. Louis and Minneapolis along the way and we look forward to a trip down to Cancun with some incredible friends as well!

Below is a small glimpse of the area immediately outside of Fresno. Stricken with drought and full of mega-farms, the area has a very unique and desolate vibe.

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