"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild & precious life?" -Mary Oliver

This quote is my life motto and a question that has impacted many decisions I've made. You see, a huge part of my outlook stems from my love of traveling...which is why I think it’s appropriate that my nickname (Tori) in its Japanese translation means “bird.” I consider myself quite lucky in the experiences I’ve had and believe this world is worthy of our time and enjoyment. Below you'll find a few of my favorite highlights from some of the places I’ve visited:

Exploring an ice cave outside St. Johann
Touring a salt mine in Salzburg

Water sliding at the Atlantis Resport
Snorkeling in Nassau

Beer tasting in Bruges
Eating mussels & waffles in Brussels

Overlooking Toronto atop the CN Tower
Playing in Niagara Falls

{Cayman Islands - Grand Cayman}
Visiting a sea turtle farm
Swimming with stingrays

{Czech Republic}
Watching the oldest Astronomical Clock at work
Writing on the Lennon Wall in Prague

Visiting Shakespeare’s home in Stratford-Upon-Avon
Touring the Tower of London
Shopping in Brighton

Reaching the top of the Eiffel Tower
Walking along the beaches of Normandy
Spending a night on Mont Saint-Michel
Swimming in the Mediterranean waters of Nice

Attending the World’s Fair 2000 in Hanover
Seeing  the “Passion Play” in Oberammergau

Relaxing in the thermal baths in Buda
Wandering around Castle District in Pest

Touring the Guinness Factory in Dublin
Kissing the Blarney Stone outside of Cork
Staying in a castle in Kilkenny

Going on a gondola ride in Venice
Exploring the Piazza Michelangelo in Florence
Seeing the Colosseum in Rome
Boating along the Amalfi Coast

Volunteering at the Casa Hogar in Acapulco
Sprinting to the airport in Mexico City

Exploring Vondelpark in Amsterdam
Enjoying dinner on the beach at Zandvoort

Walking through Bratislava's Old Town
Overlooking the capital from atop Castle Hill

Seeing a Flamenco show in Seville
Touring the Alhambra in Granada
Partaking in all things Gaudi in Barcelona

{United States}
AZ: Exploring the Grand Canyon
CA: Wine tasting in Santa Barbara, whale watching in San Diego and biking across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
CO: Going to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
CT: Seeing Elton John for the first time
DC: Witnessing a presidential inauguration, reaching the top of the Washington Monument and working next to the White House
DE: Visiting Rehobeth Beach
FL: Watching a space shuttle take off
GA: Alligator spotting
IL: Overlooking Chicago from the Skydeck Ledge
LA: Celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans
MA: Shopping on Newbury Street in Boston
MD: Enjoying the cities, beaches and mountains of my home state
ME: Hiking & swimming in Waterford
NC: Playing in Atlantic Beach
NV: Gallivanting on the Las Vegas Strip
NJ: I don't have to pump my own gas?
NY: Reaching the top of the Statue of Liberty
NM: Venturing through a canyon on horseback
OH: Riding the tallest roller coaster at Cedar Point
OK: Experiencing a blizzard mid-Spring
PA: Going on a hot air balloon ride
RI: Driving through an entire state in less than an hour
SC: Relaxing at Myrtle Beach
SD: Visiting Mount Rushmore
TN Dancing to live music in Nashville
VA: Enjoying one of my favorite places - Old Town Alexandria
WV: Hiking & tubing in Harpers Ferry

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