Posts Tagged ‘wanderlust’

Catalina In Progress

Posted by melissa kandel on September 5, 2017 in travel | 2 Comments

Currently making my way through Catalina Island, navigating the unexpected crowds, eating too-salty halibut, experiencing vistas of aquamarine waters broken by small pebbles along the shore. The beaches, as I’ve seen them, are small slivers of sand, hardly wide enough for lounging but people here seem to do it anyway, packed in like sardines broiling […]

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Unexpected (and Totally Doable) Adventures for Labor Day Weekend

Posted by melissa kandel on September 1, 2017 in things to do | No Comments

If you don’t have some blowout trip planned, three-day weekends can often feel like one of those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. Turn to page six to go to the gym! Turn to page eighteen to get all your laundry done! Turn to page forty seven for a bottomless mimosa brunch with your booziest buddies!  (Editor’s Note: […]

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Newport Beach Like a Local

Posted by melissa kandel on August 27, 2017 in Newport Beach | No Comments

I’m not from Southern California. I can’t drop the word “stoked” into casual conversation or explain where the confusing web of freeways might get you if you took the 10 to the 91 to the 73. (Can someone just name these roads and be done with it?) Truth is, I’m just a girl from New York […]

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A Travel Blogger on Love & Life Beyond the Cubicle

Posted by melissa kandel on August 9, 2017 in Interview, romance, travel | 9 Comments

Ah the open road, the snaking mountain pass, the cloud-dappled blue sky as gleaned from an airplane window. Sights and sounds familiar to some, feared by others, craved by the providential, perpetually windblown few who have committed their lives to travel.  Emilie Drishinski is one such full-time adventure blogger, an avid student of the world and all […]

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Vans U.S. Open Day 6: Final Four Locked In & Ready

The waves tempered off as morning turned to afternoon in Huntington Beach but a three-to-five foot swell was enough for Vans U.S. Open of Surfing competitors to find their rhythm in the water. 

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Pelican Hill on a Summer Sunday

Posted by melissa kandel on July 26, 2017 in Newport Beach, Personal, summer | 2 Comments

Ten minutes deep into a Phantom of the Opera-inspired uphill climb on the elliptical, my phone rings. Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t have answered but the gym was empty and something about seeing the incoming call flash across my screen just as “Angel of Music” was reaching its soaring crescendo gave me pause. “Hello?” “Hey, what […]

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Here’s to Those Who Wander

Posted by melissa kandel on July 8, 2017 in Interview, travel | No Comments

“Not all those who wander are lost,” has become something of an overused axiom haphazardly slapped across Instagram memes and Twitter profiles, deployed by some as an excuse to pursue absentmindedness and misdirection. For others, the phrase— plucked from J.R.R. Tolkien’s famed The Lord of the Rings poem, “All That is Gold Does not Glitter”—is a […]

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Good Vibes Monday: Because Positivity Rules

Posted by melissa kandel on May 16, 2017 in good vibes, Personal | 4 Comments

Each weekday morning I follow pretty much the same routine: Wake up around 6:30, make coffee, add goat’s milk (don’t ask), eat breakfast, put on pants and walk my little dog, Austin, along the shoreline of a mostly empty Newport Beach. I live about three houses from the sand, on a street that flits with […]

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Annalee

Posted by melissa kandel on March 28, 2017 in creativity, Fiction | 4 Comments

Annalee was her name. I say was because she’s no longer with us but you should know she was my Aunt Annalee and she was forever saying strange things to me like, “You’ll never understand what’s sitting inside or outside the ocean, so the best you can do is try.” “Yes, Aunt Annalee,” I’d reply, […]

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Sedona: Thoughts from a Cranky Traveler

Posted by melissa kandel on March 24, 2017 in travel | 4 Comments

By Melissa Kandel Travel, as the act of going from one place to another, is said not to be about reaching a particular destination but instead, about discovering a whole new state of mind. Or so I read on a bottle of that weird fizzy tea. I began my road trip to Sedona, AZ with […]

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