• Rach and Laur Explore
    In our experience telling family and friends about our adventure, their first question is often "why?" That question inspired us to write this blog post detailing why each of us are pursuing this adventure! The Germans have a knack for creating words that describe feelings I previously thought indefinable. These visceral words allowed me to hone in on a specific, seemingly intangible emotion, and for it to become something of a mantra. For me, this Read More


  • Kristen Hansen

    Wow. Just reading your explanations made me cry. That you have this opportunity and are making it happen is so fantastically wonderful. Good for you both! I wish you all the best on your adventure. 😍

    • Rach and Laur Explore

      Thank you Kristen! It’s been a long time coming and I’m so grateful to be in a position where we could make this happen for ourselves. It feels surreal to finally actually do it after so much anticipation!!

    • Mindy Levin Lee

      Lauren, I am so proud of you! I told you a long time ago, in a kitchen in the far away land of Chicago, that if you wanted something bad enough, you would make it happen….and you have. I wish you and Rachel safe, happy, healthy travels. I will look forward to reading your blogs. I will be traveling, vicariously, through your entries. You know that I love you and it was my pleasure to have you living in my basement!!!

  • Uncle Gray Gray

    Hey Blondie Blonde! Just read your blog, while drinking my morning Starbucks (not quite the same quality of European coffee that you are drinking), and I am delighted for you and Lauren to travel the world this year. It warms my heart that you will be in my ancestral homeland of Italy and also in Switzerland where we previously traveled together. Please do travel safely and enjoy your year abroad. I am looking forward to seeing many photos of your adventure!
    Uncle Gray Gray

    • Rach and Laur Explore

      Greetings from Berlin Uncle Gray Gray! Thanks for your heartfelt message. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been up to. I will be thinking about you and Aunt Renée a lot on Switzerland and Italy. Ciao!

      ~ Blondie Blonde

  • Heather Freeman

    This is fantastic! I am so proud of you and Lauren to finally follow your dreams! What a wonderful journey. I can’t wait to learn about your experiences. Have fun and Be SAFE:). Love Aunt Heather

  • George Freeman

    Rachel and Lauren. Are you sure you don’t want a personal physician traveling with you. I’m small and I’m quiet and I fit nicely in a backpack. Please contact me if I can help in any way. You are doing the kind of stuff I wish I’d done!

    Luv ya Uncle George

    • Rach and Laur Explore

      I’m sure a personal traveling physician would come in handy more than a few times in the coming months… We are running low on backpack space, but we can maybe manage to try and squeeze you in too! Love you lots!

    • Rach and Laur Explore

      Thank you so much, Angela! We will definitely keep you posted on our whereabouts. Hopefully we can meet up!

  • Jana

    Your mom just told me about this today! Good for you Rachel! Sometimes the best thing we can do is follow our hearts and have no regrets. Can’t wait to read more!

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