About Amanda

Amanda-Carnagie-travel-bloggerMy name is Amanda. My religion is awe & wonder. My house of worship is our marvelous Earth. I established this blog to communicate with my family during my 5-week European Adventure, as I struggled with wifi access and iPhone autocorrect challenges. The posts were often a quick, “Hey! I’m alive! Just saw Eiffel Tower! Cool!” Now I’m working to expand what I began.  I’m new to travel blogging – comments, critique, and community are welcome.

A Love for Travel. Traveling is like stepping into infinity. You become a speck of a place that has seemingly lasted forever. It’s larger than humanity, but your presence is embraced into its significance. The same sea has lapped the shore for millennia. Thousands of eyes have gazed upon that blue horizon. Yet paradoxically, as infinite as they seem, places have a fragility. Places become victims of human irresponsibility, ravaged by commercialization, changed by history, or decomposed by nature. I desire nothing more than to experience as much of the world and its places, people, and activities while they last. Traveling awakens my mind, energizes my being.

A Love for Writing. As a child, I expressed stories in drawings. Once I learned to write, I was hooked. When I read The Diary of Anne Frank, writing revealed its depth & strength & immortality. Writing translated into preservation of the soul. To write is my fondest form of human expression.

Amanda on Bike in Amsterdam

A Union of Love. Cue blogging. Where my dream of travel and passion for writing met, married, and are on their way to live happily ever after. The matrimony of my 2 loves is propelling me to develop this blog. It feels synergistic. Blogging transcends creative expression: it’s sharing, growing, and belonging. I can only hope that in divulging my experiences, others will be inspired to somersault into the world and write their hearts too.

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49 thoughts on “About Amanda

  1. Today is the 9th of June and I just now opened the heading “about”…I now know how you came up with “unresting sea” …. what a wonderful way to look at your future…love you :)

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  2. Amanda, this is awesome! I LOVE craft beer, and guess what? I am a marketing coordinator for a craft brewery in Minnesota–this looks like an absolute blast! Michigan has some excellent craft breweries. What’s better then bears and beers? I’ll tell you what, NOTHING! :)

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  3. Greetings Amanda. Thanks for the ‘like’ on my post. I read
    many of your posts and found Amanda Who? to represent you extremely
    well. I particularly enjoyed the way you put together the paragraph
    entitled, A Love For Travel. I, too, love to travel, write,
    photograph and learn, but even if I didn’t your description made
    this adventure exciting. So, well done! Also, while I’m at it, I
    simply want to say what a breath of fresh air it is to see your
    posts and comments honoring your family. Keep writing, traveling
    and marveling at this great big world of ours. Glad you decided to
    start a blog.

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    • Hi Michael – thank you for dropping by and leaving such a thoughtful comment. I appreciate your encouragement & am glad to find camaraderie in a fellow blogger & lover of travel. You keep on writing too, so I can follow along with your adventures. Best wishes!

      PS – I once heard this quote: “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.” Family is home; I can’t forget it! :) Cheers!

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  4. Hi Amanda! So glad you came across my blog, I love meeting others from Michigan who share the love of the state and the passion for exploring. Awesome blog, let me know when you are doing adventuring in The Mitten and maybe our paths will cross!

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    • Hi Shalee – me too! The best part of meeting other Michiganders is using our “handy dandy hand map” eh? I’m truly hoping to make it to Traverse City, Pictured Rocks & Mackinac Island this summer. If you ever end up in the Metro Detroit area or specifically Detroit, I’d be happy to be your tour guide. I lived in the D for a few years and love showing off the city. Cheers, Shalee, looking forward to continuing the connection!

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  5. Same reason why I started my blog, to keep family and friends updated in one spot rather than telling the same stories 5 times on 5 different Skype calls haha. Hopefully it’ll evolve into something more. Thanks for stopping by my blog and look forward to reading yours. You’re extremely beautiful by the way!

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    • I think that’s a common blog conception story. Like you, I’d love for this to evolve into more. But for the time being, it’s my passion project & a way to connect with others who share the same enthusiasm for travel. And Ryan, you are a charmer.

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  6. Hi Amanda, I read your blog I would be very happy if when you post on your blog an article to put in on my new website too, ( http://www.tripelonia.com ), noting that at the end of your post, to put a link to your blog, in such a manner that you could be follow by more travelers. Frankly, I hope you will like my work and we will help each other with new ideas and meet new people, passionate about travel. Give me a feedback, it’s important for me. Thanks. Be blessed and many thanks. Inspiration! Diana

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  7. Amanda,
    After finally clearing my inboxes of essays to grade, I finally found a moment to find and read your blog. What a wonderful way to celebrate two passions! You also have a permanent record of your travel experiences and memories. They are beautifully written and I hear your voice in every post. As I read them it took me back to a young college student who was student teaching in England and traveling every weekend with her backpack. She took a long hiatus from travel (kids, work, family) but now she’s back on the road again. Maybe she should follow the model of her former student and blog!

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    • Hi Mrs. Rorai – What an honor it is to have you visit. I would definitely encourage that “she” dabble in blogging – it’s fun and rewarding. :) I know that she would definitely have one reader here who would LOVE to read about different places and experiences.

      Looking forward to reading your adventures. ;)

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  8. Hey Amanda, Good luck with everything and great to see you are expanding your blog from a quick hello to family to something you can share with the world at large. All the best to you.

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  9. Hi Amanda
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and the kind words. I love your writing, so much better than my feeble efforts. Hopefully by reading your posts I can improve my own a little.
    Andy :)

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  10. Thanks for the follow Amanda. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey. Looking forward to exploring more of your blog – we’ve been to many of the same places (Kuranda!), but we haven’t been to China yet so that’s on the list.
    Cheers, and happy travels
    Alison

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    • Hi Alison & Don! Thank you so much for visiting – what an honor; I love your travel story. Kuranda was a fun place. I hope you make it to China soon! Don’t fall for the Great Wall in Beijing… try to go somewhere more remote – it’s a more authentic and less crowded experience. Cheers! :)

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  11. Hi! Well, I’m not a family member or a friend of yours but I absolutely love your blog. I haven’t looked at it all but it’s really interesting. This has got to be one of my favorite travel blogs out there! You did a great job at designing your blog and writing your content! You obviously got a new follower!

    Steve

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    • Hi Steve – thanks so much for the compliment and thanks for stopping by and following my blog! Even though you’re not a direct family member/friend, you’re a part of the blogging community, which makes us all part of that one-big-happy-blogger-family. :) Glad to connect with you. Take care & come by again!

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    • Hi Kassie – thank you so much for your comment… it made my WEEK! :) You and I have the same exact dream – let’s hope we can make them come true! I’d love to connect with you on my instagram, twitter and facebook page too! :) Thanks, Kassie.

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    • Hi Victor, thanks for stopping by! And I appreciate the compliment, though I do need to credit my friend who is an amazing photographer. Oh, and the lighting was very cooperative that day. :) Cheers & happy travels.

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  12. Hi Amanda, Mahalo for stopping by and liking my post. I really love your about me part, especially when I read how “The Diary of Anne Frank” inspires you to write more. I live in Stratford(Canada) where we have Shakespare festival all summer annually and The Diary of Anne Frank is my favorite theater play of all. Good luck with your travel blogging adventure and look forward to reading more travel stories of yours.

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    • Hi Julie, Thank you so much for your comment. Stratford is such a quick road trip for me, I’ll have to try to make it out this summer to see the Diary of Anne Frank. Thanks so much for the tip! Happy travels to you. :)

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