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I still read here. I’ve been reading since I found you in the Real Simple magazine 11-12 years ago!

I’m excited to read all about your trip. You are a gifted writer. I always feel like I’m right there through your writing!


I agree 110% -coffee all the way! I also find that looking back, my favorite memories (that often are the forgotten ones!) are the simple moments -such as your encounter with the ladies in the coffee shop. The small things really do matter! Look forward to reading more of your travel stories. P.S -I still read, and am not a hater :P


As near as I can tell from your opening comments, I must be your mother! OMG who knew. (I've been reading for years, and I think I mentioned that when you emailed me a quick reply to a comment once I was star-struck. Really. I change my email address a lot so you might not recognize me, my bad.)

I love to travel, and my favorite trip of all time was to an Asian country. The language and culture are just *that* much more different that it really expands your mind - if that's how to describe it - in a different way.


I’m proud of you. I’m not sure I’d have had the guts it takes to do that.


Way to go Carmen!!! What a cool adventure. And I'm still reading, too!


Still here :) I always love it when I step out of my comfort zone and succeed (as opposed to the times I end up looking like an idiot......but I do that in my comfort zone too). Makes you feel like a superhero! I'm not sure I'd be ordering coffee though - good for you!


I still read here and am now catching up on your Japan trip! Happy New Year!

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  • Carmen Staicer is a whirlwind of energy and execution who rarely sleeps and loves coffee and happens to have six outstanding awesome kids. A concentration of asthma, food allergies, spectrum disorders and learning disabilities means that she has learned more than she ever thought possible and knows less than she ever could imagine. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, boxing (she has her Black Belt in Muay Thai), rowing, sleeping, exploring coffee shops, homeless ministry, photography, and cooking.