Two and a Half Days in Salzburg

I went to Hungary, Austria, and Germany with my BFF for 12 days during the summer 2014. Our stop after Vienna was Salzburg per her request since she loves The Sound of Music, but the beautiful medieval town has so much more to offer than filming locations and Mozart. Here are my tips about everything we did! Continue reading

Three Days in Vienna

I went to Hungary, Austria, and Germany with my BFF for 12 days during the summer 2014. Our stop after Budapest was Vienna. When we arrived, I realized right away that 3 days would not nearly be enough to explore this gorgeous city, though we managed to cover a lot of ground. So, here are my tips about everything we did, and even things we didn’t! Continue reading

Four Days in Budapest

I went to Hungary, Austria, and Germany with my BFF for 12 days during the summer 2014. We did lots of research, got many recommendations from friends, and covered a ton of ground! Our first stop was Budapest. If you’ve found this page of mine, I assume you don’t need convincing that it is an amazing city to visit! So, here are my tips about everything we did, and even things we didn’t! Continue reading

Live Below the Line: The Denouement

2014-05-03 11.22.56-2As I write this on the Saturday morning after the Live Below the Line challenge, I’m enjoying my first cup of coffee in six days. Let me tell you, coffee is delicious, and I’m kind of loving the caffeine rush. Woo!

Live Below the Line 2014 went way better than my test run in 2013. I never went to bed hungry, enjoyed way tastier food (mmm peanut butter), and overall felt okay. I didn’t even finish about 1/6 of the box of spaghetti I bought. Nonetheless, I learned a lot from the experience: Continue reading

Live Below the Line: Days 4-5

Day 4 You’ll be shocked to learn that I had two eggs for breakfast, peanut butter and raisins for lunch, and spaghetti and sauce with broccoli for dinner. Not only were there were no trials or temptations, but day 4 is the best I felt all week. No headaches, weird stomach feelings, or lightheadedness. By the end of day 4, this is what I had left: 2014-05-01 19.56.30-5

Not pictured: broccoli. There was too little to look appetizing. Continue reading

Live Below the Line: Days 1-3

Day 1
April 28th was not only the first day of the Live Below the Line challenge, but also my first day of jury duty. It’s okay to be jealous. I had to report to the City County Building in downtown Indianapolis by 8:00 am. To prepare for what could be a long day ahead, I had 3 eggs for breakfast and packed a backpack with a spoon, my jar of peanut butter, my box of raisins, and a book. Continue reading

Live Below the Line 2014: The Groceries

In 2013, I missed the official Live Below the Line Challenge, so 2014 is my year! Who knew I could be so excited about simulating living in extreme poverty? But honestly, I’ve really enjoyed seeing the worldwide participation in this campaign.

Based on what I learned from last year’s test run, I did my shopping at Aldi this year. Have you ever been to Aldi? It’s kind of awesome. Let me tell you why. Continue reading

Live Below the Line – 2013 Test Run

I had heard about the Live Below the Line Challenge in 2013 but couldn’t participate during the official week due to some work travel. A few months later, I tried the experiment on my own and learned some valuable lessons for my attempt with the world this year.

What is Live Below the Line? Organized by the Global Poverty Project, it’s a fundraising campaign to show what it’s like to live in extreme poverty by spending only $1.50 per day for food and drink for five days. This is the amount the World Bank defines as the extreme poverty line, and the situation 1.2 billion people face. Continue reading