It's hard to believe, but I have officially reached the halfway point of my massive trip through Europe! I have been traveling for eleven weeks so far and still have another eight to go, and I’ve already learned and grown so much. Solo-traveling through countless beautiful cities, exploring different cultures, and eating so much good food along the way has been so good for my soul, and instead of writing out some of those details, I've decided to do something totally new and different! Here is the first "Real Talk with Gennean" video! Warning: get ready for all the quirkiness.Read More
With eight weeks in, six countries down, and fifteen cities visited, it's hard to believe that I'm about halfway through my massive trip around Europe, and even harder to believe that I’ve still got eleven more weeks to go! And what an incredible journey it’s already been! I've found myself making new friends from all over the world, exploring so many spectacular places, and eating so. much. good. food! As I have been moving from city to city and sharing much of my travels on Instagram, I've received countless messages and emails with questions about just how, exactly, I am doing this whole traveling for 4+ months thing... especially solo and as a woman. So I’ve gathered alllll of your questions, put them into categories, and and will attempt to answer them for you right here!Read More
Cinque Terre, the beautiful area comprising of five coastal towns in Italy, has had a place near the top of my bucket list for some time, so when I started planning for this massive trip across Europe, I knew that Cinque Terre absolutely had to happen. I recently spent three glorious days there in the middle of some sort of paradise, and, in retrospect, I wish I would have stayed a little longer, but that just means I'll have to go back, right? I mean, you would have to be crazy to not want to spend as much time as possible in the picturesque villages etched in cliff-sides along the sparkling mediterranean sea. I've had a lot of friends asking about what to do, where to stay, and how to travel around Cinque Terre, so whether you're an outdoorsy human who lives a good hike, a foodie craving some authentic Italian eats, or a beach bum who just wants to lay by the water, I've got you. Here are, from my experience, alllll things Cinque Terre.Read More
Prior to leaving for Europe, and prior to moving back to California for that matter, I had convinced myself that I needed to have a season of rest to be "spiritually ready" for such a long and adventurous trip. I'd been working like a crazy person while in Nashville, logging in anywhere from 60-80 hours per week with all of my jobs, first to pay off debt and then to save for this trip, and was honestly really ready for that busy season to be over. But once I was in California, I found it very difficult to not be "doing," and therefore didn't rest (to almost no one's surprise I am sure). Then about two weeks before leaving for London, I had this massive realization that I hadn't done what I thought I was supposed to do (rest), and therefore thought I wasn't going to be ready for the trip because I hadn't spent enough time with Jesus. But something in my spirit quickly revealed something else: that maybe all of that about rest and spiritual preparation was just some sort of plan I had concocted on my own and wasn't really from God after all, but that maybe — just maybe — the trip itself was the real season of rest and spiritual rejuvenation and growth.
Which brings me to Barcelona...Read More