Letter From Erika: My August in a Nutshell

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Hi Readers,

July left me somewhat disoriented. There was a lot going on for several different projects including Maunder On, the blog, and my wedding.  A lot of writing, and researching, and planning—most of it without tangible results. Isn’t that the worst? Needless to say, it all followed me into August.

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It was a different experience traveling for business (if you can call wedding planning business). Venue scouting in Italy was everything I imagined it would be. And I can only encourage new brides to get a wedding planner because it certainly takes the stress out of pretty much everything!

Over the course of a few short days, we visited nine possible wedding venues. They varied in location across the peninsula. I want to share some of these with you, even if just a few photos.


We spent some time in Bologna with my family. Had a photoshoot with the bridal party. Shopped for the Viva la Italia giveaway. And met some new friends.

It was also my maid of honor’s first time in Italy and my brother’s first time back since he and my parents left in 1992. So it goes without saying that some sightseeing was in order.

Italy came and went with the speed of a bullet train and left me stranded stateside unsure where to pick things up.

I’ve since been here, catching up all August long. Before leaving, I completed all outstanding articles which make it a little easier. Right now, I should be working on Maunder On: finalizing business plans, sending out inquiries, etc., etc. That kind of tedious stuff. The website goes live soon. That’s a promise.

But mostly my mind hasn’t caught up yet. It’s still in Italy dallying somewhere in the countryside among the hills and fields of sunflowers. And just when I think it’s found its way home, the devastation from the recent earthquake pulls it right back.

Slowly but surely, September will be the month of real progress. You can count on it.

In the meantime, hope you’ll be patient with me, and continue to give your support to a fellow traveler, writer, and friend. I have new and exciting things underway that I’m eager to share with all of you!




Erika is a writer and content creator exploring the globe boldly and slowly one destination at a time. Her travels and rich upbringing as an Asian-American fuel many of her stories where she endeavors to write about the human condition. Although she might presently call NE Florida home, her heart remains listless for her home in Maui. She is an advocate for "experiences over possessions," a Marquez fan, and a self-proclaimed introvert.

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