Louise's Travel Journal


img007My name is Louise. I am a writer, traveler, professional problem solver & perpetual vacation planner. I’m happiest when my bags are packed and I’m off on my next adventure.

As the only child of highly motivated yet fiercely pragmatic parents, my opportunities for adventure and personal fulfillment were plentiful while I was growing up. Mom and Dad made sure that I was provided with constant exposure to new cultural experiences through foreign exchange students, family vacations, piano lessons, volunteer opportunities, sleep away camps and a public school education. My search for fulfilling experiences currently finds me living in Eagan, MN with my brilliant and handsome husband, Derick. We have a variety of things that keep us busy. First and foremost are our pets, Watson (cat), Cake (bird), and Gatsby (turtle). They are all adorable  and most importantly, relatively independent companions. Derick and I also enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, gardening, Batman comic books, Dr. Who, Minnesota Public Radio, zombie movies, Murder, She Wrote  and black coffee. We love having friends over for food and board games and I proudly do not use dumb fake words when playing Scrabble.

In 2010, I self-published my first book. This book was written for a breast cancer foundation fundraiser. Special thanks to all of the folks who bought my book and supported an important cause. Piping Hot from the Idiom Factory is a collection of short stories and recipes. In it, I strive to mix the best parts of my Minnesotan culture: eating and storytelling.

Here are some Top 5 Lists that will help you know me better… because when it comes to picking favorites it’s so silly to pick just one.

Top 5 Books about Travel

“For me they go hand in hand. When I travel it makes me want to write, when I read it makes me want to travel.” — William Dalrymple

  1. Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures edited by: Jennifer Leo
  2. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by: David McCullough
  3. The Lost Continent by: Bill Bryson
  4. Travels With Charley by: John Steinbeck
  5. Journey to an 800 Number by: E.L. Konigsburg

Top 5 Dream Opportunities

  1. Writing Professionally: Getting paid to know stuff and tell others about it
  2. Being a photographer for the Minnesota Zoo
  3. Owning a breakfast cafe
  4. Starting my own foundation “for the promotion of progress & smart talk”
  5. Playing mixed doubles with John McEnroe against Andre Agassi & Martina Navratilova

Top 5 Favorite Vacation Destinations

  1. Kas, Turkey
  2. Savannah, Georgia
  3. Oxford, United Kingdom
  4. Depoe Bay, Oregon
  5. Toulouse, France

Top 5 Favorite Authors

  1. David Sedaris
  2. Caitlin Moran
  3. Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  4. Sinclair Lewis
  5. Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen)

Top 5 Favorite Foods

  1. Blueberry Pie
  2. Pork Chops
  3. Sweet Potatoes
  4. Butterscotch Pudding
  5. Asparagus

Top 5 People to Have Dinner With

  1. Jon Sewart
  2. Neil deGrasse Tyson
  3. Michael J. Fox
  4. Billie Jean King
  5. Alton Brown

Top 5 Time Travel Destinations…“Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”

  1. August 16, 1969 Woodstock Festival, Day 2
  2. September 21, 1599 First play performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater
  3. July 4, 1981 Gentlemen’s Final Wimbledon Championships
  4. June 16, 1858 Abraham Lincoln’s House Divided Speech
  5. October 26, 1991 Game 6, MLB World Series

Top 5 Favorite Bands

  1. Cake
  2. The Beatles
  3. Letters to Cleo
  4. The Beastie Boys
  5. The Doors

Top 5 Favorite Movies

  1. High Fidelity
  2. Harold & Maude
  3. Empire Records
  4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  5. Hackers

Top 5 ways to spend one hour of my life

  1. Playing with silly putty
  2. Drinking good scotch
  3. Playing Scrabble
  4. Woodworking
  5. Petting kitties

2 Responses to “About”

  1. michaelaraephoto

    I love reading your writing, you are very talented! If I didn’t know you, I would want to have coffee or a martini with you. But since I know you, you wanna have both?


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