Last weekend a friend and I decided to take a mini road trip south to Eldon, Iowa in search of the house that inspired artist Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.” Less than two hours from Des Moines, the trip was the perfect length—peppered with stops along the way—for a sunny Sunday afternoon.Continue Reading…
En route to another road trip destination, a friend and I recently made a brief stop in Pella, Iowa in search of some authentic Dutch letters. Pella—a town known for its annual Tulip Time festival—is also home to the largest functioning Dutch windmill in the United States. Unfortunately it was Sunday so all of the bakeries, most of the coffee shops and the town’s historic village were closed.
But that didn’t stop us from wandering up and down the streets, snapping photos and enjoying our sunny Sunday morning. I just couldn’t get over how adorable all of the colorful flowers, intricate window trim and windmill-themed lace curtains were.
We’ll definitely be making another trip back soon for some delicious pastries and a windmill tour—plus I’ve already got next year’s Tulip Time festival marked on my calendar.
Prior to moving to Iowa, I had never been to a state fair before. This year was my second Iowa State Fair experience and I have to say, it was even better than the first.Continue Reading…
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I am a lover of spontaneous adventures and, in my personal opinion, there is no better time for adventuring than the summer. This year I made what I would consider to be a fairly large decision—I decided to stay in Des Moines instead of moving back home. So in honor of newfound independence and a summer that is sure to be filled with exciting adventures I decided that it was high time for a new blog.
Last September I documented the adventures I had in Barcelona on my “siesta semester.” But a few weeks ago when I decided I wanted to start a new blogging endeavor, I couldn’t seem to decide on a singular theme. As anyone who knows me well can attest, I tend to think in a fairly non-linear manner—or what some might classify as conversational ADD. That’s where the beauty of the “olio” comes in.
Meaning that this blog will likely be…
- One part Des Moines discovery,
- One part foodie reviews, recipes and DIY crafts,
- One (but most likely many) parts spontaneous musings,
But more than anything, Olio in Iowa will be 100% about adventures.