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Many MINIs Motoring To The Mighty Mack

A sense of belonging - one of mankind's most-basic and innate desires as people go through life. Being a part of something and having connections with other people gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling that you can't find anywhere else. Some people find it within their role at work, others seek it out within a church or political setting. It can be found in dozens of obvious places, but one place you might unexpectedly find your group is in the motoring world. Enthusiast groups exist across the whole spectrum of the automotive world - no matter what brand you drive, you'll probably find a group of like-minded driving fans to bond with. 

That said, however, no motoring group in the world is quite like the fandom that is MINI Cooper drivers. Hi, my name is Jami, and I am a proud MINI Cooper owner and Extraordinary Miniac. 🙋🏼‍♀️

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Scotland IV Recap, Part 3 - Eastern Scotland

Here we are again, friends. Time for Part 3 of mine and Ethan's adventures to my favorite place on earth. And in this post, I'll go into detail about my favorite place within my favorite place, if that makes any sense. 🙃

The middle and the end of our trip were spent on the East Coast of the country. I've always been partial to the Eastern half of Scotland for so many reasons - the accents are nicer to listen to, the cities are more ideal to visit, and the weather tends to be better, just to name a few. Not to mention that Edinburgh is my heart and soul. I can't even begin to explain how much I love that city and have since the very moment my feet stepped on its soil back in 2015.

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Scotland IV Recap, Part 2 - The Highlands & Islands

Hi again, friends, fancy seeing you here!

As promised, it’s time for Part 2 of my Scotland recap! It’s a good one, who’s excited?

When I left off in Part 1, Ethan and I were on our way back to Edinburgh. As I said before, I’m saving the wonders of Edinburgh and the the East for post 3 because I have a desire to save the best (and longest) for last. You can thank me later. 😘

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Scotland IV Recap, Part 1 - Western Scotland

It's the moment that so many of you have been waiting for, folks! It's time for post 1 of 3 about mine and Ethan's Scottish adventure! I'm so excited to share all these amazing stories with you and take you along on our beautiful journey with us. It really was a remarkable trip - the absolute best of my entire life - and I'm looking forward to reliving it again while I write this. I can't wait for our next adventure - any guesses where we might end up? Leave them in the comments below!

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I'm Back - No Thanks To Delta and KLM

I'm back!!

And by back I mean both in the country and back at it with blogging! Exciting, eh? Have you missed me?

Let me begin by saying I'm sorry for my lack of content over the last few weeks. I went on vacation and promised myself that I would be 100% present with Ethan and in Scotland while I was away. Then, when I returned state-side, Ethan I both caught a post-travel cold that knocked us both out for over a week. Ugh. But now that I've recovered, I can happily report that I have a whole list of exciting things coming your way, so buckle up.

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I Might Be 25, But On My Birthday I Felt 16 Again.

I’ve lived 25 long years. I can’t believe it.

I’ve never been one to think on my birthday too much, but for some reason, this birthday has really got me taking a deeper look into my life. I can’t believe that I’ve lived a quarter of a century. I honestly feel old - I know everyone says that, but for me, I officially can say it’s true.

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Seattle is So Much More Than Just Starbucks, But it's That, Too.

Seattle, Washington was never on my list of must-see cities. In fact, when given the opportunity to visit it a while back, my chief - and possibly only - concern was getting to visit the original Starbucks.

I traveled there on a school trip and stayed for only a few days, but despite my short visit, I really feel like I got a feel of the city. And what a city it is!

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A Haunting Halloween at The Whitney Mansion

I love everything about Halloween - the mounds of sugary candy, the extravagant decorations, and the avant-garde costumes! It’s all just extra AF. I can barely contain my excitement for October 31st to roll around. I started decorating our apartment with haunted purple and orange trees and wreaths with lights and ghosts in early September!

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Thanks For Everything, Mackinac, See You Next Year.

I’m not one for rituals and traditions - never have been. It’s just not how I was raised. But, I’m dating the King of we-do-this-every-year, so, I guess I better get used to them.

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I Think I Found My Happy Ending... In Northern Ireland.

Ireland and I have a weird history together. The first time I visited, I came away insisting that I felt little desire to return. That sentiment didn't last, obviously. Not even a year later and I threw caution to the wind and back to the Emerald Isle I ventured. I was already abroad in Scotland for the holidays, so the travel there was a hop and a skip, literally. So, I threw some spare cash together and embarked on my second time across the Irish Sea.

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Something in My Gut Tells Me I Need to Stay as Far Away From the Isle of Skye as Possible, and This Time, I'm Going to Listen.

You know that feeling you get when something just isn’t right? The hairs on the back of neck stand up and you get a cold chill down your spine… you should always listen to that intuitive voice inside your head that warns you of the unknown because you’ll find that often-times, without explanation, that voice is on to something.

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The Time I Spent Spring Break With My Best Friend in the French Riviera.

It’s that time of year again, a favorite among students in American Universities. It’s March and that means: #SpringBreak2015. Every student feels a sense of entitlement to have a kick ass spring break. It’s one of the most #basic truths that we students hold to be self-evident - you work your butt off all year and then you take a week off somewhere, anywhere, and have an unforgettable time (or even sometimes un-remember-able time, depending on your plans).

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"Ireland is Where Strange Tales Begin, [but] Happy Endings are Possible."

Making last-minute decisions that require a large amount of commitment - a habit of mine that is going to get me into trouble one day, if it hasn’t already. Last Friday, at approximately 2:30 in the morning, I booked a weekend trip to Ireland and by 8 A.M., I was sitting on an Aer Lingus regional plane to Dublin.

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If I’ve Learned 1 Thing Over the Last Week and Beyond, it’s that Great Britain Really is Deserving of its Name.

The Goal? 10 countries in 5 months - all while living as a full-time student. My progress? Well, as of this week I can happily report that I am 2 countries closer to my goal - bringing my grand total to a whopping 3. It’s not much, but I’ve got time.

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"Travel Brings Power and Love Back Into Your Life."

I get edgy if I sit too long in one place and besides, I'm abroad - traveling around is a given. Edinburgh is stunning, absolutely stunning and I could never see all that it has to offer me, but I know this great nation is filled with dozens of equally beautiful places to get lost. So, begins the first of many adventurous blog posts to come...

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Magic is Real and It Begins and Ends In Edinburgh, Scotland.

"I predict that this experience will undoubtedly change my life for the better, if I let it."

I wrote that sentence yesterday and not even 24 hours later, I can already see signs of my prophecy being fulfilled. When I woke up this morning, I could tell it was going to be a good day, but I never would have predicted how magical it actually ended up being. Magical - that is absolutely the word I would use to describe it.

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