British Beach Day: West Kirby, UK

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I remember the first time I saw the Great Salt Lake in Utah, that grand stretch of desert and sort-of sea swept together and baked by the inescapable sun. The beach I visited in West Kirby, long after the water had rolled out for the morning, had that same illusive quality, more mirage than mer. Tiptoeing my way through temporary tidepools and rivers of mud, I felt breathless and alien, as though I were a stranger marooned on a strange planet that I couldn’t quite understand yet…

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Fjallraven Kanken Mini Review

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A simple, white circle with a little red fox curled up like a crescent moon in the center. I first encountered this charming Fjällräven logo three years ago during my time in Edinburgh, when I crossed paths with a flatmate just moments before she headed out to class. Strapped over her shoulders was a vibrant yellow backpack with that same tiny fox staring up at me–and as a lifetime fan of all things vulpine, I wondered where I could get one of my own.

Fast-forward ahead to 2015, and these Kankens are well on their way to world domination. I’ve spotted them around the campus where I work countless times, and their presence on the internet is absolutely inescapable. After wondering what all the fuss was about, I did a little research and immediately fell in love with the idea of a bag that has been celebrated for its functionality, durability, and reliability for decades. When an unexpected Amazon gift card suddenly entered my life a few weeks ago, I decided that there was truly no better time to launch myself into the world of Fjällräven. Continue reading