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  1. Emma

    Good for you, Hannah. I’m so happy for you. And not just for getting on a bike already:) I’m so happy that you’re so happy.

    I’m also glad that the word ‘townies’ hasn’t died out – it seems to have disappeared from everyday vernacular in the past decade or so. At least around here. Although I guess we don’t have much for towns, so maybe we don’t have townies either.

    Regardless. Happiness abounds. Soak it up, girl! xxoo.

  2. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    You can feel joy radiating from this post. I am so glad you are having the time of your life. That Biscoff is the stuff of dreams, right?

  3. Louise

    What a wonderful adventure. I bought a jar of that biscoff spread in Texas and brought it home- I can fully understand eating it straight from the jar.

  4. Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today?

    I can see that you’re having so much fun! And the bike is awesome!

  5. hungryandfrozen

    YAY! This post made me a little teary but then I’ve just seen the Spice Girls performing at the closing ceremony of the Olympics on youtube, so you understand. Meteor showers for you! So important. So glad everything’s going so brilliantly well, sounds like these people are awesome, and there is not much I love more than providing alternative commentary for movies that I’m not engrossed in. Looking forward to the next chapter of your travels! xx

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  7. Vien

    Biscoff Spread!!!!!!!!! O.O omg omg omg I think my heart just skipped a beat!

  8. Gary

    You sound so happy. That’s great 🙂

  9. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Ahhh! My smile just widens and widens as I read of how happy you are currently.

    I missed the meteor shower, having been sick all week and not able to stay up late. And, you know, that whole light pollution in the city problem.

  10. Em

    LOL at drop bears!
    I can’t wait to get over there and be able to see a zillion stars.
    You look so relaxed and happy, and I LOVE that pink bike.
    I must keep an eye out for this Biscoff stuff….

  11. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    You’re wearing that shirt I love! 🙂 Man I wish I had legs like yours, though.

    It makes me so happy that you’re so happy. 😀 I can’t wait to see you!
    Although I hope I don’t prove to be a big disappointment to you, after all this joy and wonderment!

  12. Mike

    You bring so much joy to others Hannah I think it is great you are feeling heaps of happiness during your stay in Utah. I hope you enjoy many more sparkling nights there among the people of the mountains.

  13. Caitlin @ livelovenyc

    i’m so glad you’re having a blast! i’ve never been to chicago or utah and am so jealous of your adventure (including flaming drinks!)

  14. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    Yay! Yay for you! That is all. 🙂

  15. JohannaGGG

    a wonderful joyful post – and I love your pink bike and the mountains – but most of all I love the smile in your writing and on your face

  16. Sig

    Oh Hannah,

    This just makes my heart sigh in delight because I can feel the happiness from here. You did the right thing. YOU DID GOOD.

    And these memories of the starry sky, laughing friends, wonderful food, hot-pink bike will forever be there and the other memories will just fade leaving nothing but this moment of pure joy.

  17. Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse

    I’m so glad the doubts have gone; they were always going to try and poke their heads in at some point but this is a great thing you’re doing.
    Your posts are always so brilliantly written but this one’s really beautiful and the last sentence, “I am perfectly, exquisitely, perfectly happy.” – says it all, you go girl! xx

  18. Gmasydney

    Why the guilt? This is your holiday so ‘carpe diem’, Hannah. We are thrilled that you are having such a wow of a time. Keep it up. Enjoying your blogs even if I haven’t written yet – I will though. Love your photos but I have to say, re the bike riding – ‘Didn’t we tell you.’!

  19. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    You look so happy, and sound so happy, that I am happier than I can say 🙂 Those photos of you with the bike, in front of the mountains – they are just incredible. Thank you for showing that it’s possible to fit so beautifully into your niche that everything just falls into place 🙂

  20. Hotly Spiced

    I’ll be up all night wanting to know more about Mr S. And I didn’t know you were on FB. I’ve just given you a like. The holiday sounds to perfect. What amazing and incredible times you’re having xx

  21. Gabby

    Wow you can really feel how happy you are through your words, that’s just fantastic. Cast all your doubts aside and just keep enjoying the ride, real life will be waiting for you soon enough 🙂

  22. Whispering Gums

    What can I say except that it sounds splendiferous…and all near some of the best landscape in the USA. Lovely people, the arts, and great country … What’s not to like?

  23. Tammy

    Darn! We probably passed each other in the Chicago airport. Hannah, I love the photos of you with the bicycle and the joy is erupting from your writing. Have a wonderful time and send a note if you get close to AZ (wait til it cools down though).

  24. Debi

    So glad you are enjoying yourself! Sounds like you’re have a great time in Utah. How was the meteor shower? I missed it having to work early in the morning (going to bed early and missing it all).

  25. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    I’m so happy your doubts have swirled! Be sure to banish them if they crop up again. You are so young, my love, & have every right to not be studying or working like a maniac for some period of time. It just has to be done. And you’re doing it. So enjoy and do not worry. You’re doing it so well. & documenting it for us all to enjoy too! Yay for Utah! I have no idea if Cedar City is near de, I shall google it now 🙂 I never tried Biscoff & that makes me sad. More than it probably should.
    Heidi xo

  26. Vaala ◪

    Ooo, this all sounds wonderful and magical and amazing! You look and sound so radiant and beautiful. It is truly wonderful.

    The doubt will come and go but I think you know in your heart that you are doing what you need to do and that is what matters the most.

    I have to say that I am very jealous that you found riding a bike to be true to that old saying because I didn’t! I fell off just trying to get on, not to mention every time I tried to get off. Jeepers, I still fall off getting on some days 😛

  27. Sarah B @ Bake + Bike

    I am thoroughly enjoying reading about your adventures in the US of A! I am kind of hoping you visit the pacific northwest so I can live vicariously through you…gosh I love it there.

    LOVE that photo of you with the pink bike. Beautiful.

  28. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Love the pics of you! And you’re in Utah too where my “adopted mum” Barbara from Barbara Bakes lives-yayyyy!!

  29. Ashley

    Cookie spread? Man the americans got it gooooooood. :L

  30. theresa

    Oh Hannah, it sounds like you are having a just wonderful, fantabulous time! I’m so glad – you really deserve to be happy (and eat cookie spread!)

  31. Ellie

    Yeah you go girl! Replace those thoughts wit sweet memories~ 🙂 it’s such a blessing you’re doing that so enjoy it to the fullest. And don’t get me started on biscoffffff! Ah, kimchi! Hehe

  32. muppy

    I bet you never forget! Love the pink bike, memories like that will never be stolen 🙂

  33. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    OMG I cans’t believe i didn’t add you on facebook 🙁 I feel so left out lol I didn’t even know you left Australia OMG i’m so bad so sorry!

    Hope you had a safe flight over there and it seems like you’re having an amazing time 🙂

    SO jealous that you get to buy all those goodies to eat! I’ve never ever had Biscoff do you like it? Is it good 🙂

    Take care xoox

  34. Heather @ Sweetly Raw

    YOu’re all over the place Hannah. Never been to Chicago or Utah – looks like so much fun. Love that pink bike!!! You look so happy 🙂 And hell yeah you DO deserve having all the fun you want!! 😀

  35. Monique

    I can’t say that I’ve ever been to Utah, other than maybe its airport. Where are your travels taking you next??

  36. leaf (the indolent cook)

    This is seriously awesome awesome, all these amazing experiences and wonderfulness and happiness. Also, it appears you’re blogging faster than I can read (though partly perhaps because stupid internet at home isn’t working) but I’m catching up!

  37. Catherine

    And I’m sure that lots more happiness will be swinging your way! Xxx

  38. Libby

    For some reason, I wasn’t able to post comments on your blog (and a few other wordpress ones) the last couple of days so I’m just catching up (hence, this late comment) 🙂

    Marty and I really want to go to Utah, even though it’s not really a must-go-to destination for most people going to America. To be honest, the initial reason for us wanting to go was because we loved the shoe ‘Big Love’ but I reckon we’d be able to appreciate it for more than just that now. Those mountains are terribly beautiful; Australian ‘mountains’ are just hill in comparison.

    1. whisperinggums

      Utah is magnificent, Libby … particularly the southern area when Hannah is … Zion, Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks are three musts to visit.

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