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Edinburgh, Scotland

I had the pleasure of traveling to a new city to visit an old friend.  Nina and I hadn’t seen each other in maybe ten years but when we discovered we were both studying in Europe, it was the perfect excuse to reunite. Her apartment was truly Pinterest-worthy, and she even introduced me to her friend, Scarlett, who […]

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Dublin, Ireland

I made a bucket list of all the Irish sites I was looking forward to visiting, and tried to see as much as possible.

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Four Cities, One Day: Manchester and Other Misadventures

It’s 8:35 p.m. and I am standing at the Ryanair ticket booth in the Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport Terminal 1. I have missed my flight to Dublin. In this moment, I was living the traveler’s nightmare. Realizing that no one was here to help me through this crisis, I had to figure out what to […]

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What Happened in Valencia: An Honest Account

This weekend was nothing short of a never-ending fiesta. While I generally try to include some iota of historic art or culture exploration into my travel itineraries, I genuinely can’t remember an hour on this trip where I wasn’t intoxicated (or severely hungover), and I think my photos from this trip accurately reflect that… Take 2: That being said, my […]

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Navigating Culture Shock: An American Girl’s Guide to Madrid

I’ve never considered myself “super American.” In fact, I even left the States to go to university in Canada. Also, I call “college” “university,” see? Still, I was struck by many aspects of Spanish culture that made me feel like a true foreigner. Though a large city like Madrid is inherently international, I’ve noticed some many culture discrepancies between […]

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Toledo, Spain

If you’re looking for artistic inspiration, search no further. It’s no wonder El Greco was moved to paint the Toledo cityscape. Just take a glimpse at this view: The city, located an hour south of Madrid, is surrounded by the Tagus river. While the city has a rich history, I was too distracted by marzipan, cobblestone streets, […]

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Vilnius, Lithuania

Welcome to Vilnius, Lithuania; Population: 539,939, Time Zone: 7 hours ahead of New York, Weather: ~20 Celsius in September with an expected 75+ mm of rainfall. Fun Fact: Lithuania was the first country to leave the Soviet Union (Source). I’m generally a hyper-organized person, but the thought of traveling to a foreign country, trying to navigate in a language I […]

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El Rastro Market, Madrid: An Antique Adventure

On my third night in Madrid, some “flat mates” and I split a cab home. It provided the perfect opportunity to chat up a native, asking our cab driver for advice on where to go and what to see in Madrid. She recommended that we visit El Rastro, (a surprising first choice, according to some natives we met at […]

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1 Year 2 Suitcases: How To Make It Fit and Feel Fabulous

Hola amigos, I’m a little ways into my yearlong adventure in Spain, so I can speak retrospectively about my packing decisions, right? I honestly have to say that a huge stressor in preparing for this trip was planning what to pack. Of course, like any good student, I did my research on what would be appropriate to bring, as I had […]

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