Atop: Picture Perfect Prague

Growing up in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and going to school in the Berkeley hills, I’ve always found comfort in vistas and views. Moving the East Coast has been difficult, and I’ve found that my heart misses standing atop of rock and concrete, peering at life below. I yearn for the top of…

A Good Match: Passeig de Gracia

Bright and beautiful, Casa Batlló sits on one of Barcelona’s most beautiful street, Passeig de Gràcia. And while these particular Gaudi masterpeice was my favorite building in Barcelona, few know about it’s neighbor, Casa Amatller. Sitting in contrast next to vibrant and magical dragon castle, is the blockly and beige Casa Amatller. With a pyramid of…

Shine: When the Lights Go Down in the City…

There’s something magical about a city when the sun goes down and nightlife begins. Every city reveals a new charm, new characters, and new opportunities to experience the local culture. Coming from a suburb of Los Angeles, nighttime often meant that commuters had made it through the LA traffic to their track homes and were…

Local: Plaça de la Virreina

One of my favorite study abroad tips to other individuals is to stay local. Venture outside of your group of American friends from your study abroad group, and start a conversation in a new language and be off on your way. In this edition of staying local, I’ve decided to reflect at my days spent…

H20: Font Magica

One of my favorite late night spots during summer in Barcelona was Font Magica. Set with a beautiful backdrop of the Palau Nacional, now housing the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), this water and light show spectacular drew tourists and locals alike to their late night showings. Playing music from popular movies and TV shows, to…

Nostalgia: Study Abroad

Live with the thirst you had when you studied abroad because life is too short to not make every single moment count. I’m over two years out from my study abroad experience, and everyday I miss the feeling of having Europe at my fingertips.The cafes sprinkled under tree lined streets and bars in open playful…

A Quest for Fall

Crisp weather, warm sweaters, and crunchy leaves under my feet. Ah yes, fall is coming. Fall is by far my favorite season, leading into the all important Thanksgiving meal and  getting you prepped for Christmas time in December. So while I’m sipping my apple cider and eating a cinnamon-pumpkin cookie, I’d like to share with…

Looking Up: Big Ben

On a dreary London day, under the eyes of Big Ben, I checked a box off my bucket list: Big Ben, Parliament, London, England, UK. The building that Harry Potter flew past in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, that Annie drove by in a London taxi when she went to live with…

Photo Challenge: Landscapes, the Rolling Hills of Ronda 

It’s odd to me, that landscapes can look so similar across continents and oceans. When I traveled by train through the Tuscan countryside, I was shocked at how similar the rolling hills were to Southern California. And here in Ronda, I could see how California’s hills were mirrored once again in the tile roofs and…

Photo Challenge: California State of Mind 

It’s snowy days like today that have me in that California state of mind. Sunshine on my face, sand beneath my toes, and a salty breeze between my hair. Way over here on the East coast, hours from a beach and a country away from the California coast, I’m beginning to realize how much I…

Seasons: Winter Wonderland

   Beautiful white flurries fall from the sky, kissing the noses of happy dogs and youthful children. A sled for the children, and a coat for your pup, as the city awakens and becomes anew. The natural hum of the city has vanished, replaced with the whistling winter wind, and the soft delicate crunch of…

Time: Prague Astronomical Clock

The clock ticks as the day wears on, and the tourists crowd below the famous tour. Each second, the hand moves, another click of the clock and photo captured. This beautiful clock stood proudly, nestled between beautiful, colorful buildings. It stood proud, guarding over April’s Easter market and giving tourists a chance to step back…