West Wing Adventures

Before President Obama leaves for office, I wanted to make sure I had the opportunity to explore the White House, West Wing, and the Executive Office Building. My first exploration was of the Truman Bowling Alley. Here, located in EEOB is a two lane bowling alley that is free to the public, so long as…

My 2017 Travel Destinations

While I didn’t have the opportunity to travel much this year, I’m hoping to travel about the globe in 2017. Below are my top travel destinations for the upcoming year. Here’s to hoping that I can venture outside of D.C. to visit these beautiful locations! The Netherlands When I was younger, I visited the beautiful…

5 Final Tips to Pack for Study Abroad

It’s January, which means that many college juniors find themselves ready to embark on a whirlwind adventure. Whether you’re packing for 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months or a year, here are some tips to help you pack for your new life! 1. Pack all medications you’ll need for your stay This includes any over the counter…

Victoria’s Ultimate Study Abroad Packing List

If you’re like me, packing is the bane of your existence. So when it came time for me to pack for my 6 month study abroad trip, I had a nightmare of a time fitting my whole life in one suitcase. In the end, I packed one suitcase and two carry-ons, and ended up buying one…

Christmas in New York

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! From Elf to Eloise at Christmas to Miracle on 34th St. to Home Alone, New York has been home to some of the most magical Christmas stories and movies. Every year I watched anxiously as Buddy saved Christmas by helping Santa in Central Park and have dreamed…

White House Christmas

Twinkling lights, the scent of pine, and a freshly baked gingerbread house. Snowmen, and holly, and a jolly good time was the theme at the White House Christmas Tour. While I don’t have  the time to explain the beauty and splendor of this dream come true, I will leave you all with a few of…

Bruges

On a cold winter morning, we wandered through the knolls and fog of Belgium to the medieval storybook town of Bruges. It was 6 AM when we left the warmth of our AirBnb to walk downtown and catch our BlaBla car to the countryside. As we napped in our carpool, we passed through the dense…

Make New Friends

Let’s face it, making new friends is difficult. And placing yourself in a new country– where you have a mediocre command of the language- can make the process of making new friends even more complicated. Yet, rest assured, you will not be friendless forever! And if you’re still a little anxious about transitioning to a new country without…

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…

Living Small

I lived comfortably in closet sized rooms, with small windows and little balconies with beautiful city views. I spent my days outside, in the plazas and cafes of my neighborhood, with new friends and strangers. I lived a happy and healthy life, full of sunshine and fresh air. And ever since returning to the states, I’m…

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…