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…

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…

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…

Keeping it Local: Sweet Eats in New York City

The Bagel Store, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Ah, the famous rainbow bagels. This cute  little bagel shop has been transformed into an insta worthy tourist trip to the cute neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Be sure to arrive early, because the wait will be at least 30 minutes, with the line wrapped in, around, and out the…

Girona: Temps de Flors

Temps de Flors- an enchanting festival where an old Romanesque Catalonian town (featured in Season 6 of Game of Thrones!) turns into a wonderland of colors with flowers around every turn, decorating every balcony, and livening through every patio. This week is Temps de Flors in Girona, a town about a 30 minutes train ride…

Reflections on Study Abroad: You Will Learn

When you study abroad, you will be challenged in every way. Everything will be new to you. You won’t understand the language, or the culture, or the people at first. You will probably get lost navigating the metro or bus system… or even the supermarket. You will be challenged, thrown in head first and, by…

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…

Turning Down a Teaching Offer in Spain…

Santander, Cantabria. October to June. It was the opportunity of a lifetime. It was the opportunity to move back to mi patria, experience a new part of the Spanish culture, and teach English to university-age students. To live among the locals and immerse myself in a new culture with new people in new places. And…

An Ode to Architecture: The Eiffel Tower

I went back to the Eiffel Tower so that I could go up it and then see it sparkle at night… By the time I got to the first floor, they were moving everyone down because it was crazy windy and a storm was coming in…By the time I was down, it was pouring, gusty,…