10 Necessities for your Summer Backpacking Trip

Are you embarking on a life-changing trip to Europe this summer? Perhaps you’ve bought a one way ticket to a random country and are waiting to see where it’ll lead you. Either way, here are some tips to help you plan and pack light for your next big trip! 1. A sturdy pair of shoes:…

Tips to Save Up for Travel

Let’s face it, traveling for a long amount of time can be expensive. Of course you can WWOOF it for a while, volunteer at a hostel to live somewhere for free, or find some odd jobs to make ends meet, but it’s always best to start travel with a little bit of savings so you…

The Traveling Introvert

Traveling as an introvert can be difficult. When you travel, you are often surrounded by people- in tourist locations, in hostels, in  restaurants and bars… However, there is no need to stay behind or exhaust your vacation time. Here are a few tips to help all the introverts out there make the most of their vacations!…

Abstract: La Pedrera de Gaudi

When I was in Barcelona, I participated in a student program with the students of UC and University of Illinois schools. My favorite memories with this program were our field trips to different parts of Barcelona and the rest of Catalunya. The first field trip we took was to La Pedrera, a beautiful and spectacular…

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…

Circle: Il Colosseo

It was past midnight as my friend and and I walked back to our hostel in Rome. The Colosseum was lit up in the background and as we strolled along the cobblestone street, we took the time to think of the history this architectural masterpiece had witnessed. A structure thousands of years old, perched in…

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…

La Alhambra 

 Nestled in the hills of Granada, this beautiful palace and sturdy fortress has hosted Sultans and Kings since the 12th century.With arabesques around every window and hallway, this beautiful building was the most intricate piece of architecture I have ever laid my eyes on. The words, “Allah is the only victor” are inscribed along the…

10 things you don’t think are weird when you’re traveling….

Because let’s be real- traveling for long periods of time make us adapt to a “new normal” 1. Sharing a room with 5 to 40 other strangers When it comes to saving money while traveling, those large and cheap hostel rooms become even more appealing. Maybe you’ll be stuck with high schoolers on a school…

Table for One: Why we should all eat alone

It’s Saturday and you’re ready for a delicious, life-changing meal. Your housework is done, you’ve done your reading and you have the whole day to yourself to explore your town. Remember that that one restaurant you’ve always wanted to try for lunch but never got around to eating there because you’re always busy? Well, now it’s…

5 Lessons You Learn After You Study Abroad

It has now been over year since I left Barcelona, one of the most beautiful, charming, and magical cities on the planet. In the year that I’ve been back home (and saving money furiously to return back), I’ve been able to really consolidate my personal, emotional and intellectual growth into 5 major lessons I learned…

Why Learning a New Language is the Best Investment for Yourself

After living in the beautiful bilingual city of Barcelona, I became obsessed with languages. From trying to understand Catalan in my law classes to reading Spanish texts on history, art, and literature in my philology classes, my brain exploded with new words from both the Catalan and Spanish languages. But the biggest thing that I learned…