Dense: Barcelona from Above

I’ve spent the last week pouring through my memories, trying to find the perfect photo to match this week’s photo challenge. I missed the previous week’s photo challenge, and, if I’m being honest, I’ve had massive writers block for the past few months. It may be because I haven’t travelled outside of the U.S. in…

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…

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:…

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…

San Sebastian: Playas y Pintxos

Pintxos, beaches, lush green rolling hills, and the land of the oldest language in Europe… Donostia was truly a splendor for a weekend trip… This weekend trip started with a bright and early 4:30 AM bus  ride to catch the first metro to the Barcelona airport from my tiny Gracia apartment. As painful as these early morning…

5 Telltale Signs You Studied Abroad

…Some days your heart will hurt and you will reminisce with special memories dancing around your head…. Every weekend, you crave something new. Oh you want to go to the park this weekend? How about Paris? Or Peru? Maybe Pennsylvania? When you only have a short semester to fit in visits to a new continent,…

Spring Cleaning

The weather is warming up, the cherry blossoms have bloomed, and rainy showers sprinkle on tulips opening towards the weekly sun. In other words, it’s officially spring. I love spring. I love running amongst flowers and feeling the grass between my toes. I love longer days and warmer nights, and sitting on stoops and balconies,…

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…

New Year, New Me

I’ve known that I am a perfectionist my whole life. If my name is on something, it must be perfect. I must be perfect.   Hello friends. It’s been awhile since I’ve written and I feel as though I’ve lost a little part of myself. See, the last post that I made was in November….

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…

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…