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:…

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…

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…

When you get sick abroad…

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about traveling, it’s that it does a number on your body. From sleeping in crowded hostel rooms with strangers sniffling and coughing through the night, to not sleeping at all, your immune system goes on overdrive. And sometimes it just can’t keep up. However, being sick abroad doesn’t have…

Grid: Barcelona

Here is my late entry to the Daily Post’s photo grid challenge. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss Barcelona immensely. With colorful balanconies and beautiful people, how could I not? Even when the buildings were stuck close together with small, vespa-lined ally ways below, the city was still beautiful. I’m of the…

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…

The hardest part about studying abroad: Returning home

A lot of people talk about how hard it is to move, go abroad and leave your home. And of course, it is difficult. But people focus so much moving abroad, they never really focus on how hard it is to return home, after a crazy, life changing trip or living experience in a different culture. And that’s…