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…

A Good Match: Passeig de Gracia

Bright and beautiful, Casa Batlló sits on one of Barcelona’s most beautiful street, Passeig de Gràcia. And while these particular Gaudi masterpeice was my favorite building in Barcelona, few know about it’s neighbor, Casa Amatller. Sitting in contrast next to vibrant and magical dragon castle, is the blockly and beige Casa Amatller. With a pyramid of…

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…

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…

A Quest for Fall

Crisp weather, warm sweaters, and crunchy leaves under my feet. Ah yes, fall is coming. Fall is by far my favorite season, leading into the all important Thanksgiving meal and  getting you prepped for Christmas time in December. So while I’m sipping my apple cider and eating a cinnamon-pumpkin cookie, I’d like to share with…

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…

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…

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…

Earth: Among Giants 

Every time I visit Muir Woods, I feel like a tiny speck in the wonder of our world. The immense trees that blend into the sky remind me that were not alone in this world- that homes are not just four walls, but can be a million trees, protecting you from the sun, and giving…

Photo Challenge: Landscapes, the Rolling Hills of Ronda 

It’s odd to me, that landscapes can look so similar across continents and oceans. When I traveled by train through the Tuscan countryside, I was shocked at how similar the rolling hills were to Southern California. And here in Ronda, I could see how California’s hills were mirrored once again in the tile roofs and…