Victoria’s Ultimate Study Abroad Packing List

If you’re like me, packing is the bane of your existence. So when it came time for me to pack for my 6 month study abroad trip, I had a nightmare of a time fitting my whole life in one suitcase. In the end, I packed one suitcase and two carry-ons, and ended up buying one…

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…

Bruges

On a cold winter morning, we wandered through the knolls and fog of Belgium to the medieval storybook town of Bruges. It was 6 AM when we left the warmth of our AirBnb to walk downtown and catch our BlaBla car to the countryside. As we napped in our carpool, we passed through the dense…

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…

Simba Sees Barcelona

For those of you who don’t know, Simba, my precious stuffed animal, is my favorite travel buddy. From changing Simba’s diapers, to carrying Simba around to see the National Parks, Simba has seen it all. So here’s a fun account of my time with Simba in beautiful Barcelona. Enjoy! Parc Güell Unfortunately, the park was only free…

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…

Day Trip to Tibidabo

I was just outside Barcelona hiking in the foothills of Mount Tibidabo. I was at the end of this path and I came to a clearing and there was a lake, very secluded. And there were tall trees all around. It was dead silent. Gorgeous. And across the lake I saw…a beautiful woman…bathing herself…but she…

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…

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…