Victoria’s Favorite Tapas

One of my favorite parts of visiting a new country and culture is to experience the food! In Spain, tapas are a way of life. These little dishes are meant to be shared in a family style meal, each little plate ordered throughout the night and adding something new to the meal. In the south…

Earth Day

Happy Earth day all! This Earth day, I’m reminiscing about the beautiful beaches of Menorca. This small island off the coast of Spain was the backdrop for a perfect weeklong camping trip when I studied abroad. From secluded beaches with reefs perfect for snorkeling to trails overlooking deep blue water and grassy knolls; from packed white sand beaches…

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…

Monesterio de Pedrables

The monastery was beautifully perched in the hills between newly renovated million dollar homes and old  cobblestone streets. It felt like we had gone back in time a thousand years. One of my first explorations in Barcelona was to Monesterio de Pedrables, a beautiful monestary tucked away in Sarrià-Sant Gervasi (the upper middle class area 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…

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…

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:…

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…