Pâques à Paris (Easter in Paris)

Morning in Paris, the city awakes to the bells of Notre Dame… A few Easters ago I was lucky enough to spend Easter in beautiful Paris! We started our morning with croissants and coffee (and hot chocolate and tea!) outside of beautiful Notre Dame, next to the famous buttresses that hold the beautiful Cathedral in…

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…

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…

The Dinner Diaries: Petit-déjeuner à Paris

In a small Parisian cafe, in the shadows of the neighborhood of Notre Dame, sat the Cafe St. Regis. With lively hosts, and a crowd of locals and tourists, my friends found a table on a cold February morning in a table for five, around a clean white table cloth and a delightful table display….

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…

5 Final Tips to Pack for Study Abroad

It’s January, which means that many college juniors find themselves ready to embark on a whirlwind adventure. Whether you’re packing for 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months or a year, here are some tips to help you pack for your new life! 1. Pack all medications you’ll need for your stay This includes any over the counter…

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…

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…

Shine: When the Lights Go Down in the City…

There’s something magical about a city when the sun goes down and nightlife begins. Every city reveals a new charm, new characters, and new opportunities to experience the local culture. Coming from a suburb of Los Angeles, nighttime often meant that commuters had made it through the LA traffic to their track homes and were…

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…

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…