Budget Traveling: Buying the Flight

Hello again! I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus since work has been busy. However, I am excited to say that later this month I am going to be traveling back to Europe for the first time since I studied abroad!  I am super excited and can’t wait to be traveling overseas once again-…

Reflecting: Infinity Mirrors

Last month, I scored the opportunity to visit the Kusama exhibit at the Smithsonian Hirshorn museum. The exhibit featured 6 different infinity rooms, rooms lined with mirrors so it looked like you were looking off into infinity. My favorite rooms were those that featured hanging lights. They flickered as if they were magic. Check out the amazing…

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…

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…

New York Minute

In my 2017 New Years Resolution to travel more, I took a short weekend trip to the fabulous New York City! This time around, my friend and I were able to find an awesome hotel deal, so we were able to stay in TriBeCa in a nice hotel, rather than crashing on our friends couches/floors….

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…

Navigating Public Transportation

Let’s face it, navigating public transportation when you’ve driven a car your whole suburban life is difficult. Add a new language into the mix, and you might as well declare yourself lost now. If you’re studying abroad or traveling for the first time, you’ll Learn how to read a real map Whether you like it…

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…

West Wing Adventures

Before President Obama leaves for office, I wanted to make sure I had the opportunity to explore the White House, West Wing, and the Executive Office Building. My first exploration was of the Truman Bowling Alley. Here, located in EEOB is a two lane bowling alley that is free to the public, so long as…