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:…

Grid: Barcelona

Here is my late entry to the Daily Post’s photo grid challenge. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss Barcelona immensely. With colorful balanconies and beautiful people, how could I not? Even when the buildings were stuck close together with small, vespa-lined ally ways below, the city was still beautiful. I’m of the…

5 Lessons You Learn After You Study Abroad

It has now been over year since I left Barcelona, one of the most beautiful, charming, and magical cities on the planet. In the year that I’ve been back home (and saving money furiously to return back), I’ve been able to really consolidate my personal, emotional and intellectual growth into 5 major lessons I learned…

Why Learning a New Language is the Best Investment for Yourself

After living in the beautiful bilingual city of Barcelona, I became obsessed with languages. From trying to understand Catalan in my law classes to reading Spanish texts on history, art, and literature in my philology classes, my brain exploded with new words from both the Catalan and Spanish languages. But the biggest thing that I learned…

Get Lost.

I have been lost. In more ways than one, really- physically, figuratively, metaphorically, in a city that I’ve never been to before while it’s late at night and I’m by myself and there’s no taxis on the street to take me home… in the post-grad life where I have no idea what I’m doing…You get…

The hardest part about studying abroad: Returning home

A lot of people talk about how hard it is to move, go abroad and leave your home. And of course, it is difficult. But people focus so much moving abroad, they never really focus on how hard it is to return home, after a crazy, life changing trip or living experience in a different culture. And that’s…

Saying Goodbye to the Good Times: Abroad Series Part 3

So as I am writing this I am sitting on my balcony for the last time and our landlady is checking our apartment for everything before we leave for the last time. It seems so strange that it’s already been a little over five months in this apartment and that we now have to leave…