Why don't people talk about Brussels? I, myself, never thought omg, Brussels, that's my city, and would not have ended up there if I had not been obsessed with chocolate. When we arrived in Brussels the first thing I noticed was gold. Magnificent buildings. I so wanted to spend more time here. Belgium of course … Continue reading Brussels, Belgium
I can't believe it has been almost a year since I first booked my ticket to Portugal. Since then, I have gone back to Europe, visited Scotland, driven to Canada, gained a boyfriend, and, arguably, have overcome a quarter-century crisis. Oh and I'm graduating from graduate school. I miss travelling a ton! I haven't been … Continue reading Life: Back to Square 1
Lagos, Portugal. Never heard of it? Neither had I. I stumbled, somewhat accidentally into this place via google. Literally, just google beaches in Portugal and you will see the Algarves. The Algarves Are a region of southern Portugal that were described by google as "the Florida of Europe." After seeing pictures and reading reviews, I … Continue reading What is Lagos?
to gotttAs an American I do nit hear enough about Lisbon. It is a beautiful city, rich with history and culture. There are several regions but I was fortunate enough to stay in the Alfama district, which is the historic center. Everything about it was beautiful. I used airbnb to get a room steps away … Continue reading The Lovely Land of Lisbon
What is Sintra? A beautiful small town about thirty minutes by train North of Lisbon. It contains 2 palaces and 3 castles, one of which is on too of a hill that you can hike to see. This is Mouros (sp?) Sintra is wonderful for hiking and exploring- my personal favorite castle is the Quinta … Continue reading Sintra, Portugal
Terceira is beautiful. It is an island off of the coast of Africa and is part of the Azores. There are two major cities- Praia de Victoria, which is smaller than Angra, the large city on the island. Everyone i spoke too in the island was amazing. The taxis are inexpensive, and i was able to … Continue reading The nine hour layover in Terceira
So for the past two months I have been googling, pulling research up and generally thinking of every scenario. Looked at Rick Steve's blog. Googled cost-effectiveness. Joined hostelworld. Emailed the folks at airbnb. Booked everything. Chatted with my lovely friends. The most nerve-wracking part about this trip has been my wardrobe. What would I do … Continue reading How to pack for 50 days… (With a limit of 8kg)
Newsflash: I'm going overseas and only know English. Awesome. I had a bit of a panic attack back after I purchased my ticket. I don't have the money for language classes, and furthermore, between grad school, fulltime teaching and a weekend job, I don't have time to add anything to my schedule Here's how I … Continue reading What do Disney movies and Arrested Development have in common?
Daytripping is not just an art: It is a way of life. I spend far more weekend hours away from my cozy dwelling place than there. Here's how I normally plan my day trips: Step 1: Decide if you are going alone or with someone. This is easy! If I'm invited to hang out with … Continue reading The Art of Daytripping