Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Five Must Dos After Checking In at a Hotel


When I was in Brussels my friends and I stayed at this place that had great reviews, the service was friendly and accommodating, and it smelled very nice as weird as that sounds (it was the holiday season when we were there so it smelled like pine cones and cinnamon!). Yet, a couple days later, one of my friends got a rash on her arms and neck to which we immediately freaked out thinking the worst: bed bugs......GROSS! Needless to say, it was a lesson I'll never forget, especially when checking into a room- whether it's a hotel or a five star hotel, here are some top things you should always do before crashing at a place for the night.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Differences Between Studying and Working Abroad


You buy a plane ticket and you embark on this exciting adventure to an amazing European country for a semester where life is more laid back, the wine is cheap, and the nights are long. Walking through the narrow cobbled stoned streets, fall in love more and more everyday, explore the city's hidden corners, find the most local pubs and taverns, and make life-long friends. You have the most rewarding experience of your life and by the time you leave, your heart breaks slowly as the wheels of the plane take off from the tarmac. You sob and are close to hitting depression as you transition to being back home and the same routine until the light of the end of the tunnel appears- you suddenly come up with the idea of going back to that sweet life but instead of studying, you decide to finish your degree and work in the country you left your heart. As an individual who's been on both sides, here are somethings you should take into mind before making your big move.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My Top 7 Porto Picks


A couple months ago I went on a little weekend getaway to Porto where I explored the narrowed streets, unraveling endless history and tasty flavors. Despite my short stay, I found some pretty awesome gems worth checking out next time you visit Oporto.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Eight No Nos When Traveling in Spain


Just a couple of days ago my friend and I were trying to find the pizza joint that we had made a reservation at when we turned to a street and my heart suddenly dropped. “Oh my god, this can’t be the place where we’re having pizza, this is the tourist trap street!!” I said panicking. To much of my relief, the pizza place wasn't on there and we had just made an early turn. But looking at the tourist ally, with all of the waiters trying to fish you into the restaurant, the big, obnoxious signs yelling out “authentic tapas,” I just felt like I had to run for the hills…or just make a blog post on what NOT to do when visiting Spain.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Places for a Great Cocktail in Madrid


Within the past year, I've discovered the wonderful world of mixology, a fancy word for making great, creative cocktail. Although my love for creative cocktails started in Miami last winter, I've been on the hunt for good cocktails here in Madrid. Here are some places that made the list for some awesome drinks, cheers!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hidden Backroads with Taste of Porto


About a week ago, I got to go on a fabulous food tour with Taste Porto where we got to try authentic, yet not the stereotypical food they offer. From the delicious aperitif accompanied with a moscatel, to the hearty Porto sandwiches, this 3.5 hour tour will have you leaving more than satisfied, but also struggling to walk up the hills that make up beautiful Porto.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Planning a Trip to Seville during the Spring Festivities (PT. 2 of 2)


Everyone thinks about bull fights and flamenco dresses when they think about Spain, and Seville during Feria resembles just that. Unlike Semana Santa, which is somewhat a somber festivity, Feria is an alegre (happy), bright, and fun festival pretty every Sevillano looks forward to each spring. Feria, which is celebrated on the Triana area of Seville called "Los Remedios," begins two weeks after the end of Semana Santa.