Solo Travels in London

During my time abroad, I quickly learned that my favorite way to travel was solo. Don’t get me wrong, travelling with friends is awesome and you shouldn’t only travel alone. However, I really appreciated taking a little bit of time to focus on what I wanted. My last two trips to London were the best….

England: Actually Studying During Study Abroad

Since “study” is half of “study abroad,” it’s important to have an idea of what you’re getting yourself into before you start planning all of your exciting new adventures through Europe. I found the UK system of few assignments and multiple essays a little harder to adjust to, as I’m used to minimal essays and…

When a Man is Tired of London, He is Tired of Life

Studying in Reading has the amazing perk of being just an (inexpensive) 30 minute train ride into Paddington Station, a fact that I seem to never shut up about. There is so much to see and do in London that it blows my mind and it pains me to know that I won’t be able…

Irish You Were There

In mid-March, I had the opportunity to spend 36 hours in beautiful Dublin with a friend. It’s hard to get a lot done in only 36 hours, but we hit a few of the highlights and spent some time wandering the streets before our flight back to the UK. Our hotel was located about 45…

Italy: Top 5 Amalfi Towns to Visit

As my trip winds down like the hilly streets near my soon-to-be-no-longer home, I have been trying to soak in as much of Southern Italy as possible. With Campania being the most densely-populated region in Italy, it’s harder to choose what cities to visit than it is to choose what flavor of gelato to order….

So You Want to Go to France

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of meandering through the streets of la Ville Lumière while nibbling on a baguette, people watching while I sipped tea in an outdoor café in rural France, and meeting the love of my life in the Musée d’Orsay in front of a Van Gogh painting. While my…

England: What’s on the Menu?

Before I left for Reading, everyone around me seemed to crack jokes revolving around various British stereotypes. The biggest joke? “How are you going to survive on such bland food?” While it’s true that Great Britain probably wouldn’t win a spot in the Top Ten Most Delicious Cuisines award, that doesn’t mean everything is inedible….

Italy: Expectation vs. RealITALY

I’ve seen pictures of the Amalfi Coast on the Instagram profiles of nearly every travel blogger I follow. The pastel villas and turquoise waters seemed to be straight out of a luxury perfume ad, so I came ready for my month-long study in Salerno with the classiest outfits I could fit in half of a…

Top Places to Visit in Paris

Paris is a city with several nicknames. “The City of Love,” “The City of Lights” are just two popular ones. With being one of the top cities to visit in Europe along with all the sights to see, planning a trip to Paris can quickly become overwhelming. Recently, I visited Paris and stayed for less…

Japan: The Fleeting Sakura Season

Winter this year in Japan was milder than usual so everyone was a little surprised when spring seemed to show up late.  In Japan, people associate the blossoming of the cherry blossom trees, or sakura, with the start of spring.  People will typically have hanami, a flower viewing picnic, to celebrate the good weather and…

Dana: Namsan Tower and Myeongdong

Now that it is November, the temperatures are dropping to below freezing, the leaves are changing to a beautiful array of yellows, reds, and browns, and Korea is as lively as ever. Not too long ago, I got the chance to see Seoul from a vantage point of 236 meters high at the top of…

Tokyo: Halloween in Shibuya

Halloween in Japan was never a a big holiday in until about five years ago when people went to Shibuya for the night to go bar hopping.  But the bars were so full that people spilled out into the streets still partying in costumes.  Now, during Halloween the road is closed to traffic and the…