Spanish Adventure 3: Olite y Bardenas Reales

For the third trip around the Basque Country, I traveled to the town of Olite and the desert called Bardenas Reales. Both of these locations are outside of Bizkaia, in Navarre. Neither are necessarily famous worldwide, however; both are known for one main attraction. Olite is a relatively ancient town. It was first built in…

China: Empty & Full

Random Chinese people walking down the street gathered in the front courtyard of our hotel to watch my classmates and I as we danced to a rendition of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love.” Considering that we were in the relatively rural county of Jidong – home to Fenghuangshan (Phoenix mountain) – I wouldn’t be surprised if…

Morocco: Gird Your Loins, This One’s Kinda Lengthy

This past weekend was extra long because of مولد (Mawlid), the celebration of the Prophet’s birthday. We got out of class on Wednesday after lunch and didn’t have to be back until Monday morning, so we decided to make the most of it by traveling around northern Morocco a bit. We ventured to Meknes, Azrou,…