That Time I Went Skydiving

To preface this story, I had always considered the thought of going skydiving, but never had a strong desire to actually do it. People would ask: “would you ever go skydiving?!” and I’d respond with a vague answer around the fact that I didn’t really know and for the time being I had no plans […]

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How to see Lisbon, Portugal in 2 Days

Panorama of city views of Lisbon, Portugal

Is it possible to fall in love with a city after only two days? I think so. The destination is Lisbon, Portugal – a large city in a small and friendly country neighboring Spain. I didn’t know much about Portugal before we went, but I found so many treasures in Lisbon – here’s what you […]

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Blooming in Amsterdam

Boat going down a canal in Amsterdam

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Amsterdam? Is it marijuana cafes? Grow-your-own shrooms sold by the bag? The red light district? Me too. At least, that’s what I thought of before I actually visited. Turns out, there is a lot more to the Netherlands’ capital than these few headliners. […]

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The Wonders of Cambodia

When I googled “best places to visit in Southeast Asia,” Cambodia often came up at the top of every list. The main reason for this overwhelming favoritism was for the Ultimate Wonder of the World, Angkor Wat. Before I studied abroad in Spain, my mom got me a book of the Travel Guide’s Top 500 […]

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The Best of Singapore

As our time in Singapore started to draw to a close, we wanted to take the opportunity of free time after classes were over to do all of our favorite things one last time. It was a week of adventuring, to check off all the items that remained on our wishlists. It was a lot […]

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A Feast and a Formal

The main holiday that we missed at home was Thanksgiving. For the entire semester leading up to it, we tried to think of a way to celebrate so we weren’t too upset about not being with our families. My mom ended up doing some research because she felt bad that we couldn’t be home, and […]

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Getting Close in Hong Kong

Hey there! Thanks for coming back! I promise there will be no more talk of illnesses in the rest of my posts. Only positive things!! In fact, when people ask me what was my favorite place to visit over the course of the semester, I am torn between Thailand and Hong Kong. Thailand because of […]

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Malaysia – a “No-Budweiser Zone”

Back to Malaysia! The gang and I decided to take a quick trip to Kuala Lumpur, which is a large city, so it was a very different vibe for me than Langkawi. Let’s just say I don’t have the fondest memories of KL…. Let me explain and you’ll understand why. The first night was actually […]

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Shooty ‘Da Nang,’ We’re Soaked

Let’s just preface this trip by saying that for our entire semester in Southeast Asia, we were in the middle of monsoon season. We planned trips regardless of this fact, and hoped for the best. Up to this point, it didn’t pose much of a problem…. Then came Vietnam. After flying into Da Nang, we […]

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Family Reunion

Wow, what an incredible thing to be able to say that my parents traveled halfway around the world to come and visit me in Singapore! It’s especially amazing because my mom hates flying – absolutely hates it. So a 15-hour flight didn’t really sound like her cup of tea. But she braved the journey anyways, […]

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