Autumnal Paradise in Leavenworth
Nov05

Autumnal Paradise in Leavenworth

  In southern Spain, you knew it was autumn when the trees were full of green leaves one day, and none the next. The sun would slowly transition from its unbearable summer state, and suddenly you could begin sleeping under the blankets again. Autumn in Andalucía wasn’t celebrated with the onslaught of pumpkin patches, haunted houses, and the ever-coveted pumpkin spice lattes. Instead it was just those few cooler months before...

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Leavenworth, Washington: A German Village in the USA
Oct31

Leavenworth, Washington: A German Village in the USA

  Nestled in the Cascade mountains of Washington State is a bit of Bavaria called Leavenworth. The land is about as idyllic as it gets: a vibrant autumn palette spilling out onto the leaves and bushes, babbling creeks and thick forests all surrounded by jagged peaks waiting to be dusted with snow. The present-day town is small, but inviting—main street makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a German town in the Alps...

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(Re)exploring Ballard: Bastille
Oct25

(Re)exploring Ballard: Bastille

  If you were to ask me what I love most about Seattle, first I’d tell you that I think it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen, despite traveling to a decent amount of places in this world. Then, I’d confess—that its neighborhoods are what I really love. From hipster-populated Capitol Hill to the student-friendly U-District, to funky Fremont, every neighborhood in the city has its own unique vibe, and I always stumble...

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Lisbon vs. San Francisco: Are the Comparisons True?
Apr20

Lisbon vs. San Francisco: Are the Comparisons True?

If you’ve heard someone talk about Lisbon, you’ve probably heard them compare it to San Francisco. But, is it true? Could Lisbon, founded in 1255, really have that much in common with San Francisco, founded hundreds of years later? In short, yes. Lisbon and San Francisco do have some striking similarities: 1) The cable cars 2) They were both built atop seven hills   3) They’re both situated on the water 4) They both have an orange...

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Memorable vs. Mediocre Meals While Traveling
Apr16

Memorable vs. Mediocre Meals While Traveling

Though Lisbon itself wasn’t my favorite, I did have a great dining experience there that I won’t forget soon. It came the day after a mediocre meal accompanied by pretty terrible service. Now trust me, I understand that not everywhere else in the world has a tipping culture like my home country, (thanks for that lesson, Spain!) but tips aside, nothing excuses being downright rude. *steps off soapbox* I was determined to not just...

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Lisbon: Not What I Expected
Apr13

Lisbon: Not What I Expected

I look at visiting new cities as one may look at going on a blind date. Some cities you connect with and want to see again, while others leave little to be desired. Unfortunately for me, Lisbon, Portugal was the latter. I usually never completely write off places and vow to never return, but honestly, I’d be hard-pressed to find a reason to return to Lisbon. It wasn’t horrible, and there wasn’t one particular bad experience that left...

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