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Best London One Day Tour Guide

January 8, 2017

Next time you head to London, reference this one-day guide and take in one of the world’s cultural meccas. If you’re feeling ambitious, put on your most comfortable shoes and do the entire circuit.

Most Delicious Breakfasts Around the World

December 12, 2016

If you’ve traveled far from home, you might be able to relate to the unique exhaustion that is jetlag. If you skip too many time zones, it can throw off your entire circadian rhythm and mess with your meal schedule. But, if you want to get moving and see what you came to see, you need

Buenos Aires: Bus, Taxis, or Subway?

March 22, 2016

Tourists and newcomers often wonder, “Should I take taxis everywhere in Buenos Aires?” If I had a dollar for every time I heard that, well, depending on the exchange rate that day…I’d have more than that in pesos. Finding your bearings in a big city is rarely easy. It’s more challenging when you don’t know the language, but even if you do speak Spanish, you’ll find that Buenos Aires has a special dialect and accent.

Okemo Vermont Outdoor Guide

August 25, 2014

Here in Argentina the seasons are changing and Spring is just around the corner. This will be the second year in a row that I will be having a spring birthday! The weather has been amazing the past week but today it’s cold and overcast and feeling very much like the early days of a

Gaucho Dancing and Flag Day in Argentina

June 21, 2014

Argentina has one of the world’s happiest flags. Two wide sky blue stripes flank a white stripe in the middle of the flag. An ornate sun with a peaceful looking face sits against the white backdrop. It’s a scene played out the majority of the time in Buenos Aires. Here the winters are mild and

Sunny Seattle and Pike Place Explorations

May 28, 2014

If you take just a glance at the interwebs, you’ll find that there are a million articles about Seattle’s Pike Place Market. My fellow 90s kids, remember Real World Seattle? The intro showed Pike Place’s world famous fish throwers in full action. Situated above picturesque Elliot Bay, the waterfront marketplace first opened its doors on

Street Art in Buenos Aires Argentina

November 25, 2013

The sunny disposition of Buenos Aires, Argentina — where there is literally constant sunshine, parties until 6 am, and every greeting includes a kiss — can blind visitors to the country’s darker chapters. There is a dramatic layered history of homelessness, poverty, missing people, and untimely deaths. Street art exploded on the scene when Argentina’s Dirty

Foto Friday: Statues Around the World

November 8, 2013

Statues exist all over the world, we encounter them so often that sometimes we simply pass them by. In my travels the one constant that I’ve witnessed in every country are the existence of statues. Here I share a few, but with few words because that is what you get when you walk past statues

Edinburgh On A Budget – Top Must-Sees Without Entrance Fees

October 12, 2013

Edinburgh is a beautiful city, the capital of Scotland and seeped in romantic history. With the second highest population in Scotland (just over 800,000 people populate its entire metropolitan area), and covering a mere 102 square miles (264 square kilometers), you have to make a trip here if you get over to the United Kingdom.

Top 3 Luxury Winter Holiday Destinations

September 25, 2013

After a summer filled with barbeques in the backyard and long days on the beach, the seasons are changing. The leaves are turning, the cider is hot and some retailers are already releasing Christmas commercials. Before the holiday hustle and bustle sets in full swing, it’s time to start planning a winter getaway. Whether you

4 Must Sees In Durham, England

September 5, 2013

Durham is a small city located in North East England. Situated on the River Wear, the name Durham comes from the Old Norse word for island (holme) and the Old English word for hill (dun). The River Wear bends around the old city centre which creates an island like effect where the centre is reached

Aix-en-Provence, France – Put It On Your Bucket List

August 5, 2013

The fountains really do “cast their lazy spray” I’ve only been to France once. It was August 2011, I was in the throes of my master’s thesis and desperately needed a get away. Last minute I booked a flight with Ryanair to Marseilles, France. It was the cheapest flight available that was going somewhere warm.

London One Day Tour – On a Budget

July 25, 2013

If you read my one-day walking guide to London, you noticed that I was directing you to places that require you to shell out a lot of money just for an entry fee. European travel can really lighten your pockets if you aren’t careful and most likely your currency suffers when compared to the British

One Day London Guide – Royal Baby Fever

July 23, 2013

Freemason Parade? I never did find out what exactly it was for. In the wake of the royal family’s new arrival, there’s no better time to learn about the United Kingdom. I spent two and a half years living in Britain and have visited the capital city a number of times. I’m going to tell

Travel Tales

Buenos Aires: City Without a Filter

October 16, 2015

I look to my left, down the tracks. The television hanging from the ceiling blares the latest news in Spanish. I can’t make out the words, all I hear is the train hurdling towards the platform.

Uncle Sam Wants You to Speak Spanish

September 8, 2014

I was on my usual grind yesterday. You know the drill: opening up a blank word doc to write an article on the right side of the screen and on the left opening Chrome with the intention of doing research on said article. Despite my good intentions, Facebook takes over the screen and I’m powerless

World Cup in Buenos Aires

July 18, 2014

I have gone through phases where I am into sports, but right now it just isn’t my thing. During the World Cup I wasn’t that invested in the games. If the US was playing at the same time as another game, I’d ask my boyfriend, Alejandro, to switch to the US game. Then I’d end

Expats, Depression, and Honesty

July 8, 2014

Finding a way to move forward from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder amplified by an already existing depression and circumstantial anxiety has been more than a little bit of a struggle. For half a day, or even a week, I may feel the energy of the world in such a positive way. I will see the future

Pacific Girl: Feeling My Pacific Northwest Roots

May 15, 2014

In the weeks leading up to my journey to the Pacific Northwest, I was experiencing higher than normal levels of anxiety. Trying to chase and catch enough jobs so I would have enough money to pay rent and pay for my trip. I suppose I was feeling a sense of nervousness because I would be

Argentina Road Tripping Part II: Tilcara, Humahuaca, and Dreadlocks

March 11, 2014

March 2014 Buenos Aires to Tilcara This is Part II of my experience on an epic Argentine Road Trip. To read Part I click here. The journey lasted hours on end. Night fell and I dozed in and out of a fitful sleep. Potholes, honking horns, and sudden high speeds would jolt me awake. Cold

Argentine Road Tripping to the Andean Northwest

March 5, 2014

This past week I was gone in the Andean Northwest in Argentina. Along with my boyfriend and two of our amigos, I experienced an intense Carnaval under Tilcara’s bright sun, saw Incan ruins, ate llama, camped in the cold Andes, and viewed the Hill of Seven Colors. There is much to tell, to start off

The Scared Traveler, My Dirty Secret

January 29, 2014

I write for a living. I write about myself and about the world. The façade I put on is that I do not fear self-analysis. I seem to be a person unafraid of being intimate with myself. That is my dirty secret. I continue to move and flee to all ends of the earth mostly

Personal Renewal at Posada Itaca

January 25, 2014

I feel an odd half-death in the city, the only life to interact with is other people. The wind is tainted with the exhaust of a million vehicles. Each one taking the road signs and stop lights as mere suggestions, impatiently honking their horns as they pass on all sides at frightening speeds. Concrete boxes

Holidays in Argentina: Fireworks Galore

January 2, 2014

I’ve been neglecting my dear blog lately. I’m busy writing content for the launch of SharpHeels.com, I’m the travel editor-in-chief and have a lot to do for when it goes live in a week! Also, I’ve been on a Listverse frenzy, writing all sorts of articles for them, the most recent one that was published

Breaking My Personal Space Bubble In Argentina

November 26, 2013

First off, I need to apologize for the lack of blog posts. A lot has been happening and I simply have not had the time to write anything lately. Here is my return to blogging after a two week hiatus! Argentina is all about people. Social connections are, without a doubt, one of the most

The Silent City of the Dead – La Recoleta Cemetery

November 5, 2013

The silent city of the dead, it sounds like the title to the newest horror flick, it may be the title to a scary movie actually. The sunny city of Buenos Aires doesn’t conjure up images of eerie ghosts and creepy foggy mornings, but there is a city of the dead here and it is

Best Birthday Ever – Argentina Knows How To Celebrate

October 7, 2013

I’ve had my fair share of crappy birthdays. In my second year of college, a friend and I had planned on a dual baking party for our birthdays, which were only a couple days apart. At the last minute she told me she didn’t want to have a party anymore and the plans fell through.

3 Moments In Ireland I Never Wanted To Forget

October 1, 2013

August 2006, Ireland, Age 19 We all have those moments when you are walking along and notice something relatively insignificant, like a blossoming lily, and wonder if later we will be able to remember the way the brilliant hues bounced off the petals. Do you ever squeeze your eyes shut and try to capture a

My Argentine Emergency Room Visit

September 28, 2013

I’ve been here for barely a month and already I’ve had to take a trip to the emergency room. I live life in a very yes or don’t-know fashion, once I make a decision I stick to it but I am the most annoying person when trying to decide between two options. It drives my

3 Qualities International Volunteers Must Have

September 24, 2013

In an earlier blog post I wrote about graffiti in the parks of Buenos Aires and shared a photo of art at Plaza Los Inmigrantes, I have more to tell you about Graffiti Mundo and the work being done in the Olivos barrio. The picture to the right was taken by Cris, Ale’s mother who dedicates

Dangers of Being a Female Traveler and Valuing Caution

August 29, 2013

Tara Isabella Burton wrote a beautiful piece for Salon called the “Dangers of traveling while female” in which she accurately describes the inner monologue of the female traveler. She recounts not only her own experience, but mine as well. To be a savvy female traveler is to be constantly aware, consistently suspicious, and sometimes abruptly rude. I too know that I am an intruder in the public space in many places that I travel, following my own “internal set of rules” I always stay in female only dorms or opt for a single room in hostels.

5 Times I Just Went With It

August 8, 2013

Sometimes, when you travel or live abroad you aren’t really sure what’s going on. As I’ve recently admitted, my signature pose says, “I have no idea what’s going on but I’m excited.” You might kind of get it, but mainly you just go with it. Kind of like when Alejandro told me he was going to throw

The Taj Mahal, Fatephur Sikri, and Traveling Friends

July 26, 2013

Previously, I wrote about touters and haggling over rickshaw prices in Agra, India. It wasn’t always such a hassle to get around and I wasn’t always alone. I made friends with some fellow travelers. Flashback to visiting the Taj Mahal, I had just walked away from a man who was being a big sleazy towards me,

Himalayan Memories: Trying To Capture Every Moment

July 22, 2013

Summer 2007, Himalayas, India “Sometimes you will never know the value of a  moment until it becomes a memory.” [Dr. Seuss] I am passionate about traveling and I could not imagine my life without it. It is my passion in life, to explore the world. It is not always easy though. Today I’m posting a