Poland Pt. 1: Krakow

It rained every day I spent in Krakow. Even when it wasn’t raining, clouds covered the sun and the air had a damp moisture. The cold weather made outdoor excursions feel like a trek, but Krakow also felt like a city that can be enjoyed from the inside. Its UNESCO ranked old town (in fact …

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Aix Marks the Spot

Aix-en-Provence seemed like the perfect spot for middle-aged vacationers and retirees seeking a South of France getaway. Known for its lavender, soap and slow pace of life, it’s easy to see why. Aix-en-Provence, Aix for short, is a relaxing university city with a condensed downtown oozing of classic architecture and shops you can easily pop-in …

Tourin’ in Turin

Throughout my semester in Spain every weekend trip I’ve taken has been solo (not counting my program’s mandatory trip to Tarragona). But for Spring Break I planned a two-week-long journey through Northern Italy and the French Riviera with two of my best friends. It felt exciting to explore grand European destinations with people I have …

Busy in Bilbao Pt. 2

A mural recreation of the infamous Picasso work Guernica isn’t particularly charming. Other than the red-brick Spanish gable roofs, its buildings exude practicality over style, but for good reason. Ingrained in the global historical memory of the Spanish Civil War, thanks to the immense media coverage it received and the infamous Picasso work, is the …

Busy in Bilbao Pt. 1

Some cities seem defined by their bridges. Pittsburgh’s iconic yellow three sisters’ bridges are just a few of the many that reach across the rivers. Wroclaw, Poland is known as the city of 100 bridges.  Venice’s romantic gothic bridges are said to characterize the city as much as the canals they stretch over. And Bilbao, …