6 months: 8 countries, 14 cities

My post-grad plan, my redo of study abroad and my year of teaching English in France is over! What an experience, what a trip.

1.ICELAND

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Cities I visited: Reykjavik

Landmarks I visited: Viking World Museum, Blue Lagoon

2.FRANCE

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Cities I visited: Lyon, Bourg-en-Bresse, Paris, Amiens, Grenoble, Annecy

Towns I visited: Oyonnax, Bellignat, Charix, Apremont, Samognat, Creil, Montataire, Nogent-sur-Oise, Pierrefonds, Versailles, Beauvais, Perouges, Villefranche-sur-Saone, Nantua Continue reading

Bratislava, Slovakia

“Brati-what?” and “Where is that, anyway?” were just two of the most common responses when I laid out my travel plans for Christmas break. Understandable, as Bratislava isn’t exactly a major European tourist attraction. As Berlin was my #1 travel destination this year, Bratislava was Adam’s. His family is Slovak and so the ancestral homeland was on the list. Fortunately, Ryanair had a flash sale between the two capital cities so our itinerary was set.

Bratislava is an underrated city, and the Old Town was beautiful. However, it was clear from our arrival that the city was behind the Iron Curtain. Bratislava is not Prague, or Budapest, or even East Berlin. The Soviet influences are much stronger than in those tourist hubs, but to me it made the city have a realness to it and showed that its still developing, that Bratislava is not finished yet.  I could really tell this was Central Europe. Continue reading

That time I was scared for my life ringing in the New Year

I`m 22 years old, and I`ve now had my 23rd New Years. I dont remember all those early ones, of course, but I do have lots of memories of saying goodbye to one year and hello to another- once I was old enough to stay up till midnight! I`ve gone to parties, stayed home with my family, stayed home with friends, had brunch, had Chinese food, etc. I like New Years, its a fun holiday.

However.

Never, in my 22 years have I had a New Years Eve celebration quite like the one I experienced in Bratislava ringing in 2016.

I`m from New York, okay? There are strict fireworks laws, and even though I know they`re legal for personal use in other states and countries, I kind of naively assumed that it would be sort of kind of safe.

That was not the case in Bratislava.

We should`ve known, honestly, since from the second we stepped off the bus to the city center at about 4 PM, people were already throwing firecrackers on random street corners and explosions went off every five minutes or so. Continue reading

Snapshots of Christmas break

Happy New Year! I recently-just this week, actually- got back from a 4 country trip for the Christmas holidays! With Adam, I got to visit the Paris Christmas markets, spend Christmas in Berlin, New Years in Bratislava, Slovakia, along with a much-too-short day trip to Vienna. I had an absolutely amazing time and wil have several blog posts up in the next few weeks, but here are some initial photos from my fantastic trip!

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one of the lock bridges in Paris

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A very German Christmas

I`ve been dying to go to Berlin and I am very excited to be spending Christmas there!

I`ll be visiting Adam in Creil, visiting the Paris Christmas markets, maybe Lille. Then an overnight bus to Berlin, where we will celebrate Christmas with schnitzel, bratwurst, and mulled wine! Bratislava is our destination of choice to ring in 2016, with a possible daytrip to Vienna, as the two capitals are very close. Stay tuned!