Atop a wooden tower overlooking Lake Geneva, I wrote of Lausanne that the city is a painting, but one that looks like a dream— and perhaps feels like it too. I remember on that day the sky was a color blue I’m not sure I’ve ever seen captured in a work of art or even in a photograph. As in many places, I wondered (and wonder still) what it must be like to grow up in a place such as this. Do young children know how beautiful their world is compared to so many others? Do people leave when they grow old? And if they do, how could they?
Edinburgh is a patchwork quilt of old and new: the buildings, the stores and the people are all a mixture of different times throughout the past few decades (or in some cases, centuries).Around each corner you'll find castles and bastions surrounded by contemporary retail outlets and 19th century homes. It creates a fantastical atmosphere that I haven't yet found anywhere else. Through both sun and rain, Edinburgh shines.
While Dubrovnik’s main distinguishing feature may simply be its appearance, its other aspects are not to be discounted. There are hints of that particular Balkan charm all over the city and it’s a lovely alternative to more expensive and crowded locations along the water such as the Cinque Terre or the French Riviera. It’s easy to get to, easy to get around, and just plain simple which is somewhat rare nowadays. And since simplicity allows relaxation Dubrovnik might just be the best place for your next vacation.
It still amazes me that I have had the opportunity to have these experiences and I can say proudly that I wouldn’t want to spend my 20th birthday any other way; there is no greater gift than learning, travel, and good conversation.
Vienna was a pleasant surprise- the very little I knew about Vienna before arriving was sourced purely from fiction novels. In this post I will be sharing tidbits of my visits to some of Vienna’s main attractions.
Even with the damp weather, Budapest was absolutely breathtaking. The city itself is a work of art and its personality, and that of its people is undeniably charming.
A Serbian burger is essentially a pork and beef patty seasoned with sweet onions. This particular restaurant serves it with french fries and fresh sweet onions (almost everything in the Balkans comes with them) (it’s weird at first but then you start enjoying it) (unless you don’t like onions. Then, well, sorry) which complement the meat perfectly.
Despite the fact that it's often a neusiance and I usually don't find time to read them anyway, it's a pretty safe bet that you can find a book in my bag on any given day. It doesn't matter if I'm waiting for a train to Boston or doing some grocery shopping, it's pretty much a garuntee that I've thrown a book in my purse on my way out the door.
In 2017, I encourage you all to make time to treat yourselves well- do the things you like, take care of your body, read that book you bought three years ago and haven’t had time for, and get away- it’s good for you.
Winter in New York is something I believe everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. The city is never as cheerful as it is during the holidays, and never as quiet as it is after a snowfall and, after all, everyone needs a New York story or two, eh?
The thing with this kind of baggage is that it’s just that: baggage. Each of the aforementioned has traveled all over the place and been present for some of my favorite memories.
As I’ve grown older it has become typical that the majority of my time spent home from school is spent in the city, and, since I began exploring it by myself at 15, I’ve made the city my own.
For the sake of the mystery I won’t divulge all of its secrets, but I will share with you a few of my favorites.