It‘s true: everyone in Paris smokes. Or at least, it seems like everyone. I’m sure there are a few health- or otherwise image-conscious people who choose to forgo tobacco, but no matter how many this silent-possibly-majority are in number, they are hidden behind a screen of exhaling French people.
Smoking is part of European culture: though the EU has strict health regulations, it seems that many young Americans grew up with […]
It’s safe to say that when most tourists visit Madrid, they make a beeline for the Prado. Or for La Plaza Mayor. Or for sangria.
Only late into their trips, if ever, do tourists learn of el Barrio de Las Letras, the city’s literary quarter that was once home to Spanish Renaissance greats like writer Miguel Cervantes, playwright Lope De Vego, and poet Francisco Gómez de Quevedo. The small neighborhood tucked […]
Ebona Verde, La Isabella, and Monte Cristi. My titles keep getting better and better.
Ebona Verde holds the top spot of national parks visited thus far. It literally translates to “green ebony” and references the magnolia trees that prosper in the area. As a former resident of the magnolia state, I was very appreciative of the little cousins to my home-state’s crowning jewel. At the highest peak in the park, there is […]
When most people think of Paris, they think of the typical tourist hot spots, Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Sacre Coeur, Jim Morrison’s grave, etc. You might even think of it as the fashion capital of the world and that even if you wanted to, there is no way you’d be able to afford to A) go to a runway show, or B) wear any of the clothes that are being […]
This week, my entire program took a trip to the Rif, on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco. Due to the rather unconventional itinerary (the Rif isn’t a heavily touristed place), we had a charter bus, so no public transportation adventures were to be had. Plus, there was air conditioning, and the bus was automatic. Uncannily cushy.
The Rif is a different place from the rest of Morocco. As with anything on […]
Moving on to Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. I’ve moved to the other side of the island for the second half of my stay, I have visited two more museums and two more national parks, and I have managed to study for and take my first midterm for the course I’m studying. (But I don’t really think I can as wholesomely capture the essence of my summer course on this blog, […]
Even across the Atlantic Ocean, there is one study habit of mine that has remained unfalteringly persistent: I cannot focus at home.
Last year at Harvard, I was definitely the most unproductive whenever I tried to work in my dorm room, somehow having gotten distracted by anything and everything around me. I would idly observe people walking past Thayer from the anonymous safety of my window; with my bed dangerously close […]
I don’t think it really matters. If you’re somewhere in Sicily between the hours of 8 and 9 pm, you’re going to see a pretty incredible sunset. I’m still waiting for that “green flash” everyone always talks about (I’m skeptical) but this sun-atmosphere combo has figured out how to produce just about every other color in the Crayola box. Deep, dark indigo rules the upper airs and slowly fades to a […]
A visit to the Haitian border. On our way back from Pedernales, we took the first possible chance to take a detour in preparation for the arduous journey…by paying a visit to the Haiti border. The border consisted of little more than a few armed guards, a small shack, and a fence that marked off what seemed to be a 20 ft “demilitarized zone” between the two countries. However, it also […]
As I survive my first few weeks of college, I look back at last year. I wouldn’t have traded it for the world. Instead of going straight from high school to college, I spent 6 months of last year traveling solo in Europe and Asia. I paid for it all myself, saving pennies and volunteering in exchange for room and board. I spent my days exploring, tasting, working, seeing, and […]