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2507, 2017

Florence’s Flamboyance vs. Milan’s Mellow

By |July 25th, 2017|

Now that I’ve finished exploring two of the three major cities of my Northern Italian walkabout, I can say that I definitely preferred Milan to Florence. Both cities have plenty of history and are full of things to do. They both have the same monasteries, baptisteries, abbeys, or whatever other religious structure they could come up with in the 1300s. And both of their main architectural attractions are simply called “The Duomo” (they have real names, but I honestly doubt that many people even know that). But Milan’s history feels better integrated into the city—the cathedral that took 600 years to build, the historically fancy Vittorio Emanuel II mall, the Navigli district with locks that were designed in part by da Vinci. All this is [...]

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2107, 2017

My Thirty Minutes as Lizzie McGuire

By |July 21st, 2017|

Traveling is often a weird negotiation between expectation and reality—expectations can easily lead to disappointment, especially if they're shaped by movies. This is particularly true of Rome, whose monuments have served as backdrops for a number of iconic films. There's La Dolce Vita, which has had generations hoping to pull an Anita Ekberg and frolic in the Trevi Fountain (not allowed). People climb the Spanish Steps hoping to inherit an ounce of Audrey Hepburn's style in Roman Holiday (unlikely). Angels and Demons has people searching the Vatican for signs of the Illuminati (good luck). And then there's perhaps the most important film set in Rome: The Lizzie McGuire Movie, which in 2003 set the bar for hair clip use and study abroad trips. If you [...]

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1707, 2017

Navigating the Glass-Covered Streets of Hamburg During the 2017 G20 Summit: A Tribute to a Battered City’s Unwavering Perseverance

By |July 17th, 2017|

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this piece are the author’s alone and do not reflect the view of Let’s Go Publications, Inc. I arrived in Hamburg, Germany with a sinking feeling in my stomach. With the G20 Summit under way and the corresponding protests growing in scale, the city had become a hotbed of political and social tension. The night before I was set to travel to Hamburg from Cologne, I received an email from the train company I’d booked with saying that, because of the demonstrations, they were cancelling all train services to Hamburg. Of course, all of the information was in German, so I had to rely on the woman working reception at my hostel to translate the email’s contents and call the [...]

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1407, 2017

I Watched People Get Trampled by Bulls and Remembered I Live in a Bubble

By |July 14th, 2017|

A feeling hangs in the air that isn’t quite excitement, but not dread either. More a mutual anticipation mixed with the unbelievable chaos of a moment unlike any other. Saying a feeling hangs in the air suggests lack of motion, a static moment– but that’s not what I mean at all. The feeling hangs in the air by the sheer force of almost 20,000 people waiting for the same second, but Pamplona’s crowded Plaza de Toros bullring couldn’t be further from motionless. The dancers have left the ring in follow-the-leader formation, the microphones from the singing group have been cleared, the “Kiss Cam” cameramen have ceased zooming in on onlookers– all the spectacles designed to keep a crowd this big entertained until the main event [...]

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1207, 2017

Oh, the People You’ll Meet: Malaga’s Cat Man (Read: why talking to old people is the best idea when traveling)

By |July 12th, 2017|

One of my favorite things to do while traveling is talking to strangers. This sounds bad because ever since I could walk, my parents drilled it into my head that this is the OPPOSITE of what I should be doing. After all, the world is not just rainbows and flowers—there are bad people out there too. Although I generally believe that people are innately good, I see the logic behind their actions. But here's how I would revise my parents’ advice, especially for the young solo-traveler: be street smart, have common sense, and don't casually tell the person sitting next to you your social security number. But DO talk to strangers, particularly ELDERLY strangers. The hippie globe-trotters and nomads you'll meet in hostels are full [...]

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