About Wesley Rivera

Wesley Rivera is a rising Junior at Harvard studying psychology and government. He's from Orlando, Florida. Aside from Let's Go he supervises on-campus fundraising, volunteers with Relay for Life, and enjoys playing guitar, attending music festivals, and 39 minute naps. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @wesleyreyrivera (he'll hit you with a follow back).
20 11, 2015
  • Barcelona Market

Ten Free-ish Things to Keep You Busy in Barcelona

· Park Guell. Park Guell features some of Gaudi’s most impressive designs. Until recently, admission was free; however, the park surrounding the area is still open to enter and has promises great views of the city. · La Rambla. La Rambla is a long walkway packed with shops, street performers, restaurants, bars, and wide-eyed foreigners— just like you. Although it is a tourist trap, it's definitely worth a wander, and if you keep [...]

16 11, 2015
  • Costa Brava beach

Top 10 Beaches in Costa Brava

Sant Francesc. This is a delightful little cove near Blanes. The water is crystal clear, green, and blue as you get deeper. You can see it from the gardens above, and sometimes you'll find local fisherman catching octopus while you swim. Bay of Roses. A very large bay with extensive restaurants and hotels along the shore. A popular tourist destination, the Bay of Roses features many water sports such as jet skiing [...]

5 11, 2015
  • Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

Top 5 Museums to Check Out When in Santiago de Compostela

Museum of the Galician People. Located next to the Santo Domingo de Bonaval Convent, the Museum of Galician People highlights the region‘s culture and history. It’s free but closed on Mondays. Galician Center of Contemporary Art. Another free museum, the CGAC is located in old town and is home to a large display of contemporary art from Galicia. This museum is also closed on Mondays. Pilgrimage Museum.Located on Rua de San Domingos de [...]

2 11, 2015
  • Exploring the streets of Sitges

Top 5 Day Trips Out of Barcelona

Montserrat. Head to Espanya station to purchase roundtrip tickets to Montserrat, which entails taking a train and cable car up the mountain. Once at the top, visit the Basilica, gaze upon the Virgin of Montserrat, and do some wine tasting. Don't forget your camera. Sitges. Sitges is a beautiful coastal resort town with nicer, less populated beaches than those in Barcelona. You can get there by a 25-minute car or train ride [...]

13 10, 2015
  • burgos let's go

Top 3 Overlooked Religious Sites in Burgos

Monasterio de las Huelgas. It's a bit of a walk (approximately 20 minutes), but this monastery is as historical as it is beautiful. Entry costs €4 but includes a guided tour in Spanish. You might be able to get a tour guide in English who can briefly explain the important parts. Iglesia de San Nicolas de Bari. This gorgeous church is often ignored because it is incredibly close to the cathedral. Make sure [...]

13 08, 2015
  • Spain Bilbao Let's Go

Food Doesn’t Get Better Than in Bilbao

So I think Bilbao has been my favorite city so far. Why? Because the food is dank. Like the best I've had in all of Spain. Let me give you a run-down of all that I've eaten and how good it's been. Mexican food: really good. Spanish food: really really good. Chinese food: extremely good. Indian food: incredibly good Japanese food: extraordinarily good. Italian food: illegally good. Basque food: "damn, that [...]

26 06, 2015
  • Running of the Bulls Pamplona Let's Go Wesley Rivera

I Successfully Ran With the Bulls.

The insanity of San Fermin. Editor's Note: In anticipation of this year's San Fermín festival, here's Wesley's harrowing account of running with the bulls in 2014. The craziness that was San Fermín has now ended, and the city of Pamplona is entirely changed. Yesterday was a long and eventful day that I'll never forget. It started at 5:30 when I woke up freaking out that I was actually going to run with the [...]

3 07, 2014
  • Parc Guell Barcelona Let's Go

Notes from Barcelona

The tourist trappiness of Parc Guell. Hey guys, the title says it all. I am spending my last night in the DJ's airbnb flat. We have running water and toilet paper, so I have survived. Today was my last day in Barcelona. I went to Parc Guell, which is a set of summer homes on a mountain that Gaudi built for some rich family back in the day. It's supposed to be [...]

22 06, 2014
  • Astorga Santiago Let's Go

There’s Glass in the Park.

Hunting for spectacles in Astorga. There's a famous pilgrimage, El Camino de Santiago, where backpackers travel to the statue of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. They trek various designated paths across Spain, are easily identifiable by their walking sticks or enormous backpacks, and stay in alburgues, which typically host them for one evening for free or very cheap. Santiago de Compostela is the most [...]

21 06, 2014
  • Barcelona Cathedral Let's Go

From America to Spain, From Spanish to American.

On speaking English in Spain. I’ve been to four different cities in Spain in the past 10 days, starting in Barcelona, then San Sebastian, then Burgos, and today I’m writing from Leon. I would say that as I traveled from town to town, they seemed to be becoming progressively more Spanish, which is making me feel progressively more American. In Barcelona, I encountered tons of tourists from around the world. Many of them [...]

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