11 08, 2017
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No One Told Me Riverdance Would Be This Tense

When I decided to go see Riverdance in Dublin on something of a whim, I thought I could expect a show full of dazzling costumes, souring music, and killer dance moves. What I didn’t expect was the opportunity to witness a wholly different sort of drama in the audience itself. After the curtain had closed and both shows concluded, I was left with only one thought—thank God I had pregamed. For those that don’t know, [...]

9 08, 2017
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The Quest to Become a Galway Girl

As I walked down Galway’s main drag early one morning, I noticed that people—mostly teenagers, but a few adults—were lining the street in folding chairs and sleeping bags. I assumed that there must be a parade happening, but when no parade materialized after a few hours, I asked someone. They were camping out to wait for Ed Sheeran tickets to go on sale. Unlike most celebrity crushes, Galway’s love for Ed Sheeran seems reciprocated. In [...]

4 08, 2017
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A Memorialized Folly—In Maybe All The Wrong Ways

Some cities—your Londons and Parises of the world—have so many things to see and do that they don’t even have to try to attract visitors. Other smaller cities seriously amp up their tourism campaigns to convince young foreigners on their grand tour that it really is worth staying a few nights. One way to do this is to hitch your star to one famous thing. In Liverpool, it’s The Beatles, and if there was ever [...]

1 08, 2017
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Ambiguous Cards with Significant Meaning

His name was Seth, which either meant that he didn’t care enough about his job to adopt a flashy moniker or he didn’t need one. Other than the name, however, my tarot card reader looked the part: mysterious tattoos, gauges, dressed in all black. But still, if I had paid £10—they should give me something more exciting than Seth. I had made this frivolous monetary decision on a total whim in Afflecks, Manchester’s indoor market [...]

25 07, 2017
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Florence’s Flamboyance vs. Milan’s Mellow

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 [...]

21 07, 2017
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My Thirty Minutes as Lizzie McGuire

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 [...]

17 07, 2017
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Navigating the Glass-Covered Streets of Hamburg During the 2017 G20 Summit: A Tribute to a Battered City’s Unwavering Perseverance

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 [...]

14 07, 2017
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I Watched People Get Trampled by Bulls and Remembered I Live in a Bubble

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 [...]

12 07, 2017
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Oh, the People You’ll Meet: Malaga’s Cat Man (Read: why talking to old people is the best idea when traveling)

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 [...]

10 07, 2017
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How Solo Travel Transformed Me—And Then Squirrels Ruined It

I used to be convinced that squirrels were evil and plotting to take over the world. Or at least, there used to be a running joke in my family that I held such a conviction. I don’t remember how it started, but throughout my childhood, every time someone in my family saw a squirrel behaving even mildly out of the ordinary, I would be notified immediately. On a more serious note (which is not to [...]

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