22 09, 2016
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I ventured into Antwerp’s red-light district. It went okay.

(Author’s note: I felt too awkward to take a photo in the red-light district. Bonus points to someone who grabs a selfie with one of the professionals there. So enjoy the Antwerp sunset!) I went to a Catholic high school. An all-boys one at that. The closest thing to a sex-ed I received was looking at pictures of infected genitalia in health class and listening to my teacher rattle off statistics about just [...]

23 06, 2016
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Muy Muy Hip with the Kids

So even crazier than the extreme heat of a totally abandoned mid-siesta Madrid, is the sudden 20 degree (centigrade, suh European) drop that necessitates evasive sweater action.  Luckily, with a handy little brother in town, all I had to do was throw on his oversized sweater and I was ready to get into all those clubs that seek semi-homeless looking tangle-haired American travel writers.  It’s a thing (I hope).   [...]

11 06, 2016
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Ghosts, Getting Lost and 40 Year Old Friends

After sleeping through most of my flight and being disappointed by the lack of poutine in Canada, I’ve finally made it the Emerald Isle, the Land of the Leprechaun, the Shamrock Shores – Ireland, for those not in the mood for some witty alliteration. I decided to take myself on a tour around town, since my first day wasn’t until tomorrow, and within 30 minutes I was completely lost and without any map [...]

21 04, 2016
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Seoul Coffee Culture: Themed Cafés

I love coffee. Along with the majority of college students, it gets us going for a long day of lectures and keeps us up on those nights before the final paper or exam is due. To me, a morning without coffee is like a book without words, empty and meaningless. Upon hearing that my destination, Seoul, South Korea, was not only home to the most Starbucks stores in the world, but also [...]

16 02, 2016
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Celebrating Cologne Karneval like a local

Karneval – also known as Mardi Gras in the U.S. is celebrated around the world in different fashions through the different cultures it is celebrated by. In Europe, the biggest Karneval celebration happens in Cologne, Germany – located in the north-east just one-hour from the Netherlands and France. The city gets taken over by the people celebrating throughout the streets. I was fortunate enough to celebrate the festivities with some Kölners (locals of [...]

4 02, 2016
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Thai Islands: “The Beach” in 2016

Amazingly, the first time I heard of and watched Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Beach” was last month on Koh Lanta, a low-key island off the west coast of Thailand. Filmed on the neighboring island of Koh Phi Phi, “The Beach” is a favorite among Thailand’s backpackers. Needless to say, today’s Thailand isn’t the uncivilized wilderness depicted in the film. The tribes in huts have been replaced by clusters of hostels, bars, resorts, and souvenir [...]

24 01, 2016
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More Than Just a Thirst-Quencher: A Look into German Beer Culture

Drinking beer isn’t just tradition in Munich. It’s so integrated into the soul of the city that it is an everyday activity. Whether it’s dinner, lunch, or brunch, beer is likely to be featured at the table. And it’s not equal parts water, either; beers are served large and water is served in shot glasses. Go figure. But beer is much more than a pastime. It has become so rooted in the [...]

9 01, 2016
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Discovering German Beer Culture

One of the strongest stereotypes about the German people is their love for beer. This stereotype is often proven true. Every city has their own specialty when it comes to their beer – Cologne has Kölsch, Berlin has Berliner and Munich has many, including Löwenbräu and Hofbräuhaus. In most of these cities, the local beer is the only one you will find in pubs. Though there are different variations on the local beer, [...]

2 01, 2016
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Top 5 Places to Drink (in Public) in Thessaloniki

So maybe you can’t do everything on the streets, but drinking is totally okay. Why drink in bars when you’re in the gorgeous city of Thessaloniki? Grab a sketch plastic bottle of wine and go to one of these places instead. The Castle: Made the hike up to the castle in Ano Polis? We’ll drink to that. Come up around sunset, creep along the walls to find the perfect spot to watch [...]

26 12, 2015
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Navigating the Köln Weihnachtsmarkt

The Köln Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) – a place for Glühwein, a pint of beer (especially in the uncommonly warm weather for December) and eating good food. It has all the feelings of Christmas with freshly baked pastries, good music and little shops designed like you would see in a small German village in the Alpine mountains. However, for a novice in the way of navigating the Weihnachtsmarkt there were a few things I [...]

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