29 06, 2016
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American Inclination, English Party Situation, and Things That Need Explanation

My string of hostel friends has been, to put it one way, unfortunate. I seem to get stuck in rooms with lots of strange people, people that go to bed at eight, and people who seem friendly and then get too friendly and then it gets weird. So when I met someone in my room that seemed relatively normal and didn’t try to hit on me, I was pretty stoked, especially when she [...]

27 06, 2016
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An American, a German, and a Polish Guy Walked into a Fish Market…

Thessaloniki It sounds like the start of one of the mildly racist jokes your grandpa told you about the war, but really it’s just a description of a lovely afternoon in Thessaloniki. Upon finding out that the hostel had one-euro white wine and a barbecue, I realized that I could either take a bath in wine or I could do something more productive and make a delicious meal from local products. So after [...]

25 06, 2016
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Burning Up in the Burnt City

I’ve spent the last day wandering around Győr, a city in northern Hungary that often serves as a weekend getaway for residents of Budapest. I can see why. Győr is a sleepy city, with rows of houses painted in pinks and yellows and a small river (the Raba) easing its way through the center. It’s also a hot one. Like Budapest, Győr (which translates to “burnt city” in Hungarian, a reference to its [...]

24 06, 2016
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Eats, Hams, and Cheeses: How to Comer Like a Madrileño

After a few days in Madrid, many of which I spent perpetually hungry for some delicious ham and sangría, I’ve learned that I had a lot to learn before next-level tapas hopping.   Table Manners (or “Who knew I was doing everything wrong?”) Keep those hands above the table.  Waiters don’t tend to call people out for this in a restaurant and especially not in Madrid (because they are very [...]

24 06, 2016
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Silly Sausage

I walk in without a reservation. “Hi,” I say. “I don’t have a reservation.” The host gapes in shock, eyes wide, nostrils flared into perfect tiny O’s. “Vous…” he begins. “Vous…” “Yes,” I repeat, “I don’t have a reservation.” “Vous êtes… Americain?” he chokes out. Ah. “No, no, I’m Canadian,” I assure him. The room breathes a collective sigh of relief. “Oh! That’s fine,” he says. “Have a seat.” He points to an [...]

7 06, 2016
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An Introduction to Turkish Breakfast

My friends back home know that I rarely sit down to eat breakfast. I prefer to sleep in and get up just in time to grab a cup of coffee and munch on a handful of Cheerios on my way to class. Sometimes I’ll even manage to put granola in a plastic cup of plain yogurt, but this extravagance is far from frequent. Turkish breakfast, or kahvaltı, is nothing like my typical [...]

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 [...]

18 01, 2016
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Foodie Must-Tries in Padua

You left cannoli and Sicilian granita down in the south of Italy. Never forget. But now it's time to get into some northern Italian cuisine. Panzerotto: Think calzones but smaller. For €2 you can score some of these classic warm bread pockets stuffed with tomatoes, cheese, prosciutto, and everything else wonderful and Italian. What Plato would've seen as the ideal for lunch. Tramezzini: Tiny little triangular sandwiches with the crusts removed filled with [...]

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