18 07, 2016
  • paris

The Chase (or, I Got Teargassed and Someone Stole my Phone after the Eurocup Final)

I came to Europe looking for some life experiences, or whatever. You know, see the world and all that jazz. Urinate on some historical landmarks, cower my way through a red-light district, ride some bicycles, maybe even look at some art. All standard fare. All Enriching and Educational.   Inevitably, some time abroad becomes a little more layered, and occasionally even exciting than Picasso and pee. For instance: a not-insignificant amount [...]

23 06, 2016
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Public Urination in Europe: An Update

We’re not in Brussels anymore. We’re in Paris—and do you know what that means? A lot of really, really drunk German and Irish people, apparently. Forget your crêpes, baguettes, vins fins and all that. It’s UEFA season, baby. France is hosting the huge European soccer tournament this year, so I am not the only, or even most obvious (the hordes of men with the German flag painted on their face [...]

23 03, 2016
  • Stolpersteins are small, cobblestone-sized memorials for individual victims of Nazism. Dinkelsbühl, Germany

Just look down: the memorial you may never see in Europe

If you ever take the time to look down at the ground, which, if you are like any of others in the Millennial Generation, than you are already looking down at your phone. However, if you take time to look past the latest video of kittens on Facebook, you will see one of the largest and possibly underappreciated art projects in Europe. Stolperstein at Salzstraße 2, Münster The ‘Stolperstein’ is a [...]

6 12, 2015
  • Antibes Harbor

ABCs of Antibes: Absinthe, Billionaires, & Coastline

Antibes is the small town squished between Nice and Cannes that serves as a backup port for those who can't find a place to moor their yacht in Cannes. Okay, this might not be totally true, but Antibes is famous for "Billionaire's Bay," a bay that should require no explanation further than its title.  Beyond being one of the world's most valuable parking garages, Antibes is home to several other interesting attractions. [...]

15 11, 2015
  • Sunrise with the Eiffel Tower

Being an Au-Pair: Is It for You?

Think you want to stay in Paris for a little more than a weekend? What about a few months? If this is the case, you have a few options: being a student abroad here is great, but things can get expensive and scholarships and financial aid often fall short of making the dream happen. For many, becoming an au pair is the answer. Au pairs are a curious mix between nannies, maids, [...]

3 11, 2015
  • Sniffing out the goods at Barthelemy in Paris

Your Grocery Guide to Paris

Real talk: your broke ass can‘t afford to eat in swanky French restaurants every meal (or even every day). Take deep breaths. That’s okay. In fact, it‘s more than okay: you’ll have a better food experience than the tourists who feel like they have to shell out for (mostly mediocre, tourist-trap) meals all the time. You‘re going to eat like a local: you’re going grocery shopping. I‘m about to teach you a [...]

29 10, 2015
  • Picnic in Paris

Let’s Have a Picnic: Tips for Alfresco Dining in Paris

One of my favorite things to do in Paris involves grabbing a few friends, a nice bottle of wine, and a quiet spot in a park. No, not orgies. Yes, picnics! From what I gather, picnicking isn‘t actually a huge Parisian tradition, but for the money, I can't find a better way to spend the afternoon in the city. So here are some necessities before you venture out: 1) A great spot. [...]

12 10, 2015
  • Paris_cool street art

Paris: Smoking Hot

It‘s true: everyone in Paris smokes. Or at least, it seems like everyone. I’m sure there are a few health- or otherwise image-conscious people who choose to forgo tobacco, but no matter how many this silent-possibly-majority are in number, they are hidden behind a screen of exhaling French people. Smoking is part of European culture: though the EU has strict health regulations, it seems that many young Americans grew up with a more [...]

9 10, 2015
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Fashion Free in Paris

When most people think of Paris, they think of the typical tourist hot spots, Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Sacre Coeur, Jim Morrison's grave, etc. You might even think of it as the fashion capital of the world and that even if you wanted to, there is no way you'd be able to afford to A) go to a runway show, or B) wear any of the clothes that are being modeled. Well, wait [...]

3 09, 2015
  • Paris

10 Tips for a Cheap Solo Weekend in Paris

Subtitled: the blind leading the blind; I actually spent 175 Euro but I wouldn’t have had I done the metro better and bought fewer pastries. Yes, look at hostel prices, but also look at the online reviews of hostel breakfasts. If it’s good, it will add value. If it’s not good, you’ll effectively pay twice for breakfast. Which brings us to… Eat only two meals a day. Maybe this won’t work unless you’re a small human [...]

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