15 07, 2016
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The Steel Elephant

Hi there, welcome to my blog! This first post recounts the day I arrived in Spain last August, where I would be living for the next five months…   August 8, 2015: So, here we are. We have arrived in Spain. And yes I do mean we, not just I, because I have traveled here with my entire family. Although college students decide to study abroad for a variety of reasons, I [...]

1 07, 2016
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Cryin’, Sneezing’, and Snottin’

York is an old, old town, full of history and ancient buildings. I’m also pretty confident that York is home to a lot of old, old dust, which for me translates into watery eyes and sneezing that just won’t quit. There’s nothing quite like having snot dripping down your face when you’re trying to buy a ticket to a museum, or having eyes so red and watery people look at you like you’ve [...]

10 06, 2016
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A Delightful, Relaxing, Totally Conflict-Free Moroccan Bus Ride

Just kidding. 10:30am – Unclear if I'm on the right bus. Everyone else seems to have tickets with seat numbers on them, while mine has what I think is the Arabic symbol for "bad handwriting scribble." 10:57 – It seems I am not on the right bus. We are going in the opposite direction of the place I'm trying to get to. Or at least, that's what Google Maps says. But when has [...]

10 06, 2016
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Nowhere to Go But Up(Hill)

When I first arrive in Lyon, I am young and full of hope. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the floodwaters are lapping but gently against the banks of the Rhone and the Saône. “This city is so peaceful,” I say without a hint of dramatic irony. “Black magic has no place here.” Across the Saône, shadows drift across the spires and turrets of a stony basilica. Beyond, [...]

8 01, 2016
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Grecian Giants: Mount Pelion

If you can stand to look away from the gorgeous port and bright blue water in Volos, look up. You’ll see that Volos is built on the slopes of Mount Pelion. One of the most beautiful and popular mountains in Greece, Mount Pelion might have quite the reputation, but it sure deserves it. According to mythology, it was named after Peleus, father of Achilles— who really should have bought his son better [...]

2 12, 2015
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Answering Possible Questions about Morocco’s Trains

If you’re looking for information about other types of transportation, see my other post. http://www.letsgo.com/2015/09/15/public-transportation-rabat/ How do I find schedules/can I buy tickets online? You can do both of these things at the ONCF website, oncf.ma. It’s in French, but self-explanatory for an English speaker. First or second class? Traveling through the tourist offseason, second class is fine, as it doesn’t matter whether or not there’s air conditioning, and it’s generally 2/3 of the first [...]

26 09, 2015
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Hiking the Besseggen Ridge in Jotunheimen National Park

The more time I spend in Norway, the more love I have for this country. And although the capital city of Oslo is a great place to explore, I think most would agree with me that the real treasures of this country are found in its nature. From fjords to mountains, lakes to plains, the nature found in Norway is truly beautiful, and very easily accessible through its national park system. If you plan on spending [...]

26 09, 2015
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Notes From Italian Trains

As I was scrawling out a rough draft of this blog on the penultimate train ride of my route – a four-hour Sicilian coastal jaunt from Palermo to Taormina – the topic changed. Originally I was going to go for a snarky little column about the dirth of snack bars and the lackluster air conditioning on these things. It’s only really “conditioning” in the sense that if you were to go to [...]

15 09, 2015
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Public Transportation from Rabat

Long post alert. This stuff is super important if you’re going to be traveling to Rabat (Morocco in general) and I haven’t yet seen a post this detailed about it—so please read if you’re planning to travel here! If not feel free to skim or skip. I traveled with a few friends to Chefchaouen (the blue city) this weekend! I was going to write about it, but realized that our time there would be [...]

13 09, 2015
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Trenitalia 101: 3 Tips for Mastering Italy’s Trains

It’s not hard to train to be a Trenitalia master. That pun was begging for it. But if you’re traveling through mainland Italy and need to get from one city to another (it happens sometimes), Trenitalia will be your new best friend—you know, aside from your copy of Let's Go Italy. It just takes a little getting used to. So after kilometers upon kilometers spent on these kinda comfortable, air conditioned trains, I [...]

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