For nearly 60 years, Let's Go has written and distributed Harvard student-written travel guides covering countries all across the globe.
Northern Spain, famous for the cliffs and coastlines frequently featured on Game of Thrones, is a linguistically diverse and culturally distinct region frequently fragmented by ideology and local character. Yet the region unites around one staple: bacalao, or cod.
I shut my eyes and willed myself to fall asleep. The wind outside howled and shook the tent fiercely. For a second, I imagined a pack of wolves circling our campsite, even though I don’t think wolves live in Tanzania. And if they did, they certainly couldn’t make it this far up the mountain.
Being forced under the water by a middle-aged Greek man in pursuit of a sacred crucifix was not how I had originally envisioned myself starting off the new year. In retrospect, I should have known what I was getting into when I spontaneously hailed a taxi destined for Istanbul’s historic Fener district to witness the Blessing of the Waters. The event is one of the city’s oldest traditions and is a reminder that a large Greek community once inhabited Istanbul.
One of the biggest perks about staying in hostels is that you meet people from all around the world. In Bordeaux, I met a whole cast of characters. The interesting about this hostel—Hostel 20—was that it hired backpackers from across the globe and offered them lodging in exchange for a few hours of work a week consisting of checking guests in and out, cleaning bathrooms, doing laundry, making sure guests didn’t get rowdy at night (which doesn’t work too well, to be honest) and taking turns making the nightly hostel supper.
Many guidebooks like to advertise all the off-the-beaten-path-secret-locals-only places that they’ve quote unquote discovered. And sure, there might be a super cool part of Versailles that only gets 100k tourists instead of a million, or some “hole in the wall” restaurant just off the main square that has a menu in two languages instead of 10. Yes, those places exist. But if you’re looking for something even less known, more ancient, and sufficiently challenging, try the Via degli Abati: literally an unbeaten path.
You see them everywhere. When you walk out of your hostel. Passing by the outdoor seating area of a McDonald’s. Paired with an espresso. At the end of a long hike up Castle Hill. Overlooking the Côte d’Azur on the picturesque Promenade des Anglais.
Let’s just say that things were off to a rocky start. Don’t get me wrong—I read the guidelines for weight limits before leaving my house for the airport, but somehow, I managed to skip the part where the combined weight of my personal item and carry-on luggage had to be a maximum of 10 kilograms.
I went to Seville, Spain this semester with the hopes of learning Spanish—a familial duty I felt obligated to fulfill before I left for college, considering I was the only remaining Martín that did not know how to speak the language that our ancestors had once spoken with pride in the regions of Galicia and Castilla y León. What I stumbled upon was a new language entirely: flamenco.
...After the curtain had closed and both shows concluded, I was left with only one thought—thank God I had pregamed...
Because I, an RW, am constantly keeping up with current trends, I decided there was nothing for me to do but become a Galway Girl, using Ed Sheeran’s lyrics as a manual. Step one: play fiddle in an Irish band...
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.
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.