Flamenco: Andalucía’s Language

Flamenco: Andalucía’s Language

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.

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How Solo Travel Transformed Me—And Then Squirrels Ruined It

How Solo Travel Transformed Me—And Then Squirrels Ruined It

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.

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I Tried Iceland's Infamous Rotten Shark

I Tried Iceland's Infamous Rotten Shark

Full disclosure: I like eating weird food. It’s one of my favorite things about traveling. I’ve tried chicken feet in China (delicious), haggis in Scotland (somewhat less delicious), and pig intestines in Hong Kong (think really chewy, orange meat noodle). When I got to Iceland, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. After all, it’s normally the volcanoes, glaciers, and black-sand beaches that draw people to this island, not the food.

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Florence’s Flamboyance vs. Milan’s Mellow

Florence’s Flamboyance vs. Milan’s Mellow

Both cities have plenty of history and are full of things to do. They both have the same monasteries, baptisteries, abbeys, or whatever other religious structure they could come up with in the 1300s. And both of their main architectural attractions are simply called “The Duomo” (they have real names, but I honestly doubt that many people even know that).

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Navigating the Glass-Covered Streets of Hamburg During the 2017 G20 Summit: A Tribute to a Battered City’s Unwavering Perseverance

Navigating the Glass-Covered Streets of Hamburg During the 2017 G20 Summit: A Tribute to a Battered City’s Unwavering Perseverance

I arrived in Hamburg, Germany with a sinking feeling in my stomach. With the G20 Summit under way and the corresponding protests growing in scale, the city had become a hotbed of political and social tension. The night before I was set to travel to Hamburg from Cologne, I received an email from the train company I’d booked with saying that, because of the demonstrations, they were cancelling all train services to Hamburg.

 
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Keep Calm and Carry On—London in Real Time

Keep Calm and Carry On—London in Real Time

On June 3, I loaded on to a bus with 30 other bright-eyed tourists and traveled around London seeing the filming locations for the Harry Potter films. One of those locations was the Leaky Cauldron Tavern, filmed at Burrough Market. Later that evening, I was back at my central London hostel talking to my mom on the phone. When I hung up, I saw the Washington Post notification: someone had driven a car into pedestrians on the London Bridge...

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