Europe

From Codfish To Cozido (Part II): 5 Portuguese Restaurants with Scrumptious Foods

From Codfish To Cozido (Part II): 5 Portuguese Restaurants with Scrumptious Foods

In October, I had the pleasure of traveling through Portugal with my boyfriend, Christian. We saw nearly everything we’d hoped and explored the entire country quite thoroughly. Still, I think my favorite part of the trip was sampling the Portuguese foods in each different region. […]

Navigating Portugal: A Helpful Guide for Female Backpackers

Navigating Portugal: A Helpful Guide for Female Backpackers

In October 2017 I had the opportunity to spend about three weeks exploring Portugal and the Azores Island of Sao Miguel. I fell in love with the food, the culture, and the countryside while there. (For the posts on the yummies I ate, read Codfish […]

From Codfish to Cozido: 5 Places to Eat in the Azores

From Codfish to Cozido: 5 Places to Eat in the Azores

From Codfish to Cozido For sixteen days, Christian and I travelled through Portugal trying all the local foods our appetites could handle. I  anticipated the fresh seafood dishes and wines for which Portugal is well-known, eagerly. As a lover of both seafood and red wine, […]

Planning Group Travel: HOPE Goes to Norway (Steps 1-3)

Planning Group Travel: HOPE Goes to Norway (Steps 1-3)

Next May, I’ll be leading a group of around 10 people on a week-long trip to Norway – all as part of my job! I currently work as the Mentoring Director for an undergraduate based program (HOPE) which trains college students to mentor juveniles who […]

3 Days in Belgium

3 Days in Belgium

Our three day itinerary through Brussels, Ghent, and Bruges.

6 Ways to Save in Amsterdam & Belgium

6 Ways to Save in Amsterdam & Belgium

Amsterdam is not an inexpensive city, and Belgium didn’t do my wallet many favors either.  To be fair, I didn’t make a huge effort to pinch pennies but checking my bank account on the tail end of the trip was a bit jarring. Reflecting on […]

How Accessible Are Netherlands and Belgium?

How Accessible Are Netherlands and Belgium?

Reflecting on my time in Netherlands and Belgium, I noted a few things that made it particularly easy to navigate. I also realized a few factors that could potentially make backpacking this region a bit more difficult. (Side note: If you’re planning a trip and […]

The Residence Les Ecrins

The Residence Les Ecrins

When I’m travelling, I typically stay in hostel dorm rooms because it’s generally less expensive. Hostels can be great places to meet other travelers which can be a big priority, especially when travelling alone. However, there are certainly less enjoyable aspects of huge dorm rooms. […]

6 Things to See in the Rijksmuseum

6 Things to See in the Rijksmuseum

When Tahvi and I visited the Rijksmuseum this trip, we had less than two hours to explore. I knew it was a large museum, but I thought I could work my way through most of the major exhibits. I was very much incorrect and barely […]

Dutch Dining: Food in the Netherlands

Dutch Dining: Food in the Netherlands

After three days of eating all the food in the Netherlands, specifically Amsterdam, I’ve come to realize that Dutch cuisine is not a super prominent fare. We’ve come across very few restaurants serving traditional Dutch food, but countless international restaurants (especially Italian joints and Argentinian […]