The end…?

Well folks! I’ve arrived back home in the PNW just in time for pumpkin picking, flattering flannel, and sweater weather. You could say I’m excited for this fall, although I’m sad to see this indescribable summer end. So you might suppose this blog will be ending with those 90 days abroad? Well hold your horses, […]

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Bawston

First impressions of this Northeastern capital are as follows: Dunkin Donuts/straightforward conversation/Sports bars sports bars sports bars/Patriots/Red Sox/wow, people really weren’t kidding about those accents/wicked/Paul Revere/more Dunkin Donuts/the T/oh, I shouldn’t expect the T to be on time?/Matt Damon/Ben Affleck My weekend in Boston was a lesson in expecting the unexpected. I was supposed to […]

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Comfortable

Now that I’ve landed in Boston for a quick stopover, I’ve realized some things I appreciate about being back in the States Whenever I wish to enter a building, I don’t have to do the awkward door shake because I can’t read whether the word written on the door means “push” or “pull”. I don’t […]

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Let’s Talk About Lisbon

Friends, let’s talk about Lisbon. This tiny capital of a tiny country is frankly underestimated. All of the colors will infuse life into your travel-weary bones. Here you will learn that meals should be long and leisurely. And that they are simply unfinished until you have dessert… and a tiny cup of coffee. You’ll be amazed by Lisbon’s big […]

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Sintra

On the advice of my host mom, I took a break from Lisbon and journeyed an hour away to the mountain town of Sintra. There was so much to see, but I was told that above all else, I had to make time for Pena Palace.  I’m  I’ve seen a lot of castles/palaces over the […]

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Only in Algarve

I’ve been enchanted by the colors of Lisbon, but when my hosts offered to take me along to the beach in the region of Algarve in southern Portugal, the offer was one I couldn’t refuse. The beach is only two minutes away from the apartment, and as I walk down with the family with my […]

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Life in Color

It was after baking in the sun by the river but before climbing to that lookout point with a cup of sangria in my hand. It was during that sweet spot right in the middle–like that part in a sandwich where the peanut butter mingles with the jelly–when I looked up. Walking through the hilly […]

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Today Was Nearly Perfect

Why today was nearly perfect: 1. Being alone was not a burden. Even though I had no one to blame when I left late to visit the Sagrada Familia, I also had no one to turn to when I stepped through its doors and saw the soaring  ceilings for the first time.  The wonder that […]

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Spanish Weekend

Woah woah woah. So my time in Barcelona is almost over and I haven’t said a thing about it! So what have I been up to? (Keep in mind that all of this is happening while sweating profusely. The Spanish summer is gnarly.) Admiring the quirkily wonderful apartment that is my homestay. Meeting people by […]

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