To Nepal With Love

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I have been trying to think of interesting things I can share about Granada or the study abroad experience for this blog post, but the things that rise to the forefront of my mind and ring most true to me in this moment are not those things right outside my window, but the hardships the […]

Café Culture


When someone asks me if I’d like to go out for coffee what that really means is “Do you have a couple hours to chat and catch up on life maybe with a couple of hot drinks between us?” (or cold drinks, or maybe just a slice of banana bread) The word coffee in the […]

Snap, Crackle, Pop, Las Fallas

Part of the cathedral building with a view of the back of a large statue of the Virgin Mary. On the first day of Las Fallas, the 15th, she is covered completely with carnations. And I think she is also burned four days later.

At midnight on the 19th of March every year in Valencia, Spain, giant papier-mâché sculptures are set on fire all over the city. This united fire starting is part of a festival called Las Fallas. During the week-long festival that starts March 15th and ends March 19th of each year, Valencia’s population grows to about […]

Dancing, a Fortress, and Tons of Hiking

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Ah Madrid, a city with so many great sites and sounds. So for this blog post, I’m not going to talk about it. Instead, I want to tell you about my excursions. These are pre-planned trips that API scheduled for us, and all I need to do is show up to the bus. I ventured […]



Last weekend I went to Rome, Italy on a group excursion with API. We were put up in a beautiful hotel near the city center which boasted one of the nicest breakfast spreads I have ever seen. I was enchanted by Rome, and I’m wondering if there truly is something about the city that grabs […]

And Now, Please Welcome, The Grateful Bread


Paella is often known as the classic traditional dish of Spain, but I would argue that there is another food even more intrinsic to the culture: bread. I read a blog post that quoted a statistic that the average Spaniard consumes a kilo (about 2.2 pounds) of bread every day. Another article on Spanish bread […]

The Olives Don’t Taste as Pretty as They Look


It’s always a precarious thing to try to imagine how a place is going to be before you get there. For example, when embarking on a ten-hour bus ride from Chumphon to Bangkok, Thailand one might imagine arriving at a bus station with windows and doors and a nice Thai person to direct you to […]