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Europe / Liechtenstein

Walking Across the Country of Liechtenstein

Walking Across the Country of Liechtenstein

I’ve realized that I’ve made quite a few references to my experience of walking across a country on this blog (like here and here), but I’ve never told the story.  So today’s the day it’s going today happen.  Today’s the day I’m going to tell my story of walking across the country of Liechtenstein.
It was April 2017.  The snow in central Europe was pretty much fully-melted from the brightly shining snow.  We were officially into spring – so it was time.  It was time to frolic across the country of Liechtenstein.

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Africa / Asia / Europe / North America / Oceania / Travel Tips

Five Places that Instagram Added to My Bucket List

places that Instagram added to my bucket list Map

Instagram is a great source to get some travel inspiration.  As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s a great way to find things to do, both at home and abroad. There are so many adventurers out there, taking pictures of amazing places all around the world.  Unsurprisingly, I have started to create a list of these locations.  So, without further ado, here are five places that Instagram added to my bucket list. Continue reading …

Europe / Switzerland

10 Things I Miss About Switzerland

Switzerland Zermatt MatterhornFor the handful of you who have been following this blog for a while, you know that, last year, I studied abroad in Switzerland for eight months.  It’s been eight months since I left the Geneva airport for the last time, and I’ve been pretty nostalgic these past few days (all the Swiss Instagram accounts I follow are probably fueling this nostalgia with their winter wonderland-like pictures of the Alps and the cute Swiss towns).  So to try to cure my nostalgia, here are a few things I miss about the country of Switzerland.

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Europe / Switzerland

The End of Abroad

End of Abroad Switzerland Matterhorn Drawing

Ending my abroad experience in Switzerland has arguably been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to endure.  I’ve only been gone for three days, and for some reason I already miss the sound of the trains rushing by and the ridiculously expensive food that constantly had me checking the balance of my bank account.

​I’ve realized that I can’t glance out my window and see the French Alps across the lake.  I’ve realized that my default foreign language of French is no longer helpful.  I’ve realized that all the customs that shocked me at the beginning are ones that I’ve grown to love. I’ve realized that I can’t just hop on a train with my half-pass and voie 7 and travel to basically any country in Europe.
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Africa / Europe

Six of My Favorite Churches Around the World

Favorite Churches Around the World Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood St. Petersburg, Russia

When travelling around the world, especially to countries that have been predominantly Christian for hundreds of years, there are so many extravagant churches that are must sees: Notre Dame in Paris, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, or La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.  But here are a few of my favorite churches around the world that are just a bit atypical… Continue reading …

Europe / Switzerland

The Swiss Christmas Spirit

Swiss Christmas Spirit Joyeux Noel

The Christmas vibes in Switzerland are completely different than those in the U.S.  Back home, there are Christmas lights on every building and Christmas music playing all the time.  In Switzerland though, if any place is completely decked out in lights and blasting Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You,” it’s very “American”.  But don’t get me wrong – the Swiss definitely know how to get into the Christmas spirit.  They have a place so filled with Swiss Christmas spirit, it feels like Santa and his elves are right around the corner: the Montreux Christmas market.
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Europe / The Netherlands

Getting Off the Beaten Path – My Trip to Leeuwarden

Leeuwarden Off the Beaten PathUsually when people think of travelling around the world, they think of travelling to major cities: London, Paris, Tokyo, New York. And I’m not going to lie, that’s where I usually go too. But while those cities have amazing qualities of their own, many times the pure culture of an area is found off the beaten path.  When I took a trip to Amsterdam, I took a day trip to a small town called Leeuwarden to visit some friends that lived there. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it turned out to be amazing.

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Europe

My First Fall!

My First Fall

Growing up in Hawaii, I had never experienced the season of fall before. The leaves don’t change color and fall off of the trees, and I had never travelled anywhere at that time of the year – until this year. Going nineteen years without having this experience though, made me have some expectations about fall that didn’t really turn out to be right…

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Europe / Greece / Travel Tips

The Art of Haggling

Greece Haggling Parthenon

This week I went to Greece, where I tested my haggling skills.  Now, there was a major mental barrier that I had to conquer before I could actually haggle.  I actually felt bad thinking about arguing for a lower price with people who might need the money.

Then I realized that the vendors were prepared for people to haggle.  They probably previously raised the price to compensate.  And let’s be real, I don’t have a ton of money to be throwing around either – thank you, college.

I ended up successfully haggling for two of my souvenirs…well, I got them down to two-thirds of the original price.  Obviously, I’m no means an expert, but here are a few tips that I learned on through my experiences.
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