I Got Bitten by a Vampire at Cape Breton Island. Twice.

It was July 18, 2017, and we had just docked at Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. We headed on the bus – all four of us – with several others and our guides, Claude and – well, I don’t remember what the other one’s name was. I only remember Claude, because he was telling us all a bunch of lies, like how the trees in Nova Scotia turn blue in the fall or that he met Charles de Gaulle and he was nearly seven feet tall. Lies.

After an hour and a half of Claude and what’s-his-name’s nonsense, we reached our destination: the trailhead to Uisage Ban Falls.

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What ACTUALLY Makes My Blog Different from All the Others? – Thanks, Pittsburgh, for that Realization

Things to Do in Pittsburgh Sunset

I’ve always thought that my blog was different from the thousands of other travel blogs out there.  My goal has been to try to show the adventures that you can have in every day life, not just when you leave your home.  I’ve been convinced that every single city, town, or village out there has something to do.  But then I went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and my belief was put to the test.  I could not find things to do in Pittsburgh.

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Explore Your Home!

Explore Your Home Painting

Sometimes when you come back home from a trip (or, in my case, a year of study abroad), your hometown may seem a little boring. What happened to the adventure every day? Seeing new sites? Eating weird foods? Talking to cool people? It seems like all of that is gone.  Since I’ve been back, I’ve tried to keep that spirit of adventure alive. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find new, adventurous things to do, and here are the best ways to find some.  Hopefully, with these tips, you’ll be able to explore your home too!
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The End of My Abroad Experience in Switzerland

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.

Now ​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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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 “Six of My Favorite Churches Around the World”

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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