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April, 2016

  • 28 April

    Experience the Underground Preservation of Mary King’s Close

    Mary King's Close

    Today was like most others in Edinburgh. Sunny and snowing. In other words, beautiful and freezing. Maybe not the best day for a hike, not that it would stop me. If you are looking for something to do in Edinburgh that’s out of the cold and doesn’t take too long, Mary King’s Close is a perfect choice! Located directly opposite …

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  • 25 April

    Why the Pentlands is Edinburgh’s Best Hike

    Glencorse Reservoir in the Pentlands

    Recently I wrote about hiking Arthur’s Seat, which I though was great. But Holyrood has nothing on the Pentlands. I already consider Scotland as the most beautiful place in the world I’ve been to (still have Iceland and New Zealand on the bucket list), and some parts are simply exquisite. The northern edge of these rolling hills are located a …

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  • 22 April

    How to Find the Best Brazilian Crepes in Edinburgh

    Tupiniquim Brazilian Crepes

    Okay, so maybe these are the only Brazilian crepes in Edinburgh, but having said that, they’re probably the best crepes of any kind in Edinburgh. I always ask the locals where the best place to eat in town is. But every now and then there’s a local gem that even the locals don’t know about. This “street-food cart” called Tupiniquim …

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  • 21 April

    Why You Should Hike up Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh

    Selfie on Hike up Arthur's Seat

    In the center of Edinburgh is the unmistakable landmark of a 300-million-year-old extinct volcano. If you can muster the courage and stamina (little that you truly need), you can hike up Arthur’s Seat for a stunning, panoramic view of Edinburgh. If you go on Tripadvisor, you’ll see ten negative reviews from dweebs who couldn’t find the chair at the top. Um, …

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  • 12 April

    Did you have a Terrifying Moment in 2015? I did!

    Terrifying Experience in Ezdimirtsi

    People who know me know that I’m not easily scared. But I can be. There was one moment in 2015 when my heart was racing from apprehension more than any other. Recently I wrote about my most embarrassing moment of 2015. Well, here is my most terrifying! In July 2015, I left Istanbul and traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria where I …

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  • 11 April

    5 Reasons Why Workaway Reviews Are Inaccurate and Could Be Improved

    Workaway Feedback

    Workaway can be a great way to travel the world and is usually worth it for the budget traveler. However, the way that Workaway reviews work could be improved. At the beginning of 2016, Couchsurfing changed its references system for hosts and travelers on its website. Workaway could definitely benefit from its own upgrade. Here are the basic flaws: Workaway …

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  • 10 April

    My First Day Back in Edinburgh – At Last

    Selfie Back in Edinburgh on Arthur's Seat

    I’m back in Edinburgh. At last! It’s been almost exactly a year since I first landed here. So much has happened, maybe too much. In other words, I’ve been gone too long. Since I left last June, I’ve traveled through over twenty countries. I virtually circumnavigated the globe to get back, via SE Asia and the US. Recently, I’ve had …

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  • 5 April

    Why is America so Confusing

    America

    America is completely incomprehensible, and even by “Americans.” I’m not talking about politics or GMOs or terrorist attacks. I’m talking about America! What spurred me to write this blog post was a traveler in Bangkok who got upset when I called myself an American. Not because I was from the USA, but because it was politically incorrect to say American …

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  • 1 April

    10 Sculptures That are (Maybe Not) Meant to be Rubbed

    Andras Hadik Statue for Sculptures to be Fondled

    All around the world, there are sculptures and statues which have significance when you touch them. It could be anything from good luck, fertility or simply returning to the same city in the future. And you could be touching anything from a toe to the head, a breast or a ball. Umm, yeah. You didn’t think that was just a …

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March, 2016

  • 26 March

    My First 3 Weeks Back in Europe, Helping on a Farm in Sweden

    Working on a Farm in Sweden

    I’m back in Europe! Yeay! I can’t believe it’s already been three weeks. Certainly makes a difference to slow down and go to one place at a time for a little while. Currently, that place is a farm in Sweden, near a tiny village called Sjuntorp. Never heard of it? Neither has anyone else in Sweden. Let’s back up a …

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  • 22 March

    5 Must-Visit Restaurants in Ghent, Belgium

    Picturesque Ghent (Restaurants in Ghent)

    Ghent is one of my favorite cities I’ve traveled to. During three days in 2015, I had a chance to see a good portion of the center of town, toured around by my amazing couchsurfing host Nele. I also took the free walking tour where Maria gave me some great suggestions where to eat. By the end of my visit …

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  • 12 March

    My Amazing Road Trip on the Pacific Coast Highway

    Selfie on PCH

    Last week I left Seattle after an amazing five weeks, drove to Portland, and then continued out to the coast where I drove all the way down to southern California on the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), and then back up to Oakland! Altogether, it was over 1500 miles of driving in one week. This is just one of those great stories about my travels, …

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February, 2016

  • 22 February

    Cheap Flights from the USA to Europe for Under $200

    Cheap Flights

    Last week, I purchased my ticket to return to Europe from the USA. I’m currently in Seattle, and I have a Workaway for the month of March in Sweden. I found a flight from Oakland to Stockholm for the whopping price of $203, including baggage! It’s safe to say I’ve gotten really good at finding cheap flights, especially since this …

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  • 18 February

    My Biggest Embarrassment of 2015 – The Untold Story

    Trafalgar Square Bathrooms Biggest Embarrasment

    There is a story from 2015 that I never mentioned in my blog because I was too embarrassed. But what good is a travel blog if it doesn’t include the juicy details. So here my biggest embarrassment of 2015. On June 8th, I arrived back in London after spending five weeks in Edinburgh. I had scheduled to explore London for …

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  • 11 February

    I’ve Worked Out the First Law of the Traveler

    Law of the Traveler Selfie

    In 2015, I traveled over 37,000 miles to 35 countries, had the best meals of my life and met thousands of new friends. It wasn’t long into my travels when I realized what the Law of the Traveler is. For years, I used to read the bucket lists of other travelers, hearing about the most adventurous and beautiful places around …

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