2012: My Year in Travel
Dec14

2012: My Year in Travel

This year was all about staying local. I ventured out of Spain a few times; once to make my yearly trans-atlantic trip home, and once to explore Lisbon, Portugal. In between those trips, I explored more of my adopted country, and consequently fell more in love with it. Though I have a long way to go before seeing the whole world, it’s hard to imagine many countries with the same diversity as Spain. I’m always impressed by...

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Lisbon vs. San Francisco: Are the Comparisons True?
Apr20

Lisbon vs. San Francisco: Are the Comparisons True?

If you’ve heard someone talk about Lisbon, you’ve probably heard them compare it to San Francisco. But, is it true? Could Lisbon, founded in 1255, really have that much in common with San Francisco, founded hundreds of years later? In short, yes. Lisbon and San Francisco do have some striking similarities: 1) The cable cars 2) They were both built atop seven hills   3) They’re both situated on the water 4) They both have an orange...

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Memorable vs. Mediocre Meals While Traveling
Apr16

Memorable vs. Mediocre Meals While Traveling

Though Lisbon itself wasn’t my favorite, I did have a great dining experience there that I won’t forget soon. It came the day after a mediocre meal accompanied by pretty terrible service. Now trust me, I understand that not everywhere else in the world has a tipping culture like my home country, (thanks for that lesson, Spain!) but tips aside, nothing excuses being downright rude. *steps off soapbox* I was determined to not just...

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Lisbon: Not What I Expected
Apr13

Lisbon: Not What I Expected

I look at visiting new cities as one may look at going on a blind date. Some cities you connect with and want to see again, while others leave little to be desired. Unfortunately for me, Lisbon, Portugal was the latter. I usually never completely write off places and vow to never return, but honestly, I’d be hard-pressed to find a reason to return to Lisbon. It wasn’t horrible, and there wasn’t one particular bad experience that left...

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Traveling Off-Season to the Algarve, Portugal
Mar07

Traveling Off-Season to the Algarve, Portugal

A church in Albufeira’s center. A Winter Getaway With last weekend being a 3-day weekend in Andalucía, Spain thanks to “Andalucía Day” I made my winter escape across the border to the Algarve region in Portugal. I made the same trip last year and loved the area so much, I couldn’t wait to return. What’s so enchanting about the Algarve? For me, it’s the white-washed buildings, the jagged red cliffs characteristic on the beaches, the...

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