The Starting Point of All Spanish Roads

¡Welcome to the capitol of España! I recently spent 24 hours in this beautiful city. In an effort to outrun my jetlag, I walked over 10 miles around the city center, and barely made a dent in all there was to see. I was unaware of Madrid’s scale until that day. It’s the 3rd biggest…

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Hiking Sedona

After spending a little time in Phoenix, I got on the road towards Sedona. It’s about a 2 hour drive. If you’re looking for a pit stop, Montezuma Castle National Monument is about an hour and a half into the trip. The cliff dwellings, carved into the limestone walls, were built by the Sinagua people between 100…

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Street Art in Phoenix

During my traveling years, I’ve never spent time in Phoenix (other than making connections in their airport). It’s quite a colorful city. Maybe the next time you have a connection there, book yourself a little extra time so you can spend a few hours exploreing. Here are a few things you can do to pass…

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Set Sail From Stavanger, Norway

As I’ve mentioned in my previous Norwegian posts, the fjords are a unique part of Scandinavian topography. What’s a fjord? I had the same question before I set foot in these parts. Most of the Norwegian coast is made up of jagged, narrow inlets to the sea, with steep and rather spectacular cliffs. You can…

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Bergen?

Norway is a beautiful beast of a country. These Nordic lands are perhaps most known for their unique fjords, which make up the majority of its coastline. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, following Oslo, with a population of just over 280,000 people. City Center, also called Byfjorden, which translates to “the city fjord,”…

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Shoes Fit for a Trek Across Norway

I’m a big believer in ALWAYS packing in a carryon. Yes, that can be extremely tricky when you’re going somewhere for over a week–but it’s absolutely doable. For my Norwegian adventures, I decided I would bring two pairs of shoes. Both Nikes as you might have guessed–my sweet classic highs and these beauties: The matte…

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Inside The Getty Museum and Some Odd Representations of Women in Art

The Getty is a breathtaking museum in Brentwood, perched atop the Santa Monica Mountains with an unreal view of LA below. It opened to the public in 1997, and is free to visit (unless you park on site, which will cost you $20). A rather impressive people-mover takes you from the parking garage, up the…

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If you’re in LA, get outta there / Day Hikes From the City of Angels

I have quite a few grievances with LA. Mainly, I hate how car oriented the entire joint feels. I love walking–walking to the grocery store, to dinner, to no where in particular. After spending a bit of time there this April, I needed to put my sneakers to use and shake that uber-everywhere-culture. (but first,…

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The Land of Those Who Face Water From A Cliff (aka San Diego)

San Diego, named for Diego de San Nicolás by the Spaniards, was the first spot visited by Europeans on the West Coast of the United States. As you probably already guessed, Native Americans had been there wayyyy before 1542–the Kumeyaay people to be exact. Kumeyaay translates to “those who face the water from a cliff.”…

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Zurich, Quite a Pretty Little City

Welcome to beautiful Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city. Even though I only experience about 24 hours of this beautiful spot, I’d jump at the opportunity to go back. They city of Zurich sits perched atop Lake Zurich (which happens to look quite a bit like a banana from above). Many boats and swans bob about in…

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