L and I were all ready to go to Gozo, a smaller island that's part of Malta. We had signed up for a group trip with our hostel, where we didn't have to navigate the island ourselves or anything! Unfortunately, we were the only two people to sign up for the trip, so they cancelled … Continue reading Gozo
My friend L and I took a day trip to the capital of Malta on our second day there. We were staying in a hostel in St. Julian's and there were two ways to get to Valletta from St. Julian's: take one of the sketchy Maltese buses that come whenever they please, or walk along … Continue reading Valletta
Blue Grotto certainly lived up to its name. It was a grotto. And it was blue. But Blue Grotto was so much more beautiful than its name suggests. I think it deserves a cooler name, like Turquoise Archway to Heaven or Super Cool Watery Rock Thing. My vote is for the latter. L and I … Continue reading Lost in Blue Grotto
You've probably never heard of St. Julian's because you've probably never heard of Malta. I'll admit, when my friend L suggested visiting Malta, I agreed to going without knowing where or what Malta was. Turns out, Malta is a teeny tiny island between Italy and Africa. It's its own country, and is part of the … Continue reading St. Julian’s
Last spring I studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain, and it became my second home. I had a wonderful host family and I made great friends. When it came time to leave, I cried like a baby. I had promised my Spanish friends and family that I would come back and visit, so when I discovered … Continue reading Sevilla: mi casa
This is certainly not a word I want to hear in the same sentence as the phrase "my international flight." Especially not when it's coming out of the mouth of a cranky lady on the airport loudspeaker. "Technical issues" was the diagnosis of our plane. What a bunch of BS, canceling a flight because something … Continue reading *CANCELED*
Plane, train, boat, bus, you name it and I've probably taken that mode of transportation. Camel you say? Yeah I got that one checked off the list too. Definitely would not recommend a camel for long distances, but to each his own. Anyways, I traveled with a lot of companies while I was abroad and … Continue reading European Transportation: the Good, the Bad, and the … Hot Pink?
"Did you feel safe ... over there?" Some people who were worried asked me this question upon my return from Europe. They would say "over there" like Europe was some sort of foreign war zone. It was like they were insinuating that it wasn't safe, and that the United States was so much safer. Frankly, … Continue reading Safety: Europe vs. U.S.A.
We stepped off the boat and it was already drizzling. Day two of rain on the cruise. Just what I ordered from the weather Gods! Before boarding the ship, we hadn’t booked an excursion for Roatan Island because everything online is expensive, and we’re cheap. I’m sorry, but I don’t want to spend $89 to … Continue reading Roatan Island, Honduras
Grand Cayman was the only stop that my mom scheduled an excursion for. We were going to swim with some supposedly tame sting rays. Needless to say, I was pumped. Then it got windy. To get to Grand Cayman, you have to take a tender boat from the cruise ship. If it’s too windy, the … Continue reading Cayman and Crack