A Dirty Secret in Barcelona

In Europe by Mallory9 Comments

If you’re a Barcelona local, you avoid Las Ramblas. The tree-lined pedestrian mall is overpriced and crowded with tourists. If you want to go for a night out on Las Ramblas, you’re bound to wait in long lines with drunk teenagers on their gap year. On our last night in Barcelona, my new Brazilian friend Vivi and I went to …

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Barcelona: Built for Aesthetics

In Europe by Mallory17 Comments

Barcelona, like Girona, has welcomed me with open arms. Perhaps it’s the gelato stand around each corner or the 2pm nap everyone seems to take, but I have yet to come across an unhappy person. This includes the customs official at the airport who stamped my passport with a big smile (markedly different than the UK customs official who grilled …

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A Medieval Treasure at the Base of the Pyrenees

In Europe by Mallory13 Comments

Last week I spent several days in Girona, Spain, a charming, medieval town nestled at the base of the Pyrenees mountains. Initially, Tiffany and I were going to use it as a jump-off point to do some hiking in the mountains, but were so enchanted with the town itself we decided to stay. We hiked the foothills near Girona, walked …

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A Classic Tale of American Over-Confidence

In Europe by Mallory8 Comments

People find themselves in Girona, Spain for one of three reasons: You’re a cyclist and you’re riding the back roads of the Pyrenees You found that the cheapest way to Barcelona is to fly into Girona and take an hour bus You want a quiet holiday with your lover Girona is not much of a tourist attraction, even the customs …

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Edinburgh Castle & the World’s Largest Tapestry

In Europe by Mallory8 Comments

On my way from London to Aberdeen to visit my friend Tiffany, I took a day trip to Edinburgh. Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and home to the café where J.K Rowling wrote Harry Potter, the National Museum of Scotland, and Edinburgh Castle. In true Scottish fashion, it rained on me… the entire time I was in Scotland. Good …

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London

In Europe by Mallory23 Comments

I just finished the first leg of my journey in London with my British twin Miriam.* I thought she would be a great kickoff, since our friends would describe us the same way: annoyingly positive and bit nerdy. Ten days in London was plenty to see all that it had to offer. Rather than cram 10 days worth of activities …