Located in Andalucía in the south of Spain and part of the Costa del Sol, Málaga makes for a great summer destination. To North Americans, the weather in Southern Spain in the middle of April tends to feel more like the height of summer (we were really lucky and didn’t experience any rain). Spend your time on the beach, exploring the city center, and hiking up to the Alcazaba for panoramic views of the city and its impressive port. (more…)
April in Amsterdam – a little windy, a little chilly, and a whole lot of fun. This quaint little city is a great destination for a weekend getaway. It’s big enough that you won’t run out of things to do, yet small enough to make you feel at home in just a few short days. There are the must-sees such as The Anne Frank House and the Rembrandt and Van Gogh museums however, I would also highly suggest renting a bike and getting out of the city and into the beautiful Dutch countryside.
Prague, Czech Republic – A modern day fairy tale city where the beer flows cheaper than water. I could write about the Pražský orloj (Prague Astronomical Clock) in Old Town Square, or the “Walk of Apostles” that takes place at two o’clock everyday, or Pražský hrad (Prague Castle), which is most accessible via the Karlův most (Charles Bridge), but I won’t because instead I’m going to write about the food, the beer, the wine, and the markets. (more…)
After spending a very sketchy night in a Paris hostel and a short morning of train travel I arrived in Brugge, Belgium. This little city is probably one of my favorites thus far. It is small and homey and the Belgians are the most uncomplicated of people. They say what they mean and they mean what they say – intimidating and crude at times, however, you always know where you stand. During my time in Belgium there always seemed to be someone there to give directions, a helping hand, or local advice on what to do and see. (more…)
Even though it rained the entire time we were there (end of February), I still highly recommend a trip to the north of Spain! The greenery, mountains, and sea were a welcome change after a winter spent in Madrid. With a 6 hour nighttime bus ride behind us we were able to spend almost three full days exploring Oviedo and Gijón. (more…)
This was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do – how do you successfully pare down an expansive library of music into a bite size sampling of travel tunes? Here’s the result – I tried to include a little bit of everything in the hopes that everyone would be able to find at least one song they enjoyed. All of these songs and artists are played at least once while I am traveling – whether it’s by car, train, plane, or boat. Enjoy! (more…)
Lisbon, Portugal – only about three hours by train from Porto (where I was staying for the long weekend) and definitely a great option for a day-trip. Lisbon is a big city and of course you could spend much longer than a day there sight-seeing and experiencing but a day is all we had and here are some of the highlights!
We took an early morning train from Porto’s main train station Campanhã and arrived in Lisbon around noon. Given that it was the start of December the walk from the train station to Lisbon’s city center was a bit chilly, however the sun was out and its reflection upon the building’s unique tiles was beautiful. (more…)