Off the Beaten Path: Spain

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If you’re planning a trip to Europe in the near future, a must-see destination is Spain! This Mediterranean country in southwestern Europe is the perfect combination of people, culture and nightlife to keep anyone entertained for weeks. If you don’t know too much about Spanish history and culture, let me give you a quick overview.  The first major inhabitants of Spain were the Romans in the 5th Century AD, but were quickly followed by a Moorish invasion from Northern Africa a few centuries later. As a result, a large part of the Spanish culture, specifically architecture and art, has its roots in the classic Roman and intricate Arabic styles. Most of Spain, especially the south, has many beautiful palaces and monuments epitomizing the grand and ornate Moorish presence. However, the Christian population of Northern Spain eventually took complete control of the Iberian Peninsula by the end of the 15th Century.  The change in authority, along with the colonization of the New World, helped bring Spain to the peak of their wealth and power soon after. Recently, Spain has not been doing well economically, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a beautiful and enriching country to explore! (more…)

Cambodia is my #happyplace

After the demise of the Khmer Empire in the 1400s and the fall of Angkor, Cambodia has not had great luck or prosperity. However, the beautiful and elaborate temples and palaces of years past have survived, much to the delight of travels around the world. Nature has slowly retaken sites like Angkor Wat, seamlessly blending the marvels of nature and humanity. (more…)

Alaska is my #happyplace

Remote, pristine and awe-inspiring, the landscape throughout Alaska is well worth a visit. From the sprawling Denali National Park to the beautiful southern coast spotted with islands, Alaska is the perfect place to get back to nature. The United State’s largest and least densely populated state, Alaska offers hundreds of spectacular sites to get your nature-fix. (more…)

Costa Rica is my #happyplace

 

What better way to get to your #happyplace than exploring the jungles of Costa Rica. After abolishing its military in 1948, Costa Rica has turned its attention to preserving its beautiful country. With over 25% of the land now protected by the government, they have even set a goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2021! There is no better place to escape your busy life than by diving into the relaxed lifestyle of the ‘ticos’ (Costa Ricans).

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Not Sure You Want to Study Abroad? (Here’s 5 Reasons Why You Should!)

Spain - Madrid TouristPicking up your life for an extended stay abroad can be scary and, at times, traveling can feel extremely lonely. Once you fight your way through the bouts of homesickness and FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) of friends’ shenanigans at home, studying abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life! Whether it’s a master’s program in London or a summer class in Buenos Aires, here are five reasons why you should definitely take the leap to study abroad: (more…)