I could not believe it when I received the email that I had won StudentUniverse’s Fly N’ Bike Taiwan contest. Without any hesitation, I accepted! Six months later, I hopped on a thirteen hour flight headed for Taiwan. I had done very little research about the country. Friends told me what to eat while I was there, and that was about all I knew upon arrival! I had no concept of what the cycling would entail. Every moment was a surprise! I experienced a constant sensory overload that I’ve never experienced anywhere else in the world.
Taiwan is considered by many to be a cyclist’s paradise with its picturesque bike trails through the island-nation’s awe-inspiring scenery. Thanks to extensive funding in the past decade, Taiwan now boasts thousands of miles of bike roads that wrap around the 14,000 square-mile island.
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. Read More
I had been living in Madrid for about three weeks when I started to realize that all of the tapas and cañas had started to take a toll! I have been called a ‘gym rat’ by more than one person so it was only a matter of time before I went in search of a fitness regimen that would fit well into my new life here in Spain. Not only does exercising contribute to my physical well-being, it is also a great option for reducing stress (there’s nothing like trying to juggle work, school, and a move across the ocean to raise one’s stress levels!). Read More