Beauty of European Dining

Three hour meals are rare in the United States, but a European staple. I spent this past semester in the Netherlands and every day was filled with magic and adventure. I can honestly say that I learned more about myself in 90 days than I have in my entire life. One of the biggest cultural…

Self Discoveries at the Berlin Wall

I had always imagined that the Berlin Wall would be full of graffiti; however, to use such a term to describe the true art work that stood before me would have been an understatement. I could not help but become entranced by the beautiful illustrations as I moved from one mural to the next. Each…

A New Look at the Old Peak

I’ve had it in the back of my mind for a while that someday I would visit the ancient ruins, but also on my list are about a couple dozen other places around the world that each seem beautiful in different ways. Machu Picchu was a good place to start. As someone not accustomed to…

When in Puno, Carnival

When my host dad explained to me what the floating islands in Lake Titicaca were, it made both perfect sense and no sense at all. How? and why? were the first questions that came to mind. It’s something you have to see for yourself to understand completely-an excuse to travel to one of the prettiest places I’ve seen in Peru so…

¡Baja, Baja!

Below my bedroom window, impatient drivers honk their horns as they make their way along the haphazardly paved road that curves past my house; the constant drilling and hammering of city construction fill in what would otherwise be the quiet moments. From down the hall I can hear Florence and the Machine’s newest release blaring,…