Dinner at Gosford House, Scotland

There’s something special about old Scottish castles housing beautiful artworks from the classical era. It takes you back on a historical journey of a time that once was. On our last night in Scotland, we attended a gala dinner at the wondrous Gosford House near Longniddry, in East Lothian. At the time, I had never heard […]

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Hongqiao Pearl Market, Beijing

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is visit the markets. It’s one of the quickest ways to learn about the culture of a city and get acquainted with locals while picking up some souvenirs of the place you’re visiting.   The Hongqiao Pearl market is one of Beijing’s most famous indoor markets […]

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A QUICK GUIDE TO EDINBURGH

The medieval Scottish capital of Edinburgh is filled with neoclassical buildings, rolling hills and an endless history that engulfs the city (and you!) no matter where you stand. From the top of the Scott Monument to the colorful antique stores, here is a quick guide to Edinburgh. FAST FIVE FACTS Population: 1.4 million Location: Edinburgh […]

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The Great Chinese Firewall

Oh yes. You read right. There really is such a thing as the Great Chinese Firewall and while you may not be able to see it, or even climb to the tenth tower to prove your manhood (or womanhood, for that matter), it certainly is bigger than anything you’ve ever seen (or not seen, for […]

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Simple packing mistakes you’re probably making

It’s pretty hard to pack for a trip abroad. You start out with a medium sized suitcase and tell yourself that you’re going to pack light. You want to leave room for your shopping trips, souvenirs and gifts… but before you know it you’re sitting with a pile of t-shirts, three evening dresses and endless […]

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Spier Hotel, Vineyard and Spa, Stellenbosch

On a recent Erasmus conference in Stellenbosch, I had the pleasure of spending a night at the four star Spier Hotel, Vineyard and Spa. Comfortably nestled within the Stellenbosch Winelands, Spier is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms with a proud history that was established somewhere in 1962. With ancient grape vines all round, […]

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Take that Erasmus Exchange: What You’ll Learn

If you’re at university and are contemplating a study abroad trip then my advice is to just go! Six years ago I embarked on an Erasmus exchange program to The Netherlands and I can honestly say that I’ve never been the same since. Sure, there were a few moments (both before and during my trip) […]

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Venturing through Scotland: Tasting Haggis

One of the things I love doing while exploring different cities is tasting local foods. You can learn so much about a country and its culture through food so you can bet that I’m always at the front line to taste anything! Whilst on vacation in Edinburgh, mum and I had the pleasure of witnessing […]

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Your Guide to biking the Ancient City Walls of Xian

Xian is the capital of the Shaanxi province in China. While it is most famous for its army of terracotta warriors and exotic foods at the Muslim quarter, it is also more popularly known for the ancient walls which were originally built in the Tang dynasty to protect the inner city of Xian. Here is […]

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How to Survive Getting Sick in China

Whilst venturing out into the unknown can be a life-changing experience, at some point, you might get sick. Amidst reading up on local food and culture sometimes we forget about the important stuff, like how to handle a medical emergency in a new city. Perhaps one of the scariest things for a young female traveler is becoming […]

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