A Bus to Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha

Historically, Toledo has been a home to the various empires that have lived in the city. The walls and buildings left by the Romans were reconstructed with Arabic influence during the Ottoman Empire. Jewish, Islamic and Christian influences are all strong throughout the city, and this immense amount of history led it to become a …

Montréal, Québec in Late Autumn

We flew to Montréal on November 7th as a break from work and to visit my friends studying at McGill University. We also got lucky by escaping Alberta’s winter weather for Montréal’s unseasonably warm fall. We took an early flight arriving in Montréal at noon. We took the 747 bus in from the airport to …

Christmas in Vienna, Austria

The first stop on my winter break trip in 2019 was Vienna, Austria. I arrived in the city the afternoon of December 24th, and found the city completed decorated for the holiday. I took the train into the city from the airport and walked straight to Rathausplatz where a large Christmas market was in full …

Marseille and Aix-en-Provence, South of France

During the winter break, following exams, I went on a weekend trip to Marseille with my roommates. We were able to find flights from Madrid to Marseille for only 45 euros round trip, so we felt we had to take advantage of the opportunity. There are lots of cheap flights around Europe if you are …

A Day in Segovia, Castile y León

Living in Madrid meant I was not only in the capital of Spain, but also a very central region of the country. This made it possible to travel to a number of different cities for day trips, something I did several times. Alcázar de Segovia as seen from the Cathedral’s bell tower. In early February …

A Weekend Stay in Valencia

In October 2019, I joined a Citylife trip to Valencia. Citylife is one of the companies that organizes trips for young adults from Madrid to other cities. Most of the other participants were students studying abroad or young adults living in Madrid through a teaching exchange program. We went to Valencia by bus, which took …

Fall Colours: Pocaterra Cirque Hike in Kananaskis

On September 18, 2022, my partner and I took our dog out to the mountains to hike. We decided on Pocaterra Cirque because I love the area (see my post on Pocaterra Ridge as to why), and it seemed less busy than Ptarmigan Cirque, another popular fall hike. The view ascending the middle section of …

A Whirlwind Day in Bratislava

During the 2019 winter break, I travelled from Vienna for Christmas to Krakow for New Year’s Eve. In between these cities, we spent a single day in Bratislava. The city is only an hour from Vienna by train, and cost 32.40 euros total for the three of us. Michael’s Gate. We arrived in the capital …

Ringing in the New Year in Cracow: Part II

Our last two days in Poland were as busy as the first. We booked a tour through our hostel to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, in the town of Wieliczka. Our tour included the transportation to the town, which made the trip easy. We arrived at the mines and waited for our tour to begin. The …

Ringing in the New Year in Cracow, Poland Part I

During my year abroad, I spent the winter holidays travelling through four European countries (with an evening spent in country number 5). My third stop on this trip was in Kraków, Poland. I didn’t plan the stops on this trip, but rather joined a friend on her plans, so I didn’t know what to expect …