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 …

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 …

Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain

País Vasco is a unique section of Spain due to its differing culture and languages. Basque, or Euskara is the only surviving language isolate in Europe, meaning it is not part of any other language family (such as Romance languages for example). Some of the most popular destinations in País Vasco are Bilbao and San …

Two Nights in Granada, Spain

Granada was a must-see destination for me while I was living in Madrid. It was passed through the hands of many empires, each which left their own mark. This makes the city and its architecture a beautiful mezcla of its history. One of the gorgeous apartment buildings in central Granada. One of the most famous …

The Beautiful Beaches of Ibiza, Spain

As a North American in Europe, I had to take advantage of the cheap flights. One flight deal a few friends and I got was a two day trip to Ibiza in the off season. Ibiza is busiest in the summer, and around mid-October the clubs on the island close to take the winter off …

Two Days in Portugal’s Biggest Cities (Part 2: Lisbon)

This is the second half of my post on Portugal. If you missed the first one you can find it here. We stayed the night in Porto, but woke up early to catch the bus to Lisbon. The drive takes 3 hours, and we wanted a full day in Lisbon. The round trip cost us …

Two Days in Portugal’s Biggest Cities (Part 1: Porto)

Before the pandemic I had the privilege to travel lots in Europe while living in Madrid. One of my shortest by very memorable trips was to Portugal. On February 15, 2020, I travelled with two friends/roommates whom I was very compatible in terms of travelling style. We flew from Madrid to Porto around 9 am …