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Italy: Olive Harvesting and Roma

Italy: Olive Harvesting and Roma

I spent 6 glorious days in Italy, and if it weren’t for my tourist visa expiring, I would have stayed for months more. I love Italy, the food, the culture, the people, the architecture. I was invited by my “old” host family to go with them on holiday for five days in Cassino, Italy and harvest olives on their family plot. Not only did I get to play with L, but I got to meet my host dad’s extended family…

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Spain: Barcelona, Zaragoza, and Madrid

Spain: Barcelona, Zaragoza, and Madrid

After walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, my family visited for a three week Europe trip. Afterward, I had exactly 23 days before I legally had to exit Europe. Well, technically the Schengen Area, which comprises most of the European Union. I was in Barcelona for maybe five more days, having my second reunion with Camino friends, and finally deciding where to go next. I met an awesome Kiwi in my hostel and we visited Montserrat together. Since I…

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Vacation Chronicles: Cliffs of Moher

Vacation Chronicles: Cliffs of Moher

I’ve always heard about the magnificence of the Irish countryside. I’ve seen pictures, watched P.S. I Love You, and heard it from friends who traveled to Ireland themselves. While I loved my time revisiting Paris, I would have loved to spend my entire week in Ireland. When I first booked the trip, I thought to myself, “Dublin doesn’t seem to have as much stuff to see as Paris, so a few days should be enough.” Then I remembered how much…

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Vacation Chronicles: Dublin

Vacation Chronicles: Dublin

Good news! I finally got around to finishing my vacation photos. In fact, I’m on the cusp of being caught up with all of my photo editing! I had to light a fire under my ass this week after I took over 250 photos in one weekend! Anyway, here is the rest (or maybe next….even as I write this I don’t know if I will split the entry up into two parts) of my vacation. After a long weekend in…

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Vacation Chronicles: Destination Paris

Vacation Chronicles: Destination Paris

I started off my vacation in Paris, the city of lights, love, fashion, and beautiful monuments (and Parisians, which no-one in France seems to be a fan of). Let me just say that my adventure started before I even left for Paris. May 1 is Labour Day here, and I took the train to Marseille to get to the rendez-vous point for my carpool. Little did I imagine that when I arrived at the train station, there would be no…

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Halloween in Barcelona

Halloween in Barcelona

Part of the reason I didn’t miss Halloween as  much as I thought I would was because I spent it in the magnificent city of Barcelona. I’ve procrastinated writing about my adventure over Halloween mainly because I want do Barcelona justice. I want to charm you as much as I myself was by its modern architecture, wonderful people, and tasty food. A scant weekend is nowhere near enough time to truly discover and enjoy all of Barcelona. However, a weekend…

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