A Room with a View

Swinging the door open with a metallic thud, Santiago walked into the waiting room. He pivoted around as if he were a washed-up dancer, greeting me and apologizing. “Disculpa la demora… Que pena.” I gazed upwards at him from the stiff sofa, petting Miel the house cat, as I’d been doing for the last hour … Continue reading A Room with a View

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Why I’m Moving Abroad Alone & Other Life Updates

There was a time when I fantasized about traipsing the world by myself, selling jewelry to make money and hitchhiking to cross borders. I'd wear my soles into the ground as I learned new languages and marveled at life's miracles. I was in my early twenties and had just moved to Buenos Aires. The world … Continue reading Why I’m Moving Abroad Alone & Other Life Updates

Budget Travel: Using Groupon on the Road

As a budget traveler, I’m always looking for ways to get the most out of life while saving money. While I adopted a frugal way of living many years ago- packing lunches to work, walking instead of taking a cab, hunting for sales, and cutting out unnecessary expenses- this doesn’t mean that I don’t like … Continue reading Budget Travel: Using Groupon on the Road

My Time in Reykjavik: Staying at The Loft

After about six hours on the WOW Air flight from Boston, I grabbed my bags, made some essential purchases at Keflavik airport's duty free shop, and descended into the bitter cold night. My hiking boots crunched soft snow as I zipped my new omni-heat Columbia coat all the way up and walked toward the bus … Continue reading My Time in Reykjavik: Staying at The Loft

Purring Voices, Alien Landscapes, and Psychedelic Lights: Why I’m Going to Iceland

I wanted to see Iceland before anyone even knew it existed, save Icelanders. Before the Blue Lagoon, before the Ring Road or cooing over the cuteness of arctic foxes, I’ve yearned to see this land of extremes. See, before all of the hype, there was a girl standing in her kitchen, brunette buns wound tightly … Continue reading Purring Voices, Alien Landscapes, and Psychedelic Lights: Why I’m Going to Iceland

Literary Heroes, Vegan Fare & Creativity in Europe (and a bit of North Africa!)

I've waited over half of my life for this trip. Its main purpose is to finally visit the first foreign country I ever longed to see: Spain. As someone who has dedicated her life to literature, learning Spanish, and understanding the roots of Latin American culture, this is a dream come true for me. Over the … Continue reading Literary Heroes, Vegan Fare & Creativity in Europe (and a bit of North Africa!)

Losing My Innocence in Spain

It's about time I lose my innocence. Again. This fantasy of mine has been swelling up, transforming, and growing beyond the limits of my imagination for 17 years now. Many people think that innocence is something that is lost once we hit adulthood. Once we have sex, fall in love, become heartbroken, try a drug, … Continue reading Losing My Innocence in Spain