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Lisbon: A Day Trip to Sintra

After checking into the Living Lounge Hostel, Kristine and I decided to do some exploring. I will admit that I initially disliked the immediate area around our hostel. First, it is a popular tourist neighborhood, which made finding food under 8 euro almost an impossible task. Second, it may have been because it was a Wednesday night, but the neighborhood seemed weirdly empty and reminded me of the desolate city in Inception. Granted, it was gorgeous! But it just had some weird vibes and of  ...

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In The World Through Which I Travel, I Am Endlessly Creating Myself

I had been told that trying Chocolate Churros in Spain was a must, which made San Ginés the perfect first stop on Sarah’s itinerary. We ordered six to share and they came with a wonderfully thick chocolate sauce, which I may have consumed half of. After dropping my things off at Toc Hostel Madrid, we decided to grab lunch at Cervecería Cruz Blanca. This was my first introduction to Spain’s food culture. Unlike in Ithaca, it is typical for Spaniards to have lunch at 2pm and  ...

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A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step

I was so happy to be able to spend a lot of time with Rakchira, a wonderful friend from Ithaca. Knowing London well, she took me to some of her favorite places. On my first weekend here, we visited Brick Lane Market and walked around the Shoreditch area, which has loads of stores and other markets. Brick Lane Market was indoors and had vendors selling all different types of food. That weekend, I got two Vietnamese summer rolls and when I brought Kristine there the next weekend, I ordered  ...

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