6 Reasons to Visit Timisoara, Romania

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Timisoara, located in the Banat region of western Romania, is Romania’s third largest city. You may have never heard of it, so I’ll drop a few reasons why I think you should visit. The city’s main sights are clustered around the 3 main plazas in the city center – Piata Victoriei, Piata Libertatii, and Piata Unirii – so you can cover the city in one solid day.

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London Life: 7 Things I Learned During My Month in the British Capital

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I was lucky enough to be able to live in London for a month in January 2018. Although I had visited London a few years before, I didn’t really know what to expect in terms of daily life in London. I was prepared to dislike the fast-paced lifestyle and be overwhelmed by the grey, rainy weather: luckily, I was proven absolutely wrong-o. Continue reading “London Life: 7 Things I Learned During My Month in the British Capital”

The Real Deal on Chinese Food: 11 Things You Need to Try

Before my trip to China, I can’t say my experience with Chinese food in the US had been a good one. For me, Chinese food evoked images of strong-smelling takeout, wok stir-fries, and too-sticky chicken. Needless to say, my view of Chinese food was drastically limited, and, as a result, I was worried about what I’d eat when I actually visited China. Fortunately, my experience with food in the Middle Kingdom was nothing short of amazing. From cheap yet tasty street food to full-blown restaurant meals, I was wowed by the variety of cuisine China has to offer. To celebrate the unique delicacies of this special country, I’ve compiled a list of 11 things you need to try based on my gastro-adventures through China. Continue reading “The Real Deal on Chinese Food: 11 Things You Need to Try”

Xi’an: A Chinese Cultural Treasure

This past fall, I embarked on a whirlwind, seven-week journey through mainland China. This entire trip was a tremendous experience for me, whether I was downing soup dumplings in cosmopolitan Shanghai, roaming the streets of ancient Pingyao, climbing the hills of sacred Wutai Shan, exploring Buddhist cave art outside Datong, or gaping at the beauty of the Summer Palace in Beijing. However, I must say that Xi’an won a special place in my heart as one of my favorite stops on the trip. Continue reading “Xi’an: A Chinese Cultural Treasure”

Madrid Must-Eats

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Madrid is an amazing place to eat. Between serving up traditional Spanish food and dishing out international-style grub, this dynamic city has a lot to offer. After living in Madrid for a year, I’ve drawn up a list of some Madrid must-eats, organized by category. I’d say these places meet the Spanish criteria for a good restaurant: “Bueno, bonito, y barato!” (Good, nice, and cheap!) Cheers to delicious food, cold beer, and tasty Rioja! Continue reading “Madrid Must-Eats”

Christmas in Alsace: A Guide to the Best of this Winter Wonderland

Alsace, a region in France on the eastern border with Germany, is a fantasy world: this picturesque paradise of half-timbered pastel houses makes you feel like you’re in a fairy tale. During Christmas, Alsace transforms into a winter wonderland, buzzing with Christmas markets, or marchés de noël, and teeming with festive decor.  Continue reading “Christmas in Alsace: A Guide to the Best of this Winter Wonderland”