The Sorolla Museum in Madrid: Underrated and Awesome

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Madrid is famed for its arts and culture. Its Golden Triangle of Art, including the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, and theย Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, showcases top-notch collections that include the likes of Velazquez’s Las Meninas, Goya’sย El tres de mayo de 1808 en Madrid, and Picasso’s Guernica. I love all three of these museums (particularly the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen, since I’m a modern art kinda girl), but my favorite art museum in Madrid – and debatably one of my favorite in the world – isn’t part of the Golden Triangle. Continue reading “The Sorolla Museum in Madrid: Underrated and Awesome”

8 Reasons to Visit Cuenca, Spain: The City You Wish You Knew

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It’s taken me a while, but after talking this place up for the past year, I’ve finally gotten around to posting about my beloved Cuenca. While living in Madrid last year, I decided to visit Cuenca, Spain, one weekend after simply looking at a map and picking a place I had vaguely remembered hearing about. This sleepy yet incredibly picturesque town completely surpassed my expectations: it may just be the cutest town you’ve never heard of. Continue reading “8 Reasons to Visit Cuenca, Spain: The City You Wish You Knew”

My 10 Favorite Things about Milan

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I fell in love with Milan during my first visit in May 2018, and it is now definitely one of my favorite cities in the world. In fact, I would happily live there – and I just might look into doing so in the near future! Hehe. Milan may not have the same reputation as Rome or other Italian cities in terms of old-world charm, but I gotta say that it is delightfully impressive. After a few days in Milan, I have compiled a list of my 10 favorite thingsย (not in any meaningful order) about this chic city. Continue reading “My 10 Favorite Things about Milan”

A Guide to Bucharest: Eating & Drinking

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Since I moved to Bucharest in February 2018, many people ask me, “So what’s the food like in Romania?” My answer usually touches upon the fact that traditional Romanian cuisine can be quite hearty, and that typical dishes include roasted pork knuckle (not actual knuckles), Sarmale (pork-stuffed cabbage rolls), and polenta (like in Italy) – which are all actually delicious. However,ย  Bucharest offers a lot more than just typical Romanian cuisine. In fact, many of the spots we frequent in Bucharest have more of an “international” style and serve pretty much everything. Continue reading “A Guide to Bucharest: Eating & Drinking”

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”