Planning a Trip to Croatia: When to Go, Where to Stay, & Other Tips

planning a trip to croatia

Croatia may be one of the most beautiful countries – if not the most beautiful country – I’ve ever visited. The waters of the Adriatic Sea are as cerulean and transparent and gorgeous as they are in the pics, and the cities and towns are the perfectly picturesque complement. The weather is great too: although summers are warm, the temperatures aren’t sweltering and the ocean breeze is quite cool and refreshing. After spending a week there this July, I’ve created a guide for planning a trip to Croatia based on my experiences, both what I enjoyed and what I’d do differently the next time around. Continue reading “Planning a Trip to Croatia: When to Go, Where to Stay, & Other Tips”

Where to Eat in Brasov: The Coolest and Coziest Places for Food and Drinks

where to eat in brasov

Brasov, Romania, is a cute and cozy getaway in the region of Transylvania, about a 2-3 hour drive from Bucharest (depending on the traffic, as the roads are not always so reliable). You can cover the city’s main sights in a day: highlights include going up the cable car to the Brasov sign on Mount Tampa, exploring the Black Church, and wandering down Rope Street, the narrowest street in Romania. You can also use Brasov as a base to hit up other popular sights in the region, like Peles Castle or Bran Castle (aka Dracula’s castle aka kind of a tourist trap). The historic center of Brasov offers a variety of delicious eateries to choose from, so you can take your pick. Here are my recommendations for where to eat in Brasov! Continue reading “Where to Eat in Brasov: The Coolest and Coziest Places for Food and Drinks”

Why Segovia is Worth More Than a Day Trip

why segovia is worth more than a day trip

Segovia is one of the most popular spots for a day trip from Madrid. However, I think poor little Segovia doesn’t get the respect it deserves – this lovely city is worth more than just a few hours! Of course, Segovia is doable as a day trip, especially if you’re tight on time, but you can easily spend a relaxing full-weekend trip there: it’s the perfect retreat if you live in Madrid and works great as a romantic getaway. Continue reading “Why Segovia is Worth More Than a Day Trip”

10 Best Things to Do in Malaga: Moorish Castles, Modern Art, & More

best things to do in malaga

Malaga is a jewel of the Costa del Sol in Spain’s autonomous community of Andalusia. The city’s #tranquilotropical vibe had me right away: you can feel how the ocean and the warm weather energize the city, where timeworn Moorish ruins meet renowned modern art. Places like Sevilla and Granada may compete for top honors as Andalusia’s greatest city, but Malaga is definitely in the running with its compelling arts scene, culture, history, and, unlike the aforementioned cities, its BEACHES. Continue reading “10 Best Things to Do in Malaga: Moorish Castles, Modern Art, & More”

My 10 Favorite Things about Milan

milan

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 things (not in any meaningful order) about this chic city. Continue reading “My 10 Favorite Things about Milan”

A Guide to Bucharest: Eating & Drinking

bucharest

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,  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”

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”