What to do when tragedy strikes at home

There are so many fears that arise when you decide to move abroad, and one very real fear that no one talks about is the fear that something tragic will happen at home while you are away.  Although all of my family and friends were in good health before I left the Washington, D.C. area, […]

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A Literary Tour of Madrid

If you haven’t noticed already, I’m a complete nerd. I’m obsessed with history and reading, and I often fantasize about living in eras that I think are way more glamorous and artistic than our current one (um, hello 1920s!). Before I moved to Europe, all I could think about was retracing the steps of literary […]

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Where to Eat in Madrid

The fastest way for me to get to know a city is through my stomach. Yea, I know. Weird sentence. Basically what I mean is that I love to learn about a city through the food I can find there. Learning about Madrid has been…well…interesting. I have mixed feelings about Spanish food. I consider myself […]

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How to survive a long-haul flight

Let me preface this post by saying that I know this is a first-world problem. If you’re getting on a long-haul flight, you’re probably going somewhere really exciting, but that doesn’t change the fact that these flights can be terrible if you aren’t prepared. I define a long-haul flight as a flight over eight hours, […]

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The Best Hotels of 2013

I know tons of bloggers are doing their “best of 2013″ lists and I said I wouldn’t…but I just can’t resist. I love hotels. I’m a complete sucker for everything from stately, historic grande dame hotels to sleek and stylish boutique properties.  I am admittedly not a backpacker. If the choice is up to me […]

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