A week ago I was ready to leave. The holidays are a natural time to want to be with your family, which makes going home seem normal and easier. But once my finals were finished and I resurfaced from the books, it began to hit me that I only had two days left here in Dublin. You would think the more you move, the more … Continue reading Ireland, it’s been grand.
London is a modest city. Physically, it doesn’t have as much to offer as other European cities I’ve visited. Its streets don’t boast the obvious architectural beauty of Paris and it doesn’t have the quaint waterfront of Copenhagen. Unlike say Danes, Londoners aren’t obviously identifiable as being Londoners. For those of us who have never been before, we often think of London in terms of … Continue reading When I grow up, I’m moving to London.
“In Spanish there is a word for which I can’t find a counterword in English. It is the verb ‘vacilar’…it does not mean vacillating at all. If one is ‘vacilando,’ he is going somewhere; but does not greatly care whether or not he gets there, although he has direction.” While the word “vacilando” might be a slang term for many Spanish speakers as meaning teasing … Continue reading Dérive à Paris
I’ve had the travel bug all my life. Those of you who are infected know that it’s both a blessing and a curse. And when you strategically plan your schedule to have a three-day weekend, why not use it your advantage, right? Not to mention that only a couple of hours away lay an entire continent and a multitude of countries waiting to be explored. … Continue reading Feeding my perpetual wanderlust
People often ask me why I chose to study abroad in Dublin. Why not choose more popular European destinations like England or Spain? The combination of factors that lead me here is quite ordinary and I won’t bore you with my decision making process, but I have a better question: Out of a school of 50,000 students, why am I the only Longhorn studying in Dublin? … Continue reading What’s the craic in Dublin?
What I enjoyed most about Singapore is the ease of flying to other countries in Southeast Asia. Not that I didn’t enjoy Singapore, but I would have gotten bored had I stayed there the entire month and a half of my trip. Every other week I was off to a different destination: Thailand, China, and Indonesia. Singapore was the tame home base. It was nice … Continue reading Singapore: Summer in the City
Bali is at once both a peaceful haven and a chaotic hive. Known as the “Island of the Gods,” there’s no shortage of religion. Just visit one of the island’s 20,000 Hindu temples or try not to step on the tiny shrines set outside of local homes and businesses. But travel down the winding roads through bustling villages and you’re suddenly overwhelmed by activity: Families … Continue reading Bali: A peaceful madhouse