Europe

  • Dictators have had a horrible history throughout the world, and although they are not prevalent in the United States, I found my life being controlled, not by a person, but by fear. My fear of doing things that made me uncomfortable, being hurt by others, and what other people would think of me...

  • Winding cobblestone roads, with walls seemingly growing ever closer, until even the smallest Fiat can barely squeeze through. Frigid stream water, rushing down from the heights of the Alps. Old buildings, adorned with open shutters and the occasional lizard, worn down by the tides of time, lining...

  • It was always an alluring mystery as to where we were being lead to beneath the dim streets of Paris. Each student groggily attempting to stay moving in a line without the faintest clue of where our cabalistic metro ride had placed our fresh souls. Bodies weaved in and out of our way, coming and...

  • Standing on a rock, overlooking the fjord with small ships crawling along, he turned to me. Kåre said, “This is where your great, great, grandfather stood and dreamed of America.” Never before had I felt history as I had in that moment, the power of artifacts, of heritage, and of coming home. This...

  • If I’m honest about it, I was never grabbed by books about history when I was younger. I found it hard to connect personally with what I read in their pages -- stories about people long gone, in places with strange names, seeming to exist only in two dimensions. Then, one day during C-block history...

  • He was probably in his late twenties when he died. He was a Christian monk and a member of the Knights Templars of the order of Calatrava. He slept in his armor and he rarely bathed. Let’s call him Rodrigo. Next to him lay a pregnant lady and another man with a fist-sized piece of iron in his chest...

  • Fluttering skirts, rhythmic tapping of pointe shoes, dense air- the kind that is formed from hundreds of people holding their breaths in anticipation and admiration, gentle and perfectly apt music. Conscious: using the information my body is scavenging out to connect the puzzle pieces and...

  • Swiss cheese, Swiss chocolates, Swiss Alps, and Edelweiss must ring a few bells for everybody. Switzerland is known across the globe for these beautiful, sweet things, and for good reasons. Visiting this country was like enveloping myself in a world of cool, clean air and really, really heavy foods...

  • In the Spring of 2015 I had the amazing opportunity to travel to France for a week. After my first international travel experience, I came to the realization that I have a strong passion to explore and learn about cultures worldwide. I think it is incredible to imagine that many of the buildings...

  • I have admired this city in countless stock photos and numerous travel blogs. I draw a deep breath as a futile attempt to calm myself. The van jumps around the cobblestone road and I clumsily juggle the camera in my hand. I breath again but it does not work. I leap out of the van, my arm and eyes...

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