August 2015

From start to finish Dubrovnik was an unreal experience. Upon boarding the flight from Barcelona I was instantly reminded of the few Mexico-bound flights I’ve flown stateside: everyone was in a great mood and excited to be on vacation while Pharrell William’s ‘Happy’ even blasted on the airplane speakers. Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the spectrum, I was still in the throes of sickness, with my outlook on life looking a little more like this:

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Leaving San Sebastián, I was super psyched to continue on to what I understood to be the culture capital of Spain’s Basque Country. I knew Bilbao was the home of the world famous Guggenheim Museum, and expected its cuisine and other attractions to be equally worldclass. Well… shame on me for not researching more!

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My junior year of college I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend a quarter abroad in the south of Spain. Within days of arriving I fell in love with the Spanish beaches, people, and way of life, and quickly made arrangements to instead stay the entire school year.

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After a few mellow days spent site seeing, hiking, and hanging with my super nice Italian AirBnb host (seriously for anyone who still hasn’t tried AirBnb, definitely give it a chance), I set off from Ålesund on the next leg of my Norway in a Nutshell tour.

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When mapping out this trip months ago, I’d chosen a number of pillars around which to plan my travels. The first on the list (in thanks to both Buzzfeed Travel and my Instragram addiction), was visiting the Geirangerfjord in Norway. A fjord is a deep, narrow and elongated sea with steep land on three sides, formed by glacial erosion; if the geological formation is wider than it is long, it isn’t a fjord. While the U.S. does have a number of fjords in Alaska, the most famous in the world are in Norway and New Zealand.

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Sorry for the hiatus, y’all. I’ve been on a Norwegian adventure (posts forthcoming) and the wifi’s been a bit spotty… #firstworldproblems, I know.

But on to the amazing city of STOCKHOLM!

So, I know I use the word ‘amazing’ approximately 50 times a day and have painted most everywhere I’ve traveled thus far with a glowing review… I try to differentiate one amazing from the other with some context though, so with that disclaimer I’ll say this about Stockholm: it’s the first city I’ve visited on my trip that I would actually consider moving to. I spent three days there and wish I had planned longer because when I left it felt like I’d barely scratched the surface of the city…

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