24 Hours in Bucharest

I arrived in Bucharest, also known as the “Paris of Eastern Europe,” by land after a weekend in Bulgaria for the wedding of very close friends. Several guests and I had taken a taxi from Veliko Tarnavo and reached the Bucharest train station by mid-morning. While my travel companions departed to the Romanian countryside for 3 […]

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7 Must-See Places in Vietnam

Vietnam is one of my favorite places to travel, so much so, presently, I temporarily call it home. I gloss the guide for the region nearly as much as the next person, but there are some must-see places for westerners that will both garner an acute appreciation for Vietnam and respect from Vietnamese friends. By […]

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A Weekend in Napa Valley

  “…on top of a hill that looks down low and across the bridge there lies lovely Sausalito.” -Gwen Thomas Visualize yourself driving on a highway with the wind blowing through your hair, the warmth of the sun dancing on your brow, foggy bluffs on the horizon and the smell of moist air rising off […]

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A Multilinguist’s Manifesto

As we continue to travel the world and engage with other cultures, we often encounter difficulties communicating. As someone who has formally studied four foreign languages and claims proficiency in two, I can say language learning is no easy task. Technology such as Rosetta Stone, Google Translate, and DuoLingo have certainly made it easier, but […]

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The 5 Travelers You Meet While Abroad

Whether you’re nestled in a cozy hotel bar in NW Washington, DC or staggering into a busy Macedonian Hostel escaping the biting Balkan air, you are bound to meet interesting people. One can always recognize fellow foreigners, but who are these folks? 1. The Wandering Soul Having ascribed to Tolkien’s Wanderers Manifesto, “Not all who […]

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Vietnamese Smiles

The most remarkable thing about the Vietnamese are their unwavering smiles. In all of my travels, I have never known people to be so happy, so often. Despite any hardships, circumstances, how or where they live, they smile. Is this a sweeping generalization? Absolutely. But in my experience, the people of Vietnam are extremely pleasant […]

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