My ABCs of Travel

All right, so I wasn’t tagged, but I saw this survey posted on Christine in Spain and just had to do it! It takes me back to the good old days of LiveJournal memes.

A: Age you went on your first international trip: At the age of 2, I traveled to Hong Kong (or “Honk Honk,” as I called it) and Singapore for my aunt and uncle’s wedding. A few months later, we also went on a Baltic Cruise with stops in Scandinavia and the Soviet Union (right before it collapsed).

B: Best (foreign) beer you’ve had and where: I don’t even like beer! But I’m going to have to go with a Guinness in the Guinness Factory in Dublin. It tasted terrible, but it was free (it’s normally included in the tour, but it was Dublin Culture Night, so the tour itself was free!) and I drank it with two of my best friends from the top of the Factory, overlooking all of Dublin. Plus, it was the day after Arthur Guinness Day, a big celebration marking the 250th anniversary of Guinness.

C: Cuisine (favorite): Italian. It’s everywhere in the U.S., and I’ve always loved it, but it’s even better in Italy! Even when you’re just eating at cheap restaurants!

D: Destinations, favorite, least favorite and why: Spain is my favorite, duh. My least favorite was probably Continue reading  

Brussels

Brussels in a funny place because no one seems to have any idea where it is, so I’ll start by clarifying that it is a city in Belgium. And, yes, Belgium is a country, not just a brand of waffles and chocolate. Brussels is actually the capital of the European Union, which is a nifty little claim-to-fame for a city no one knows anything about. There’s no Belgian language, and most people speak French, though Flemish (which is a slight variation on Dutch) is commonly spoken there as well. I pretty much knew none of this before we booked our flight (which we booked mostly because we saw a cheap deal). I only knew of Belgian waffles and chocolate, and I later learned that Belgium is also the home of french fries (no, they aren’t French!) and is famous for its cherry and other fruity beer. So now that you’re an expert on Belgium, I’ll tell you about my trip there in December. Continue reading  

¡No estoy muerta!

¡No estoy muerta! I’m not dead! I’ve just been terrible about keeping up this blog, and I apologize for that. I can’t believe it’s been a month and a half since my last entry.

Life in Spain continues to be amazing. I’m enjoying my classes (more or less), meeting new people, having fun with friends, and traveling like crazy. Since my last entry, I went to Italy, where we visited Cinque Terre, Lake Como (from Lake Como we took a short trip to Lugano, Switzerland), and Milan), as well as Córdoba and Granada (I lived in Granada for a month in 2006) in Andalucía, the southern region of Spain. Both trips were absolutely amazing, and, don’t worry, I will eventually be doing full updates about them. Continue reading