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13 Photos of Bruges That Will Make You Want To Visit ASAP

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Bruges, Belguim is absolutely adorable. It looks like it was taken straight from a fairytale. Hopefully, these pictures of Bruges, both from above and on the charming streets, will inspire you to make it your next destination ASAP. Bruges from the Belfry If you fancy climbing up about 400 steps in a spiral staircase, then consider visiting the Belfy in Bruges. From the top, you’ll see just how beautiful Bruges is, with its winding streets and orange rooftops. While we visited on…

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Belgium, Travels

What I Learned After Being Verbally Assaulted in Brussels

Being a woman, especially one who travels, is rife with contradictions. Traveling as a female can be liberating. But it can also be terrifying at times. There are times when, solely because I’m a female, I get catcalled. Or stared at. Or called out for not smiling. Or for smiling too much. Or dressing too conservatively. Or not dressing conservatively enough. Or being too shy. Or not being shy enough. And this isn’t even while traveling. It’s just living my…

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Belgium, Mental Health, Musings, School, Study Abroad, Travel Tips, Travels

Girls Weekend in DC

One fantastic way to experience the best of Washington, DC is during a girls weekend trip. I did just that with three of my former roommates one summer weekend and it was the perfect amount of time in our nation’s capital. This guide for how to spend a girls weekend in DC is for people who have already seen the main sights DC has to offer. If you like your weekends filled with art, delicious food, and a couple museums,…

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Musings, Travels, United States

Your Guide to the Upper East Side: A Local’s Guide to the Best UES Attractions

Oh, you live on the Upper East Side? Isn’t it boring? Isn’t it where all the super-rich people live? These are common questions I get asked when I say I live on the Upper East Site. To New Yorkers, it’s considered a pretty boring place when you take into account all the other exciting neighborhoods in Manhattan. To outsiders, it’s all Gossip Girl and Sex and the City. To me, and over 220,000 other people, the Upper East Side is home.…

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NYC, Travel Guides, Travels

Your Guide to Hiking Rubha nam Brathairean (Brothers’ Point), Isle of Skye

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If you’re looking to get the Isle of Skye to yourself, consider hiking Rubha nam Brathairean, or Brothers’ Point. This secluded and breathtaking hike just off the A855 will make you feel like the only person on the Isle of Skye. Brothers’ Point is perfect for hikers of all levels and has some of the best views you’ll see while on the Isle of Skye. History (and legend) of Rubha nam Brathairean It’s hard to find historical information about why Brothers’ Point is…

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Scotland, Travel Guides, Travels

Exploring Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye

Nestled in the middle of farmland and down a bumpy single track road lies Fairy Glen on the Isle of Skye. Fairy Glen pops out at you immediately with its otherworldly, lush green knolls with indentations that make them look like upside down beehives and small ponds sprinkled maze-like throughout the area. Fairy Glen: Folklore or Fact? Today, fairies are the creatures of Disney stories, fluttering about and helping others in their quests. Once upon a time, however, they weren’t…

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Scotland, Travel Guides, Travels

The Great Family Road Trip Through Scotland

Do you ever have one of those trips that you know will be the trip you look back on for decades to come and say, “Now that was the trip of a lifetime,”? Our family road trip through Scotland was that trip for me. For one week, my mom, dad, brother and I road tripped through the Scottish Highlands, driving for hours on single track roads and seeing otherworldly landscapes I could never have imagined. We hiked, wandered and explored, finding natural…

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Scotland, Travels

Visiting Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York

If you’re looking for the perfect escape from New York City, head to Dia:Beacon. An hour and a half from NYC and just a quick train ride on Metro-North, Dia:Beacon makes a great day trip from NYC, especially if you love art. About Dia:Beacon Housed in an old Nabisco box printing factory, Dia:Beacon opened in 2003 to showcase art from the 1960s to the present day. Inside, you’ll find a wide variety of art spaced out nicely in the former…

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NYC, Travels, United States

My Mental Health Journey: What You Don’t See

I have anxiety and depression. And standing before you, you might not guess it. You see, mental illness is often invisible to the outside world. On a good day, it’s a distant memory of my past. On a bad day, it’s attacking my mind and body on the inside while I smile and nod on the outside, acting like everything is perfectly normal, happy and chill. Mental illness affects 43.8 million people in the U.S. (about 1 in 5 of…

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Mental Health, School

A Snowy Weekend in the Berkshires

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In need of a weekend escape from NYC, my gracious and lovely friend Kate invited me up to stay with her in the Berkshires for the weekend. It was the day after the most recent noreaster so we were greeted with a beautifully snowy train ride, which made me so happy because the winter in NYC this year has been super rainy with barely any snow! We spent the weekend playing with her dogs, eating yummy food, walking around Great…

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Travels, United States