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12 Hours in Edinburgh: How to Spend a Day in Scotland’s Capital

On our family road trip around Scotland, we only had enough time to spend a day in Edinburgh, Scotland. While I would have loved to spend more time in Scotland’s capital city, our afternoon and evening were well spent exploring this magical city. The second largest financial center and second most popular tourist attraction in the UK (both behind London), Edinburgh has served as Scotland’s capital since at least the 15th century. Probably most well-known today for being the birthplace…

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Scotland, Travel Guides, Travels

What You Should Know on World Mental Health Day

10 October is marked as World Mental Health Day by the World Health Organization, so I thought I’d take some time to write yet another post about mental health! Many people I talk to about my mental health are generally well-meaning. But it’s just hard for someone to really understand until they’ve been through what I’ve been through (and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone). Today I’m sharing some things I wish others knew about mental illness, using some of my…

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Mental Health

Tips for Travel in Europe

My travels abroad have only occurred in Europe (unfortunate, I know, but I just keep going back!). I love just about everything about the continent and return every chance I get. As a result of my extensive European travels, I’ve figured out lots of tips for travel in Europe—mostly through trial and error. Without further ado, read on to find my best tips for travel in Europe! Withdraw money from an ATM once you arrive The best way to avoid…

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Travel Guides, Travel Tips, Travels

Why You Should Visit the Guggenheim

If you’re looking for a museum in New York City to visit, consider visiting the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. Located on 5th Avenue and 89th Street, the Guggenheim is one of several museums on Museum Mile on the Upper East Side and probably the most unique. It isn’t nearly as big as the Met, which makes it a great museum to spend a morning or afternoon in without feeling too overwhelmed. Interesting facts about the Guggenheim The Guggenheim Museum is…

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Life in NYC, NYC, Travel Guides, Travels

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

bruges colorful houses

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

brothers point isle of skye is a beautiful secluded hike on the isle of skye

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