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What I Learned After Being Verbally Assaulted in Brussels

Being a woman, especially one who travels, is rife with contradictions. Travelling 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. You get the picture. As women, we learn to not…

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Belgium, Study Abroad, Travel Tips, Travels

Bruges from Above

bruges colorful houses

One of the things I regret not doing earlier is writing more about my European tour. I got so caught up during my travels and after (with exams and such) that I did little more than a quick travelogue or photo journal for each destination. It’s such a shame too because that trip was a trip of a lifetime and meant so much to me on a personal level. It was my first significant ‘long term’ travel; it was when…

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Belgium, Travels

Storm Stella in NYC

storm stella snow central park

There are two magical times in NYC: during a snowstorm and just after a snowstorm. I LOVE NYC covered in snow, and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll get that message loud and clear. I’m so glad I got a snow day for Storm Stella. While I did hide in my apartment for most of the day (I love snow, but I wasn’t gonna brave 50mph winds and ice falling from the sky), I ended up venturing outside for around…

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NYC, Travels

The Prettiest Streets on the Upper West Side in NYC

I have to admit, when I first went to the Upper West Side in NYC, I wasn’t too impressed. It didn’t seem to have the homey, cool vibe that the Village has; it wasn’t as upper crust as the Upper East Side; and, it wasn’t as bustling as Midtown. However, through my many travels, I’ve learnt that you can’t judge a book by its cover. So, I did some research and found some places on the Upper West Side to…

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NYC, Travels

The Best Movies and Shows to Watch on Netflix

Let’s be honest, I spend most of my time not at work on Netflix (which is probably why my whole Blog Every Day in February hasn’t completely worked out), meaning I’m often looking for new shows to watch on Netflix. This means, however, that I have a great list of shows you might not stumble upon if you have more of a life than I do!…

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The BEST First Internship Tips

So you aced the interview(s) and got the internship. Congrats! Now, how do you make the most of your first position? I’ve got some great first internship tips that I caught on to rather quickly that definitely helped me get my current job. It’s all about professionalism. I don’t claim to be a ‘professional’ by any means, but through my short experience in the adult world and some networking meetings with good feedback, I have quickly learnt good practices to…

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College, High School, Musings, School

Places to Visit in South Wales

Of all the places I’ve been, Wales is probably one of the most beautiful. The countryside is green and hilly (not to mention all the sheep!); the towns are adorable; and the history is everywhere. There truly is something for everyone! While there is so much to see in Wales (an extensive road trip is in my future), here are my favourite stops (thus far) in south Wales. Read on to the end to see a map! Cardiff I write about…

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Travels, Wales

Day Trips from London: Cardiff

Welcome back to my Day Trips from London series! Previously I’ve covered St. Albans, Salisbury & Stonehenge, and Cambridge and I’m excited to write a bit about another lovely location now: Cardiff, Wales. My family and I decided to go to Cardiff for the day after learning that our family ancestry traces back to the area. I’d been obsessed with Wales for awhile after visiting different parts of southern Wales earlier that year and was so excited to go back. Cardiff…

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Travels, Wales

Mantras for a Happy and Healthy 2017

I always think it’s good to have mantras. It can be something you publicly declare. It can be something you keep to yourself. But it’s always good to have something to say or think when you’re feeling stressed or when you need that extra burst of confidence or assurance. I tend to have a few go-to mantras that I say shout in my head whenever I’m feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or sad. My 2017 mantras have remained much the same from 2016.…

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College, High School, Mental Health, Musings, School, Study Abroad

What I’ve Been Reading

I’ve written before about my journey with reading for pleasure. After years of reading heavy literature and philosophy and complicated scholarly articles, I naturally wasn’t too keen on reading for fun. Recently, however, I’ve been reading a little and I’m really happy about that! Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham I started off December by listening to Lauren Graham’s Talking as Fast as I Can. As a Gilmore Girls fanatic and a lover of Lauren Graham’s work in…

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