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Getting Stamped by the Soviets at Checkpoint Charlie

For almost 30 years, the Berlin wall separated the oppressed Soviet Union from the free West Germany. Even though the wall fell in 1989, reminders of Berlin’s historical past can still be found throughout the city. Some people have commercialized upon Berlin’s history but there are a plethora of important sites throughout the city that…

The Top 15 Biggest Travel Mistakes in Europe

I began writing this list with the intent of giving my readers a list of the top 10 biggest mistakes. Then I realized that I had way too much to say (are you surprised?) and changed it to the top 15 mistakes because we can always use a little bit more help. I couldn’t just…

A Day Trip to Lovely Little Liechtenstein

Nestled into a valley between the Swiss and Austrian Alps lies the sixth smallest country in the world – Liechtenstein. Few people have heard of this German-speaking nation but its natural beauty leaves you speechless. This tiny nation is roughly the size of Manhattan and has a population of 35,000. It is the only German-speaking…

Letter to Home After a Year Abroad

Hello, it’s me. Some of you may have forgotten about me while I’ve been gone. Or maybe not, considering I inundated your Instagram and Facebook feeds with pictures of my adventures. Sorry about that, I have only wanted to share my exciting adventures with the world. But I am finally returning home for the summer.…

Rome in 48 Hours

Rome has been the center of the Catholic Church for thousands of years and was once the center of the Holy Roman Empire too. With such a rich past, it’s no wonder that the city is chock-full of important historical sites and buildings. There is so much to see and do in the city and…

The Top 4 Things to do in Heidelberg

I’ll admit it; this quaint little German town has stolen a piece of my heart after living here. There’s just something about the atmosphere and culture of the town that makes me want to move here permanently. Although I won’t be planting my roots here, I’ve learned the ins and outs of how to experience…

The Day that I Accidentally Saw the Pope and was Trampled by Old Italian Ladies

Whenever somebody travels to Rome, the first thing their friends usually tease them about is “oh are you going to see the pope?” My friends and family were exactly the same. So when I told my parents that I was going to Rome the weekend before Lent started, my dad gave me clear instructions to…

Venice – Then and Now

My parents, bless their hearts, were crazy enough to take an eight year-old to Italy. No normal parents would think that was a good investment and they took a risky gamble when they brought me to Italy for a week when I was only eight. Thankfully, their gamble paid off and I loved the trip.…