Summer has to be my favorite season. While I like the emergence of Spring and football in the Fall, the Summer brings hot weather, beach time, the sun setting later, tank tops, cookouts, and happy times. (more…)
Archive for March, 2011
When Stella and I left Neubrandenburg to head to Flensburg, I was so excited. I had traveled for nearly eight months, and while planning and organizing things yourself is exciting, it’s fantastic to leave it up to a local. Stella had prodded me to tell her what I would like to do, but I was quick to throw the ball back in her court. I wanted to see her hometown of Kollerup, but left the rest up to her. Two trains and five hours later, we arrived at a little train station near her village. Her mom picked us up and we made it to her home shortly thereafter. The next morning we set out to do a walking tour of her village. (more…)
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia one evening, the rats decided to make an appearance on our walk home from dinner. At one point, Lauren and I were hugging each other in the middle of the street, screaming like school girls as the pesky rats darted around in search of food scraps. We ducked into a grocery store for cover and started rattling off to the store clerk about the “giant rats” and how they were “everywhere” and on and on. At first he gave us this puzzled look- we were talking way too fast for him to grasp what we had said, but he knew it was something serious since we were so alarmed. As it turns out, he didn’t know the English word for rat but it didn’t take long for us to convey the traumatic scenario of the evening. We came to our senses, the guys in the store got a good laugh out of us, and then we decided to take a gander around and grab some snacks for our transit the next day. So the rat story has absolutely nothing to do with this photo except that, my friends, is how we stumbled upon these delectable Pringles flavors. If Blueberries & Hazelnut, Soft-shell Crab, or Lemon & Sesame don’t strike your fancy, what will?
Have you seen any crazy Pringles flavors while traveling?
When I was in Namibia, I wrote about my safari in Etosha National Park and climbing the sand dunes in the Namib Desert. Because of it’s beautiful landscapes I had wanted to go to Namibia for quite some time. Due to it’s central location, I ended up staying in Windhoek, the capital, on three occasions for a total of five nights. The city is nestled in the hills, and driving into Windhoek is a nice way to approach it, as it slowly unfolds before you. Windhoek is one of the few modern and clean cities in Africa, and if it weren’t so small, I could settle down in the city for a bit. However, Windhoek is not exactly a tourist hot spot. Spending five nights there did not mean that I found five days worth of activities to keep myself occupied. I didn’t take many photos of the city, since there is not much I would consider striking, but here are a few things I managed to stumble upon while out on leisurely strolls in Windhoek.
The Post St. Mall is an outdoor walking street full of craft vendors. In the center of the area is the Gibeon Meteorite Display. (more…)
With summer just around the corner, I thought I would switch gears for a moment to touch on the topic of How I spent a summer in college in Hawaii and you can too, regardless of age or educational pursuits.
I never studied abroad in college. While I wish I had, as an Interior Design major, I essentially needed to take a semester off from my studies. The only program I really wanted to pursue for design was in Denmark through a private university and out of my budget. But lucky for me, I had a really kickass college roommate and friend who introduced me to University of Hawaii’s Summer Outreach Program. During the summer, Hawaii gives in-state tuition to all students in the program. (more…)
Italy was my first independent train travel experience in Europe. It was easy. Other than remembering to validate my ticket, the train stations in Italy were easy to navigate, and generally, they were on time. Germany is another story. First, the main train station in Berlin has long-distance trains, local trains, and the subway in one building. I found it confusing to navigate and to purchase tickets. In addition to that, up to five people can travel on one long-distance ticket. What? I don’t know why this is and only found out b/c my friend told me, but your ticket is good for 1-5 people. The tickets were quite a bit more expensive than they were in Italy. Why they don’t just make the tickets more affordable and require one ticket per person, I’m not sure. The day before, when I needed to catch the subway, you think it would be simple. But, there is a different price depending on where you get off. Yet, I didn’t see a list of stops/prices like they have posted in say, Washington DC. I just had to pick an A or B ticket. Confusing!