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Beach bars at their best: the Spanish chiringuito

Beach bars at their best: the Spanish chiringuito

I once read on a language learning thread that chiringuito is one of those words that simply cannot be translated from Spanish to English. “Beach bar” is as close as I can come, but those words don’t do justice to the laid-back, sometimes-dodgy, always-fun feel […]

Syrupy sweet digestif: Badalona’s Anis del Mono

Syrupy sweet digestif: Badalona’s Anis del Mono

Most people probably think of Rioja or Sangria when considering the beverages of Spain, but I am on a mission to introduce the world to some of its lesser-known delicious drinks: from the incredibly affordable sparkling cava to the now-trendy (but super old school) vermut, […]

Mexico’s micheladas. Because obviously.

Mexico’s micheladas. Because obviously.

Beer, lime juice, salt, peppers, and spices. If you think that sounds delicious, read on. If you don’t, read on anyway . . . and get yourself to the best Mexican bar you can find to try a michelada. I’m obsessed with these tasty drinks […]

Tips for planning the perfect vacation

Tips for planning the perfect vacation

There’s no such thing as a perfect getaway, but there is still a pressure that accompanies your vacation. While planning your next escape, keep these things in mind. You will arrive prepared and ready for whatever your idea of “perfect” is! 1. Decide what kind […]

Contemplating life amongst death: a claustrophobic freakout, and perspective, in Paris’ catacombs

Contemplating life amongst death: a claustrophobic freakout, and perspective, in Paris’ catacombs

The Paris catacombs are 200 miles of small underground tunnels filled with the bones of 6 million people. If you’re claustrophobic, as I am, then this is quite literally a nightmare to visit. And yet, if you’re a bit of a curious weirdo, like I am, […]

Fizzy wine: the 4-1-1 on the cause of off-putting bubbles

Fizzy wine: the 4-1-1 on the cause of off-putting bubbles

Bubbles are great. Champagne. Cava. Fizzy water. Ocean spray. Baths. The giant bubbles kids chase in parks. Baby raspberries. Even the word bubble? Adorable. But sometimes, bubbles can be so very, very bad in wine. But fizz in wine can sometimes be very, very bad. […]

An ode to the murals of Buenos Aires

An ode to the murals of Buenos Aires

Ok, not an ode, per se: this isn’t exactly a lyrical stanza, but it does celebrate one of the things that sparked my love of photography and of things gritty, “real,” and beautiful in their imperfection and decay. Buenos Aires is the perfect place for […]

But what’s it REALLY like to visit Thailand?

But what’s it REALLY like to visit Thailand?

If you’ve been there, you’ve clicked on this link to see if my depiction of Thailand represents your experience there. If you haven’t been, perhaps you’re curious. I hope you’re curious. I hope you want to visit Thailand. Because if you’ve clicked on this link; if […]

That one time we had a castle to ourselves: visiting Carcassonne in the off-season

That one time we had a castle to ourselves: visiting Carcassonne in the off-season

One of the highlights of living in Barcelona is our proximity to France. To this Californian (who spent many a Thanksgiving driving nine hours from SD to home) a three-hour drive through beautiful Catalunya is a tiny jaunt, and the time is filled with “oohs” […]

An obsession with cemeteries, and a trip to London’s Highgate

An obsession with cemeteries, and a trip to London’s Highgate

“Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs; Make dust our paper and with rainy eyes Write sorrow on the bosom of the earth, Let’s choose executors and talk of wills” ― William Shakespeare, Richard II I love cemeteries. Perhaps it’s morbid, but perhaps I’m […]