DC Passport Program: Navy Yard

Navy Yard can be a welcome retreat from the bustle of downtown DC. Its industrial buildings, water views, and trendy restaurants exude a cool, laid back vibe that almost feels like a different city. Navy Yard is so cool, in fact, that it recently made it on the Forbes’ list of the “coolest neighborhoods around…

DC Passport Program: Columbia Heights

Ah, summertime in Washington, D.C. The season of staffers sweating their suits off up Capitol Hill, kids playing along the Waterfront, hippies slacklining in Meridian Hill Park, and tourists buzzing along the Mall. The summer brings a certain levity to life, which is impressive given DC’s humidity. One of my favorite parts about the summer…

Dear Diary… A Case for Journaling

Whether you’re just starting off your jet-setting or you’re a veteran globetrotter, you’ve probably heard this advice before: You should keep a journal!  The idea of a travel journal sounds rather nice, doesn’t it? It invokes a sort of Hemingway-ian feel and before you know it, you’re envisioning yourself sitting at a quaint café, furiously scribbling…

Lisboa: pura poesia

Lisbon seems to move to the unhurried melody of a jazz song, one with a steady rhythm and a lazy bass. You almost want to imagine everything in black and white with its old trolley cars and tiny cafés; but then you’d miss all the colors of Lisbon – yellow and gold, aqua, teal, pastel pink, and lilac.

Where to Live in Córdoba, Spain

Planning on moving to or visiting Córdoba? Congrats, it’s a great little city! Here’s a quick guide of where to live if you’re looking for new home, or if you’re just curious and feel like wandering. For the sake of brevity and readability, I’ve grouped some neighborhoods that are technically independent into one area. Keep in mind that…

Nostalgia, She’s a Cruel Mistress

As the new school year starts, I’ve started to feel the unwelcome pangs of nostalgia again. It’s got me scrolling through old photos and presentations; looking out the window and sighing wistfully as I imagine an orange-tree filled plaza far away. What’s the hardest part of moving on? Is it the leaving or the remembering?…

How to London in Two Days

Ah, England. The land of ancient monarchies, confused politicians, and excellent rock music. It had always been on “the List,” but curiously, I was never really too interested in seeing London. Perhaps it was my inner hipster, but I figured that London was so hyped up, it couldn’t possibly be that interesting. Thankfully, I am happy…

Valencia: 4 reasons why it needs to be on your list

Valencia. We’ve all heard of it… either from Instagram or your favorite orange producer, right? Maybe if you’re a little more ~cultured~, you’ve heard of Las Fallas. But what do we actually know? At least for me, Valencia was one of those cities people would mention in passing as a “cool spot” in Spain, but…

The Curious Guiri’s Guide to Spanish Politics

I can’t tell you the number of conversations about American politics I’ve had that have ended with an “oof, my country’s government is a mess.” The Spaniards usually sympathetically nod and then say, “Have you seen our country?” Many years ago, I made the observation that Spanish history reads much like the plot of a…

Do you even Christmas, bro?

That’s right. Spain loves Christmas so much that they even invented a verb for it–navidear, “to christmas.” Since mid-November, the Córdoba city center has been abuzz with Christmas preparations. They’ve hung decorations the city center, stores have put displays in their windows, shoppers have rushed to take advantage of discounts. And now that it’s finally…