Europe

Studies in Tuscany

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I imagined that my summer in Tuscany would be spent pouring through Renaissance literature in the classroom, followed by evenings enjoying a dripping cone of gelato in the local piazza. Instead, the many complex layers of traveling solo revealed themselves. This picture didn’t always include lush cypress trees and jovial strangers. Of course, gelato was […]

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Reykjavik

Impeccably clean, friendly to tourists and smartly designed, Iceland’s capital is remarkably safe as well. If I had realized sooner that Reykjavik was a mere five hour flight away, I would have visited a lot sooner. Spending a day, or a few, in the city is a must-do on any Nordic adventure itinerary. See: Hallgrímskirkja […]

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Iceland’s Golden Circle

I am not a huge fan of tours. Sitting on a crowded bus while cameras flash endlessly, then following a guide carrying a red flag… not my idea of an enrichening experience. Until Iceland. Taking the Golden Circle Tour is one of the best travel decisions I have made. Included are three phenomenal stops: the […]

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Iceland on Horseback

A popular mode of transportation in Iceland is the Super Jeep, a massive vehicle set high off the ground, in order to clear mammoth rocks lodged in the decades-old volcanic landscape. What if you needed to cross rivers and travel across miles of frozen, slippery terrain, along a path too small for a Super Jeep? […]

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Moscow

We saved the best for last. Moscow, that is. It was our last stop on a whirlwind tour through Russia, on a climbing trip with Alpine Ascents International. Moscow pulsed with grandeur, and I was continually amazed by the enormity of the city’s monuments and squares. The Cathedral of Christ the Savior (above) was ordered […]

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