Day 3 in Amsterdam – Pride & the Canal Parade!!

We happened to arrive in Amsterdam during their week long Pride festivities. Our second full day in the city was the day of the famous "Canal Parade". In most other cities, Pride parades take place as a march through the streets, but this parade taps into the city's fantastic canal network, and thus both the…

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We’re in Amsterdam!

Last week was my birthday, and we celebrated by getting on a plane and heading to Amsterdam. Beginning in the fall, I'll be going back to school, starting a part-time MBA program. With work and school, we realized our schedule would be pretty tight, so we wanted to get in one last vacation before my…

Days 6 and 7 in Spain – Exploring the Festival of Patios in Cordoba!

The old streets of Cordoba are small, but they felt extra packed while we were visiting. Why? Because we visited during the Cordoba Patio Festival! Here's some background on the festival from Andalucia.com: The Patio contests is sponsored by the Córdoba City Hall and began in 1918. But to really understand why a contest of…

Days 6 and 7 in Spain – Cordoba for the Weekend!

In my experience, people of means who live in Europe tend to spend a lot of time travelling on the weekends. In an area that has so much concentrated history, plus cheap flights and train tickets, a weekend away is the common tradition. And from keeping in touch with Zoya, I knew already that she…

Day 5 in Madrid – National Archaeological Museum of Spain!

Thursday night got a bit crazy, so Friday was a late start. We woke up late to a rainy day and also realized we'd left one of our host's umbrellas at the bar the previous night. Oops! Anyways, sharing the one remaining umbrella we headed out to grab some breakfast before, obviously, going to a…

Day 4 in Madrid – Dinner & Drinks!

Included in Zoya's guide to Madrid was this line: Sala Despiece - this place is a MUST. get there early (like 20 mins before it opens) cause the place gets packed. Easily the most interesting take on Spanish tapas. The carpaccio will take you to heaven and back After hours and hours in museums, we…

Exploring DC – Day 1 of Adventures

We went to Washington, DC to watch my friend Komal's documentary, Dream, Girl, at the White House, but we also took the opportunity to spend a few days on holidays in DC. My mom and I had been before, but Kevin and my dad had never seen any of the Washington, DC attractions, so we got…