Bilbao and Spanish Conclusion

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world”-Freya Stark   Bilbao is a sleepy city.  Bigger than I had expected yet small in atmosphere. When I had first decided to include Spain in my itinerary I chose to journey to Bilbao for a strange reason.  In…

La Sangria Familia

“We crossed spacious streets, with buildings resembling palaces, in La Rambla promenade; the shops were well illuminated and there was movement and life…I did not decide to go to sleep, even though I wished to, so I could rise early and contemplate, in daylight, this city, unknown to me: Barcelona, Capital of Catalonia”–Hans Christian Andersen,…

Dubrovnik

“Those who seek paradise on Earth should come see Dubrovnik”–George Bernard Shaw   My shoulders are burning under my shirt after being seared by the sunshine reflecting off of the Adriatic Sea.  I’m sitting in London’s Stansted Airport waiting to board my flight to Barcelona and all I can think about is how wonderful my…

Recent Developments

“Each new development starts from something else.  It does not come out of a blue sky.  You make use of that which has already entered the mind…That is the real reason for accumulating knowledge.”–Robert P. Crawford     Whereas my lost post was reflective and looking forward to the immediate future, this one is more…

The Wrap Up

“May you live every day of your life”–Jonathan Swift     On friday evening I, along with my fellow classmates, was idling in a room overlooking Queen’s Gate Road in Kensington, drinking cheap wine, snacking on room temperature hors d’oeuvres and smiling politely as the head of alumni relations assertively requested that I fill out…

Vacanza Romane

“Italy has changed.  But Rome is Rome.”–Robert De Niro   “Paul!  How was Rome?” “Read my blog” That’s how I imagine the conversation is going to go when I return to London.  In fact I’d wager that that’s what the conversation will be like 5-10 years from now whenever someone asks me about Rome. “How…

Learning to Appreciate

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things”–Henry Ward Beecher   Can you force yourself to appreciate something? Or is it perhaps a verb that can only truly be set into motion after the fact? When I look at my calendar I become horrified to realize how little…

Catching Up

“The pursuit of truth shall set you free–even if you never catch up with it”–Clarence Darrow     It’s been roughly a month since I last updated this blog and for that I offer my apologies.  Who I’m apologizing to is anyone’s guess but it’s warranted nonetheless. Ok so let’s get started. There have actually…

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness”–Mark Twain   Exactly 30 days.  Exactly 6 countries.  Exactly 10 cities.  Unknown hours in transit.  Unmeasurable experience and perspective gained. Concluding my winter travels is a little surreal.  To think that in a couple of days I’ll plunge back into the real World of graduate school.  The…

The Seat of Empires

“On the meeting point of two worlds, the ornament of Turkish homeland, the treasure of Turkish history, the city cherished by the Turkish nation, İstanbul, has its place in the hearts of all citizens.”–Mustafa Kemal Atatürk   It took me a long time to figure out how to begin my post about Istanbul.  I needed to…

The Europe We All Know

“In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the World”–President Barack Obama   Munich and Paris.  Cities we all know and would like to visit. There isn’t too much that I can write about either of these cities that can’t be read elsewhere online.  I’m more or less drawing a blank here…

In Praise of Australians

“I think Australians like a bit of vulgarity”–Julian Clary   I need to take a pause from my travel updates and write a brief ‘love letter’ to the people of Australia.  For the purpose of this post I’m including New Zealanders with Australians because though I recognize there are differences, those differences are about as…