Tsinghua University

To be perfectly honest, I was somewhat dreading arriving and living in Beijing. Beijing is notorious for its poor air quality and I’ve seen photos of the smog, causing the city to look like nothing but grey. Visibility can be so poor that you wouldn’t be able to see anything beyond 2m. Upon arrival, and…

Sintra, Portugal

For our second day in Lisbon, we took a day trip to Sintra, a municipality/resort town in the Lisbon region. Visiting Sintra was my favourite day spent in Portugal because of the warm weather and breathtaking views. We arrived at the Sintra train station in the morning and began to scope out places to visit….

Universidad de Navarra

For my exchange semester, I attended the Universidad de Navarra (UNAV), a private university in Pamplona, Navarra. The Universidad de Navarra is a reputed university throughout Spain, especially known for IESE, its MBA program at a satellite location in Madrid. When I first got my acceptance to UNAV, I actually thought that I would be…

Touring Pamplona

Pamplona is the capital of Navarra, a region in the North. It is famous for a festival called San Fermin, or as you may know it, the Running of the Bulls. By bus, it’s about 5 hours from Madrid and 6 hours from Barcelona. When it comes to Pamplona, there’s a lot to say so…

Foodie in Pamplona

Horno Artesano Horno Artesano was my favourite cafe in Pamplona because of its reasonable hours, amazing coffee, and selection of pastries. Most cafes closed on Sundays, as well as during the Siesta hours (2 pm to 6 pm), but Horno was open every day until 9 pm. Because I was never sure of my university’s…

My Pamplona, Local Perspective

After spending five months in Pamplona, the capital city of Navarra, the city truly became a home away from home for me. I’d like to think that I’m almost a local in Pamplona even though I’m sure actual Pamplonians would disagree. Nevertheless, I know some of the best cafes, meeting spots, and places to eat….

Lisbon, Portugal

On our third day in Portugal, we flew from Porto to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. After checking into our Airbnb, we explored the streets of Lisbon and searched for dinner. Similar to Porto, Lisbon is not flat. In fact, we often found ourselves walking up and downhill which was exhausting, but totally worth it….

Porto, Portugal

To celebrate the end of exams and undergrad (what…im not a student anymore!!?!), I travelled with my friend to Portugal where we visited Porto and Lisbon. With its low prices, amazing food, and beautiful architecture, Portugal was definitely one of my favourite places to visit from Spain.   Our first two nights in Portugal were…

Rome, Italy

We took a bus from Florence and arrived in Rome in the evening. The bus was almost two hours late so the only thing we really had time for was dinner. My first meal in Rome was probably my favourite meal in Italy. It was this lightly sauced, perfectly salty pasta with pork and cheese….

Pisa, Italy

On my second day in Florence, I took a quick day trip to Pisa which is a nearby small city in Tuscany. Pisa is most famous for the Leaning Tower of Pisa so I had to visit. It cost about 20 euros to go up the tower and the view, while nice, was blocked by…

Firenze (Florence), Italy

After spending the morning in Milan, we took a bus to Firenze (Florence) where we spent the next two nights. Florence is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been in; despite the many tourists, it’s relatively small and untouched. Although our Airbnb was not centrally located, almost everything seemed to be within a…

Milan, Italy

On April 12, I began my week long Semana Santa trip to Italy. Semana Santa is the Spanish equivalent to a Spring Break or Reading Week; it takes place around Easter time and is considered a holy week. Italy has always been my favourite country in Europe; prior to the Semana Santa, I had visited…