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….