Mallorca: Mediterranean Island Life at Half the Cost of the Caribbean

Mallorca: Mediterranean Island Life at Half the Cost of the Caribbean

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September 26, 2021

When I first started learning Spanish, I could only speak in metaphors. I sat with my now-fiancée on a 1,000-year-old facade outside the Port of Valldemossa, while we watched the sun set over the Mediterranean. “I don’t want to get off this train,” I told her. I knew the vocabulary for trains because that’s how I got around...

My Move to France: Romance Versus Reality

My Move to France: Romance Versus Reality

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September 6, 2021

While it’s not a great idea to rent sight unseen, I’m grateful for the experience and what it taught me about the difference between my romantic notions of France and the realities of actually living here. Daily life abroad, like anywhere, has its challenges, but I came to France seeking something different. I found it and, quite honestly, I’ve never been happier.

5 Fascinating European Castles You Might Not Know About

5 Fascinating European Castles You Might Not Know About

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August 23, 2021

Castles...There’s just something magical about them—about their beauty, their strength, the ancient history we can all imagine within their walls. For me, they’re one of the big draws of Europe and one of the reasons I keep taking trains to small Swiss towns and cycling along back roads in the French countryside and hiking up Croatian hills to tumbledown ruins...