A Mystic Tour of Newgrange

Explore Ireland’s ancient past with a visit to Newgrange (Brú na Bóinne), a UNESCO World Heritage site.   Newgrange is a restored rock tomb from the stone age, and is older than the Egyptian pyramids. Some of the materials used to build this passage tomb were extracted from the Wicklow Mountains. During excavations, grave items and human […]

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Exploring Cinque Terre

While traveling in northern Italy, specifically the Liguria region, a visit to Cinque Terre is a must! Cinque Terre or “Five Lands” is comprised of the following fishing villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. These five Mediterranean villages are built onto the cliff-side terraces and are known for their pastel homes with brightly-painted shutters, […]

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Things to do in Tokyo

Recently, a friend with an upcoming trip to Tokyo reached out to me for itinerary suggestions. I was more than happy to oblige because Tokyo is one of my favorite places to explore. The first time I visited Tokyo was for a study abroad program at Sophia University. Last November, I returned to Japan with […]

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Things to do in Kyoto, Japan

During my 8 day adventure through Japan, I explored Kyoto for three days in early November. Three days was not enough time. The city instilled me with a desire to return one day and visit more of it’s ancient sites. Fushimi Inari is a Shinto shrine is dedicated to Inari, the god of rice. There […]

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Lake Ashi and Hakone’s Hot Springs

Staying in a ryoukan (a traditional Japanese inn with an outdoor hotspring) has been at the top of my bucket list for a while, especially since I endeavored in a lot of anime and manga as a child. Last November, I made my second trip to Japan and made sure to include this experience. Before […]

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Top 10 Sights in Scotland

Did you know that in 2017 Scotland was voted the most beautiful country according to Rough Guides? While it’s no secret that I lived in Glasgow to complete my postgraduate studies  – Scotland quickly became ‘a home away from home.’ During my year as an expat, I was fortunate to explore much of this country. I […]

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