Amsterdam for the Weekend

Although Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, it feels like a world of its own. The city offers its visitors the chance to experience art, culture, history, mouth-watering cheese, narrow canals and a myriad of vices. During my postgraduate studies at the University of Glasgow in 2016, I visited Amsterdam, which is located in the northern […]

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Visiting Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Neuschwanstein Castle

While staying in Munich, Germany for Oktoberfest, we visited Neuschwanstein Castle. Annually, this castle receives over a million visitors. The castle is accessible by rental car or train with Füssen’s bus (#78). We took the train from Munich station to the town of Füssen, caught the shuttle from Füssen‘s station, and walked to the castle. […]

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Berlin’s East Side Gallery

The East Side Gallery in Berlin, Germany is the world’s biggest outdoor gallery. As it is 1.4 kilometers in length, it’s the longest standing section of the Berlin Wall. The majority of murals were painted by artists from around the world during the 90s. While visiting Berlin, I consider the East Side Gallery to be […]

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3 Day Itinerary in Dubrovnik, Croatia

  Day 1 Once we settled into our apartment in Old Town, we walked the walls of Dubrovnik. Although we were exhausted, we decided to walk the walls because the weather the following day would be rainy and unfavorable. While we walked at a steady pace, despite taking many photos, the entire walk was shy […]

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The Weaponization of Dubrovnik’s Old Town

The weaponization of cultural heritage is the politicized destruction of material culture as an ideologically motivated performance in conflicts. During my Masters dissertation, I focused on the connective themes between the siege of Dubrovnik and the ISIS occupation of Palmyra. The 20 year difference between Dubrovnik and Palmyra expresses development in the recurrent phenomenon and […]

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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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