The Best Pizza Chain in Southwest England

Posted in Europe, Gluten Free, Travel, United Kingdom
on February 18, 2017

…And it’s gluten free!

But seriously, it’s high time that I pay tribute to southwest England’s greatest masterpiece (forget Agatha Christie, Tom Daley, JK Rowling, Sherlock Holmes etc.) – it’s The Stable!  As you all know by now, my favorite part of traveling is undoubtedly eating. And my favorite part about eating is pizza. Although I recently decided to move away from listicle type posts and give you all some more heartfelt and *deep* words….sometimes I just need to write about PIZZA! (And you’ll soon see that, to me, The Stable means a bit more than just pizza). Continue reading

Exploring Karlin District, Prague

Posted in Czech Republic, Europe, Travel
on February 11, 2017

I can’t quite make up my mind whether, as a traveler, I’m a spreadsheet-loving organization-aholic, or an I’m-a-free-bird burn-all-the-maps kind of wanderer. Leading up to our Prague trip, I was honestly just too busy to plan… and I felt the aftershocks of lack of planning in the various disasters I encountered over the weekend.

However, one of the best parts of our lack of organization was our morning exploring the Karlin district of Prague! Karlin is a bit off the beaten path, and seen as a more hipster (and a bit gentrified), residential neighborhood. Unlike the touristy Prague 1, in Karlin you can relax and just… wander.

That’s exactly what we did, at least, and in the end our lack of planning led to some wonderful surprises! Continue reading

Pilgrimage, Politics, & Prague

Posted in Czech Republic, Europe, Personal, Travel
on February 8, 2017

The separation of church and state….and blog? This is the rule we live by. If you’d like to see me break it, read on…

I was in Prague the same weekend as my country’s immigration ban exploded across the world news scene. I’d like to share a little story with you about that weekend… Continue reading

Gluten Free Prague

Posted in Czech Republic, Europe, Gluten Free, Travel
on February 4, 2017

In the city where beer is cheaper than water, what is a gluten free girl to do?

Long story short, I ate well in Prague, but it wasn’t without effort. Unlike other cities I’ve visited (such as Marrakech), you can’t just pop into any restaurant and rely on the menu’s naturally gluten free options. They don’t exist!  The traditional Czech dishes revolve around beer, dumplings, and meat that’s either fried or swimming in an ale-infused, flour-thickened sauce. You’ll be hard pressed finding a salad in Prague.

So if you’re gluten free and going to Prague, you’ll need a plan and I’m here to help! Below I’ll tell you the best gluten free options for traditional Czech food, non-Czech food, cafés and bakeries, and miscellaneous advice/what NOT to do. Continue reading

5 Prague Outtakes

Posted in Czech Republic, Europe, Travel
on February 1, 2017

If you follow my new instagram, you’ll be familiar with the saga that was my recent weekend trip to Prague. The short story: I am a WALKING DISASTER. For the long story, read on… I’ll be taking you a bit “behind the scenes” into the ups and downs of our weekend with 5 Prague outtakes.  Continue reading

I’m Going to Prague! Help!

Posted in Czech Republic, Europe, Travel
on January 25, 2017

Happy Wednesday, friends! I’m happy to announce that I will be heading to PRAGUE shortly! So expect lots of castle/snow/(hopefully) gluten free beer photos soon. I’m so excited to expand my experience of Europe – I’ve been to a lot of the Western European countries (UK, France, Italy, Spain) quite a few times, and never even been to Eastern Europe once!

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7 Things I’ve Been Doing for my Wellbeing Lately

Posted in Personal, Yoga
on January 22, 2017

Traveling is something that makes me happy, that improves my wellbeing. But what happens when I’m not able to travel? I’m a full-time Masters student. I definitely can’t travel full-time as well. That’s one reason I try hard to find new things to do in daily life – new walks, new Cornish villages, even new recipes or pubs. This month, as I’ve been hard-hit by essay deadlines, an extra neuroscience class on top of my normal class load, inauguration stress, etc., I’ve tried to make my wellbeing a real focus. (That’s what January is for, right???)

Here are some of the things I’ve been trying out this month… Continue reading

The Expat Who Saw La La Land

Posted in Expat Life, Personal
on January 18, 2017

Last week, like seemingly everyone else in the world, I saw La La Land. I did the rainy, cobblestone walk downtown with two of my best friends in this city. I snuggled down into the old, springy seats of our city’s old fashioned cinema, my orange soda and popcorn in hand. (The popcorn in this country isn’t quite the same – it’s rounder and harder and sweet and all-around healthier tasting, which is bizarre). For me, going to the movies is a tradition – the smell, the darkening lights, the velvet seats, and crunching popcorn, the rolling credits (I always, always wait ’til the end…hence a few awkward first dates). Continue reading

2017 Travel Plans

Posted in Travel
on January 14, 2017

You know how sometimes you try to smash out your work, write that research paper, answer all those emails…and then you end up in your pajamas at 6pm eating Dominos and watching The Bachelor?

Yeah, that’s kinda how this blog post is gonna go.

I wasn’t planning on doing one of those “2017 Travel Plans!” posts, mainly because things never go to plan. Last year I ended up in Norway because of three girls I didn’t even know at the beginning of the year! Same thing with Morocco, I had 0 inkling I would fall in love with that country in 2016.

So bearing that in mind, here are my 2017 travel plans….the concrete and the less than concrete. Continue reading