Studying Abroad with AIFS in Saint Petersburg

June 30, 2017By Kendal KarstensRussia, Student

During the Spring 2017 academic semester I studied abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia with AIFS. Preparing to study abroad is a daunting task. Selecting the best organization is crucial for study abroad success. Studying abroad with AIFS pleasantly surprised me and I am happy to share my experience studying abroad in Saint Petersburg and studying … Read More

Russia Bag Diaries

June 23, 2017By Kendal KarstensRussia, Student, Travel Tips

This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you purchase through one of the links I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. I only include products I love. Thank you for supporting Getaway Girl! Packing for normal-length vacations is a stressful event. Packing for four months or longer is almost unbearable (keep dreaming … Read More

10 Local Experiences in Saint Petersburg

June 16, 2017By Kendal KarstensRussia

You made it to the Hermitage and watched a classic ballet. Now what? As travelers do, you may be wondering how to do what the locals do. Here are 10 not-to-miss local experiences in Saint Petersburg, in no particular order. Cheer on SKA. Ice hockey and Russia are nearly one and the same. SKA, which stands for Sports … Read More

Is Iceland Overrated?

June 9, 2017By Kendal KarstensIceland, Reflections

**UPDATE** I received a lot of feedback after posting and would like to add clarifications. I still love Iceland and recommend it to tourists. However, I believe Iceland has developed incredibly high expectations. High expectations are doomed to disappoint, as I experienced first-hand. I encourage everyone to explore outside of Reykjavik. Please remain respectful to Iceland’s nature and … Read More

Tallinn Surprised Me

May 29, 2017By Kendal KarstensEstonia

When considering top destinations in Europe, Tallinn certainly does not cross your mind. It should. Before setting off on my weekend in Helsinki and Tallinn, I suspected Helsinki would be the favorite and Tallinn a stop on the way. Helsinki did not meet expectations and Tallinn surpassed dreams. Beautiful skies greeted us on the first evening in … Read More