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Montreal in fall

Montreal In Fall with a Local As My Guide

Montreal in the fall season is magical. In the course of one week, I watched as Montreal turned green to golden yellow and orange as the autumn weather hit. My timing couldn’t have been better. Leaves crunched underneath my shoes and the brisk weather chilled my nose. I didn’t...

One Day In Tallinn

Whenever I thought about “must-see” cities in Europe, Tallinn never came to mind. Due to its close proximity to Saint Petersburg, where I was studying abroad, and only a short ferry from Helsinki, where I had spent the previous day, Tallinn seemed like a natural stop on this...

One Day in Helsinki

As my semester in Russia approached its final weeks, our group set off for a long weekend. The first stop was one day in Helsinki, a short train ride from Saint Petersburg. We arrived in the evening and rushed to Vapiano for dinner. I loved introducing my friends to one of my favorite...

Every Traveler Should Do These 4 Things in Kazan

Kazan is one of the most popular stops on the Trans-Siberian Railway so, although I didn’t have two weeks available to ride the train, I knew I wanted to visit Kazan. I rode in a bumpy sleeper train for 22 hours from Volgograd to the city of Kazan. Along the way, I met a local...

Russia in WWII and How to Visit Volgograd

“Is it true,” asked my Russian cabin mate on the 22-hour train ride from Volgograd to Kazan, “that Americans believe they won the war?“ I already knew the sad answer. American schools teach our participation in the war and not much about Russia in WWII...

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First-Time Solo Travel: How to Hit the Road Alone with Confidence

“Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for the wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jack or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting...