You are a Tourist // Morocco

I recently read a list of tips for travel bloggers and some of them really stood out to me. I don’t mean tips like “take a lot of photos” (duh); I mean concepts like “don’t romanticize or idealize the culture you are visiting” and “remember that the city is not there for you.” I think…

Dobrý Den* from Prague

Yesterday: Berlin, Germany *”Good Day” in Czech I didn’t know a lot about Prague before I visited. Most of my knowledge came from the multitudes of people who told me how beautiful it was, and the play Rock and Roll by Tom Stoppard, which I saw with my dad a few years ago. On Sunday…

“Ich bin ein Berliner”*

* Apparently, this does NOT actually mean “I am a jelly donut,” despite the urban legend that JFK messed up his grammar and compared himself to a pastry. When most people think of spring break, they think of warm weather and sun, beaches and bathing suits. However, living in the south of Spain, where the…

“Wrecking Ball,” Bruce Springsteen (2012): 4.5/5 stars

I haven’t listened to the album enough times to say for sure, but I think “Wrecking Ball” is Bruce Springsteen’s best since 2002’s “The Rising.” I’m sure there will be some who say it’s his best in even longer than that (one review I read called it his best since the 80s), but I just…

A Study in Sherlock by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, eds. (2011): 3/5 stars

I love any sort of inspired-by-Sherlock Holmes story. Whether it’s an adaptation like the Granada series that stays very true to the book, something more swashbuckling (and “bromantic”) like Guy Ritchie’s films, a modern adaptation like the BBC’s “Sherlock“, or something more subtly connected like “House.” One of my favourite films as a kid was…

¡Viva Sevilla!

¡Hola! Estoy en Sevilla y me gusta mucho. I arrived in Madrid on Thursday morning and I took the AVE train to Seville. After a night in a hotel, I met my roommate Kelsey and we went to our “homestay” to meet our Señora Ana. We live in her apartment and she makes our meals, rather…