7 Foods You Have to Try in Azerbaijan

7 Foods You Have to Try in Azerbaijan

One thing that surprised me about my trip to Azerbaijan? The food. It turns out Azerbaijani food is amazing. It's healthy, varied, and fresh, with lots of sour notes and pickled components. Overall, Azerbaijani cuisine is most similar to Turkish food. You'll also see...
What Living in Shanghai is Really Like

What Living in Shanghai is Really Like

Hey guys! Welcome to American Expats, a new series that shows you what expat life is like in cities around the world. Next up: Samantha, a teacher who has been living in Shanghai for four years. Here, she talks about soup dumplings, personal safety, and the importance...
Mountain-biking with Zebras in Lake Mburo, Uganda

Mountain-biking with Zebras in Lake Mburo, Uganda

For my last weekend in Uganda, I wanted to do something special. So I decided to venture west to Lake Mburo National Park with my aunt, uncle, and two of our friends. Lake Mburo is six hours from Kampala, deep in Ankole Country. Everyone recommended we stay at Rwakobo...
20 Photos That Will Inspire You to Visit Scotland

20 Photos That Will Inspire You to Visit Scotland

This May, I spent a week in Scotland with one of my favorite travel buddies – my dad.  My dad is a die-hard history buff, so traveling Scotland with him was a joy. (He's also one of the funniest people I know, which helps too.) We spent three days of our trip in...
Two Art and Pasta-filled Days in Florence

Two Art and Pasta-filled Days in Florence

Between hiking the Dolomites and eating everything in Bologna, it's safe to say I enjoyed myself in Italy. But before flying to Spain to walk the Camino, I had one last stop – Florence. I journeyed to Florence to see my mom, who was attending a painting course. My mom...
What to Eat in Bologna, Italy’s Culinary Capital

What to Eat in Bologna, Italy’s Culinary Capital

While I was visiting Bologna, Italy, last fall, I enjoyed some of the best food of my life; from the fresh pastas to the cured meats, it was all magnificent. I'd even go as far as to say Bologna has the best food in Italy and possibly Europe. So I wanted to write a...
Tips for Safely Hiking the Dolomites (Without a Guide!)

Tips for Safely Hiking the Dolomites (Without a Guide!)

Last fall, I spent several glorious days hiking the Dolomites in Italy, a mountain range that forms a southern section of the Alps. While they're technically located in Northern Italy, the vibe is decidedly Alpine; many people speak German, and red geraniums and dairy...