WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING AUSCHWITZ

Visiting Auschwitz concentration camps in Oświęcim, Poland last year was by far, the most educational experience I’ve ever encountered in my life. I do not believe I will ever manage to put into words just how much of an impact it made on me. Recalling my visit now disheartens me, and it is honestly difficult to write about. But I feel it is important for us to reflect on history, in the hopes that it will never repeat itself.

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MARCH 18

Last night, as I hurriedly swiped my metro card through the 135th street metro station in Harlem, the ‘warning’ that my card expires on March 18, 2017 arose. Oushhhh. March 18th. A day that has held such an important meaning to me for the last three years. Each year it finds a way of exposing itself to me, just to make certain I notice it.

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AN UNHELPFUL TRAVEL GUIDE TO PRAGUE

Let’s get right into it, shall we? I had a terrible time in Prague. I suffered a breakup, which drove me to lie in bed watching Netflix, instead of exploring the Czech capital. I regret my inability to get off my ass, but tough times call for New Girl re-runs. As it turns out, I almost didn’t incorporate Prague into my blog at all. I figured I had nothing to offer my readers, I took very few photos, and I held a bitter taste in my mouth reminiscing on my time spent there. And yet, here we are. And here is an unhelpful travel guide to Prague.

You’re welcome.

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NOTABLE NORMALCIES / 3.15.17

I use blogging as an outlet. The majority of the time. Of course, I would love for this blog to eventually become a plethora of useful information and advice regarding the different locations I have traveled to around the world. And I am slowly in the process of shifting gears and focusing on this more frequently.

With that being said, I want to always leave room for the personal stuff. The stuff that half of my readers will mindlessly scroll past to get to the guides, travel tips, and other useful things. But the things that I will be able to reflect on years down the road. While I am still ‘en route’ and still very much so dedicated to writing.

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WHAT I LEARNED IN PRAGUE

I am currently writing this blog post from the comfort of my Brooklyn apartment, wearing an oatmeal mask on my face, with a candle lit, and a hot cup of tea by my side {obviously}. This is the first time in weeks, maybe months even, that I’ve dedicated a night to pampering myself and blogging.

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THE PRICE OF POLAND: EUROPE’S CHEAPEST TRAVEL DESTINATION

When it came to planning my year of jet setting around the globe, my destination list had various requirements. For example, France and Italy were shoe in’s given I had never visited before {so, duh}. Croatia made the list per my travel companion’s request, but ended up being one of the most beautiful destinations ever documented on this blog. And during the colder, greyer months, I wanted to surround myself with color. In addition to random {but ever so important} travel requirements, I was always on a budget. Therefore, cost was a huge factor in the planning process.

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