To Do In: Barcelona, Spain

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The first time I visited Barcelona this semester, I saw all the sites, but wasn’t there long enough to really appreciate the culture. The second time I went, I was there for longer, not by choice. My flight back to Paris was actually cancelled because of a French air traffic strike. So my friends went back to where they came from, and I stayed in Barcelona by myself. I thought it would be awful, but it turned out to be great and really made me observe everything around me.

activities Parc Guell: a must-see in Barcelona. The mosaics and the view over the city is beautiful. There are two parts, one is free, the other is around $10.

Sagrada Familia: church designed by Goudi. It’s nothing like I’ve ever seen before. The unique architecture and colors are amazing. I recommend going online to get a ticket and time slot so you don’t have to wait in line when you get there.

Playa de Sant Sebastià: This beach always has something going on, whether it be shops,  restaurants, clubs, or street vendors. I’ve always loved being able to relax by the ocean, it makes a city more appealing to me.

Placa de Catalunya: good shopping, street entertainment, and a lot of pigeons.

Placa Reial: just fun to sit and people watch on a great day. As I was sitting, street performers just started doing acrobatics in front of me which was really cool.

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Gothic quarter: narrow streets, architecture, it feels much older than the rest of the city

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Arc de Triomf

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food Mercado de La Boqueria: something you cannot miss if you visit Barcelona is the market. A huge market filled with every food you could ever want. I walked around for a while in awe of everything and ate an array of foods while doing it.

Tapas: there are so many options of tapas everywhere it’s so hard to choose. But you can’t go wrong, because everything is good.

Churros: a delicious snack for any time of day

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Sangria: Most sangria is made with red wine, but the best drink I have ever had was the champagne sangria at Piu restaurant. The food there was also amazing. I highly recommend going there.

Jambon Experience: a museum about the beloved jambon of Spain. You go on the journey of the pigs lives, then taste different types of jambon with your choice of drink. One of my favorite museums (probably because I got food with it).

Eyescream & Friends: eating ice cream is fun, but eating this ice cream is even better. I had the mango and it was amazing. This was also the day that I was alone, so I basically ate my only friend that day…

Club Opium: if you’re looking for a good time, go to Club Opium. It gets really crowded, but was one of my favorite nights out. It also helps that it’s right next to the beach.

Day trip from Paris: Champagne, France

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Reims is in the Champagne region of France. The TGV (high-speed train) from Paris only took 45 minutes. First, we went on a tour of the Pommery Champagne House, which was very interesting. The tour was 90 km underground in the chalk caves. It was a mixture between history, the champagne-making process, and art displays. Champagne is my favorite drink and I never realized how little I knew about the creation process. There’s a lot of time and work that goes into it. But the best part of the tour was obviously the tasting. For the rest of the trip, we walked around the town, went to the original Notre Dame, saw ruins from the Roman empire, and went shopping. It was very relaxing.

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Our first meal was at the cutest restaurant, Le Petit Basque. The meal I ate reminded me of my mom’s cooking, which triggered my first feeling of homesickness. Around 5, we were really hungry again, but none of the restaurants were open yet. We were on our way to our last resort, Quick burger, when we passed Latino Cafe Hotel. I saw that quesadillas were on the menu and immediately knew that’s where I wanted to eat. The staff was very nice and I would definitely recommend going there. We had breakfast at Café de Reims. Complete with orange juice, hot chocolate, scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Our next meal was at Les 3 Brasseurs. Everything on the menu is paired with a type of beer, which is really unique and fitting since it is a brewery. Le salade ch’ti maroilles was the best salad I have had in my life. Probably because it had so much food that distracted me from the lettuce.

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A Weekend in Nashville, TN

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For fall break this year I decided to go to Nashville. I’ve been once before, but this time I crammed everything I could into our short time there. Not pictured is Hatch Show Print Shop (which was awesome because I’m currently in a printing class) and the two different times I went to Jeni’s ice cream!

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I spent my spring break at home, but because my bestie China came in town, I did so many things I’ve never done before. There are so many tourist spots I forgot existed in Dallas…

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this was taken when I was in the 6th floor museum, my favorite. It’s all about JFK’s assassination in Dallas. It sounds depressing, but it’s actually so cool. The location is the old warehouse where the killer was and the view is of the street JFK was on when he was shot. I usually hate historical museums, but I love this one.


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Klyde Warren Park is a park in the middle of downtown Dallas on top of a freeway. It’s one of the coolest uses of space. We spent hours there eating from the food trucks, people watching, playing ping pong, walking around, and finally enjoying the good weather.


We explored downtown and as I was walking around I realized I have lived my entire life in Dallas and almost never explored outside the area where I live…there are so many cool buildings, sculptures, and people to see. This dog-walker was my favorite, it was like something out of a movie with all the dogs in a row.


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We ate at the Truck Yard, which is a place that’s hard to describe, but in China’s words “this is what I see when I think of Texas”


here’s the view from the amazing NYLO hotel, complete with an infinity pool on the top floor. it’s like you’re swimming on air. with this view. it’s awesome.


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Another spot, Fuel City, with amazing tacos, gas, and a few camels, longhorns, donkeys, and a zebra.


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God Bless Texas amiright