3 Reasons to Visit Potsdam

“Wait, can we stop?” I asked. “I want to get a pic of that castle.” Tim politely refused, and I sank back into the passenger seat, disappointed, not knowing that the surprise day trip from Berlin he’d planned involved not just one castle, but over 17 of them. The surprise? We were headed to Potsdam.…

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GQ’s Oakland Weekend Guide

I’m always pumped to see a mention of my hometown, Oakland, in the news for something good, so I’ve gotta give GQ a major fist bump for showing The Town some love. Even if it does imply major gentrification. https://www.gq.com/story/oakland-weekend-guide

5 Tips for Visiting Camden Market

Camden Town (and its markets) is one of my favorite stops for a London trip. I went on my first visit to London back in 2009 and simply fell in love. While most of London city has a beautiful uniformity to it—the long rows of mews, the symmetrical gardens—Camden Town is gleefully, whimsically unbalanced. The…

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Things to Eat, Drink, and Do in Kraków

We spent our 4-day Easter weekend (thanks Europe!) exploring a little slice of Poland—road tripping from Berlin to Kraków and back again with Heidi in tow. Unfortunately, the weather decided not to work with us, and our time in Poland was largely gloomy and rainy. On the plus side, that gave us ample excuse to…

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The Lazy German Breakfast

Everyone’s favorite stereotype about the Germans is how efficient they’re supposed to be. But if there’s one area of life that I’ve noticed Germany is happy to slow down and enjoy, it’s breakfast. The most common breakfast centers around brötchen, or “cute breads”. When I met Germans in the US, the first thing they always complained…

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Hamburg Travel Guide

This beautiful northern German port city is nearly running over with old-school charm and picturesque romance (with a few raunchy winks to boot!). And with the opening of its new philharmonic hall, Hamburg launched itself into the cultural consciousness, being swiftly named to both NatGeo’s and the New York Times’ lists of Places to Visit…

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Travel Inspiration: Champagne in Photos

The first time I lived in Europe (I know, kick me) was nine years ago, in 2009, to study abroad in the Netherlands. Ask any American college student studying abroad, and we’ll tell you—one of the best parts of it is being able to legally drink. I was a bit of a late bloomer when…

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A Cape Town Date Night

Imagine. You’re sitting in a patch of sunlight in a garden of almost Biblical beauty. A small stream runs alongside you. The bricks beneath your feet are warm from the heat of the day, but the glass of white wine in your hand is cool. A duck and her ducklings—their soft baby down fuzzing them…

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Things to Eat, Drink, and Do in Cape Town

“Is that…raw chicken? On the windshield?” We peered closer. It was the first day of 2018, we’d just come downstairs in search of breakfast and the beach, and it was, indeed, a piece of raw chicken wing between the windshield and the wiper. “Must have been one hell of a weird and wild party,” we…

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Eating Like an American in Germany

“Tacos.” “Cheez-its.” “Corn on the cob.” “You know what I can’t find here? Pumpkin!” “You looking for pumpkin? I got. You want?” So went a recent conversation with my Ami* amie, Britt. Sharing a post-inauguration drink to drown our sorrows, we were resigned to staying in Germany, but bemoaning four years without our American food…

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